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Dad fires shots, prevents teens with guns, knife from kidnapping daughter: report

Four teen boys who drove to a teen girl's home with a knife, guns, gloves, masks and tape to try to kidnap her and rob the family were foiled when the dad heard dogs barking and fired shots, according to the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office.

19-year old Keilon Johnson was booked into the Okaloosa County Jail. Austin French, 17, Tyree Johnson, 16, and Kamauri Horn, 15, were taken to a Department of Juvenile Justice facility.

Deputies said they had used barrels Tuesday night to try to block the road to the family house in Baker, an unincorporated community 10 miles northwest of Crestview in the Florida Panhandle.

However, when the 17-year-old daughter saw the roadblocks on her way home that night, she simply drove around them.

A short time later, her 51-year-old father saw his floodlights activate, heard his dogs bark and a car door slam, so he grabbed his gun.


That's when he saw people trying to force their way into his garage, deputies said.

"He fired three shots and the intruders fled into the woods," the sheriff's office said.

Authorities later found the four fleeing in a 2016 Jeep Liberty and stopped them, according to a report.

They were charged with attempted kidnapping and attempted home invasion robbery.


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