ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - The homeowner who was bound and robbed by armed men dressed as ninjas spoke out Monday about the terrifying ordeal.
On Monday, authorities from southwest Florida said they were looking into a possible connection between the Windermere robbery and five others in upscale neighborhoods in Naples.
The victim said the robbery was more terrifying than being in a plane crash.
"I've gone down in a flaming plane before," robbery victim Bill Kitchen said.
Kitchen said that he and his partner had just returned to their Windermere mansion last week when the men attacked.
"We were confronted by three armed robbers dressed in ninja outfits and they confronted us in the garage as we got out of the car," Kitchen said.
Surveillance cameras in the home caught the entire robbery.
The masked men bound the hands of both men.
"They demanded everything in sight, so I gave them everything. I gave them my watch, my wallet, everything they asked for," Kitchen said.
Windermere police are working with investigators from Naples to determine whether the men who robbed Kitchen are same men seen a video from a home invasion there.
"It was not about being robbed, it was about what are they going to do when they finished robbing, so we cooperated in every way," said Kitchen.
The masked men are now at the center of a statewide manhunt.
"When bad things happen you can say, 'Why did this happen to me?' Or you can say, 'Now that this happened to me, what am I going to do about it?' And, that's what we're going to do," said Kitchen.
Windermere police would not discuss the case, but law enforcement sources told Channel 9 that they are almost 100 percent certain the cases are related.