• Chase that ended in fiery crash may be linked to possible home invasion in Cocoa


    COCOA, Fla. - A fiery crash that sent three people to the hospital may have been part of a possible Brevard County home invasion Friday afternoon.

    Cocoa police received a call from a woman who said she saw two suspicious-looking men washing something in the Indian River. The caller said it looked like they were washing off blood.

    At the same time, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office helicopter was looking for possible home invasion suspects after reports that two men were severely beaten at a house on Kathi Kim Street around 2:45 p.m.

    A woman was also involved in the alleged home invasion, according to deputies.

    The homeowner, Jim Sergeant, said his sons, Benjamin Sergeant, 27, and James Sergeant, 30, were victims of an assault.

    “Someone knocked on the door and my son opened the door, and they pushed their way in and started beating them,” said Jim Sergeant.

    Jim Sergeant said the men also stole his sons’ wallets, car keys and an Xbox.

    “Absolutely it was a home invasion,” he said.

    As deputies searched Cocoa, police received the call about the suspicious men near the Indian River.

    Officers spotted the vehicle they were in and that’s when they said the suspects led them on a chase, which ended with a car crash in the 1500 block of Indian River Drive near Dixon Boulevard.

    Benjamin Segeant and James Sergeant were taken to a hospital, along with the suspects in the chase.

    Police and deputies were still working to try to determine if the crash and the reported home invasion are related.

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