• Robbers dressed as ninjas terrorize owners of Windermere mansion


    WINDERMERE, Fla. - Police are searching for three men dressed as ninjas who were caught on surveillance video robbing a man in his multimillion-dollar Windermere home Wednesday night.

    Homeowner Bill Kitchen and Camilo Espinol arrived to the Lake Butler Boulevard home and were met by the robbers in the garage area.

    Authorities said the three men bound the homeowners’ hands and walked the two inside the residence, demanding jewelry, money and valuables.

    In a photo captured from the surveillance camera, Kitchen can be seen sitting against the wall with a pillowcase over his head and his hands bound.

    One of the robbers took the victim’s hat and wore it during the robbery.

    The victims told authorities then men stole one of their cars and fled the home. The vehicle was found abandoned near State Road 535 and Lake Butler.

    Once the masked men left, the two were able to escape and go to a neighbor’s house to call 911.

    “Although this is frightening to happen in our community, I believe this to be an isolated incident,” said Windermere Police Chief David Ogden.

    Neither Kitchen nor Espinol were injured.

    In a Facebook post, Kitchen describes what he and Espinol endured.

    “We were asked to produce all money, jewelry and valuables,” he said in the post. “For an hour they ransacked the house."

    A friend of the homeowner said Kitchen and Espinol are very shaken, and are privately dealing with it all.

    Police have reviewed the surveillance tape and they have sent out an email to residents alerting them of the incident.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact authorities.

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