A posting to a photo and video messaging app led to a home invasion and robbery last month in suburban Boca Raton, authorities said.
Authorities say that Faried Said, 21, and an unidentified man broke into a home on Sugar Pine Drive Jan. 28 and demanded $280 in cash. The suspects were aware of the money because the alleged victim posted pictures of the cash earlier in the day on Snapchat, according to a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office arrest report.
Said was arrested Monday and booked into the Palm Beach County Jail. He faces charges of armed robbery with a deadly weapon and burglary to a dwelling or structure. Said remained in custody Tuesday after a judge set his bail amount at $100,000.
The alleged victim told deputies he was sitting in his bedroom playing video games when he heard a noise in the living room. The man said he first thought it was a house cleaner, but then two men wearing black masks entered his room carrying knives.
One of the suspects reportedly placed the man in a headlock while holding a butcher knife to his throat. The other suspect reportedly began to choke the man while demanding the money, deputies said. The man complied with their demands, surrendering the cash along with his wallet, a watch, credit cards and personal identification.
At first, the man only gave deputies a physical description of his attackers. However, he later told deputies he omitted information for fear of retaliation. The man said he recognized the voice of one the attackers, whom he identified as Said.
The man said he knew Said through mutual friends and had hung out with him several months ago during a social gathering.