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Florida police hunt for three men seen carrying murder victim away from Airbnb ‘drug den’

Florida police hunt three men caught on surveillance cameras entering an Airbnb ‘drug den’ with a gun, shooting a dealer and carrying the body outside

  • Xavier Antonio Johnson, 29, of St. Petersburg, rented an Airbnb 85 miles from his home in Davenport on April 8.
  • On April 13, three unknown men entered the house – one of them carrying a gun – and shot Johnson dead
  • They were caught on surveillance cameras carrying Johnson out of the house in Acorn Court

Florida sheriffs are on the hunt for three men caught on cameras entering a house with a gun and then carrying a dying man out of a drug den.

Xavier Antonio Johnson, 29, of St. Petersburg, had rented an Airbnb on April 8 in Davenport, 85 miles east of his hometown.

Johnson and his associates would be selling marijuana from the Acorn Court home, Polk County sheriffs said.

On April 13, three unidentified men entered the home — one of them carrying a gun — and shot Johnson, officers said.

The three were then caught on camera carrying Johnson out of the house.

The wanted men can be seen on surveillance camera images carrying Johnson's body from the Davenport home

The wanted men can be seen on surveillance camera images carrying Johnson’s body from the Davenport home

The trio carries their victim out - two with his arms and one behind with his legs

The trio carries their victim out – two with his arms and one behind with his legs

The trio then lays down Johnson.  It is unclear what happened to the body next

The trio then lays down Johnson. It is unclear what happened to the body next

“We are seeking the identities of three men in a murder investigation,” the sheriff tweeted.

They released video of the men leaving the house, carrying the body, and still pictures of the trio.

Grady Judd, the 68-year-old sheriff of Polk County, has served on the police force since 1972 and in 2020 became the first sheriff in Polk’s 160-year history to be elected to five terms.

When the sheriffs shared details of the manhunt on Facebook on Saturday, residents responded with, “Grady will find them.”

The Polk County Police Department wants to speak to this man, who entered Davenport's home on April 13.

The Polk County Police Department wants to speak to this man who entered Davenport’s home on April 13.

A second man is wanted in connection with the murder

The third man has a striking tattoo and ear piercing

Pictured are the second and third men wanted in connection with the April 13 murder

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