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Infant safe in Daytona after carjacking Friday night

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Daytona Beach Police say an infant was uninjured Friday night after the vehicle the child was in was carjacked. Daytona Beach Police spokesperson Sgt. John Creamer says it happened after detectives confronted three suspects in a stolen car at the Citgo Station at Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard and International Speedway Boulevard. Police say two of the suspects then abandoned the stolen car they were in and were picked up by another vehicle, also a stolen car. However, a third suspect ran from the area through the Bethune Cookman University campus.

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Woman’s vehicle carjacked with infant

Sgt. Creamer says the third suspect then “…confronted a woman who was in the parking lot of the Performing Arts Building (on Lincoln Street)…physically removed the woman from her car and began to drive away.” Police add that the woman was “…thrown clear of the vehicle…” as she tried to fight back, because her child was still in a car seat in the vehicle.

Vehicle with infant pursued

Daytona Beach Police pursued the carjacked vehicle, and the chase ended when the driver crashed into a flatbed trailer along Elvora Street, just east of Derbyshire Road. Police say they arrested the 17-year old suspect after a short foot chase. The child and suspect were not injured, but the child’s mother was treated for minor injuries at Halifax Hospital. Daytona Beach Police Chief Michael Chitwood was at the scene along Derbyshire Road following the chase early Friday evening, but later left to also check on the conditions of the child and mother at Halifax Hospital. Sgt. Creamer says the 17-year old suspect was charged with Carjacking, Kidnapping, Aggravated Fleeing and Eluding, and Grand Theft of a Motor Vehicle.

Volusia County Fire Services and EVAC ambulance responders were also called to the scene, along with Volusia County Sheriff’s Office deputies. The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office helicopter was also assisting in the area. The accident was investigated by the Florida Highway Patrol.

Detectives were working car thefts case

Daytona Beach Police say detectives were investigating the theft of seven vehicles from Daytona Subaru on Nova Road earlier in the day Friday, when they located one of the stolen cars at the Citgo Station on International Speedway Boulevard Friday night. Police say they are still looking for the following vehicles in that case:

  • A silver 2009 Toyota Corolla, tag unknown
  • A gray 2013 Nissan Rogue, tag unknown
  • A black 2012 Volkswagen CC, unknown Texas tag,
  • A blue 2012 Ford Escape, tag unknown.

If you have information about the case, you can call the Daytona Beach Police Department at 386-671-5100, or Crimestoppers at 1-888-277-TIPS (8477).

Click here to visit the Daytona Beach Police Department website.

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You can contact this writer at mroyer5@yahoo.com

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