On the morning of April 25, four carjackings occurred along I-4 between Orlando and Tampa. According to police, the crimes all occurred with the space of an hour. The suspect first stole a 2009 Cadillac in Orlando around 10:00 a.m. The Cadillac was spotted being driven into Hillsborough County. The car was involved in a minor collision, and the suspect abandoned the vehicle near an I-4 entrance ramp. According to witnesses, he ran across the exit ramp into a nearby residential area. A resident allegedly watched the suspect steal his pick-up truck. The man then followed the suspect in his other car to a Marathon gas station.
The two men are said to have confronted each other at the gas station and argued. The suspect then fired two shots at his pursuer. The shots missed and struck one of the vehicles. The suspect then headed south on Thonotosassa Road, still driving the pickup truck.
The chase ended the next day. The suspect checked himself into a mental health facility in Tampa, allegedly under a false name. He was identified by a fingerprint taken from one of the stolen vehicles. Tampa police were summoned and arrested the man without further incident. He has been charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle, carjacking with a firearm, aggravated assault with a weapon, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and grand theft.
If you are facing serious criminal charges such as the ones in this story, you would probably benefit from the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney. A knowledgeable lawyer could advise the suspect on potential defenses, any weaknesses in the prosecution’s evidence and the likelihood of negotiating a favorable plea agreement.
Source: Tampa Bay Times, “Orlando man sought in Interstate 4 carjackings captured in Tampa,” Carl Lisciandrello, April 26, 2018