110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
posted Apr 1, 2013 - 12:06:20pm
A man armed with a gun attempted to carjack a woman in Deltona while she was on 911 with the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office early today, Monday, April 1.
She had called to report that a suspicious car with its headlights out was following her and then a minute later she suddenly said, “He's trying to rob me! He's trying to rob me! He has a gun!” The telecommunicator told her to drive away and the woman successfully did so. No shots were fired and no one was injured. Responding deputies were unable to locate the suspect’s vehicle.
The Deltona resident was driving home from Orlando. When she got to the intersection of Tivoli Drive and Saxon Boulevard she noticed that a vehicle with its high beam headlights on started following her. A short time later, the car’s headlights turned off and the car continued to follow close behind the 44-year-old woman. She drove toward her house, but then decided to keep going rather than stop there. At about 3:14 a.m. she called 911. She explained what was happening as she pulled up to the stop light at Providence Boulevard and Fort Smith Boulevard. That’s when she suddenly yelled that a man was trying to rob her. He ordered her to get out of the car, but the woman sped away instead. She then went to a nearby convenience store and waited for deputies to arrive.
The only description the woman was able to provide was that the suspect vehicle was a small, low-rider car and that the suspect was a 5’2” man with a small frame, a black handgun and he was wearing a red bandana over his face.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office or Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida, toll-free, at (888) 277-TIPS. Resident can also text a tip by texting “TIP231 plus the message” to CRIMES. Tipsters who provide information to Crime Stoppers will remain anonymous and can qualify for a reward of up to $1,000. Anyone who prefers to talk directly to a deputy can call the Sheriff’s Office at (386) 860-7030. However, only callers to Crime Stoppers will qualify for a reward.
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