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By Joe Crews
posted Jun 6, 2014 - 10:07:08am
Volusia County Sheriff’s investigators have linked an Orange City teen to a pair of gun-related crimes over the span of just five days, a department spokesman said.
Sixteen-year-old Anthony Jackson has been charged with, among other offenses, aggravated assault with a firearm, armed robbery and delinquent in possession of a firearm, spokesman Gary Davidson said..
The first incident occurred at the Deltona Community Center on the night of May 30, when Jackson got into an argument with some people he had problems with in the past, Davidson said. Witnesses said Jackson retrieved a handgun from his vehicle, went back to a crowd and began firing.
“While one witness claimed that Jackson fired into the air, most said that the gunshots were aimed at, or at least fired in the direction of the crowd, Davidson said. “No one was injured, and a total of eight shell casings were recovered at the scene.”
Jackson had already left the scene by the time deputies arrived. A search of his “usual hang-outs” turned up empty, Davidson said.
The Following Tuesday morning, June 3, Jackson is accused of beating a 35-year-old man he was trying to rob in the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant in DeBary. The victim told deputies he had exchanged phone numbers with Jackson the night before, and Jackson called him that morning and offered to sell him drugs.
But when the victim rode up on a bicycle, Jackson pulled out a handgun and demanded the man’s money. When the man turned to walk away, Jackson attacked him, hitting him on th4e back of the head and throwing him to the ground. The victim wasn’t seriously hurt, and he managed to hold onto his wallet, Davidson said..
Once again, Jackson had disappeared by the time deputies arrived. The victim didn’t know his name, but deputies checked the calls on the victim’s cell phone, and one of the phone numbers came back to Jackson, Davidson said.
Armed with an arrest warrant for the Friday night incident, and getting a tip on Jackson’s whereabouts, deputies went to his house on East Gardenia Drive. it took 45 minutes of coaxing, Davison said, but Jackson eventually came out and surrendered.
A subsequent search of Jackson’s house turned up a handgun that had been reported stolen in Orange County. Investigators are trying to determine if it’s the same weapon used in the two incidents, Davidson said.
“During questioning by Sheriff’s investigators, Jackson confessed to committing both crimes,” the spokesman said. “He’s being held at the Volusia Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Daytona Beach.”
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