Deltona Carjackers Steal Car with Owner’s Girlfriend Still Inside
Tristian Daniels, 19, is in the Volusia County jail, and his accomplice Kenneth Ocasio, also 19, is on the run after the pair pulled off a carjacking outside a Deltona smoke shop while the car was still occupied.
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Volusia County deputies responded to the High Spirits Smoke Shop on Fort Smith Boulevard in Deltona after the victim called 911 to report his car had been stolen with his girlfriend still sitting in it.
The smoke shop customer stated that at around 8:30 pm, his 2022 black Kia Forte was in the parking lot. He told the deputies that’s when a man wearing a ski mask jumped in and took off with his car and his girlfriend, who was still sitting in it.
Volusia Deputies said no weapon was pulled out or implied during the carjacking.
One suspect is in custody and a second is still at large after a carjacking outside a Deltona smoke shop, where a customer’s vehicle was stolen with his girlfriend still in the passenger seat. (Thankfully she's OK) https://t.co/bTxgFM9tSp pic.twitter.com/WIoSI3Gene
— Volusia Sheriff (@VolusiaSheriff) January 24, 2023
The thief fled the scene, and the girlfriend was able to jump out of the moving car when the thief slowed down a little. The female victim did suffer injuries to her foot and knee as a result.
The stolen 2022 Kia Forte was found Monday night in Seminole County, where Daniels, who was taken into custody, was reportedly involved in two separate crashes in it.
Daniels was taken into custody and transported to the Volusia County jail and charged with: principal to carjacking, principal to false imprisonment, possession of a firearm by a delinquent (which was filed after detectives determined he attempted to sell a handgun at the smoke shop), two counts of leaving the scene of a crash with property damage, two counts of reckless driving, driving without a valid license, possession of marijuana over 20 grams, and possession of drug equipment.
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Police are hunting for 19-year-old Kenneth Ocasio, who is wanted on charges of carjacking and false imprisonment.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Ocasio is urged to call 911.
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