Armed man tried to steal car from woman on phone with 911, deputies say
By Kimberly Wiggins, Reporter -
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
Deputies are searching for a man whom they say tried to steal a car at gunpoint from a mother who was already on the phone with a 911 dispatcher.
"I'm quite sure they're going to attempt to do this again to someone," said the victim, who wanted Fox 35 to refer to her as Jennifer.
Deputies say at about 3 a.m. Monday as Jennifer headed home from Orlando, the 44-year-old mom was in Deltona near the intersection of Tivoli Drive and Saxon Boulevard when she noticed a car behind her, blasting its high beams in the direction of her car.
The mother of three then called 911.
"I did not stop at my house," Jennifer told the 911 dispatcher in her call. "I drove past my house."
She said something just didn't seem right, so she kept driving.
"Sometimes you have to be a little quick on the feet, as they say," Jennifer said. "Whenever I'm driving, I'm always looking in the rear-view mirror to see who's following me."
About a minute later, Jennifer said she stopped at the stoplight at Providence and Fort Smith boulevards. Jennifer said the suspect jumped out of his car and demanded hers.
"He's trying to rob me!" Jennifer yelled during her call for help. "He's trying to rob me! He has a gun!"
"I stepped on the gas, and I sped off," Jennifer said. "All I saw was a gun and him telling me to get out of my car."
Jennifer pulled into a convenience store parking lot and waited for police.
She told Fox 35 she's happy she's alive to warn others.
"He meant to do me harm," Jennifer said.
She said the suspect is about 5-feet, 2-inches tall with a small frame. He was wearing a red bandana and driving a small, low-rider car.
Anyone with information on the incident is urged to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-277-TIPS.