Police: Boy carjacked woman, grandchildren at gunpoint
Susan Jacobson Sentinel Staff Writer
10:27 PM EDT, July 31, 2009
A 13-year-old boy carjacked a woman and her three grandchildren today in broad daylight, authorities said.
The boy pointed a handgun at the woman as she walked to her car in the Circuit City plaza at 1140 E. Altamonte Drive about 3:20 p.m., Altamonte police Officer Timothy Hyer said.
"Give me your keys," he said, according to investigators.
The woman complied, and the boy fumbled for a couple of minutes before he got in the car started and took off, Hyer said.
An undercover officer spotted the red Lexus on Merritt Street in unincorporated Seminole County and got close enough to see the vehicle tag. That's when the car sped off across some railroad tracks, flew into the air and flipped over at Marker Street, east of Ronald Reagan Boulevard, Hyer said. The car was totaled, the windshield shattered.
Despite the severity of the accident, the boy appeared unhurt. He was taken to Florida Hospital Altamonte as a precaution and booked into the Seminole County Juvenile Assessment Center in Sanford later. The boy, who is on probation for another offense, was arrested on a carjacking charge. Details of his previous record were not available.
Police recovered a handgun from the Lexus, Hyer said.
The woman and children, ages 8, 6 and 22 months, were shaken but not injured. Her husband picked them up at the police station, Hyer said.