Attempted Carjackings Investigation

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UPDATE: We are saddened to announce that the victim in the attempted carjacking case near Florida Technical College has succumbed to their injuries. The DeLand Police Department is now investigating the case as a homicide. The victim’s identity will not be released at the request of the victim’s family.

As we previously released, two subjects have been charged in connection to the attempted carjacking at Walmart on North Woodland Boulevard that occurred previous to the Florida Technical College incident. Thus far, no charges have been filed in connection to the attempted carjacking/homicide near Florida Technical College but we believe the two cases are related. The two subjects remain in custody at the Volusia County Branch Jail with no bond. We are continuing to investigate and work alongside the State Attorney’s Office on both cases, and we will continue to update as the case proceeds.

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UPDATE: The DeLand Police Department has arrested two subjects for their role in one of two attempted carjackings this past weekend. Isaiah Thomas (21 years old) and John Torres (22 years old) are both being held at the Volusia County Branch Jail with no bond. The pair have been charged with Felony Carjacking in connection with the incident at Walmart located at 1699 North Woodland Blvd. Additional arrests and charges may be forthcoming in connection to the Florida Technical College incident as the investigation continues. 

Additional information can be found here: https://fb.watch/dcOCyEc-uO/

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The DeLand Police Department is investigating two similar attempted car-jacking incidents which occurred in the evening hours of May 21st and the early morning hours of May 22nd, 2022.  The first incident occurred on the north end of the city in the parking lot of the Walmart at 1699 North Woodland Blvd. around 11:50 pm. The second incident occurred in the parking lot of the Florida Technical College at 1199 South Woodland Boulevard at around 12:45 AM.  One person was injured in the second incident and was transported to an area hospital with critical injuries. The suspects fled the scene prior to law enforcement’s arrival in both incidents. The suspects are considered armed and dangerous and we are asking the public to be aware of their surroundings when parking in public venues after dark. More information will be released as it becomes available.

The investigation is active and ongoing.  Anyone with information about these two incidents is asked to contact the DeLand Police Department Criminal Investigation Division at 386-626-7400 or you may leave a tip on DeLand Police Department’s Crime Watch portal.

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Saturday, May 21, 2022 - 11:45pm

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