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DELTONA RACETRAC STATION ROBBED BY 2 SUSPECTS
The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the armed robbery of a Deltona Racetrac station overnight.
Deputies responded to the Racetrac at 407 Deltona Blvd. around 1:10 a.m. Friday and spoke with witnesses who said two suspects robbed the store, one armed with a handgun.
One employee said one of the suspects pointed the gun at her head and demanded all the money in the register. She said at some point during the incident, she was struck in the back of the head with the firearm, but she didn’t sustain any injuries. No one else was injured in the robbery, either.
Another employee and two customers were in the store at the time of the robbery. One of the customers explained he came out of the restroom while the robbery was happening, and one of the suspects pointed a gun at him. Both customers were told to lay down on the floor while the suspects robbed the store.
One suspect was a heavy-set black male wearing a red tank top, gray pants and a mask. He arrived driving a black Cadillac Escalade (Florida tag EEPI07) that was reported stolen in an armed carjacking in Leesburg. The second suspect was a thin black male wearing a gray track suit and a mask, and he arrived at the store in the passenger side of a red Hyundai Elantra (Florida tag KQQN91) that was reported stolen in an armed carjacking in Orange County.
The investigation is active and anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida at 888-277-TIPS, via the Crime Stoppers P3 mobile app or on the web athttp://www.northeastflorida.crimestoppersweb.com/. Tips can be submitted anonymously and a cash reward is possible.
Here’s an update from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office on other cases related to our robbery in Volusia County.
These cases are related and all agencies are working together in this investigation. The suspects are 3 black males.
Below is the sequence of events in these cases.
On May 16, 2019, at 9:53 p.m., a carjacking of a red Hyundai Elantra occurred at 6217 Silver Star Rd in the CVS parking lot. The suspects were described as 3 black males.
At 11:40 p.m., the suspects committed a carjacking in Leesburg using the carjacked Hyundai Elantra from Orange County.
At 12:56 a.m., the suspects then traveled to Sanford where they committed an armed robbery at the Kangaroo at 5690 W. SR 46, in Sanford (Seminole County SO is investigating).
At 1:09 a.m., the suspects committed an armed robbery at the Racetrac at 407 Deltona Boulevard, Deltona (Volusia County SO released info on this).
This morning at 1:28 a.m., the suspects returned to Orange County and committed an armed robbery at the 7-11 at 8830 Rose Avenue using both previously carjacked cars.
UPDATE 5/28/19: Three suspects in the armed robbery of a Deltona Racetrac station earlier this month have now been charged in the hold-up, part of a multi-county crime spree that ended with their apprehension in Sumter County last weekend.
The defendants charged with robbery in the Deltona case are all teenagers from the Orlando area:
Peter N. Christian, 16 (DOB 10/11/02)
Vontavious D. Thomas, 15 (DOB 8/15/03)
Joshua M. Fluellen, 14 (DOB 3/20/05)
All three suspects, plus one additional juvenile, were apprehended by the Sumter County Sheriff's Office during the early-morning hours of May 18, following another armed robbery in Sumter. The group fled at high speeds and crashed their vehicle before they were caught. In addition to the Volusia and Sumter cases, the suspects are also facing charges for carjackings in Orange County and Leesburg and armed robberies in Orange County and Sanford.