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Orlando teen slaying suspects arrested in Polk with gun stolen during Tampa smash-and-grab

Two Orlando teens wanted on murder charges were arrested Saturday with a gun that matches one of about 40 weapons stolen from a Tampa gun shop, authorities said.

Jayvon Joachin, 16, and Deshawn Miller, 17, were arrested in Polk County on auto theft charges. The teens are also suspects in the Dec. 7 fatal shooting of Kendra Lewis, 27.

Lewis was driving through a Citgo parking lot in Orlando when shots were fired. Lewis, a bystander, was shot in the face. Her 5-year-old daughter in the backseat wasn't injured.

Lewis was taken off life support and died on Thursday.

On Saturday, Polk County deputies spotted Joachin and Miller on Interstate 4, traveling in a 2013 Dodge Charger that was stolen from in front of a Winter Haven convenience store. When officers learned of the connection to the slaying, they deployed stop sticks in the area of State Road 557. The Charger hit the sticks and crashed into a ditch.

Miller had a handgun stolen from Tampa Arms Co., 4023 W Waters Ave., on Nov. 29, the Polk County Sheriff's Office said.

In that robbery, as many as a dozen people wearing hooded sweatshirts stole more than 40 guns. A vehicle was used to smash the store's glass facade.

It is unclear if Joachin or Miller were among the thieves.

Joachin also faces charges of fleeing, possession of burglary tools, no valid driver's license, armed burglary and grand theft of a motor vehicle.

Miller faces charges of grand theft of a motor vehicle, grand theft of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of ammunition by a convicted felon and armed burglary.

Information from the Orlando Sentinel was used in this report.

Orlando teen slaying suspects arrested in Polk with gun stolen during Tampa smash-and-grab 12/11/16 [Last modified: Monday, December 12, 2016 12:25am]
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