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Man charged in weekend carjacking

What began as a carjacking investigation ended as a drug bust for Hernando County sheriff's deputies.

The incident began early Saturday, when a woman ran into the Circle K gas station on Deltona Boulevard about 4:30 a.m. and began screaming for store clerks to lock the doors, the sheriff's report said.

The clerks called 911 after Sarah Foreman, 22, told them that a man had pulled a gun on her.

When sheriff's deputies arrived, Foreman told them she had been at a friend's house where she met a man named Dwane Gomes, who asked her for a ride to the Circle K, the report said.

While she was waiting in the parking lot for Gomes to return to the car, another man climbed into her car and started yelling at her, the report said.

The man demanded that she take him to find Gomes as he "continued to yell something about fake money and dope," the report said. As she started to drive away, Foreman told the man she needed gas. She pulled back into the station, grabbed her keys and purse, and ran into the store, the report said.

Foreman and another witness later identified the man as Kenny Austin Carlson of Spring Hill, the report said.

On Sunday, a deputy saw Carlson near Northcliffe and Mariner boulevards.

While searching for Carlson, deputies found a white chunky substance, a razor blade, a prescription bottle with multiple pills inside, and "a clear baggie with a green leafy substance," the report said.

Deputies later identified the substances as cocaine, Alprazolam, Endocet, Viagra and marijuana, the report said.

"I did obtain Kenny's cell phone, which on the face of the phone displayed the words "dope boy,'T" the report said.

Carlson, 21, was arrested Sunday night. He faces charges of carjacking, false imprisonment, possession of a controlled substance, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana, and violation of probation.

On Monday he was being held at Hernando County Jail without bail based on the probation violation charge, records show.

Mary Spicuzza can be reached at or (352) 848-1432.