PINELLAS PARK — A St. Augustine man carjacked two vehicles back-to-back on Thursday afternoon, police said. He threatened one driver to give up their car and pulled a teenager from the driver’s seat of another, police said, before he was finally arrested while trying to run from officers.
Cassidy Dylan Daniels, 27, of 944 Oak Arbor Circle in St. Augustine, faces two counts of carjacking, one count of aggravated fleeing and eluding and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, according to Pinellas Park police.
The two carjackings took place 20 minutes and two miles apart. No injuries were reported.
The first victim was a 23-year-old Clearwater woman who was leaving work and getting into her vehicle at about 3:15 p.m. in the 3400 block of 67th Avenue N, near the U.S. 19 intersection.
The woman told police a man approached her, implied he had a weapon and demanded she get out of her vehicle. Then he got in and drove off just before officers arrived.
While investigating the incident, police received a call about a second carjacking in the 6500 block of 51st Way N. A 16-year-old boy told police he had just arrived home when a man grabbed him and pulled him out of his vehicle, then drove off. The man left behind the first stolen vehicle.
Moments later, police said they spotted Daniels in the second stolen vehicle, speeding north on 66th Street N. He turned west onto Bryan Dairy Road with a Pinellas Park police officer in pursuit.
Daniels continued west to Starkey Road, then drove south in a “reckless manner,” police said, before stopping and ditching the car. He ran toward the area of 86th Avenue and Denise Drive, near Starkey Elementary School.
After a short chase, Daniels was taken into custody. He was being held Friday at the Pinellas County jail in lieu of $110,150 bail.