TAMPA, Fla. – Deputies have arrested a suspect involved in a violent robbery in Hillsborough County and connected to a carjacking in the City of Tampa.
On Monday, July 31, 2023, at 1:26 p.m., the Communications Center received a call from Tampa Police Department to look for a violent carjacking suspect.
The suspect, later identified as 23-year-old black male Lavonn Daniels, assaulted two women as they stood talking beside the driver’s side door of a 2020 dark blue Nissan Rogue.
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Police say he struck the first victim, a white female in her early thirties, in the head with a large piece of concrete rock before shoving her to the ground.
He then grabbed the second victim, a white female in her mid-forties, throwing her to the ground before taking the Nissan and fleeing the area.
“Our thoughts are with the victims of this suspect this case, and we hope for their full recovery,” said Chief Lee Bercaw. “The quick and efficient communication that exists between our law enforcement agencies ensured that everyone was aware of, and looking for, the suspect and worked to take a dangerous criminal off the street as quickly as possible.”
Daniels was taken into custody by deputies after a short foot chase at 2:38 p.m. He was booked into Orient Road Jail and is facing charges including:
- Aggravated Battery Great Bodily Harm with a Deadly Weapon
- Carjacking with a Deadly Weapon
- Grand Theft
“Thanks to the diligent work of two agencies a violent criminal is behind bars,” said Sheriff Chad Chronister “We remain committed to ensuring the safety of our community and we will continue to pursue those who threaten our residents and bring them to justice.”
Daniels has a lengthy arrest history, deputies say.
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