DELTONA, Fla. - A masked gunman followed a Deltona mother of three as she was driving home from Orlando and tried to carjack her in Volusia County while she was on the phone with 911, deputies said.
The attempted carjacking occurred around 3 a.m. in Deltona.
According to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office, the 44-year-old woman, who only wanted to be identified as Jennifer, said she was driving near the intersection of Tivoli Drive and Saxon Boulevard in Deltona when she noticed that a vehicle with its high-beam headlights on started following her. A short time later, the car's headlights turned off and the car continued to follow closely behind Jennifer's car, deputies said.
The Sheriff's Office said Jennifer drove toward her house but decided to keep going instead of stopping.
Around 3:15 a.m., Jennifer called 911 as she pulled up to the stop light at Providence Boulevard and Fort Smith Boulevard.
That's when she suddenly yelled to the dispatcher.
"He's trying to rob me! He's trying to rob me! He has a gun!" the woman told the 911 dispatcher.
The dispatcher replied, "Ma'am, drive."
Deputies said the man ordered her to get out of the car, but she sped away instead. She then went to a nearby convenience store and waited for deputies to arrive.
Jennifer described the man as 5 feet 2 inches tall with a small frame. She said he was wearing a red bandana over his face and had a black handgun. She said he was driving a small, low-rider car.
Jennifer told Local 6 News that she believes the assailant was a "professional" who will strike again.
She was still shaken from the incident and feels she was targeted because she is a woman and was alone.
"Someone in Deltona is prowling late at night looking for someone to rob or kill. I am very happy that he did not shoot that gun because I'd probably not be here right now talking to you. I'd be dead," she said.
According to the sheriff's report, when asked to fill out a sworn statement detailing the incident, the woman said, "This whole thing is a waste of time. Y'all ain't going to find him."
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Sheriff's Office or Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida at 888-277-TIPS.
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