13-year-old boy driving stolen truck arrested in hit-and-run crash, troopers say

Suspect accused of pointing stolen gun at civilians before arrest

By Adrienne Cutway - Web Editor

MARION COUNTY, Fla. - A 13-year-old boy was arrested after he crashed a stolen truck in Marion County, burglarized several vehicles and pointed a stolen gun at civilians, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The boy, a runaway from Jacksonville, was driving a stolen 2003 Chevrolet S-10 southbound on U.S. 441 on his way from Jacksonville to Tampa when he crashed into an SUV while attempting to turn right onto Northwest 77th Street Monday morning, troopers said.

While fleeing from the crash on foot, the suspect burglarized vehicles in the Irish Acres subdivision and pointed a gun he took from one of those vehicles at civilians, according to the report.

Deputies said he immediately changed into clothes he stole from one of the vehicles and was planning to steal another vehicle so he could continue his journey to Tampa.

One homeowner who lives in the Irish Acres subdivision came home to find the boy rummaging through his vehicle, a news release said.

Surveillance video shows the man confronting the boy, then driving away with his wife to call law enforcement, officials said.

The teenager was arrested in a wooded area with the help of a K-9 unit and deputy, authorities said.

The teenager suffered minor injuries in the crash. The other driver, a 26-year-old woman, was not injured.

Troopers charged the boy with grand theft, driving without a license, resisting arrest without violence, leaving the scene of a crash and reckless driving.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office charged the teen with two counts of aggravated
assault with a deadly weapon, grand theft of a firearm, armed burglary of a
conveyance, burglary of a conveyance, unlicensed carrying of a concealed weapon and
possession of a firearm by a minor.

He is currently being held on no bond at the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center.

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