Man carjacks pair after robbery attempt, Daytona Beach police say

Man tried to rob ice cream parlor before carjacking, police say


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A man was arrested Monday afternoon, Daytona Beach police say, after he tried to rob an ice cream store and then carjacked a father and son and crashed the stolen vehicle.

Police said Johnny Harold Quatto, 30, approached the window of the Icy Paradise Ice Cream parlor on Mason Avenue around 4:15 p.m., pointed a gun at the clerk and said, "If you want to live today, give me all of the money." The clerk activated the silent alarm and no money was taken.

Police said Quatto then carjacked a vehicle as a man and his 15-year-old son were getting into it. The father asked Quatto to let his son out and his son stayed on Mason Avenue, according to police, and the man was forced to drive the culprit to an unknown location.

That father, Matthew Taylor, told Local 6, "He was running so fast, it looked like he was running from something. [He had a] frantic, crazed look on his face [and] he was sweating really bad."

"He runs over to the passenger side and opens my door with the gun concealed right here," said 15-year-old Devon Taylor, pointing to his stomach.

Trying to diffuse the situation, the single father complied and drove the carjacker.

"In my mind, it's like what could happen? He has a gun with my dad and cops are all chasing them," said Devon Taylor.

When the father and the suspect arrived at Vine Street and Mason Avenue, Matthew Taylor said he put the car in park and jumped out. Quatto then drove northbound on Vine Street and lost control of the vehicle near Eighth Street, crashing into a mailbox and a tree, police said.

Quatto was extracted from the vehicle and taken to Halifax Hospital with a broken neck.

Police said Quatto's weapon was identified as a pellet gun that looks like a 9mm Glock.

"I'm just glad it's over and nobody got hurt," Matthew Taylor.

Devon Taylor described his father as "by far, the best man I ever met."