MALABAR, Fla. – Two men were arrested in Malabar after they attempted to carjack a car with a child still in the back seat.
Brevard County Sheriff's Office said that Stephane Johnson, 20 and Kelvin Houston, 23, both from Orlando, had just fled from an unrelated vehicle that was reported stolen from Orange County, when they came across a 27-year-old mother putting her two-year-old child in the backseat.
Johnson approached the mother offering her $100 for a ride. When she refused Johnson jumped into the drivers' seat while Houston got in the passenger side. The car was already running because the mother was trying to cool the car down before they left, deputies said.
Officers said that Johnson put the car into reverse in an attempt to leave with the child still inside. The mother quickly jumped into the vehicle, screaming she fought to grab the key, which she broke off in the ignition. She then struggled with Johnson to but the car into park.
As the mother continued to fight off the carjackers, the Brevard County Sheriff officers and the Palm Bay Police Department arrived on scene and took Johnson into custody, police said.
The quick response by officers was credited to the fact they were in the area searching for the suspect that had fled the other vehicle.
Deputies said that Johnson is a convicted felon with a history of multiple violent offenses and was release in may of 2015 from the Florida Department of Corrections. He was charged with Carjacking and transported to Brevard County Jail, his bond was set at $100,000. Houston was charged with Loitering and Prowling and was also transported with his bond set at $1,000.
Sheriff Ivey from Brevard County Sheriff's Office stated "We are all very relieved that this young mother and child are safe and that our Deputies were able to quickly respond and remove another violent offender off our streets. There is absolutely no place in society for those who would prey upon a mother and child! While I don't recommend ever breaking the law I would highly suggest that if you intend to break the law you don't do it in Brevard County!"