Volusia County investigators arrest carjacking suspect after standoff

Man accused of resisting deputies, causing crash

By Adrienne Cutway - Web Editor

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. - Volusia County deputies on Monday flocked to a residential neighborhood looking for a man they say fled from authorities and carjacked someone after a shoplifting incident earlier in the day.

Investigators said 27-year-old David Readdean was taken into custody after a standoff with authorities that lasted hours. 

Sky 6 video showed at least a dozen patrol vehicles in the area of Normandy Boulevard and Gainsboro Street around 6 p.m.

Authorities said the incident began around 9:30 a.m. when someone flagged down a deputy about a shoplifting incident at Fort Smith Boulevard and Courtland Boulevard in Deltona.

The shoplifting suspect struggled with the deputy and fled in a vehicle, the report said.

Readdean was involved in a crash near Spirit Elementary. He jumped out of the crashed vehicle and carjacked an occupied vehicle, prompting a temporary lockdown at the school, according to deputies. 

The carjacking victim was a mother. Her two kids were in the back of the car.

Readdean was charged with:

  • resisting an officer with violence
  • battery on a law enforcement officer
  • escape
  • carjacking
  • three counts of kidnapping
  • possession of heroin
  • driving without a valid license

His bond was set at $247,500.

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