VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – Volusia sheriff’s detectives are charging two people after a total of 19 vehicles were damaged by gunfire on I-4 and I-95 in January.
According to authorities, 21-year-old Deon Anthony Jones is charged with 19 counts of shooting into an occupied vehicle and felony criminal mischief.
“He [Jones] was already in custody on other charges in the Duval County Jail when detectives arrested him Tuesday on his Volusia warrants,” officials said.
Authorities said the driver, 22-year-old Tiyana Anderson, is wanted on principal charges in connection to each of Jones’ charges.
All of these vehicles were hit by what the Sherriff’s Office thinks was a pellet gun. Sheriff’s investigating 10 vehicles shot, FHP is investing three, bring the total to 13 vehicles shot at along I-4 and I-95 this evening. No injuries. @news6wkmg pic.twitter.com/JtRu0GgUiN— Troy Campbell (@TCampbellNews6) January 2, 2020
Initially, deputies said 13 vehicles were damaged but later raised that number to 15 after more victims came forward.
A man who asked not to be identified told News 6 he was driving home from Orlando to Jacksonville when his window was shot out on I-4.
A Florida Highway Patrol public information officer said that 15 vehicles were damaged in Volusia County, one was damaged in Seminole County and three were damaged in the St. Augustine area.
According to deputies, the tag reported in St. Johns was assigned to a vehicle registered to Jones’ grandparents which was found by troopers in Jacksonville.
“There were BBs visible on the floorboard, and the passenger side mirror was broken in a way that appeared consistent with being shot by someone inside the vehicle,” officials said.
Detectives were able to confirm that Jones used a BB gun to shoot randomly at 19 occupied vehicles while Anderson drove.
According to a news release, the total property damage was estimated at about $12,000.
The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office obtained two arrest warrants for Jones and Anderson for the BB-Gun shooting spree.
“This could have had a much more tragic outcome and we are thankful that no one was seriously injured,” Sheriff Rick Staly said. “It appears these two were traveling up and down the highways shooting at random vehicles, as they are facing nineteen charges each in Volusia County alone. This type of joy ride will not be tolerated and this case shows that law enforcement works together so that criminals that cross boundaries will still be apprehended. This reflects the great partnership we have locally.”
The FCSO has detainers on each defendant to face their Flagler County charges.
Jones is currently being held in the Duval County Jail and Anderson is currently being held in the Volusia County Correctional Facility. Both have a bond of $100,000.00.
Deputies said Jones has an extensive criminal history including armed robbery, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and dealing in stolen property.