Man slashed, carjacked victim before leading Orange County detectives to body, officials say

Alexander Acs arrested on first-degree murder charge

ORLANDO, Fla. – A 32-year-old man was arrested Sunday on allegations of slashing and carjacking a victim in Orange County before he admitted to killing a man in another case, sheriff’s officials said.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office on Monday announced that Alexander Acs was arrested on first-degree murder charges and is expected to also face robbery and carjacking charges.

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According to officials, deputies were called around 10 a.m. Sunday to an armed carjacking at Texas Avenue and Americana Boulevard near Orlando. Deputies said the culprit, later identified as Acs, slashed the victim with a box cutter and stole his car.

The victim was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive, the sheriff’s office said.

During an investigation, sheriff’s officials said deputies located and arrested Acs, who was taken to the sheriff’s office. Detectives interviewed Acs and he confessed to the carjacking and also revealed that he had killed someone last week, according to authorities.

Acs led detectives to the 4400 block of S. Rio Grande Ave., where the body of a homicide victim was discovered, officials said. The victim has been identified as 42-year-old Tyrone Lawson.

According to an arrest affidavit, Acs told detectives he returned to Orlando on Jan. 7 to find an ex-girlfriend and “take everything from her.”

Acs stayed at someone’s apartment, suggested to him by an Uber driver, while he was in Orlando, according to the report. He told deputies he was conducting surveillance on a man who was friends with his ex and Acs thought he would be able to lead him to his ex-girlfriend.

Detectives learned Acs was staying with the person until he was kicked out of the apartment because a woman was coming over on Jan. 10, the affidavit stated. Sheriff’s officials said Acs told deputies that he planned to use a gun belonging to the person he was staying with and “decided he would need to kill” in order to get the weapon.

He told deputies he hit the victim with a piece of asphalt over the head several times, the affidavit shows.

Acs said he left the body in the living room of the apartment before leaving to find the man he believed would lead him to his ex. According to the affidavit, Acs tried to contact the man on Sunday, leading to the carjacking situation.

Authorities said Acs told detectives he planned to plead guilty to the murder and hopes to receive the death penalty. He also threatened if he does not get the death penalty then he would “kill a corrections officer in hopes that gets him the death penalty.”

He was booked into the Orange County Jail early Monday morning. Online court records show that Acs served time for a 2011 charge of domestic violence. He was released from prison in June.

News 6 spoke with Sheriff John Mina Tuesday to get his reaction to the case, and some of the details in the arrest affidavit.

“That’s unbelievable, I mean here’s a truly evil person who probably should still be in prison, he has a pretty extensive history, and you know, the fact that he said that he’d bring law enforcement or corrections officers in jeopardy because he wants the death penalty is scary, and should not be tolerated, so we need to make sure we take all precautions with this person to make sure that he doesn’t hurt anyone, including another inmate,” Mina said.

According to the arrest affidavit, Acs said he intends to plead guilty to the murder of Tyrone Lawson and that he hopes for the death penalty.

The arrest affidavit said in part: “If he does not get the death penalty then he would kill a corrections officer in hopes that gets him the death penalty.”

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