Off-duty deputy dragged by getaway car outside Tommy Hilfiger store

Deputy wasn't hurt

By Michelle Ganley - Graham Media Group

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - An off-duty deputy who was attempting to stop a thief at a Tommy Hilfiger store was dragged by the assailant’s getaway car, authorities said Sunday.

Investigators are still looking for the people responsible for the crime, which has been labeled an aggravated battery incident on a law enforcement officer and grand theft, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

About 4 p.m. Sunday, Orange County deputies were called to the Tommy Hilfiger store on State Road 535.

They learned that a deputy arrived to work at the store, off-duty from his position with law enforcement. At some point during his shift, a man ran out of the shop with about $1,600 worth of merchandise, officials said.

That’s when the deputy chased after the man.

The suspect hopped into the passenger side of a gray Hyundai, and the driver of that vehicle reversed, dragging the deputy.

The Hyundai driver then hit a parked car and sped forward, continuing to drag the deputy, authorities said.

The deputy was able to free himself from the car uninjured.

The Hyundai was abandoned at the intersection of State Road 535 and International Drive, with reports of multiple men seen running in the area of World Center Drive and State Road 417, according to a news release from investigators.

Deputies caught up with a passenger from the Hyundai, but it was not the grand theft suspect. That person was arrested on an unrelated warrant.

Authorities haven’t been able to locate the alleged thief or the driver of the getaway car.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS.

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