Four Orlando high school students have been arrested after they committed the ultimate stupid crime. While on a crime spree, they decided to carjack and kidnap what turned out to be a federal agent on vacation with his family.
Armando Alaniz, who works for federal Bureau of Customs and Border Protection, was on vacation with his family in the International Drive tourist corridor when the teens attacked him at gunpoint. They had the nerve to pistol-whip Alaniz, before tying him up, and forcing him into the back seat of his own car. Then they got really petty, stealing his wallet.
His wife eventually figured out that something was wrong, and was able to track and contact the vehicle through their OnStar system.
“The OnStar representative placed a call to the vehicle and heard someone screaming for help,” Sheriff Jerry Demings said.
OpposingViews says the teens got what they deserved though:
The carjacking and kidnapping was Askin’s sixth arrest.
The 15-year-old suspect turned himself in at Orange County sheriff’s headquarters Friday morning, accompanied by his parents. The 16-year-old suspect was arrested just hours later and McDonald was arrested Friday night, according to Demings.
“These high school students were playing a dangerous game, and they got caught playing a dangerous game,” Demings said Friday afternoon. “If you are coming to our community with criminal intent, we want you to think twice about it.”
All four suspects are charged with armed kidnapping, carjacking with a car, and aggravated battery with a firearm.The younger teens are being held at the state Juvenile Detention Center in Orlando while Askins remains held without bail in the Orange County Jail, Orlando Sentinel reported. It is unclear where McDonald is currently being held.
Demings said detectives are trying to determine whether all of the teens belong to gangs. He added that increased patrols will continue in the International Drive tourist distinct.
After the four suspects abandoned the vehicle with Alaniz trapped inside, the agent was able to slip out of his bonds. He later received four stitches to close a scalp wound from being pistol-whipped, records show.