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After standoff, carjacking suspect found in attic of Seffner home

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Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 06:08 PM
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SWAT team members found a carjacking suspect hiding in the attic of his Seffner home after a standoff Monday morning, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.

A man carjacked a woman at gunpoint outside her Tampa apartment earlier in the morning and rammed patrol cars during a pursuit by deputies, the sheriff's office said.

Jerry Lee Reid, 25, was taken into custody and charged with aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer and grand theft auto. Reid has confessed to the crimes, deputies said.

A woman in the car with Reid also faces a charge of obstruction of justice for naming Marvin Davy as the driver of the stolen car to cover Reid's involvement, deputies said.

During the standoff, hostage negotiators called into the house and convinced two other people to come out voluntarily, deputies said.

The sheriff's office said investigators were conducting interviews to determine whether they were also involved in the reported carjacking at Lakeshore Club Apartments, 3411 Carlton Arms Drive in Tampa's Egypt Lake area.

About 1:15 a.m., Suleyka Mary Solano-Sanchez, 24, called 911 from the apartment complex to report that a man with a gun stole her 2011 Dodge Magnum and purse, deputies said.

"Apparently, the suspect walked up to the victim while she was entering her car and asked her for a cigarette," sheriff's spokesman Larry McKinnon said in a news release. "When the victim told him she doesn't smoke, the suspect pulled a handgun and demanded her purse and keys."

The man ordered Solano-Sanchez into her car but she refused, deputies said.

"He took her car keys and purse and drove away in her car," McKinnon said.

A countywide alert was placed with a full description of the vehicle and suspect information, the sheriff's office said. About 5 a.m., patrol deputies spotted the Magnum across the county in Seffner, near Lloyd Street and Old East Hillsborough Avenue.

Patrol units began following the car until additional backup units could arrive and safely conduct a felony vehicle stop, McKinnon said.

After the Dodge turned down Valencia Drive, a dead-end road, sheriff's units set up a roadblock at the open end of the street.

The Dodge then rammed two patrol cars as it attempted to flee, causing damage to the cars but no injuries to deputies, the sheriff's office said.

The vehicle then stopped and the driver fled on foot while a passenger was detained at the scene. The passenger has not been charged and will be listed as a witness, deputies said.

K-9 deputies tracked the driver to Grove Lane, and a SWAT team and hostage negotiators were called after he refused to exit the residence, the sheriff's office said.

After two people voluntarily left the house, SWAT personnel deployed a "flash/percussion device" and entered the residence, McKinnon said.

SWAT began searching the residence and found Davy hiding in the attic, deputies said.

Davy, 26, of 11615 Grove Lane, faces a charge of possession of marijuana.

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