Four in custody in connection with carjacking of federal officer in Orlando

Dante Askins, 18. Image WESH

ORLANDO, FL (WESH) – Four people are now in custody in connection with the carjacking of an out-of-town federal law enforcement officer earlier this week, Orange County authorities told WESH Orlando.

WESH reported that the 44-year-old federal officer, visiting from Texas with his family, was carjacked by the four individuals as he loaded up his car outside a hotel on Universal Boulevard on Wednesday night. Deputies said the suspects forced the man into his Chevy Tahoe at gunpoint and held him captive for a short period of time. The victim was able to escape and find help before the Tahoe was found abandoned in west Orange County.

Investigators worked throughout the night and early morning to identify suspects in the Wednesday night incident, the sheriff’s office said.

Dante Askins, 18, was charged with armed robbery, armed carjacking and aggravated battery. Askins was found driving a stolen car on International Drive on Thursday night, officials said. Gregory McDonald, 18, was arrested Friday at an apartment complex in west Orange County. Two others taken into custody — ages 15 and 16 — face the same charges. WESH is not identifying the juvenile suspects.

Subsequent interviews with Askins led to the confession of his involvement in the carjacking case and the identities of the other suspects.

The Orange County Sheriff Jerry L. Demings told WESH Friday these high school students were playing a dangerous game and got caught. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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