Manhunt underway for teen accused of running over Orlando deputy

Jancarlos Ortiz, 15, is wanted for attempted murder of a law enforcement officer. Orange Co. Sheriff's Office photos

ORLANDO, Fla. — An Orange County deputy is undergoing medical treatment after authorities say she was deliberately run over by a 15-year-old boy in Orlando.

Sgt. Marcie Pearce, with the Orange County Juvenile Arrest & Monitor unit, was struck by Jancarlos Ortiz, 15, as she confronted him on High Street, just off East Colonial Drive and State Road 436 around 7:30 a.m., the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said.

The sheriff’s office said Sgt. Pearce had an order to take Ortiz into custody. Ortiz struck Pearce as she approached the vehicle he was in. Sheriff Jerry Demings said Ortiz accelerated as he drove toward Pearce, who suffered serious injuries to her head, back, hand and foot. The injuries are not considered life-threatening.

Ortiz is now wanted for attempted murder. Authorities said he fled the area in a white Honda hatchback with black rims. Ortiz, who the sheriff described as dangerous, has a previous arrest for aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.

The Orlando County Sheriff’s Office posted the following message on its Facebook page with the hope it will lead to Ortiz’s capture-

We are seeking 15-year-old Jancarlos Ortiz (pictured) for attempted murder of a law enforcement officer.

It happened today at 7:35 a.m. at 835 High Street (pictured)near Semoran and East Colonial Drive.

OCSO Sergeant Marcy Pearce was injured by Ortiz, who was driving a vehicle. Ortiz had active custody orders and when confronted by Sgt. Pearce, the juvenile fled deliberately hitting the Sergeant with his vehicle and causing injuries.

Sergeant Pearce, a 22-year veteran of the OCSO, was transported to ORMC with injuries, the juvenile fled in what is believed to be a white Honda with black rims. We are thankful Sgt. Pearce is recovering at ORMC with injuries to her head, back, neck and foot.

Sheriff Demings and investigators are asking Ortiz to peacefully turn himself in.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the suspect is asked to contact the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. at 407-836-4357.

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