WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (WFLA) — Winter Haven police are on the hunt for an extremely dangerous teenager suspected in the armed carjacking of a woman outside of a Polk County Walgreens.
Florida Highway Patrol troopers put the cuffs on the suspect’s accomplice, 19-year-old John Martin Crist, just outside of St. Augustine. They also detained a 16-year old runaway who was traveling with them.
Investigators say shortly after midnight on March 1, 50-year old Sandra Hunter stopped at a Walgreens at 705 1st St. S in Winter Haven to pick up a gift card.
Surveillance video shows Hunter pulling into the parking lot. As she’s texting her son from the car, a man is seen pacing back and forth. The man approaches the car and demands that Hunter get out.
Hunter told detectives when she looked up at the man, she was staring down the barrel of a shot gun. Video shows Hunter exiting the car and the man forcing her to the ground. Another man then gets into the passenger seat, and the gunman gets in the driver’s seat and leaves.
Hunter, rattled but unhurt, ran into the Walgreens and called 911.
Speaking from her Winter Haven neighborhood, Hunter told News channel 8, the entire ordeal was surreal. She couldn’t believe it was happening.
“And I went to put my phone back into the purse to get out and that’s when my door was jacked open,” Hunter said, her voice trembling. “I couldn’t believe it was happening. And he was waiving the gun around and he says, ‘Get out now.’”
Four hours later, a trooper spotted a Toyota Corolla driving 108 miles an hour on Interstate 95 in St. Johns County near St. Augustine. The trooper attempted to stop the car, but the driver lost control and all three occupants fled the scene. Authorities were able to track down Crist and that 16-year old runaway, but are still looking for the third occupant, 18-year-old William Bradley Summerlin of Bartow.
The 16-year-old told detectives the three had a plan to steal a car in Winter Haven, and then ‘hit a lick’ in the Jacksonville area. Hit a lick is street slang for committing a robbery.
Hunter is concerned Summerlin could find another victim. And while he stole her car and other personal belongings, he also stole her piece of mind.
“You hear about it. It’s everywhere else,” Hunter said. “But when it’s somewhere in my safe zone, it’s somewhere I stop every day at, not every day, but on a regular basis.”
Detectives say Summerlin is considered extremely dangerous. Anyone with information on Summerlin whereabouts is asked to call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477). Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a CASH reward of up to $3,000.
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