Deputies have filed charges against two men following an incident early Wednesday morning on Interstate 95 in Palm Coast.
Tyshon Renford, 23, of Rochester, New York, and Keith Humprey, 24, were arrested on charges of dealing in stolen property filed by Flagler County deputies in connection with a stolen vehicle, according to the Flagler County Sheriff's Office.
A sheriff's deputy patrolling the interstate after 7 a.m. Wednesday came upon an unoccupied Toyota Corolla parked alongside the northbound shoulder of the roadway near the 296 mile marker.
The deputy checked the tag on the vehicle and learned it was stolen in Broward County during an armed robbery of the car's owner, a Domino’s Pizza delivery person, authorities said.
A state attorneys investigator traveling on I-95 at the time called Flagler County Communications and told them he saw two people get out of the vehicle and begin to walk north. Deputies said the investigator provided dispatchers with a description of the two people, which was broadcast to deputies countywide as well as to the Florida Highway Patrol and St. Johns County Sheriff's Office.
Over the next several hours, the two were spotted but were able to avoid apprehension, deputies said. Authorities received calls of the two men getting into a white van who then got onto I-95 north at the Flagler-St. Johns County line.
Within minutes, the van was spotted traveling north on the interstate in St. Johns County near mile marker 311. Deputies said a traffic stop was conducted and the two men were taken into custody without incident.
The driver of the van told deputies he had picked the men up near I-95 and U.S. 1 after being flagged down by them. He offered to give them a ride, unaware of the circumstances involving the stolen vehicle, deputies said.
"The calls we received from motorists who saw the two subjects entering the van and then providing us with the van's description and direction of travel was crucial in our being able to take these two individuals into custody," said Sheriff James L. Manfre. "People need to think before they stop and pick up a stranger looking for a ride. If you see someone you think may stranded or looking for a ride, don't stop, call local law enforcement and ask them to check it out. Don't put your safety or that of a passenger in your vehicle at risk."
Renford and Humprey are being held in the St. Johns County Jail on no bond, deputies said.