Suspect arrested after car with screaming woman passes deputy

Kirk Daniel Stevens, 34, arrested after fleeing officers


ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. – A man was arrested Thursday after he broke into a woman’s home and took her and her children on a ride in his vehicle, authorities said.

According to the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Justin Cash was working traffic in the area of Hilltop and Kings Estate Road when he heard a woman's screams coming from a passing vehicle.

Deputies said when the car was pulled over, the driver got out and ran, leaving a woman and several children behind.

According to deputies, the suspect, identified as Kirk Daniel Stevens, 34, first entered the woman’s shed, where he found wire cutters, pliers and a knife that allowed him to forcibly get into the home.

Once inside, Stevens took the woman’s cellphone and had her and her children get into his vehicle.

Following a 20-minute search, deputies found Stevens, who was taken to a hospital for injuries he suffered while fleeing deputies.

Deputies said they had been attempting to locate Stevens for several days on unrelated domestic-related warrants.

Stevens was booked into the St. Johns County Jail. He is charged with burglary, possession of burglary tools, battery, intimidation of a victim and resisting arrest.

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