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Deputies: Man arrested after Orange Park carjacking caught on camera

Tyler Davis, 20, accused of stealing car, wallet, cellphone

ORANGE PARK, Fla. – An Orange Park man was arrested Tuesday afternoon on a charge of armed carjacking after investigators said they obtained surveillance video of a woman being robbed at gunpoint.

Tyler Davis, 20, of Orange Park, was booked into the Clay County Jail and ordered held without bond.

The Clay County Sheriff's Office said the carjacking of a woman happened Oct. 6 on Hawthorn Way in Orange Park. 

According to an arrest affidavit obtained by News4Jax, investigators were able to identify a suspect thanks to surveillance video from a homeowner near the scene of the crime. 

Jose Veguilla, whose security footage helped detectives with the case, told News4Jax on Wednesday that his wife and son came face-to-face with Davis right before the incident.

"It makes me really angry about what's going on," Veguilla said. "It really frustrates me the way that stuff has been going around. I wish it didn't happen to that lady and I hope that we can do more to avoid that."

About two weeks ago, the affidavit states a Nissan Sentra was seen entering the neighborhood and parked behind a home under construction. The suspect was seen getting out of the vehicle with a noticeable object under his shirt. 

Detectives wrote in the report that when the victim pulled into a parking spot, Davis was seen walking up to the car and getting into the passenger side. Shortly after he got in, detectives said, the victim was seen exiting the car, running with her hands up then collapsing in a driveway. The suspect was seen driving away in the victim’s car.

The victim told investigators that while she was being robbed by Davis, she reached for his gun but that he quickly grabbed it before she could get her hands on it. 

Her wallet and cellphone were taken along with her car, the affidavit said. 

Deputies said Davis left his own car near the scene of the carjacking, and they were able to identify him after running the vehicle's tag. Detectives then made contact with Davis’ mother, but what she told them was redacted from the affidavit.

Three days after the carjacking, the victim’s car was located in a church parking lot in Jacksonville. 

A search of the car revealed a bullet on the floorboard, which was consistent with a statement by the victim, who said Davis took a round out of the gun chamber, releasing the magazine and causing a bullet to fall on the floorboard.

Veguilla said it's a sigh of relief knowing an arrest has been made.

"It makes the community a little bit safer," he said.


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