Video: Daytona Beach Carjacking Suspect Arrested After Fleeing, Hiding In Building
Date Added: August 14, 2023 2:45 pm
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DAYTONA BEACH CARJACKING SUSPECT ARRESTED AFTER FLEEING, HIDING IN BUILDING
A Daytona Beach carjacking suspect who stole a gas station customer’s car at gunpoint Monday morning was tracked down and taken into custody by SWAT deputies after attempting to hide in a warehouse building about 3 miles away.
After almost an hour of attempts to convince 42-year-old Anthony Galloway (DOB 7/12/1981) to come outside with his hands up, SWAT units pried open a locked door and arrested him around 10:50 a.m.
The carjacking was reported around 8:23 a.m. at a BP gas station at 1094 Derbyshire Road. The victim, who was pumping gas at the time of the robbery, told deputies the suspect was armed with a handgun when he approached, demanding his money and car keys.
The victim said the suspect told him to “keep pumping the gas or I will shoot you.” Then the suspect drove off in the silver Toyota Corolla heading south on Derbyshire.
Deputies quickly located video surveillance footage of the incident and a clear view of the suspect, later identified as Galloway. The Corolla was soon found unoccupied outside an apartment complex on Brentwood Drive, where the suspect ran into an apartment building and then jumped out of a back second-story window.
From there, witnesses reported he ran into the warehouse in the area of 504 Mason Ave., along the Florida East Coast railroad. FEC stopped all trains and traffic was blocked in the area while deputies and Daytona Beach police surrounded the facility. A video feed from inside the building provided a live view of what the suspect was doing inside.
After an extended time of no compliance with law enforcement commands to come outside and surrender, SWAT made entry and took Galloway into custody without further incident. He was transported to Halifax Health Medical Center for evaluation and treatment of cuts that were believed to be sustained during the break-in and/or jump from the nearby apartment. His criminal charges are being finalized at this time and he will be transported to the Volusia County Branch Jail after receiving medical clearance.
- Galloway’s charges are armed carjacking with a firearm, armed robbery with a firearm, grand theft, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, resisting an officer without violence, burglary of an occupied dwelling with battery, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, criminal mischief, and trespassing. Galloway also had active warrants out of Lake County for theft and Orange County for violation of probation on prior charges of fleeing or attempting to elude law enforcement.
- The victim in the occupied apartment (Whispering Winds Apartments, 119 Thomason Ave.) that Galloway burglarized after bailing out of the stolen vehicle is a 57-year-old woman who partially opened her door after hearing someone banging on it while screaming “Momma.” Galloway forced his way through the door, knocking her backwards, and slammed it shut. When she realized Galloway was a stranger, the victim commanded her two dogs (identified as pit bulls) to attack him, and they did. As Daytona Beach police officers arrived at the door of the second-floor apartment, Galloway ran into the kitchen and broke a small glass window before jumping out of it.
- The firearm believed to have been used in the carjacking was recovered from a different nearby apartment complex (The Element Apartments, 468 Brentwood Drive), where a 7-year-old boy discovered it around 4 p.m. Monday. The boy’s mother reported her son had accidentally fired the handgun, striking an unoccupied apartment. Fortunately, no one was injured.
- Galloway’s criminal history includes 67 prior felony charges with 12 convictions, and 25 prior misdemeanor charges with 22 convictions. His prior charges include 13 counts of grand theft of a motor vehicle, 3 counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, aggravated battery of a law enforcement officer, burglary with battery, armed robbery, aggravated fleeing or attempting to elude, cruelty toward a child, and narcotics offenses.
- About 70 law enforcement officers were involved in the response to Monday’s incident.
- Galloway remains held without bond at the Volusia County Branch Jail.