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Video: Murder Suspect Tracked Down, Caught By K-9 In New Smyrna Beach Area

Date Added: July 01, 2022 12:51 pm

Andrew Gant
Office of Public Affairs & Media Relations


A violent suspect in a recent fatal carjacking attempt was spotted and arrested in New Smyrna Beach on Thursday after Volusia sheriff’s deputies, detectives and task force members closed in with the help of a K-9 making the first apprehension of his career.

In recent days, detectives with the East and West Volusia Narcotics Task Forces and task force agents from the Volusia Bureau of Investigation were sharing intelligence and working in the New Smyrna Beach area conducting surveillance on Nassan Bacon (DOB 12/10/1999).

In addition to his pending indictment in the May 22 murder in DeLand, Bacon had active warrants out of New Smyrna Beach PD for aggravated battery with a firearm and aggravated assault with a firearm.

Bacon was recently seen purchasing a 60-round AK-47 magazine at a New Smyrna Beach gun store. On Thursday, detectives and task force agents spotted Bacon in a vehicle on Dimmick Street with 2 others, formed a perimeter and moved in to take him into custody. He took off running but was unable to break the perimeter, eventually hiding behind a house on Palm Street.

Deputy Whitson and K-9 Red quickly tracked Bacon to his hiding spot behind a washer, dryer and other scrap metal. Bacon was taken into custody, treated for a bite injury on scene and then transported to the hospital for further treatment. The apprehension was K-9 Red’s first since replacing Deputy Whitson’s retired partner, K-9 Endo.

The other 2 occupants of the vehicle were found to be carrying concealed firearms and charged accordingly.

Bacon was one of two violent felony suspects taken into custody due to these surveillance efforts. A suspect in a recent Daytona Beach shooting was also spotted and identified in another vehicle on Dimmick Street.

More information on the first-degree murder indictment of Bacon and his co-defendants is provided below, from DeLand PD:


JULY 1, 2022

Authorities have secured first-degree murder charges against three suspects in an attempted carjacking that left one dead.

John Torres, 22, Isaiah Thomas, 21, and Nassan Bacon, 22, were all indicted this week for first-degree murder in connection to a carjacking that occurred May 22 outside Florida Technical College, 1199 South Woodland Boulevard, where a man was shot and later died of his injuries.

Thomas and Torres were already in Volusia County Branch Jail on charges related to another attempted carjacking on May 21 outside Walmart at 1699 North Woodland Boulevard. 

Bacon was arrested Thursday in coordination with the Volusia Sheriff’s Office. Video of his arrest can be seen here:

Estella Luna, 24, was arrested in West Palm Beach was also arrested on outstanding warrants related to the attempted carjacking outside Walmart. She is charged with principal to carjacking, principal to burglary, assault, and battery.

More charges and arrests are pending in this case. The investigation is active and ongoing.  Anyone with information about these two incidents is asked to contact the DeLand Police Department Criminal Investigation Division at 386-626-7400 or you may leave a tip on DeLand Police Department’s Crime Watch portal.

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