DeLand police arrest suspects in carjacking attempts that left one victim shot

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DeLand police have arrested two suspects in the attempted weekend carjackings that left one man shot.

Capt. Prurince Dice said Tuesday that the suspects are John E. Torres, 22, of DeLand, and Isaiah Thomas, 21, of New Smyrna Beach. The men were initially arrested in connection with the carjacking attempt of a 75-year-old man at the Walmart at 1699 N. Woodland Blvd. on Saturday at 11:50 p.m.

Prurince did not give details on the second attempted carjacking that occurred early Sunday at Florida Technical College, also in DeLand, but said Torres and Thomas are the same suspects in that incident.

"We believe that these individuals will be suspects as it relates to both (carjacking) locations," Prurince said.

Volusia County Branch Jail records show that Torres and Thomas are each charged with carjacking and burglary with assault or battery. They remained jailed Tuesday without bail.

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One man was shot in the second carjacking attempt and was taken to the hospital in critical condition, police said.

Torres and Thomas have not yet been charged with the incident at Florida Technical College at 1199 S. Woodland Blvd., which remains under investigation, Prurince said.

Police said that there are still other suspects that could be arrested in the attempted carjackings.

Volusia County Branch Jail records show that Torres and Thomas were arrested Sunday morning by Daytona Beach Police and booked into the Volusia County Branch Jail on loitering and prowling charges.

They were freed after posting bail, but were later rearrested on the attempted carjacking charges, said DeLand Police Lt. Juan Millan,

This article originally appeared on The Daytona Beach News-Journal: DeLand police arrest suspects in carjackings that left one person shot