The mayor of Sanford, Florida, Jeff Triplett, was carjacked at gunpoint during the early morning hours on June 25 outside his home. Sanford, which is 20 miles north of Orlando, was the scene of the 2012 shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman in a gated community. The incident sparked riots and outrage for months, as well as a still smoldering debate over racism and Second Amendment rights.
It was approximately 2:15 a.m. when Mayor Triplett was approached by three black males. One of the trio of assailants was armed with a gun. The assailant pointed the gun at the mayor before demanding his keys. Triplett was relieved of his wallet and his Mercedes automobile, according to local police.
In the hours after the heist, an 18-year-old male and a 17-year-old male were arrested. The third culprit remains at large. The 18-year-old Jermine Jacques Horne, who was arraigned on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, among other charges, had little to say at his appearance before the court. A third person remains at large, police said.
On the experience, Triplett said, “Being a victim of a crime is unnerving, yet it was reassuring to witness both speed and diligence from the Sanford Police Department. It is disheartening when this type of crime takes place in the City of Sanford.”
Triplett’s car was later found in a damaged condition.
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