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Off-Duty Florida Officer Stops Carjacking

May 12, 2015  | 

Lorent J. Pion, 19, of Miami Gardens was charged with carjacking and battery and jailed in lieu of $10,000 bail. (Photo: St. Johns County Sheriff's Office)
Lorent J. Pion, 19, of Miami Gardens was charged with carjacking and battery and jailed in lieu of $10,000 bail. (Photo: St. Johns County Sheriff's Office)

An off-duty Jacksonville, Fla., police officer stopped an attempted carjacking in St. Johns County about noon Monday by handcuffing the suspect and pinning him to the ground until deputies could get there, according to the Sheriff’s Office in St. Augustine.

The police officer — whose name has been redacted from the incident report — witnessed a man pull a woman out of her car in the Denny’s parking lot near the Flying J truck stop in St. Augustine, the Sheriff’s Office the Florida Times-Union.

The police officer ran to the car, pulled his firearm and identified himself as an off-duty police officer, according to an incident report.

The suspect advanced toward the officer, so the officer put his gun away and wrestled the man to the ground where he handcuffed him and waited until deputies arrived.

Lorent J. Pion, 19, of Miami Gardens was charged with carjacking and battery and jailed in lieu of $10,000 bail.


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david sanborn @ 5/12/2015 5:12 PM

"The subject advanced toward the officer" (after the subject had assaulted a woman and was in the middle of a carjacking. So why in blazes did the officer holster his gun and engage in wrassling rather than relying on hot lead?

kevCopAz @ 5/12/2015 5:18 PM

Good job, threatened but didn't have to use force to get the job done. But this worries me, if the officer would have had to use deadly force, did he think twice, placing himself and others in jeopardy simple for fear of the anti police crowd attacking him if he shot a young black man? Was the officer white? I fear cops are second guessing themselves and this may end up with more officers injured or killed unnecessarily.

Jon Retired LEO @ 5/12/2015 7:09 PM

Good for you off duty officer. This idiot looks like an Osama Bin Laden cohort.

Ima Leprechaun @ 5/12/2015 10:44 PM

I don't know if the Officer is incredibly brave or just lucky or both.
"The police officer ran to the car, pulled his firearm and identified himself as an off-duty police officer, according to an incident report.
The suspect advanced toward the officer, so the officer put his gun away and wrestled the man to the ground where he handcuffed him and waited until deputies arrived." This incident could have gone terribly wrong very easily.

krisnlc @ 5/13/2015 3:49 PM

Good job off duty officer, bad decision to go to a wrestling match..but glad it worked out in the end.

gina @ 5/13/2015 6:14 PM

Clarifying a few things: after a couple of minutes the first one on the scene was a transport driver travelling through St. Augustine. both the victim and the suspect were outside of the car at this point. the deputy then approached, identified himself and drew his weapon. suspect was instructed to get down on the ground and was handcuffed. within a couple of minutes SJCSO was at the scene.

House @ 5/14/2015 5:58 AM

Excellent work Officer ! Im a little confused why the wrestling match ensued after A Firearm was drawn on a huge and violent felon...i hope the officer wasnt hesitant as mentioned before due to recent (isolated) national events. As this incident could have ended badly...and the news or certain elements of the public wouldnt care. But im glad it worked out for the better....except... $10,000 bond for this POS ? Seriously ? Carjacking is a friggin 1st degree felony punishable by life (i believe) In Florida. What gives?

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