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4 in Custody for Carjacking, Kidnapping of Federal Officer in Florida

August 17, 2015  | 

The officer was carjacked in the parking lot of the Fairfield Inn on Universal Drive. (Photo: YouTube)
The officer was carjacked in the parking lot of the Fairfield Inn on Universal Drive. (Photo: YouTube)

Orange County, Fla., deputies have arrested four men in connection with the carjacking and kidnapping of a federal agent who was vacationing in Orlando.

Deputies said 19-year-old Gregory McDonald, 18-year-old Dante Askins and a 15 and 16-year-old were all taken into custody Friday.

A federal law enforcement officer who was vacationing in Orlando was abducted in a hotel parking lot late Wednesday. Investigators said the incident happened at the Fairfield Inn and Suites off of Universal Blvd. around 10:30 p.m.

"The victim was packing his car when he was approached by 4 unknown black male suspects," said Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings during a news conference Thursday afternoon.

According to investigators, the suspects pistol-whipped the 44-year-old victim, took his wallet, and forced him into his car at gunpoint. They held him captive for a period of one to two hours, as they drove around in the vehicle. By then, investigators said the officer's wife was concerned and called for help, Fox News Orlando reports.

Comments (5)

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S.S. @ 8/17/2015 1:55 PM

Where the hell is the media on this??? Instead they're covering the michael brown crap and all the other p.o.s. in ferguson!

Jon Retired LEO @ 8/17/2015 2:04 PM

I feel sorry for the Federal Officer but as Col Jeff Cooper used to say don't let your self get into the white zone. If 4 individuals like just described were approaching me in a parking lot at that hour my hand would be on my gun. Wait I forgot, is it now common procedure for Federal Officers to be unarmed when off duty. If so they are worse off than the common citizen who can carry 24 hours if they desire.

J Edgar Hoover @ 8/17/2015 5:56 PM

Baloney: "it is it now common procedure for Federal Officers to be unarmed when off duty. If so they are worse off than the common citizen who can carry 24 hours if they desire."

kevCopAz @ 8/18/2015 7:17 AM

sadly we all go "white zone" at times and many times it ends this way. Orlando? Disney area? Vacations "who needs a gun?" WE do, as do must citizens now. Sad but true. I now carry to church, shopping, camping traveling. Im there to protect my A-- and those of my family. Think of it as your duty to your family, not just a choice. CARRY OFF DUTY! Im also sad to think this, but bet I am correct that the victim was White and the suspects were Black. Bet me?

Federali @ 8/18/2015 10:48 AM

B.S. on the "common procedure for Federal Officers to be unarmed when off duty" comment. That is an individual’s decision. I know local LEO's that don't carry off-duty too. That's their choice, and in my opinion, a poor one. Always carry, there should never be a time when "you absolutely, positively, definitely don't expect trouble", and if you do expect trouble, carry a long-gun and bring some friends with long-guns too! And for the majority of the time you're in the grey area between, your handgun should suffice.

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