Lake County deputies arrest couple who allegedly tried to kidnap Clermont family

By: Chip Skambis


CLERMONT, Fla. - Lake County deputies arrested two people they say allegedly tried to kidnap a family in Clermont Friday afternoon.

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Mark Meinhart, 45, and Kristen Deflorio, 32, were arrested and charged with attempted luring or enticing a child after deputies say the pair pulled up alongside a woman, her daughter and her 3-year-old granddaughter and ordered them into their truck. 

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The family members ran inside their house, prompting Meinhart to flee around 4:30 p.m. 

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The family called the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and soon after, deputies found the truck and attempted to pull it over. 

Meinhart, who deputies say was driving, fled from police a short distance until stopping at the intersection of John’s Lake Road and U.S. 27.

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Meinhart is being held on $32,000 bail. Deflorio is being held on $30,000 bail. 

Police are not releasing the identity of the victims or the address where the attempted kidnapping occurred. 

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