HOLLY HILL, Fla. - A man who crashed a stolen SUV near a Holly Hill Publix on Ridgewood Avenue was also involved in a bank robbery, according to Holly Hill police.
Police said the man robbed a Bank of America on Nova Road in Ormond Beach, after carjacking the SUV from a Walmart also on Nova Road.
Officers said that during the carjacking, the man pointed a semi-automatic pistol at a woman
and took her SUV.
Investigators said the man then drove the stolen SUV to the Bank of America and robbed it, leaving the scene with an undetermined amount of cash, along with an anti-theft dye pack. They said the dye pack exploded and left traces of dye
on his clothing.
After the bank robbery, investigators said a Holly Hill police officer saw the SUV and used a tire deflation device, causing the SUV to flip several times.
Prior to the crash, police said the man intentionally swerved toward the officer in an attempt to hit him with the SUV.
Police said that during the crash, a firearm, bullets and stolen cash were ejected from the SUV.
They said money and a gun flew out of the vehicle.
The man was taken to Halifax Health Medical Center for treatment of
non-life-threatening injuries, officers said.
"Thanks to the coordinated efforts of law enforcement, an armed and extremely dangerous felon is off the streets this afternoon," said Holly Hill Police Chief Mark Barker.
The man, whose name was
not released, faces charges of armed carjacking and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.