• Deltona homeowner defends man accused of carjacking, kidnapping in SWAT standoff

    By: Christopher Boyce

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    DELTONA, Fla. - One woman is defending the man who was the subject of an hourslong standoff inside her Deltona home Monday evening.

    Deputies said the incident started as a theft from an area Publix before 27-year-old David Readdean crashed his vehicle and then jumped into the backseat of an occupied car, where a 6-year-old and 3-year-old were sitting.

    He then ended up at a friend's home where he barricaded himself inside for hours before law enforcement took him into custody.


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    The friend told Channel 9 on Tuesday that Readdean is a "good guy."

    "David is a good father, he's a good guy and a great friend," said the woman, who did not want to reveal her identity. "He just found himself in a bad spot."

    Newly released body camera video recorded a deputy struggling to arrest Readdean at the Publix parking lot, but the suspect was able to get into his vehicle and drive off before crashing into a tree and jumping into another occupied vehicle. 

    "He cried and realized his mistake," said the woman. "He wanted to call his wife and explain to her what was going on."

    The woman also told Channel 9 that the suspect may have struggled with drugs.

    Readdean remains at the Volusia County Jail where he faces charges including carjacking and kidnapping.

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