• Homicide, kidnapping suspect arrested in Daytona Beach

    By: Jason Kelly


    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - A man wanted in connection with a homicide in Texas and a kidnapping in New Mexico was arrested Tuesday afternoon after crashing into two patrol cars, the Daytona Beach Police Department said.

    Jason Aaron Gibson was arrested shortly before 5 p.m. outside of the Cobb Cole law firm on South Ridgewood Avenue near West International Speedway Boulevard, police spokeswoman Lyda Longa said.

    Investigators said Gibson fatally shot a man and critically injured his wife and their son on Thanksgiving in El Paso, Texas.

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    Police said they tried to stop Gibson after a license-plate reader alerted them that the vehicle he was driving was stolen from the victim.

    "Gibson was spotted by a U.S. marshal as he headed south on South Ridgewood Avenue," she said. "Several officers then converged on Gibson in order to aid the U.S. marshal."

    Gibson crashed into the vehicles of a Volusia County deputy and a Holly Hill police officer, ran from the car he was driving and tried to run into the covered garage of the office building, Longa said.

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    He was taken down by U.S. Marshals Service agents, Daytona Beach police officers and Volusia County deputies, she said.

    No law enforcement officers were injured.

    Gibson was also charged with two counts of aggravated assault in connection with the crash and grand theft. He is being held without bail at the Volusia County Jail and will be extradited to Texas.

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