• Titusville homicide suspect in custody after Ormond Beach crash, deputies say

    By: Christopher Boyce


    ORMOND BEACH, Fla. - Officials are investigating after a person of interest wanted in a Titusville homicide led police on a chase before crashing, according to Ormond Beach police.

    Ormond Beach police pulled over the suspect before he took off and crashed, downing what looks to be several power lines along Harvard Street and State Road A1A in Ormond Beach.

    The suspect, later identified as 40-year-old Daniel Blair, has serious injuries, according to Ormond Beach police. He was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital for evaluation. 

    Ormond Beach police said the the suspect is a person of interest in the death of a man found in the 1800 block of Kirby Drive in Titusville. 

    According to the Brevard County Sheriff's Office, Blair attempted to rob the victim who was at the house before killing him. 

    Blair then told someone he committed the murder before leaving in the victim's pickup truck. 

    Cell phone video captured the arrest after Blair crashed the truck. Eyewitnesses were surprised Blair was still alive.

    "He was pretty cut up," said Mike Turner, who recorded the video. "Face was bloody."

    Turner estimated Blair to be going between 80 and 90 miles per hour at the time of the crash. Police said with the extra crowds in the area for Spring Break, they're thankful there weren't any other injuries. 

    Blair faces charges of murder, burglary and robbery.

    This story will be updated as more information becomes known.

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