• Police: Man arrested, charged in attempted Walmart carjacking


    ORLANDO, Fla. - Orlando police have arrested a man who they said carjacked a woman at gunpoint in the parking lot of busy Walmart store Sunday.

    On Wednesday police arrested Marquis Blanton, 22, who they said pointed a gun at Nadine Faudoas as she was preparing to drive away from a Walmart on Kirkman Road.

    "He pointed the gun in my face. He told me, 'Give me the money,'" Faudoas told Channel 9 Tuesday evening.

    Faudoas said the man demanded money and told her to move over so he could get in the driver's seat. The victim said she had no cash but offered to get some.

    "OK, I go to the ATM. I give you money," Faudoas said.

    But then Faudoas fought back and tried to get the attention of other customers.

    "When he was driving the car, I push him because I don't see the gun in my face. He put the gun right there. I pull him, I open the door, I call for help," Faudoas said.

    Faudoas said witnesses realized what was happening just as she escaped.

    "I say, 'Somebody help me! Help me!,'" Faudoas told WFTV.

    The man jumped out of her car and ran through the store.

    According to police, Walmart surveillance video showed a man they said was Blanton follow Faudoas to car. Police said the video shows the man motioning as if he is pulling something from his pocket or waistband while at the car.

    In the video the man is seen getting into the car. The car then moved and stopped. It then appeared that the man pulled Faudoas from the vehicle, police said.

    The man then fled the parking lot.

    Police said they were able to obtain an arrest warrant for Blanton, who they said has a history of violent crimes.

    He was taken to the Orange County Jail and is charged with robbery with a firearm, carjacking with a firearm, kidnapping and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

    He is being held on a no-bond status.

    Police said they received several tips in the case after surveillance images of the attempted carjacking were distributed to the media.

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