By Ryan Yousefi
Following a manhunt, a teenager from Coral Springs, known for prior car theft and burglary charges, was apprehended and arrested in connection with an attempted carjacking.
On October 3, the Coral Springs Police Department responded to a reported attempted carjacking at Expert Care Care, located at 10820 Wiles Road.
Upon arrival, officers spoke to a pair of victims who detailed a chaotic incident in which they were able to fight off a man, later identified as Tyrone Smith, 19, of Coral Springs, who had attempted to steal their dark gray Mercedes GLC 300 as it was being serviced.
Describing the carjacker as a Black male wearing a white hoodie and jeans, the victims told officers they last saw Smith running across Wiles Road into a Publix parking lot.
According to the victims’ statements, they had dropped off their vehicle at the car center for service and were exiting the establishment when they noticed their car backing out of the parking spot. They told officers they raced over, opened the driver’s door, and began a fierce struggle to regain control and remove Smith from the car.
According to the report, the victims told officers as the vehicle was switched between the park and reverse settings multiple times during the struggle, Smith made multiple threats, claiming he had a gun and intended to shoot them.
After successfully pulling Smith out of the vehicle, he demanded access to the car to retrieve his “money.” Smith then proceeded to open the unlocked front passenger door, grabbing a black cardboard box adorned with the “Frito-Lays” logo. He then sprinted across Wiles Road and disappeared behind the Publix Plaza at 10701 Wiles Road.
After receiving a description of Smith, officers spotted him a few blocks from the initial incident at the 10400 block of Remsberg Drive. Smith attempted to flee upon noticing the unmarked police vehicle with its lights engaged.
Officers chased on foot, pursuing Smith through the neighborhood behind the 4900 block of Northwest 104th Way and various backyards, ultimately apprehending him in front of a home.
Both victims positively identified Tyrone Smith as the individual who had attempted to carjack them.
Upon booking, it was revealed Smith has a history of similar offenses, having been arrested on three recent occasions, once by the Fort Lauderdale Police Department in 2019 for grand theft auto, by BSO deputies in January 2020 for burglary, and in April of this year by the Coral Springs Police Department on grand theft auto charges.
Smith was arrested and transported to the Broward County Main Jail, where he was held without bond.
- Ryan Yousefi has lived in Coral Springs for over 30 years. He has worked as a writer for multiple outlets over the years, including the Miami New Times where he has covered sports and culture since 2013. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in Business Healthcare Management from Western Governors University.
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