June 26, 2016

Sanford, FL Mayor Carjacked; City of George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin Encounter

Sanford Mayor Jeff Triplett in 2012.
(REUTERS/Steve Nesius)

[From article]
The mayor of a central Florida city was carjacked while standing outside his home, according to police who said Sunday they were hunting for a third suspect.
The incident unfolded in Sanford. The city made headlines in 2012 after George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin at a gated community there.
Mayor Jeff Triplett was outside around 2:15 a.m. Saturday when three men approached, pointed a gun at him and stole his car keys, police said. They told reporters the suspects also stole Triplett's wallet before driving off in his Mercedes.
Triplett gave a detailed description of the suspects to police and 18-year-old Jermine Jacques Horne and a 17-year-old were arrested a short time later.

George Zimmerman is seen at left in his April 11, 2012, booking photo after being charged with second-degree murder in the killing of Trayvon Martin.

The third suspect has not been caught, police said. It was not immediately known if either suspect had a lawyer.
Police eventually found the mayor's damaged car, Fox 35 reported.
Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer in February 2012, said he was defending himself when he killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The case sparked protests and a national debate about race relations. A jury acquitted Zimmerman of murder charges the next year, and the Justice Department later decided not to prosecute Zimmerman on civil rights charges.
Triplett said, "Being a victim of a crime is unnerving, yet it was reassuring to witness both speed and diligence from the Sanford Police Department."
Sanford is about 25 miles northeast of Orlando.


Mayor carjacked at gunpoint in city where Trayvon Martin was killed
Published June 26, 2016

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