A central Florida man carjacked someone in a desperate attempt to get his pregnant girlfriend to the hospital, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said.
Robert Boudreaux, 31, of Deltona picked up his girlfriend and walked into the path of a car to force it to stop. He threatened to shoot the driver so he would give him and his 22-year-old girlfriend a ride, and ultimately forced the driver out, the sheriff’s office said in a statement Monday.
The couple previously walked by a fire station, but didn’t ask for help there. Boudreaux also didn’t use one of the two working cell phones he had with him, according to the sheriff’s office.
The girlfriend said her car ran out of gas in DeLand, but a friend picked them up before dropping them off in Deltona. The couple walked for several miles, as the woman started to feel dehydrated and began to bleed, the sheriff’s office said.
They walked past a fire station without stopping to ask for help, and at about noon Boudreaux unsuccessfully tried to get cars to stop on North Normandy Boulevard, the sheriff’s office said.
After he forced a car to stop, the driver initially refused to take them to a hospital until Boudreaux threatened to shoot him, the sheriff’s office said.
When the 20-year-old driver stopped at a red light at the intersection of North Normandy and Elkcam boulevards, “Boudreaux again got angry and ordered the driver to run the light,” the sheriff’s office said. “The driver refused and Boudreaux grabbed the driver’s seat belt, using it to force him back against the seat while Boudreaux yelled that he would shoot the driver if he didn’t get out.”
The man got out of his car and Boudreaux drove off, while the victim called 911, the sheriff’s office said. The victim said he never actually saw a gun, the sheriff’s office added.
Deputies quickly spotted the car, and said Boudreaux used a turning lane to pass other vehicles and erratically shifted between lanes while he refused to stop, according to the sheriff’s office.
Even after he pulled into the parking lot of Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City, Boudreaux continued to evade authorities until his car was trapped by patrol cars, the sheriff’s office said.
He was taken into custody and faces charges of armed carjacking, fleeing or eluding and driving with a suspended license, according to the sheriff’s office. He was still in custody as of Monday afternoon, according to online Volusia County Corrections records, and it was not immediately known whether he has an attorney.
Deputies took the girlfriend to the hospital’s emergency room. She told them that she tried to get Boudreaux to stop for them and does not face any charges, the sheriff’s office said.