Police make arrest in string of Broward carjackings

A 16-year-old was arrested on charges of aggravated assault and carjacking after Davie detectives say he was involved in a string of carjackings in Broward last month.

According to a police report, Kristian Pressley, 16, was in the passenger seat of a stolen 2013 white Dodge Avenger that was used to carjack a 2019 Volkswagen Jetta from a parking lot in Davie Aug. 13.

The Avenger had been stolen in Miami Gardens earlier that day, police said.

Pressley along with several other suspects drove to the parking lot at 4599 South University Dr. in Davie, where they “blocked off” the Jetta, according to the police report.

“Three black males all armed with firearms exited the Dodge Avenger and pointed their firearms at [the victim] and demanded he exit his vehicle,” an officer wrote in the report.

The three suspects then demanded the victim’s wallet. They left in his Jetta, and inside the Jetta was the victim’s iPhone, police said.

Shortly after the Davie carjacking, there was another incident in Pembroke Pines. Police at the time said a woman driving near Century Village Aug. 14 was shot at after she tried to get away during what appeared to be an attempted carjacking.

Davie police said Wednesday that the Jetta stolen out of Davie was used in the Pembroke Pines incident. A third carjacking was reportly shortly after in Miramar.

According to the Davie report, a Toyota Rav4 was stolen from Miramar.

Police said it was a ping on the iPhone of the victim from the Davie case that placed the phone at a home in the 2900 block of Northwest 157th Terrace in Miami Gardens. There they found Pressley.

“Pressley admitted to being a participant in the aforementioned crimes in the town of Davie and cities of Pembroke Pines and Miramar,” an officer wrote. “Pressley admitted to holding a firearm while riding in the stolen white Dodge Avenger, which was passed around between the defendants while looking for potential victims.”

It was not clear if any other arrests have been made.

Anyone with information is asked to call Broward Crime Stoppers 954-493-TIPS (8477).

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