ORLANDO, Fla. — An alleged carjacker drove a stolen pickup truck into an Orlando home after losing control of the vehicle, according to Florida Highway Patrol.
- Man drives stolen pickup into Orlando house
- FHP: Suspect lost control while making a turn
- None of the residents in the home were injured
The crash happened around Balboa Drive and Vernon Street late Friday morning.
Four people, including two teens, were inside when the vehicle plowed through the home.
According to Lt. Kim Montes, the suspect, 68-year-old Saintfort Octave, had reportedly just carjacked a pickup truck at the owner’s home.
While driving, Octave allegedly lost control of the vehicle while making a turn on Balboa Drive onto Vernon Street. He then left the road and crashed through the wall of a Vernon Street home.
“I got out, looked, and there was truck that ran into the house,” said Angela Michel, who was inside the home.
Michel, her mom, and two cousins were only six feet from the truck that barreled through their house. A lot of their items damaged.
“A TV we bought from Best Buy, the TV stand, and my friend visiting from the Bahamas... she just went shopping to buy a few things for her because she is pregnant, and she lost all of that as well,” Michel said.
Troopers say Octave tried fleeing the scene on foot, but he was caught by Orange County Sheriff’s Office deputies.
Octave was transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center with serious injuries. None of the residents in the home were injured.
Octave is also accused of burglarizing four other cars.
The Red Cross was on scene Friday. They will be providing the family assistance.
Reporter Matt Fernandez contributed to this story.