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Cops: Man pointed gun at Delray Beach woman in attempted carjacking


DELRAY BEACH, Fla. - Police in Delray Beach arrested an 18-year-old accused of using a gun in an attempted carjacking and then trying to drive into a police cruiser to get away.  

Ariel Collazo, a Broward County resident, is in jail facing a list of charges including carjacking with a firearm, aggravated assault on an officer, resisting arrest and fleeing.

Police first got a call Tuesday at about 8:15 p.m. from a woman in the Delray Racquet Club neighborhood saying a man pointed a gun at her and asked for the keys to her car.

The woman told police she told the man, later identified as Collazo, her husband is a federal agent and would hunt him down. At that point, Collazo got into a car with a juvenile female and drove away.

Police found the car near a Dairy Queen on Linton Boulevard. Officers discovered the car was reported stolen from Broward County.

When officers tried to approach the car, it sped off. Police said Collazo drove right at a sergeant's car, but the sergeant was able to avoid a collision.

Collazo later told police he didn't think of the consequences of driving away, but thought of it as playing a video game.

Police chased the Collazo into the Rainberry Woods development near Lake Ida Road and Military Trail, where they say he crashed into a parked car. They caught Collazo not far from the car.

Meanwhile, an employee at the Dairy Queen called police saying he found a gun outside the restaurant.

"It was just intense. I've never seen a gun just lying around on the floor," William Pokorny says. "And then I started to put two and two together and realized he probably threw it out of his window when they were chasing him.

Police said the Rugger 9mm pistol had a fully loaded magazine and belonged to Collazo.

A sergeant with Delray Beach Police says Pokorny did the right thing by calling police. She says you shouldn't touch guns you find because they could be loaded and it could hurt the evidentiary value of the item.

After he was in custody, Collazo told police he stole the car he was driving from Borward County. He said a woman left it running while she went into a Walgreen's. He said there was a child in the car at the time, he told the child to get out of the car before he drove away. 

According to arrest reports, Collazo told police he was in Delray Beach trying to break into unlocked cars before he tried to steal the woman's car at gunpoint.

His bond is set at $124,500.

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