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[Original Publish Date: 10/09/19]
LEESBURG, Florida — A man already serving a 15-year sentence in prison for armed robbery was charged with carjacking Monday stemming from a 2017 incident. According to the probable cause affidavit, George Preston Brown IV, 20, carjacked a Leesburg woman and her 3-year-old son in their front yard just before 5 p.m., Feb. 14, 2017. Preston approached the woman as her son got into the car and asked to speak with her. Preston walked around the back of the car and pointed a silver handgun at her and demanded her keys. Shocked, the alleged victim, said, “Excuse me,” and he again demanded the keys and said, “I swear on God and my mother, I’ll shoot you. Do you want to die?” He then pointed the gun directly at her, took her keys and told her to “get the baby out of the car.” The victim requested her house key but Preston refused and drove away, according to the affidavit.
Early the next morning in 2017, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Communication Center received a “hit confirmation” that the stolen car had been used in an armed robbery and Brown was in custody, the affidavit states. The victim identified Brown in a photo lineup. Brown denied the accusation and used a family member as his alibi, according to the affidavit. The family member advised she had seen Brown the day of the carjacking, but not at the time he told the detective. The detective finished the probable cause affidavit Feb. 17, 2017.
Why Brown’s arrest did not take place until this week is unclear.
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