[PHOTO CREDITS: Lake County Sheriff’s Office]
[Original Publish Date: 02/21/20]
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EUSTIS, Florida — A man accused of arming himself with two large knifes and attempting to carjack several customers at a local convenience store late Saturday night is behind bars, facing numerous charges.
According to an arrest affidavit, Lake County deputy responded to Circle K, 31734 State Road 44, in the Pine Lakes area after receiving several reports of a man with two large knives attempting to take vehicles from customers. The deputy arrived at the store and found Ryan N. Shadron, 30, of Eustis with two large knives on the ground next to him. He was taken into custody and kept telling the deputy people were after him and he was in fear.
According to the affidavit, Shadron approached six different victims in various ways. The first victim told the deputy Shadron approached him with the knives and demanded his keys; the second victim said Shadron approached her with the knives and demanded she exit her vehicle; the third victim said Shadron came to her vehicle, still armed with the knives, and said, “Get out of the car now, [expletive.]”
The fourth victim was slowing down to turn onto nearby Oak Avenue when Shadron threw a rock and hit her vehicle. She pulled into the store and he began striking her driver’s side window with the butt of the knife, while demanding her keys. She ran into the store and when the clerk tried to lock the door Shadron broke the handle off the door, making the clerk the sixth victim.
The fifth victim, a man on a motorcycle, told the deputy Shadron struck the ignition area of the motorcycle with the knives several times, causing $550 in damage. A witness on scene told the deputy he saw Shadron threatening customers while armed with the knives and attempting to get into vehicles.
Shadron was charged with four counts of attempted armed carjacking, throwing a deadly missile into a vehicle and two counts of criminal mischief. He is being held in the Lake County Jail on $131,500.
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