ORLANDO, Fla. —
Investigators are searching for two armed men who fled after they carjacked a new Camero from a Double Tree hotel, led police on a chase and then crashed into a house full of people. Orlando police said two men armed with guns held up a person and carjacked a new Camero from the parking lot of a Double Tree hotel near Universal Studios and took off. Police spotted the car at the intersection of Conroy Road and Vineland Road and started pursuing it. two and a half miles down the road at Henton Lane and Lenox Boulevard, police said the carjackers plowed the car through a fence and smashed into the house, leaving a seven foot wide, four feet long hole. Thankfully no one was hurt, according to officials. it is unclear how many people were in the home at the time of the crash.
WFTV learned that a woman who lives in the home normally sleeps in the bedroom where the car crashed, but she wasn’t home at the time.
“There is a resident who usually stays in that room, but for some reason tonight she wasn’t there,” said State Trooper Steven Montiero of the Florida Highway Patrol.
“Thank God no one did get hurt in the house,” said Orlando Police Lt. Barb Jones. the suspects were not hurt, either. Police said after they crashed into the home, the suspects got out of the car and took off running.
Police said they pursued the men because they had guns.
“These violent people that rob people with guns… when they do that, they don’t care about anyone but themselves and that’s exactly what they did here. they crashed and took off,” said Jones. “One officer did put down stop sticks.(I) don’t know if that had animpact; the car was going pretty fast,” she said. Police found some evidence the gunmen dropped as they ran away. “We did recover some evidence out in this area. We think is linked to the carjacking and the suspects,” said Jones.
“We’ve got some work to do. hopefully, eventually (we will) get them behind bars.” Investigators are not yet sure how fast the car was going when it crashed into the house.
Police said they are working with the owner of the home. Investigators could not say if the victim was a Double Tree employee or a guest.