Hillsborough Deputies Name Suspect in Carjacking Case
Deputies are searching for the man who is suspected in a string of criminal acts that began in Orlando and ended in Plant City. He might still be in a stolen pickup truck and should be considered armed and extremely dangerous, the Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office said.
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY – Deputies are searching for a man who is suspected of shooting at the owner of a pickup truck who was trying to get his property back, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said.
The suspect is Majar L. Jones, 43, of Orlando. He is facing charges of grand theft of a motor vehicle, robbery carjacking with a firearm or weapon, aggravated assault with a weapon, possession of firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and grand theft. Deputies said he was identified by fingerprints and a photo lineup.
Jones has been a convicted felon since Nov. 7, 1994, and has not had his rights restored. Deputies said Jones might still be in a stolen 2002 green Ford F150 pickup truck with Florida tag 937 9TJ. They said Jones should be considered armed and extremely dangerous. Anyone who spots Jones or knows of his whereabouts should immediately dial 9-1-1.
The HCSO is the lead investigative agency into Wednesday’s (April 25) criminal acts that began in Orlando and ended up in Hillsborough County.
The initial incident happened on Kirkman Road in Orlando with the carjacking of a 2009 Cadillac. Jones drove the Cadillac to the Tampa area. He abandoned it on westbound I-4 west of Thonotosassa Road.
About 10:45 a.m., deputies said, Jones went to an unoccupied residence on Haggery Road where he stole a green 2002 Ford F150 with Florida tag 937 9TJ that had a utility trailer attached. The truck’s owner saw his pickup truck being stolen and got in another truck to chase after it.
The truck’s owner followed Jones to the Marathon gas station at 2851 Thonotosassa Road and tried to block Jones from leaving. Jones got out of the stolen pickup and tried to get into the truck the owner was driving. He reversed away from Jones, who pulled a black semi-automatic handgun and fired three rounds at the pickup’s owner while he was in the other truck. The owner was not injured but feared for his life, deputies said.
Joones got back into the stolen pickup with the attached trailer and left the scene. A short distance away, the trailer, vaslued at $1,500, disconnected from the stolen truck.
Photo of Majar L. Jones is an Orange County booking picture courtesy of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
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