VCSO: Daytona Beach man suspected of robbing Deltona store fished out of Deltona pond

Video for Headline Surfer / Sean Torres, 29, is apprehended from a pond in Deltona after allegedly trying to rob a Familiy Dollar General Store in Deltona, A Sheriff's official said.
 
By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

DELTONA, Fla. -- It didn’t take long for Volusia County sheriff’s deputies and a K-9 to track down a suspect Saturday night after he unsuccessfully tried to rob a Deltona Family Dollar store, then tried in vain to hide from law enforcement in a nearby pond.
 
"When deputies closed in on the suspect, 29-year-old Sean Torres of Daytona Beach, he was submerged with only his face out of the water," Sheriff's spokesman Andrew Gant told Headline Surfer. "Torres tried explaining that he was “just fishing” and that his fishing pole was in the water. Of the attempted robbery, he claimed, 'The guy who did it went that way.'"

"When deputies closed in on the suspect, 29-year-old Sean Torres of Daytona Beach, he was submerged with only his face out of the water," Sheriff's spokesman Andrew Gant told Headline Surfer. "Torres tried explaining that he was “just fishing” and that his fishing pole was in the water. Of the attempted robbery, he claimed, 'The guy who did it went that way.'"

The Sheriff’s Office had been alerted to the incident around 8:36 p.m. at the Family Dollar at 951 Doyle Road. Deputies learned a white male with his shirt on his head and a large “Loyalty” tattoo on his stomach demanded money from the store clerk. When the clerk said no, the suspect threatened to shoot him, and reached into the back of his shorts as if he had a gun. Then he ran away without any money.
 
The VCSO’s Air One helicopter arrived in the area quickly and spotted a person near the edge of a pond next to the store. The helicopter crew guided deputies and a K-9 unit to the area as Torres moved from the edge of the pond into the water. As they moved closer, Torres surrendered with his hands up and slowly trudged back to land, saying he did not want to be bit and would not hurt K-9 Jago.

Deputies noticed a “Loyalty” tattoo across his stomach. The store clerk recognized Torres as the suspect who tried to rob the store. The owner of the property with the pond told deputies he’d never seen Torres before and never gave him permission to go fishing.
 
Torres was taken into custody, and while in the back of a VCSO patrol car, he repeatedly shouted and threw himself against the interior, kicking the doors, damaging the vehicle and causing it to rock. In addition to his robbery charge, Torres was taken to the Volusia County Branch Jail on a charge of criminal mischief. He remained there today on $30,500 bail.

 

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area in Central Florida, via HeadlineSurfer.com. Specializing in breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most experienced reporters with dozens of journalism-industry awards in print & digital mediums. Frederick is enrolled online at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL, where he's pursuing a Master of Arts degree in New Media/Journalism (graduation in March 2018). Frederick earned his BA in Political Science/Public Admin. (concentration in Writing) from Central Connecticut State University, in 1984, where he recieved the President's Citation for "academic excellence & outstanding campus/community service." Prior to myriad duties as publisher/award-winning journalist of Headline Surfer, 2008-present; Frederick was city hall reporter for the Palatka (FL) Daily News, 2007-2008; city editor of the Taunton (MA) Daily Gazette, 2005-2006; cops & courts/legal affairs writer for the Daytona Beach News-Journal, 1996-2004; and cops & courts reporter for the Rockland (NY) Journal-News/Gannett Suburban Newspapers, 1989-1996.