Sanford, Florida is not a tourist destination. In fact, it is one of the few towns that Floridians wish would stay out of the news. And since the Trayvon Martin incident, it had–mostly. But now it is back.
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While the names of George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin are unforgettable, Sanford has quietly faded from the national spotlight. And now Sanford is back in the news because of a very embarrassing new crime. The Mayor of Sanford was carjacked outside of his own home.
Around 2:15 a.m. Saturday, Sanford Mayor Jeff Triplett was outside when three men approached. One of the men pulled a gun, and demanded Mayor Triplett’s car keys. The three men stole his wallet and his Mercedes.
No word on why Triplett was outside so late, or if he was armed. Triplett, though, kept a level head. He was able to give a detailed description of the suspects to police. That information led police to 18-year-old Jermine Jacques Horne and 17-year-old (unnamed). Both were arrested.
The third suspect is still on the loose. Now word yet on which of the miscreants had the gun. They did find the Mayor’s Mercedes. The police have reported that the car was “damaged.”
“Being a victim of a crime is unnerving,” Triplett said, “yet it was reassuring to witness both speed and diligence from the Sanford Police Department.”
Yes. I imagine the Sanford PD is a tightly run ship these days. And I bet the response time to a call by the city’s mayor is probably well above what it might have been for an average carjacking.
Sanford is 25 miles northeast of Orlando–a city that wishes it could stay out of the news, too. Sanford is where George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in 2012. That crime began the major push of the Black Lives Matter movement.