Senior citizen comes face-to-face with accused armed carjacker in his bathroom
APOPKA, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - A senior citizen says an armed carjacker broke into his home. Shortly after that, SWAT surrounded the woods in his back yard.
Dashboard camera video from an Apopka police officer's patrol car shows suspect Cedrick Gant, 27, sprinting and trying to get away from officers. They caught him in the woods, after he allegedly went on a violent crime spree, which included armed carjacking, robbery, and burglary.
Bob Perdue was in his bathroom when police say Gant broke into the home.
"I could tell he wasn't in his right mind. He was shaking profusely and was asking, 'Can I make one phone call? Can I make one phone call?'"
Perdue doesn't think Gant actually called someone.
"I said, 'Are you being chased by somebody?' He said, 'Yes." I said, 'Who?' He said, 'I don't know.' I said 'You're being chased by the police aren't you?' He shook his head yes. It was only a matter a minutes, the SWAT team arrived, full gear, with assault rifles."
That's when Perdue says Gant left with his cell phone and one of his shirts.
"He snatched that and put it on I guess to disguise himself. He pushed out the screen to my bedroom and jumped out the bedroom."
Out the bedroom and into the woods.
"There was an abandoned couch so he hid under the couch and the dogs sniffed him out and the police were able to apprehend him."
Perdue says he helped police identify
Gant. Gant is accused of carjackings in both Eustis and Apopka. He has a criminal history that includes home invasion and aggravated assault. He's being held in jail on no bond.