SWAT storms in to nab suspected carjacker

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Seffner, Florida -- The suspect in a scary armed carjacking that led to a SWAT standoff and takedown is under arrest.

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A swarm of Hillsborough SWAT deputies swarmed a Seffner neighborhood Monday morning.

It was the end of a search that started 15 miles away in Tampa.

Around 1 a.m. at the Lakeshore Club Apartments near Carrollwood, deputies say a man stuck a gun in a woman's stomach and stole her car and purse.

Deputies spotted the stolen car in Seffner at around 5 a.m. and cornered it on a dead-end street. Instead of giving up, the driver rammed the two sheriff's cruisers blocking the exit.

The driver went no further in the stolen car, though -- investigators say he bailed out, and ran off on foot in the dark.

The suspect hid in a house with two other men on nearby Grove Lane, deputies say.

Two of the men surrendered, but the third stubborn suspect wouldn't give up and come out.

Deputies used a SWAT tool called a flashbang to create a blast of light and noise. The stunning distraction did the trick -- SWAT deputies stormed the house and cuffed the final person inside.

After it all, the victim of that carjacking summoned some impressive courage.

Deputies drove her to Seffner, to the scene of the SWAT standoff. From the window of a deputy's cruiser, she helped identify which of the three men had allegedly attacked her hours before. The sheriff's office has identified him as 25-year-old Jerry Lee Reid of Seffner.

Grayson Kamm, 10 News

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