Teen arrested for armed carjacking at Tallahassee apartment

Posted at 10:21 AM, May 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-17 08:08:50-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A Tallahassee teenager has been arrested for armed carjacking after police learned the suspect had synchronized his cellphone to the victim's stolen car via Bluetooth. 

Devontez T. Lanier, 18, was identified in a photo lineup on Jan. 30, 2018, by the victim as one of two males who pointed handguns at her while taking her car on Dec. 29, 2017. The carjacking occurred at The Pointe at Adams Place.

Lanier, 17 when the crime was committed, was booked into the Leon County Detention Center on Wednesday. No bond amount was listed, and he remained in jail Thursday. 

When the carjackers made the victim leave her car at gunpoint, one man grabbed her right arm and possibly tased her with a stun gun before driving off in the car, according to a probable cause affidavit.

DNA was collected from the victim's arm where the suspect grabbed her.

The victim informed law enforcement on Jan. 30, 2018, that when she tried to synchronize her phone to her car via Bluetooth she found it had been synced to a phone number with the name Devontez Lanier. 

Looking up the name on Facebook, the victim said, she saw the image of Lanier, the person she later identified in the photo lineup as a person who robbed her.

After the Quincy Police Department recovered the stolen car on Jan. 12, 2018, and collected swabs from it, the car was released to the victim. 

An order for jail custody was issued on Wednesday and Lanier was booked into the Leon County Detention Facility the same day.