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Pinellas County man arrested after carjacking two different people within 20 minutes

Posted at 5:09 PM, Sep 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-20 17:41:39-04

PINELLAS PARK, Fla. — A man in Pinellas County is facing several charges after police say he carjacked two different people within just 20 minutes.

Cassidy Daniels, 27, first carjacked a woman off US-19 and 67th Avenue N. around 3:15 p.m., police say.

"I was really really scared. I started crying when I saw him drive off in my car," said Tatiana Schwaninger, 23.

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Schwaninger says she was leaving work in her Subaru Forester when Daniels indicated that he had a weapon and demanded that she get out of her vehicle.

"I was terrified. I just got out of my car, I put my hands up because I didn’t know what he was going to do and he said he was sorry he had to do this to me," said Schwaninger.

But, he wasn’t that sorry. After driving Tatiana's Subaru through a field and ditching it, Pinellas Park Police say just 20 minutes later Daniels carjacked a 16-year-old boy.

Police say Daniels dragged the teenager out of his car in front of his home on 51st Way North. He was later spotted speeding and recklessly driving that victim's car, police say.

When police caught up with him, Daniels got out of the car and ran away on foot. Officers caught him and arrested him.

Daniels now faces two counts of carjacking, one count of aggravated fleeing and eluding, one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.