Car stolen at knifepoint from Chiefland

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By Jeff M. Hardison

An unknown assailant committed armed carjacking, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and theft of a motor vehicle, according to a Chiefland Police Department incident report by CPD Officer Ken Hutson.

Gregory L. Meitinger, 50, of Chiefland had allowed Darrin Keith Bracewell Jr., 19, of Gainesville to use Meitinger's blue 1992 Toyota Corolla, the officer reported.

Bracewell reportedly gave a ride home to an unidentified acquaintance, whom he had met at Bubba's bar in Fanning Springs, Hutson said. He parked the car in the area of the Tommy Usher Community Center near Southwest Fourth Avenue and Fifth Street. The suspect became angry with Bracewell and brandished a knife with a four-inch blade, Hutson said.

Bracewell was ordered out of the vehicle and the thief stole the car, the alleged victim reported to the officer.

The suspect is described as a white male, about five-feet, eight-inches tall with a medium build. He has brown, shaved hair. His first name may be Justin, Josh or Jason.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the CPD at 493-6777.

CPD officers made a number of other arrests recently, including the following:

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