Mother’s Day carjacking leads to kidnapping charges for two juveniles
An elderly man waited for his wife to complete her shopping in Publix at Oslo Road and US Highway 1. Markel Noel-Jeune (16) jumped into the driver seat as Derriyona Brown and got into the rear passenger seat of the vehicle. Noel-Jeune drove the vehicle away despite the protest of the elderly passenger. The pair drove him a short distance to the boat ramp at the far east end of Oslo Road. Then they forced him out of the vehicle. The man, who requires an oxygen tank, was left on the side of the road. The man was not injured and a passerby called 9-1-1.
The pair were stopped in the stolen vehicle at Angle Road and Kings Highway by alert St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Deputies who heard the stolen vehicle notification go across their police radio. Indian River County Sheriff’s Detectives responded to St. Lucie County to interview the teens. Both admitted to stealing the vehicle and dropping the man off in the deserted area. They knew that he probably could not survive in the heat and would not have a way to call for help.
“The great work by our deputies and the detectives with Indian River County provide a perfect example of how agencies work together to keep communities safe,” said St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.
Indian River County Sheriff Deryl Loar stated, “Indian River and St. Lucie Counties are safer today now that these teen criminals are off the streets and behind bars. They left this man for dead, all for the opportunity to take a joy ride in a vehicle. We will not tolerate this behavior and will make sure justice is served.”
Brown was charged with kidnapping, carjacking, and abuse of an elderly person. Noel-Jeune received the same charges along with a count of battery on an elderly person. Both were remanded to the custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice.