Teenager charged with Carjacking
Boca Raton, FL There were some tense moments for a Boca Raton teen as she waited for her dad to purchase gas Tuesday afternoon. Around 5:00 pm on May 4th, John House was getting gas at the Valero gas station at 1380 North Federal Highway. He left his 12 year old daughter in the front passenger seat of his 2003 black Nissan Murano with the engine running and doors unlocked while he went inside. The 12 year old said that's when 14 year old Tottiana Canteen opened the front driver's side door and ordered the 12 year old out of the car and sped off. The 12 year old was not injured.
Officers from the Boca Raton Police Services Department spotted the car heading north on Dixie Highway approaching West Yamato Road. Canteen then turned north on NW 2nd Avenue where officers had laid down stop sticks. Seeing the spike strips in the road, Canteen turned into a parking lot where a police car pulled in behind her. As the officer was getting out of his car, Canteen began to back up, crashing into the front of the cruiser. The officer was not injured and Canteen was taken into custody.
Canteen told detectives that after arriving home from Lantana, she and a friend walked to the gas station where they sat on a bench for about three hours. She said her friend told her to take the car. After forcing the 12 year old out of the car, she picked up her friend and later dropped her off near JC Mitchell School. Canteen said she planned to drive to Delray Beach to visit a friend.
Canteen is being charged with Carjacking, Possession of Marijuana less than 20 grams, Driving without a Driver's License and Improper Backing. Canteen also indicated she was involved in stealing a car from the same location the day before. This investigation is on going and additional charges are pending.
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Boca Raton, FL