Polk County, Florida -- A woman being carjacked on her way home from a party resulted in the arrest of eight people in Lakeland.
On Thursday evening, a woman was leaving a house party on 1st Street in Lakeland. Another party attendee, Bridget Yopp, asked the victim for a ride home. A the two women were driving a man appeared at the intersection of Rustic Court West and Valley Farm Road, armed with a rifle.
The suspect pointed the firearm at the women and ordered them out of the car. The victim got out and the suspect got in; however Yopp remained in the vehicle and did not attempt to flee at any time. The suspect and Yopp fled the area with the victim's cell phone still in the car.
Detective were able to locate Yopp at her home and she told detective that the victim had "sold" her the cell phone.
Yopp allowed detectives into her residence in order to retrieve the phone and upon entry detectives foune drug paraphernalia consistent with methamphetamine use.
Based upon the illegal narcotics and property taken from the victim located in the residence a search warrant for the residence was obtained. During the warrant search, parts of the victim's phone, clothing, and the victim's vehicle keys were located.=
Detectives also discovered the firearm used during the carjacking which had been placed underneath a shed in the backyard.
Among the items located during the search of the residence were U.S. currency templates, and a copier for reproducing money, and a check printer / steamer.
The shotgun used in the Carjacking was recovered and the victim's vehicle was also located at the residence.
Besides Yopp, seven other individuals were found at the 1st Street NW residence. Three of the eight were connected to the armed carjacking, while four others were charged with various drug crimes.
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