VCSO Searching For Final Deltona Armed Carjacking Suspect

By on August 17, 2017 in WNDB News


Deltona, FL – Update: The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office (VCSO) is still seeking the main suspect in a Deltona carjacking that occurred earlier this month.

Gustavo Rivera, 36, is wanted by the VCSO for holding a gun to the carjacking victim’s head during the August 17 robbery on Merrimac Street in Deltona. Rivera is being charged with carjacking using a gun, using and displaying a gun during a felony offense and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.

If you have information on Rivera’s location, you are asked not approach him but to call 911 or anonymously tip police through Crime Stoppers at 888-277-TIPS or online here. Tips may qualify you for a $5,000 reward.

(Rivera mugshot courtesy of the VCSO)

Rivera’s accomplice, 38-year-old Walter R. Hager, has been in custody since August 19 for a charge unrelated to the carjacking. After an investigation, Hager was charged with principal to carjacking using a gun and grand theft auto on August 25. VCSO detectives think Hager drove to the carjacking scene with Rivera and drove away in the victim’s truck when Rivera held a gun to the victim’s head.

Hager is also facing charges of possession of a schedule IV substance with the intent to sell, failure to register as a career offender, two counts of possession of a schedule II substance and one count of possession of Hydromorphone.

(Hager mugshot courtesy of Volusia County Corrections)

In his lifetime, Hager has racked up 37 felony charges including felonies associated with narcotics, robbery, escape, battery, aggravated battery with a gun, theft, resisting an officer without violence and firing a missile into a building. Rivera has been convicted of 13 felonies including felonies regarding narcotics, grand theft auto, battery and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon with no intent to kill.


Earlier Reporting:

The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office (VCSO) is looking for two men involved in an armed carjacking that took place early morning Thursday outside a home in Deltona.

At around 5:52 AM on the 700 block of Merrimac St., the victim stopped to pick up a co-worker on the way to work. Two men pulled up to the house in a gray car with front-end damage. One man got out of the car, pointed a gun at the victim and the co-worker, and stole the victim’s red 2007 Dodge Ram 1500, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

No one was injured, and deputies are still investigating and working to find the suspects and the stolen truck.

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