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Man nabbed in Leesburg with stolen handgun inside ex-lady friend’s vehicle

Demarcus James Harvey

An Orlando man found himself behind bars Tuesday after Leesburg Police officers found him sitting in his ex-lady friend’s vehicle with a stolen firearm nearby.

Officers responded to a residence in the 1400 block of Wild Harbor Lane about a possible domestic battery and when they arrived, 19-year-old Demarcus James Harvey was attempting back out of a parking space in a white Kia. An officer positioned his patrol vehicle behind the Kia and gave Harvey commands to exit the vehicle, which he did. He was told to stand in front of the patrol vehicle while officers conducted an investigation, a police report says.

Officers then spoke with the woman who called for help. She said she wanted Harvey removed from her residence. She said she had been in a previous relationship with him and they have a child together, a police report states.

The woman told officers that Harvey had gone outside to her vehicle when he discovered that she was calling law enforcement. She said he had placed a long gun with two colors on the handle and a small black handgun with a large-capacity “drum” magazine inside of her white Kia, the report says, adding that she gave officers permission to search the vehicle.

Officers immediately spotted a .22-caliber black semi-automatic AR pistol with a magazine attached, which matched the description of the long gun the woman had earlier described. The firearm was lying on the front passenger seat next to a light blue backpack and had one round in the chamber and 26 rounds inside the magazine. A large-capacity “drum” magazine containing five .40-caliber rounds also was lying on the front passenger floorboard, according to the report.

Leesburg Police officers reported finding the weapons pictured above in a vehicle with 19-year-old Demarcus James Harvey on Tuesday. Harvey was arrested and charged with theft of a firearm that was reported stolen in Winter Garden in October 2019.

Officers continued to search the vehicle for the second firearm – a black Glock 23 Gen4 .40-caliber handgun – which was located inside the backpack. It had one round in the chamber and 12 rounds in the large-capacity magazine. Officers ran a check on the weapon and discovered that he it had been reported stolen by the Winter Garden Police Department in October 2019, the report says.

After Harvey was placed under arrest, he asked officers to put his clothing in the backpack so he could take it with him to jail. He had initially claimed ownership of the backpack, but after being told that the handgun found inside it had been reported stolen, he claimed the backpack didn’t belong to him. He also had stated earlier that the firearms didn’t belong to him, the report says.

Harvey, who lives at 4410 Medallion Dr. in Orlando, was transported to the Leesburg Police Department to be processed. After being read his rights, he refused to answer any questions and was then transferred to the Lake County Jail and charged with theft of a firearm.

Harvey was released Tuesday night on $5,000 bond. He is due in Lake County Court on Feb. 1 at 8:30 a.m. to answer to the charges, jail records show.

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