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Leesburg police hunt down man who allegedly pointed gun at woman

Dayarean Lynum
Dayarean Lynum

Leesburg police hunted down a man who allegedly pointed a gun at a woman in her driveway.

She pulled into her driveway on Indiana Street this past Monday morning when she was confronted by the man armed with a gun. The man pointed the gun at her as she looked out the driver’s side window. The victim slammed her car into reverse and drove rapidly away from the house. She dialed 911 and described the red-and-black clothing the suspect was wearing. She said she knew the man as “Day Day.” Several officers were dispatched to the area to search for the suspect.

A patrol officer spotted a black male wearing red-and-black clothing on Magnolia Street. When the officer got out of his car, the suspect fled onto Parker Street. He ran so fast that his slip-on shoes came off as he fled down the street. The suspect then ran through several yards while the officer chased him on foot. As the officer came back onto Parker Street, he saw the fleeing suspect enter an apartment at 214 Parker St. Police converged on the building and established a perimeter to prevent anyone from leaving. They could hear a man and a woman shouting at one another in the apartment. The occupants of the apartment would not open the door or talk to police.

Officers ran the alias “Day Day” through their database and found it was linked to 20-year-old Dayarean Lynum of Fruitland Park. When the victim was shown a picture of Lynum, she identified him as the man with the gun. An officer was able to persuade Lynum to exit the apartment and he was arrested. The woman who lived in the apartment gave permission for the police to search the premises. The officers found the clothes that Lynum had previously been wearing. They also found a backpack which contained a 9mm pistol, two cell phones and several packages of marijuana.

The tenant told police that she did not know who brought the backpack into the house. Lynum was not seen in possession of a backpack so he was not charged with any drug offenses. A records check showed that Lynum has two prior felony convictions.

He was booked at the Lake County Jail on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a firearm by a felon and resisting arrest. Bond was set at $13,000. He was also charged with a probation violation for which no bond was set.

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