Community concerned after carjacking arrest in Lee County

Published: April 22, 2022 5:08 PM EDT

A carjacking is causing concerns for a community in Southwest Florida.

Fritz Gerald Senatus, 24, was arrested in Lee County after fleeing from Collier County deputies. Authorities said he led law enforcement on almost a 25-mile chase after carjacking a woman Wednesday at the intersection of State Road 82 and Corkscrew Road.

Senatus was arrested at the intersection of Tamiami Trail and Corkscrew Road.

Antonia works near the intersection where the woman was carjacked. She sells flowers and sometimes she is joined by her daughter.

“It’s not too many people over here, only the people who travel by car,” Antonia said.

Senatus was in a silver Cadillac when Collier deputies flashed their lights and tried to get him to stop for speeding, according to authorities. He fled even faster before stopping at the corner of State Road 82 and Corkscrew and jumping into a woman’s car.

She meant to put the car in reverse but instead put it in park and doors unlocked.

Senatus was stopped after authorities used stop sticks which are designed to spike tires and stop a car.

Senatus fled the vehicle, leaving the woman inside, and ran away. He was arrested at a nearby parking lot.

He was booked into Lee County Jail and is awaiting transfer to Collier County.