VOLUSIA COUNTY, FL – Volusia sheriff’s detectives are continuing to investigate a suspicious incident reported Sunday night in Deltona, with the person of interest now in custody following a Monday shootout with law enforcement in Mount Dora.
According to authorities, the Deltona investigation began just after 11 p.m. Sunday following a phone call from New York where the caller reported her husband was in Deltona with their 18-year-old son, Johnny Santiago, at the couple’s home. She told dispatchers earlier in the day, she’d been on the phone with her husband when she heard him arguing with Johnny, followed by a loud noise. Then the call disconnected, and she never heard from her husband again.
Deputies arrived at the house at 899 E. Lehigh Drive, Deltona, to find no one home and no vehicles present. A white 2021 Ford F-150 the suspect was known to drive was spotted in DeBary, where it fled from deputies. Regional and nationwide BOLOs meaning “Be On the Look Out” were entered on the vehicle, which also fled from police in Sanford after leaving Volusia County.
Detectives continued to investigate the case and follow leads on the F-150 throughout the day, and just before 5 p.m. it was spotted in Lake County, where it again fled from law enforcement and ultimately crashed into a synagogue in Mount Dora. The suspect reportedly fired at police during the incident and was wounded by return fire. No law enforcement officers were injured, and the suspect was taken to the hospital for treatment of multiple gunshot wounds.
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As of this time, the suspect’s father, 52-year-old Juan Santiago, has not been located or contacted, and his status is unknown. The investigation is active and ongoing.