Suspect in Polk County, Bradenton carjackings hangs himself in St. Pete

BRADENTON -- The man authorities say carjacked a car in Polk County with a disabled man and infant inside Friday before later abandoning it in Bradenton, and then carjacking another vehicle at a Bradenton gas station, was found dead Saturday morning in St. Petersburg, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

Sloan Aaron Maybeck, 42, appears to have taken his own life, according to the news release. Officials said they found a man, later identified as Maybeck, hanging from a belt behind the 7-11 store at 6161 Fourth St. N. in St. Petersburg.

"Maybeck had a violent past and it appears that violence led to his own death by his own hands," said Polk Sheriff Grady Judd in the release. "He was facing serious criminal charges after stealing a car with a baby and a disabled adult inside. Being concerned that his violent acts of desperation would

result in more victims, a multijurisdiction search was conducted throughout the night. Ultimately, his irrational acts led to him taking his own life."

The St. Petersburg Police Department is investigating the death.

Maybeck was wanted on two counts of attempted murder, two counts kidnapping and two counts carjacking.

At 9 p.m. Friday, a Bradenton police officer working an off-duty detail at the Bravo Supermarket, 2004 14th St. W., Bradenton, heard cries for help from the Marathon gas station across the street at 2009 14 St. W., according to the report. Witnesses told the officer a car had just been stolen from the parking lot.

The officer determined the suspect was the same one being sought for a carjacking and kidnapping in Polk County. About three hours earlier, a woman with her 30-year-old autistic son and 14-month-old baby pulled into a bait store on State Road 60 outside Bartow and left the car running while she went inside the store.

While inside the bait shop, the woman noticed a suspicious man walking from car to car carrying a suitcase and she went back outside.

She was too late. The suspect had already gotten into her car.

Polk County deputies reported the woman and a bystander tried to stop Maybeck, but he drove off dragging her about 30 feet. She then ran a short distance home to call 911.

The man and baby were later found unharmed after they walked to an uncle's house. Maybeck had stopped the car in the area of Floral Avenue in Polk County and ordered them out, according to the report.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office helicopter found the car abandoned outside a home in the 1100 block of Eighth Street Court West in Bradenton. Bradenton police and the Manatee County Sheriff's Office secured the car and assisted Polk deputies in unsuccessfully searching the area for Maybeck.

Jessica De Leon, Herald law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter @JDeLeon1012.

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