MANATEE -- Deputies say the man wanted for stealing a car with a baby and an autistic man inside apparently killed himself Saturday morning in St. Petersburg.
"Maybeck had a violent past and it appears that violence led to his own death by his own hands," Sheriff Grady Judd said in a statement. "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."
Sloan Aaron Maybeck, 44, Sebring, was wanted on two counts each of attempted murder and kidnapping, as well as one count of carjacking.
Officials said they found a man, later identified as Maybeck, hanging from a belt behind the 7-11 at 6161 Fourth St. N. in St. Petersburg.
Deputies began looking for Maybeck shortly before 6 p.m. Friday after they said he stole a car left running outside a bait store on State Road 60 near Bartow. In the process, deputies say he dragged the female driver of the car and a witness who had stopped to help.
The autistic man and the baby inside the car at the time of the jacking were later found unharmed in Bartow.
The stolen car was recovered in Bradenton, where deputies reported Maybeck stole another vehicle.
Polk deputies said the death investigation is now being conducted by the St. Petersburg Police Department.