A Mainland High School student was arrested Thursday in connection to two violent carjackings and the shooting of a teen last month in South Daytona, an official said.
Ky’Andrea Cook, 18, was taken into custody at school and charged with two counts each of carjacking with a firearm/deadly weapon, using a two-way communication device to commit a felony and criminal attempt/solicitation/conspiracy life felony, records show. Cook also is charged with attempted felony murder (other person) and principal aggravated battery with a deadly weapon causing bodily harm.
Detectives believe the teen used the “Meet Me” phone app to lure victims to the area where they would be carjacked and/or robbed by male suspects who haven’t been identified, South Daytona police Lt. Dan Dietrich said.
Perry Nida, a 27-year-old Palm Coast man, told police he began chatting with the female, later identified as Cook, on March 21, and the two planned to meet in South Daytona the next day to have sex, according to a charging affidavit. Nida said he also asked Cook, who used a fake name on the app, if she smoked marijuana and wanted to buy some from him. Nida said he invited his 17-year-old friend to also sell marijuana to the female.
When Nida and the boy went to meet with Cook about 11:30 p.m. March 22 near Long John Silver’s, 2156 S. Ridgewood Ave. Nida became suspicious and hid the marijuana in a bush on Slayton Avenue before picking up Cook, the report states.
When she got into the truck, Nida noticed the female did not resemble the pictures he’d seen on the app, according to the affidavit. Cook told Nida she had to go get money, and when she returned, a male with a mask got into the backseat shortly thereafter.
The male pointed a gun with a laser sight at Nida and told him to get out of the pickup, according to the affidavit. Nida’s friend pushed the male suspect who then fired off two rounds, one of which struck the teen in the stomach.
Police said they developed a lead on the female’s identity after speaking with people at the nearby Eagle Oaks Apartments.
About a day later, 21-year-old Dondre Amador of Ormond Beach met with who he thought was 21-year-old Shammai Taylor, police said.
Amador told the female he doesn’t pay for sex, but they could hang out and he’d bring marijuana for them to smoke, the report states. When the female got into Amador’s car, he noticed she looked different from the girl in the pictures.
They stopped at a gas station and then went to James Street Park at the request of the female, who Amador said had been texting the whole drive, according to the affidavit.
Shortly after the pair climbed into the backseat of Amador’s car, four males approached, and one of them pointed a handgun with a laser sight at Amador and told him to give up the car or he’d be killed, according to the affidavit. Amador told police the female left willingly with the males.
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