On January 24th, 2019, Vero Beach resident Harry Swift (50) was the victim of a carjacking behind the BP gas station located at the corner of 43rd Avenue and State Road 60. Vero Beach Police Department quickly located his vehicle abandoned less than a mile away. Detectives with the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office began investigating the case, and through forensic evidence secured the arrest of Miguel Ayala (15) yesterday. Ayala is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and carjacking with a deadly weapon. He was taken into custody and transported to the Department of Juvenile Justice in Fort Pierce where he is currently being held.
Indian River County Sheriff Deryl Loar stated, “We consistently brag about our forensic services unit. Along with Detective Ryan, Latent Print Examiner Kelly Hare and Detective Dan Rosario processed and developed evidence that made this arrest possible. Because the vehicle was located quickly and properly preserved, we were able to recover evidence that led to the identification and arrest of Ayala. With this evidence, justice will be served in this case for Mr. Swift. After several surgeries, Mr. Swift is home recovering.”