MIAMI — U.S. District Judge Aileen M. Cannon sentenced Artavis Spivey, 21, of Winter Haven, Fla., and Daniel Zamot, 18, of Avon Park, Fla., to jail for carjacking armed. Spivey was sentenced to 175 months in prison and Zamot to 70 months. Spivey received enhancements to his sentence for reckless endangerment during the flight and obstruction of justice.
Both Spivey and Zamot previously pleaded guilty to carjacking and brandishing a firearm during and in connection with a violent crime.
According to the court filing, on February 17, 2022, at approximately 12:37 p.m., law enforcement received a 911 call advising that an armed carjacking had just taken place at the Highlands Advanced Rheumatology and Arthritis Center at Avon Park. Law enforcement questioned the victim of the carjacking, “JS”. According to her statement, she was sitting inside her 2018 Lincoln MKC in the parking lot of Highlands Rheumatology when a man, later determined to be Spivey, armed with a 9mm semi-automatic handgun, walked over. approached her and asked for the keys to her vehicle. JS complied and gave Spivey his keys, after which he asked for his cell phone, which she also gave him. Spivey then told JS to get out and walk to the back of the vehicle and threatened to shoot him.
JS described Spivey as a black man with a slender build wearing sweatpants, a red or orange hooded jacket, and a face mask with holes for his eyes and mouth. JS said a second man, later identified as Zamot, described as a beefier black man, was standing in the back of his vehicle when it was stolen. Zamot also wore sweatpants, a red or orange hooded jacket, and a face mask with holes for his eyes and mouth. Spivey and Zamot fled the scene in JS’ vehicle.
Law enforcement was able to track JS’s vehicle and learned it was in Lee County, Florida. Around 3 p.m., law enforcement located the Lincoln and attempted to conduct a traffic stop in northern Fort Myers, Florida. Spivey and Zamot traveled several yards and nearly crashed into another vehicle. They finally crashed into a patch of bushes. Spivey exited the vehicle from the front driver’s side and Zamot exited the vehicle from the passenger side. Spivey and Zamot fled on foot and were apprehended shortly thereafter. Spivey was wearing a red hooded jacket when he was arrested.
During the search of the vehicle, law enforcement recovered, among other items, two ski masks behind the front passenger seat and a loaded black H&K 9mm semi-automatic firearm with a magazine extended between the passenger seat. driver and center console. The firearm was reported stolen in Polk County, Florida. A loaded .380 caliber Cobra semi-automatic firearm was found in the bushes where Zamot exited the vehicle. This particular firearm was reported stolen in Osceola County, Florida.
Spivey had been released from prison for separate felony convictions on January 30, 2022, just 18 days before he and Zamot carried out the armed carjacking.
Juan Antonio Gonzalez, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida; Acting Special Agent in Charge Robert M. DeWitt, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Miami Field Office; Highland County Sheriff Paul Blackman; and Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno made the announcement.
The FBI, Fort Pierce Field Office, Highlands County Sheriff’s Office, and Lee County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael D. Porter prosecuted him.
You can find court documents and related information on the District Court for the Southern District of Florida website at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or http://pacer.flsd.uscourts. gov, under file number 22-cr-14026.
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