OCALA, FL – On Tuesday afternoon, Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Major Crimes Detectives arrested 51-year-old Normad Eliud Rosario-Otero, for attempted carjacking, burglary of a conveyance with battery, attempted burglary of a conveyance, and attempted burglary of a dwelling.
According to authorities, on July 5, 2022, MCSO received reports about a suspicious person, later identified as Rosario-Otero, at the intersection of SW Highway 200 and SW 60th Avenue, in Ocala. When deputies arrived at the scene, they discovered Rosario-Otero had attempted to burglarize a nearby home when the homeowner confronted him, he fled toward the intersection and attempted to enter multiple vehicles and made entry into the vehicle of an elderly female through the passenger side door. The elderly victim said Rosario-Otero grabbed the steering wheel and her arm, and reached his foot over to press the gas pedal, but the victim was able to keep pressure on the brake pedal. The elderly victim stated another citizen removed Rosario-Otero from her vehicle, at which time he was restrained with a belt prior to law enforcement’s arrival.
Rosario-Otero was transported to MCSO Central Operations for questioning. During the interview, he claimed to have used cocaine, Xanax pills, and alcohol the evening before and stated he did not recall the incident. Rosario-Otero was arrested and transported to the Marion County Jail with a $100,000.00 bond.
MCSO Major Crimes detectives believe that there may be more victims due to the fact that witnesses observed Rosario-Otero attempting to enter multiple vehicles at the intersection of SW Highway 200 and SW 60th Avenue. If you have any further information about this incident, please call Detective Andrew Canterberry at (352) 438-5932.