One man arrested after Bradford manhunt, two others in custody for another car theft

Darryel Cassels and 2 other men are in jail for connections to a case of car theft.
Published: Dec. 8, 2022 at 12:13 AM EST
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STARKE, Fla. (WCJB) - Three men in Bradford County are behind bars in connection to a car theft we reported last week.

Bradford County Sheriff’s deputies say Darryel Cassels, 34, is the man wanted for fleeing from police on Friday. The manhunt that ensued brought law enforcement, hunters and even a drone together to look for Cassels.

Cassels, along with Dalton Elixson, 21, and Austin Smith, 33, was put behind bars for a car theft in Clay County.

BCSO Deputy Chief Brad Smith says his favorite part about his job is putting accused criminals behind bars.

“I’ve been in this business now for over 30 years, my personal favorite part of this job is pursuing people who have committed crimes and catching them,” said Smith.

The warrant for Cassels’ arrest out of Union County has been processed. He is being held in the Bradford County jail on a bond of $80,000.

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