ORLANDO, FL – An Orange County, Florida man is free after posting bond after having been arrested for allegedly shooting into four separate vehicles in the Orlando area.
The defendant, identified as Emanuel Dandre Bullard, is accused of firing several rounds in four separate incidents at motor vehicles allegedly during fits of road rage.
Thankfully, none of the shots allegedly fired by him struck anyone but did hit several vehicles through his streak of violence.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office alleges that Bullard has been the trigger man in a violent series of incidents dating back to December of 2021.
Yet, despite the series of violent actions Bullard is accused of, the first appearance judge assigned the low bond of $3,550 which meant he only had to come up with $355 to be released through a bondsman.
Bullard was able to do so and was released just after 2 am on the 15th.
Reporters with local news station WFTV Channel 9 were waiting when Bullard was released and tried to interview him. When reporters asked him if he had anything to say to his victims, they reported him replying:
“Don’t [expletive] with me and I won’t [expletive] with you.”
Detectives reported the first documented incident occurred on December 27th when an unidentified victim reported seeing a black Mercedes come from behind her near State Road 417. The victim said they were forced to change lanes to avoid a crash.
IN AND OUT: The 19-year-old accused in 4 road rage attacks is out of jail hours after deputies tried to arrest him and he ran into the woods. Emanuel Bullard eventually surrendered. He bonded out of the Orange County Jail overnight. #FOX35 @fox35orlando https://t.co/Algtt81ScZ
— Amy Kaufeldt FOX 35 (@Fox35Amy) February 15, 2022
After the victim changed lanes, Bullard allegedly pulled up beside the victim and pointed a gun at her vehicle. Bullard then allegedly fired four shots at her vehicle, thankfully, the victim was not injured in the incident. According to the affidavit:
“The victim stated they were afraid of being killed and swerved to the side of the road to call law enforcement.”
Bullard was able to successfully get away on that incident and struck again on January 21st. The incident was reported when the victim flagged down a deputy and informed them they had just been shot at by a man in a black Mercedes.
When the deputies questioned the victim, they learned that they were driving down the street when the Mercedes came up from behind them at a high rate of speed. The victim admitted that they “brake checked” the Mercedes which apparently angered Bullard.
The victim stated Bullard pulled the Mercedes next to them on the roadway and they began to argue. At some point, Bullard allegedly produced a firearm and fired several shots, striking the car before fleeing the scene. Thankfully, no one was injured in the shooting.
Then on January 25th, police received another report of a road rage incident on State Route 408. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office reports that a vehicle somehow nearly struck Bullard’s Mercedes.
Bullard allegedly became enraged and started firing on the car, striking it six times. Bullard fled the scene and thankfully no one was injured in the shooting.
Detectives with the agency were able to obtain video footage which they posted on Twitter, asking the public for help in identifying it. They wrote:
“RECOGNIZE THIS CAR? Someone in a black Mercedes, possibly a C250, has been shooting at vehicles in four road rage incidents in east Orange County since 12/27. He is a menace and needs to be stopped.”
RECOGNIZE THIS CAR? Someone in a black Mercedes, possibly a C250, has been shooting at vehicles in four road rage incidents in east Orange County since 12/27. He is a menace and needs to be stopped
— Orange County Sheriff's Office (@OrangeCoSheriff) February 11, 2022
Before police were able to zero in on Bullard, he allegedly was involved in another road rage incident which was reported on January 28th. This incident started when the driver of a gray truck cut him off on the road while driving down the road.
After being cut off, Bullard allegedly followed the truck to a nearby gas station parking lot and confronted the driver and passenger. The two argued over Bullard being cut off before it turned violent.
Bullard allegedly produced a firearm and began firing at the driver and passenger. The gunshots missed the driver and passenger but hit several vehicles that were in the parking lot. After the rounds were fired, Bullard fled the scene. Thankfully, no one was injured in this incident.
Detectives reported they received an anonymous tip that Bullard was involved in the incident and were able to develop probable cause and authored a search warrant for Bullard’s home where they located the black Mercedes.
When deputies moved in to execute the search warrant on Bonneville Drive, they allege Bullard took off running on foot but was captured a shot time later.
While Bullard was in the backseat of a patrol car, he allegedly admitted to the incidents. The police affidavit stated:
“Emanuel was able to provide descriptive details of the incident, which only the persons involved would know.”
Bullard was charged with four counts of aggravated assault with a firearm and four counts of shooting into an occupied vehicle. He was transported to the Orange County Jail where he was initially held on no bond.
Bullard was able to bond out after his first appearance judge assigned the $3,550 bond on the 15th.
ARRESTED: 19 year-old Emanuel Bullard was arrested for the four road rage incidents in Orange County since 12/27. Great job by our detectives and deputies getting this menace off our roads! pic.twitter.com/ouWa3k06Gw
— Orange County Sheriff's Office (@OrangeCoSheriff) February 14, 2022
FOX 13 in Memphis reports that Tylan McCray has been taken back into custody after a “clerical error” resulted in his release late this week.
According to the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office, McCray’s bond was set at $15 million, however due to the error his bond was shown as being $15,000.
McCray, 21, was arrested and charged in the shooting death of 2-year-old Laylah Washington in the road rage incident. The case made national headlines when the young child was shot as she rode in a car with her mother in a white Nissan Maxima near Castle Creek on June 11, 2017.
FOX 13 said it took investigators more than a year to compile a case and arrest two men in connection with the crime. McCray’s 19-year-old cousin, Brandon McCray was charged in the case as being an “accessory after the fact to wit: first-degree murder.”
As reported by the outlet in 2018, Laylah’s family was not happy with the charges levied against Brandon McCray.
“Somebody failed to do their job because they did not charge the guy driving the car with the same crime that they did the guy that did the shooting,” Terry Washington, Laylah’s uncle said at the time.
In addition to Laylah’s family, the judge who heard the charges expressed some confusion as to why the cousin wasn’t likewise charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder charges against Tylan McCray.
News 3 WREG in Memphis said the district attorney confirmed the error in releasing McCray.
“Someone in the clerk’s office mistakenly entered the bond into the system as $15,000,” said District Attorney Amy Weirich.
By the end of the day on August 17, McCray was able to post the mistaken bond amount and walk out of jail.
“I could’ve been out somewhere and spotted him or he spotted me. That’s scary with him already attempting to kill me and my other kids,” said Leslie Washington, Laylah’s mother.
She told the station she was so distraught over McCray being out of jail that she couldn’t work on Wednesday.
“They told me that had TBI [Tennessee Bureau of Investigation] out looking for him,” she said. “I really was heartbroken because I felt like the justice system had failed us again.”
Fortunately, Washington’s concerns were short lived and by Wednesday afternoon McCray was back behind bars where he belongs. Washington was relieved however said the incident didn’t give her peace of mind.
“They need to take their jobs a little more serious, especially when you’re dealing with criminals, murderers and rapists,” she said. “I think the person needs to be reprimanded for their actions.”
WREG reached out to the clerk’s office to find out exactly what happened, however no further information was provided. They would only say the “issue has been addressed.”
The 2017 incident in which Laylah was killed while she was riding in a car with her mother, who got into an argument with four men in a black four-door sedan. One of the passengers (Tylan McCray) opened fire on the car, striking Laylah in the head. She died two days later.
Meanwhile in Bridgeton, New Jersey, a 25-year-old man who had been released from jail last year to “prevent the spread” of COVID-19 two days later was involved in the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old, WHDH in Boston reported.
Jerry D. Crawford was serving time on burglary charges when he was cut loose from jail on “public health emergency credits” and delegated to mandatory parole supervision on Nov. 4, 2020, the NJ Department of Corrections told NJ.com.
Crawford and Yusuf J. Wiates, 23, were indicted last week on charges of first-degree murder and first-degree conspiracy to commit murder following a lengthy investigation into the shooting death of Davion Scarborough only two days after Crawford was released.
Scarborough’s body was found near a dirt path located less than a half-mile from South Woods State Prison, the facility Crawford had been released from. He had been shot multiple times.
Both suspects are currently being held and are due back in court for preliminary hearings.
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