Teen accused of pulling gun in Spring Break crowd at New Smyrna Beach being charged as adult

A 16-year-old boy accused of pulling out a gun while in a crowd of spring breakers at New Smyrna Beach last week is being charged as an adult.

On Thursday, March 14, at around 3:45 p.m. Volusia County Sheriff’s Office deputies were patrolling the area of the beach to the north of Flagler Avenue when they heard a crowd yelling and dispersing, with some people shouting, “He has a gun,” according to the sheriff’s office.

The deputies ran toward the scene and observed a teenager, later identified as Felixander Solis-Guzman, allegedly wielding a handgun. VCSO stated that the deputies advanced toward Solis-Guzman with their firearms drawn while ordering him to drop the gun.

A deputy pointing a gun at the armed suspect on New Smyrna Beach (Photo by Volusia County Sheriff's Office)
The armed teen suspect fleeing from deputies on New Smyrna Beach on March 14, 2024. (Photo: Volusia County Sheriff’s Office)

According to VCSO, Solis-Guzman proceeded to flee from the deputies while still holding the gun. He ran through crowds of people on the beach before heading into the Atlantic Ocean.

Armed suspect running into water on New Smyrna Beach (Photo by Volusia County Sheriff's Office)
The teen suspect running into the water while fleeing from VCSO deputies. (Photo: Volusia County Sheriff’s Office)

While in the water, the sheriff’s office stated that Solis-Guzman threw the gun and a bag that he was carrying into the ocean.

VCSO deputies at New Smyrna Beach with guns drawn as suspect stands in the water (Photo by Volusia County Sheriff's Office)
Multiple deputies standing on the beach with their firearms drawn as they attempt to get the teen to surrender. (Photo: Volusia County Sheriff’s Office)

Five minutes later, Solis-Guzman surrendered to deputies and was taken into custody without further incident. There were no injuries reported.

Deputies searched the nearby water and recovered a gun. They also found a bag containing 20 small plastic baggies of marijuana, according to the sheriff’s office.

Firearm and marijuana recovered from New Smyrna Beach (Photo by Volusia County Sheriff's Office)
Deputies recovered a firearm and 20 small plastic baggies of marijuana while searching the water near where the teen was apprehended. (Photo: Volusia County Sheriff’s Office)

Solis-Guzman was arrested and initially taken to the Volusia Family Resource Center for processing before being transported to the Department of Juvenile Justice. He was charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer (three counts), possession of a firearm by a person under the age of 18, improper exhibition of a firearm, commission of a second-degree felony with a weapon, resisting a law enforcement officer, tampering with evidence (two counts), and sale of marijuana.

Felixander Solis Guzman
Felixander Solis-Guzman, 16, has been charged as an adult in connection with the March 14 incident on New Smyrna Beach.

In addition, Solis-Guzman was also arrested on seven active no-bond warrants out of Orange County, including robbery with a firearm and violation of probation.

A day after Solis-Guzman was arrested, the State Attorney’s Office of the Seventh Judicial Circuit announced that adult charges have been filed against him. An order was then made to transfer him to Volusia County Jail.

“This 16-year-old [allegedly] brought drugs and a gun to Volusia County during spring break,” State Attorney R.J. Larizza said about this case. “He will now face adult charges and serious consequences for his reckless actions.”

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