Charges won’t be filed against Florida man who shot at couple after they drove to wrong address

Francis Akhalbey April 24, 2023
Waldes Thomas and Diamond D'arville said they want the man who shot at them to face the consequences of his actions -- Photo Credit: WTVJ

A Florida couple was shot at multiple times after they drove to a wrong address in their attempt to deliver groceries for Instacart. Shortly after the incident, a detective told the couple that the gunman could not be charged because no laws were broken.

In an interview with WTVJ, Waldes Thomas said he and his girlfriend drove to the wrong address while on a call with the customer, trying to locate her home, and saw a flashlight just when they were about to leave the property they wrongly drove to.

“He’s like, ‘Who are you?’ and we’re saying we’re with Instacart,” Thomas’ girlfriend, Diamond D’arville, said, adding that they initially thought that individual was the customer.

“The guy gets in his truck and reverses, and he pulls up behind us,” D’arville said. The couple then saw the man pull out a gun as they tried to leave the location. “I had seen him pull out a gun and that’s when I said, ‘We got to go, we got to go,'” D’arville said. “I was scared, I’m not going to lie.”

Bullets struck the couple’s car many times after the man allegedly opened fire, causing them to quickly retreat and contact the police shortly after they left the address. “We were there for Instacart, we were trying to tell him, and he went about it the wrong way — instead of just calling the police, saying I have trespassers on my lawn, he decided to shoot,” said Thomas.

The couple’s April 15 encounter comes after news of people being shot at after they went to the wrong address made national headlines, one of those incidents being fatal. Though the couple said they want the gunman to face the consequences of his actions, a detective told them that would not be possible.

“(A detective) asked if we wanted to prosecute and we agreed to do that, but he said since they didn’t break any laws or do anything unlawful, they couldn’t do anything because we were on their property,” D’arville said.

“It’s just not right — even if you have a gun, I understand you’re trying to protect your family, but you don’t come outside shooting,” she added. “We’re telling you what we’re doing here, we’re trying to leave and you’re blocking us in, it could’ve just been on our way and they made it bigger than what it was.”

Responding to the incident in a statement, Instacart said it had gotten in touch with the shopper and “will cooperate with law enforcement on any ongoing investigation.”

“The safety of the entire Instacart community is incredibly important to us, and we take immediate action when we receive reports of violence or threats of violence made against any member of the Instacart community,” the company said.

Last Edited by:Annie-Flora Mills Updated: April 24, 2023


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