October 20, 2019
Terrible though his crimes might be, you have to feel somewhat bad for a guy who was named after a fake country.
A fugitive wanted for the murder of a Frostproof woman was arrested Saturday by the Atlanta Police Department, while committing another serious crime.
Taiwan Blandin, 30, is currently in the Fulton County Jail in Georgia on charges of carjacking, escape, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, fleeing to elude and other charges.
According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, the Atlanta PD relayed that Blandin had committed a carjacking around 2:30 a.m. Saturday at a convenience store. Atlanta police spotted the stolen Honda shortly after and when they attempted to stop the car, the driver fled. Blandin was apprehended after he crashed the stolen car and attempted to flee on foot, PCSO said.
Police recovered gloves and a handgun from within the car.
Reports from Atlanta indicate there was a female passenger in the car, and although there is no further information about her, she was also arrested. The Atlanta PD said she is not the carjacking victim.
PCSO reported that on Oct. 1, Blandin broke into a Fort Meade home and sexually battered a woman while he allegedly held a knife to the 18 year-old’s throat. He then allegedly bound the woman and put her in the back seat of a car. Blandin drove to the home of an 80-year-old woman, Peggy Shiering, a former teacher. Blandin entered the elderly woman’s home, and shortly after his sexual battery victim escaped from the bindings and was able to flee the scene in the car, returning to her Fort Meade neighborhood.
The victim/witness said Blandin soon pulled up and began shooting at her. Instead of striking the young victim, he shot an 81-year-old woman in her wheelchair in the foot.