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Man Stuffed in Trunk by Carjacker Kills Assailant

July 25, 1995

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) _ After Carl Lee Reese carjacked a Lexus at a car wash and forced the driver into the trunk, police say he apparently had a second thought: What if the driver had a cellular phone in his pocket?

Reese stopped the Lexus and opened the trunk. But the driver didn’t have a phone _ he had two pistols that were stashed in his trunk.

When Reese didn’t heed Paul Brite’s orders to lie down and acted as if he was reaching for a gun, Brite killed him Monday morning with a shot to the abdomen, police said.

An accomplice who was following the Lexus in a station wagon tried to run over Brite, 53. He fired a round at the station wagon and it sped away.

Reese, 21, died at a hospital. He had been arrested for two other carjackings and was wanted for a robbery parole violation.

His cousin and roommate, 17-year-old Mario Danele Sikes, was arrested shortly after the shooting in a vehicle matching the wagon’s description. Police planned to charge him with theft, kidnapping and possibly felony murder for participating in a kidnapping which resulted in the death of his cousin, said Sgt. Jeff Maslan.

When Reese stopped in an upscale Fort Lauderdale neighborhood to open the trunk, he left his gun in the car. Brite may not have realized the assailant was unarmed and emerged with his semiautomatic pistol and a .357-caliber Magnum, Maslan said.

``He ordered the suspect several times to lie on the ground, firing two warning shots,″ Maslan said.

After recounting his ordeal to police, Brite wasn’t talking to the media.

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