The sworn affidavit by the victim in the Cash Wheeler aggravated assault with a firearm incident has been published by the Orange County Clerk.
Written by police officer M. Bohway, the affidavit states that the victim, Daniel Matta, was driving when a Jeep Gladiator was driving erratically honking its horn to let him pass.
After Matta moved over to let the Jeep pass, Wheeler pointed a black semi-automatic handgun out of the driver’s window at him along with a strong stare.
Matta then called 911 and was met by another police officer who presented him with a line up of photos to try and identify the accused. The affidavit says that he quickly selected Wheeler with 100% certainty.
The full affidavit can be read below.
“On July 27, 2023, at 0959 I, Officer M. Bowhay #19932, responded to 5300 S. Orange Blossom Trail in reference to an aggravated assault with a firearm call.
Upon my arrival I spoke to the victim, Daniel Matta, who provided me with a sworn written/verbal statement that said the following:
Matta stated he was driving west on Interstate 4 north of Exit 83. He noticed a Jeep Gladiator weaving in and out of traffic honking its horn, so he moved over to the far-right lane to let the Jeep pass.
Matta said the Jeep took the right shoulder to drive around him on the passenger side of his vehicle. Matta looked over and noticed a white male with a beard pointing a black semi-automatic handgun out of the driver’s window at him with a strong stare.
Matta said he feared for his life at this time. Matta stated he slowed down to get out of the way of the firearm and ended up behind the suspect vehicle at this time.
At this time both were committed to exit 83 (Ivanhoe Blvd). Matta took pictures of the Jeep as it turned right onto College Park Drive and began to drive reckless. Matta said the Jeep beared Florida tag EFRC72. After taking the picture, Matta said he called 911 and gave the vehicle information to dispatch the details of what occurred.
He explained he could not be late for work and asked an officer to meet him at his work (Orlando Luxury Motors, 5300 S. Orange Blossom Trail.
I created a photo line-up using ELVIS (a database used by law enforcement for investigative purposes). Elvis selected five random photos based on the suspect’s Florida driver’s license picture and put them in a randomized order with the suspect being the sixth picture.
Officer Blinn #34211 met with Matta and presented him with the photo lineup instructions and the photo lineup. Matta quickly selected the correct picture, photo #2, of the suspect, later identified as, Daniel M. Wheeler, W/M D.O.B 5/17/1987 with 100% certainty. (See Officer Blin’s supplement for more details.)
Based on Mattas sworn statement and the positive photo lineup identification, probable cause exist to charge Wheeler with, aggravated assault with a firearm violation of F.S.S. 784.021(1)(A)-1.”