Police Capture Two Fleeing Palm Bay Burglary Suspects
By Space Coast Daily // February 21, 2013
Two Others Still At Large
BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – Two suspects were captured and arrested following a midday burglary Wednesday that set off a sequence of events that left a motorist injured.
Palm Bay Public Information Officer Yvonne Martinez said just before 1 p.m. Wednesday police dispatchers received a 9-1-1 call from a resident in the 3200 block of Haddon Avenue SE.
She said the caller reported three black men were attempting to steal a motorcycle from the garage of a neighbor’s home and they were driving a red Dodge Intrepid.
The suspects fled the area in the vehicle and on the motorcycle.
Martinez said that after seeing multiple police units in the area, one of the suspects ditched the motorcycle in the area of Rhapsody Street and met up with the other suspects in the Dodge Intrepid.
Bulletins were issued with the vehicle and suspect information.
Palm Bay Police Officer Greg Moore, who was in an unmarked unit, spotted the vehicle in the area of Port Malabar Boulevard and U.S. Highway 1.
Martinez said the Intrepid was being driven at a high rate of speed and in a reckless manner, cutting off the driver of a motorcycle in the area of RJ Conlan Boulevard and and Northview Street.
The motorcyclist then lost control of his bike and suffered serious, but non-life threatening injuries.
“Officer Moore stopped to render aid to the victim and the suspects left the area,” Martrinez said.
Melbourne Police were on alert when they spotted the vehicle in their jurisdiction. They observed as Intrepid crashed into several mailboxes in the area of Monroe Street and initiated a pursuit when the suspects continued to flee.
The vehicle crashed into a house on Saxon Street in Melbourne and all four suspects then fled on foot.
Martinez said two of the four suspects were captured.
Police arrested Deonte Jones, 17, and Jeffrey J Johnson, 17. They will be charged with burglary, grand theft, resisting, hit-and-run with serious injury and other charges from Melbourne jurisdiction.
Martinez said a subsequent search of the vehicle yielded what appeared to be stolen property from multiple burglaries.
The investigation is ongoing and the search for the two other suspects continues.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Central Florida CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477).