Citizen’s Call Results In Arrest Of Four Burglary Suspects

By  //  March 1, 2013

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One Teen Involved In Burglary Incident Last Week

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BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – An alert citizen who saw his neighbor’s home being burglarized immediately dialed 9-1-1 and a short time later four teen burglary suspects were arrested by Palm Bay Police officers.

Palm Bay Public Information Officer Yvonne Martinez said just after 10 a.m. Thursday, a witness called to report seeing four men breaking into a house directly behind his home.

Martinez said the home in question was determined to be in the 700 block of Rostock Circle N.W.

She said because of the citizen’s quick call, patrol officers were able to arrive within minutes and immediately viewed the suspects in the area.

When the suspects saw the officers approaching, they fled and the officers chased them on foot.  A perimeter was quickly established, a Palm Bay Police Department K-9 unit was deployed and the Brevard County Sheriff’s STAR Unit responded to assist with the search.

A dog tracked the suspects to an area where three of them were hiding in a backyard.  Two of those suspects fled on foot while the other was captured and detained.

The STAR unit maintained visual contact with the fleeing suspects to assist officers on the ground. Following a brief foot chase, the suspects were apprehended.

Chief Doug Muldoon leads the Palm Bay Police Department. (Image courtesy of Palm Bay Police)

Further investigation revealed the identity of the fourth suspect who was taken into custody at a home near the location of the burglary.

“One of the suspects was just arrested for a burglary last week that ended with a pursuit in Melbourne where an innocent civilian was injured as a result of his actions.  Now less than a week later he is back out on the streets committing more crime,” said Palm Bay Police Chief Doug Muldoon. “Something needs to happen here where there is a consequence for their crimes. We keep arresting them and they keep costing the taxpayer money in manpower and resources.  These criminals need to be locked up and kept out of our neighborhoods.”

Detectives with the Palm Bay General Crimes Unit are conducting follow-up investigation.

Suspects arrested include:

• Kyree Devon Johnson, 16, was charged with Burglary, Grand Theft and Violation of Probation

• Jamal Moreland Jr., 16, was charged with Burglary, Grand Theft and Violation of Probation

• Rahkwon Oquendo, 17, was charged with Burglary and Grand Theft

• Deonte Jones, 17, was charged with Burglary, Grand Theft and Violation of Probation