Suspect Arrested For Dragging Police Officer With Car
By Space Coast Daily // September 25, 2013
Officer JOE Yorkey is in stable condition
UPDATE: SEPT. 25, 2013, 11 a.m.
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Tosha Wilson, 34, a suspect in the of dragging Melbourne Police officer Officer Joe Yorkey with her car, has been arrested.
According to Melbourne Police Department, members of the Brevard County GAME OVER Task Force arrested Wilson in Palm Bay.
Wilson was in the company of another female when the battery on a law enforcement incident occurred. Detectives still want to question that witness.
The Melbourne Police Department would like to thank the GAME OVER Task Force for their assistance in the apprehension of Wilson. The department would also like to thank the members of the community who expressed concern for Officer Yorkey and offered their well wishes.
ORIGINAL POST: SEPT. 18, 2013, 3 p.m.
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA –A Melbourne Police officer was dragged by a vehicle driven by two women who were suspected of stealing clothing from Bealls Outlet, located at 1401 S. Babcock Street in Melbourne. (See above map)
According to police, Officer Joe Yorkey responded to the Bealls Outlet at 2:14 p.m. today in reference to two females who were suspected of stealing clothing items from the store.
Officer Yorkey, along with a security guard from the business plaza, approached the two females as they were entering a vehicle in the parking lot.
As Officer Yorkey questioned the woman in the driver seat, she started the car and made a motion that she was going to drive away, according to police.
Officer Yorkey then attempted to physically detain the woman and she began to struggle with him. During the struggle, the suspect was able to put the vehicle in gear and drive off with Officer Yorkey partially in the car. Officer Yorkey was dragged for a short distance before being thrown to the ground.
The security guard then called for help on Officer Yorkey’s police radio, which had been ripped from his duty belt during the incident.
According to police, investigators believe they have identified the two suspects and are actively seeking them. Both face criminal charges which include resisting an officer with violence, battery on a law enforcement officer and retail theft. This is an active investigation and the identity of these suspects are not being released at this time.
Officer Yorkey is in stable condition and is being medically evaluated at a local hospital.
The Melbourne Police Department is currently investigating this incident and If you have any information call Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477)