published: Friday, August 30, 2013
Subject of massive manhunt located, arrested
FROSTPROOF -- Polk County Sheriff's deputies, assisted by the U.S. Marshals Service Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force, located and arrested 21-year-old Eleno Suarez Thursday around 5:30 p.m. in Frostproof.
Suarez was originally wanted in a July armed home invasion robbery and carjacking that occurred on Oakridge Drive in Frostproof, then added charges of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer to the list after shooting at deputies during a high-speed chase that started in Polk County and ended in Hardee County earlier this month.
Deputies and U.S Marshals agents received information Thursday that Suarez might be at 10 Pearl Hopson Road in Frostproof, according to a PCSO press release. Deputies and agents responded to the home and were met by at least three residents who refused to cooperate and denied that Suarez was in the home.
Suarez was located hiding under a bed in the home. Suarez refused to comply with deputies' commands to surrender, and was apprehended (bit) by a PCSO K9. Suarez was taken into custody, and transported to Lake Wales Medical Center to be treated for his dog bite wounds before being taken to the Polk County Jail in Bartow.
Three other people who were in the home were arrested for obstruction of justice.
On Saturday, Aug. 3, Suarez was observed in the area of the Town Star convenience store at the intersection of U.S. 27 and U.S. 98 in Frostproof, along with five other individuals. Suarez, with those with him, fled the area in a Ford Focus.
Polk County Sheriff's Office deputies recognizing Suarez as a wanted subject, attempted a traffic stop in the area of Highway 630 and Hopson Road, but Suarez did not stop and deputies began to pursue the Focus. During the pursuit, Suarez, who was driving the Focus, fired multiple shots at PCSO deputies. No deputies were injured.
Members from the Lake Wales Police Department, the Highlands County Sheriff's Office and the Hardee County Sheriff's Office also responded to the area to assist. Suarez ultimately lost control of the Focus in a rural area of State Road 64 and U.S. 98 in Hardee County. Deputies were able to apprehend Suarez's five passengers, however, Suarez fled on foot.
On Aug. 4, after receiving the information about Suarez possible location in Avon Park, a command post and perimeter were established. Members of the Florida Wildlife Commission, State Fire Marshall, Lake Wales Police Department, and Highlands County Sheriff's Office assisted in the search.
An extensive search that included SWAT teams, aviation and numerous K9 teams was conducted. At one point, deputies received new information about Suarez possibly being at a residence on Constitution Lane in Frostproof. Deputies responded to the residence and located 21-year-old Jesus Jaramillo, the second wanted suspect in the July armed home invasion.
A third suspect from the July home invasion and carjacking was 19-year-old Malcolm Lewis of Frostproof. Lewis was in the Focus while Suarez was fleeing and shooting at deputies and was arrested that day.
wow (by: friend - 9/17/2013)
Took the wrong path.
Small Banner Ads