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Suspects from Monday's chase, crash linked to other crimes, police say

ST. PETERSBURG — A group of accused burglars who sparked a police chase that ended in a dramatic crash earlier this week could face even more charges, authorities said.

Investigators have linked the suspects — one juvenile and three adult men — to several other crimes, police spokesman Mike Puetz said Tuesday.

For starters, Puetz said, the white, Hyundai sedan the suspects used to flee from police Monday afternoon had been reported stolen.

Police also believe the group, already linked to three burglaries in the Allendale area, was responsible for a fourth break-in earlier Monday, Puetz said.

In addition, one of the suspects, Quade Laveaux Everett, 16, of St. Petersburg, was wanted in a July 8 burglary. "He'd been identified from a fingerprint," Puetz said.

Police said residents saw Everett and the three others — Jatoney Cortez Robson, 18, Jacquez Z. Lovette, 21, and Dawun Merriex, 17 — breaking into homes Monday morning.

After the car fled from a traffic stop and attempted to run into a police cruiser, police said a department supervisor authorized a pursuit just before 1 p.m.

The chase, which lasted less than five minutes, ended in a four-vehicle crash at Ninth Avenue N and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street.

Four people were injured. One of them, Kenneth Holderman, 61, of St. Petersburg, remained at Bayfront Medical Center in critical condition on Tuesday evening, officials said.

Police said all the suspects will face multiple burglary charges. Lovette, the driver of the stolen Hyundai, also faces charges of grand theft auto, leaving the scene of a crash with injuries, leaving the scene of a crash with property damage, aggravated fleeing and eluding, and aggravated assault on a police officer.

Authorities also were investigating another pursuit on Tuesday morning, Puetz said.

That chase occurred after a juvenile who was spotted driving recklessly about 11 a.m. near 3845 14th Ave. S sped toward officers who were on foot.

Police chased the car for a short time before arresting the juvenile, who ran from the vehicle in the 3400 block of 15th Avenue S,

The juvenile, Puetz said, was wanted on a probation violation from an earlier robbery.

Kameel Stanley can be reached at or (727) 893-8643.

Suspects from Monday's chase, crash linked to other crimes, police say 07/24/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 24, 2012 9:53pm]
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