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Three teens arrested, man sought in Pasco rampage

HOLIDAY — Four teenagers went on a crime rampage that ended when they tried to escape by ramming a deputy's cruiser with a stolen car early Wednesday, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said.

In between, they left a man beaten, bloody and robbed by the side of the road in Holiday, deputies say.

Arrested were a 14-year-old girl, a 16-year-old boy and a 13-year-old boy, whose names were withheld due to their age. Deputies are still hunting for an 18-year-old man who managed to slip away into some woods and elude searches by dogs and a helicopter.

The rampage started Monday afternoon when the group stole a gold 1997 Toyota Camry from a driveway in the 4200 block of Kibler Lane, the sheriff's report said.

About 2 a.m. Wednesday, deputies say the four were driving around in the stolen car, looking for someone to "jump." They saw a man riding a bike in the 4900 block of Zodiac Avenue and used the car's driver's side door to knock him down. They circled back and hit him with the door again, then got out and began pounding him, the report said.

They stole his cell phone and wallet, and continued beating the man, demanding his debit card PIN information, the report said. Someone saw the crime happening and called police.

Deputies say they saw the car leaving the gas pumps at a 7-Eleven at U.S. 19 and Moog Road and tried to stop it. But the Camry, driven by the 16-year-old boy, took off. It roared through some residential streets and drove toward one cruiser — only evasive action by the deputy avoided an accident, the report said.

During the pursuit, deputies say the Camry ran two red lights at high speed and also blew through 10 stop signs.

Eventually, deputies used stop sticks to blow the right front tire of the car near Moog Road and Madison Avenue — but it kept going until it hit a chain-link fence at the dead end.

Deputies say the driver then backed up and rammed a cruiser, damaging its bumper. At that point, the car stopped. The three teens were taken into custody at the scene, but the 18-year-old ran into the brush and was not caught.

Sheriffs are still searching for him.

The three teens taken into custody were charged with stealing a car, robbery and aggravated battery. The 16-year-old was also charged with aggravated assault on a officer, not having a driver's license and fleeing. He also had two outstanding warrants, deputies said.

Three teens arrested, man sought in Pasco rampage 10/08/08 [Last modified: Monday, October 13, 2008 1:37pm]
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