Affluent “Thug” Charged with Armed Burglary After Short Foot Pursuit
BROOKSVILLE – Last month, RNRF brought you dramatic video of an encounter between Hernando County Sheriff’s Deputies and several burglary suspects, where one was potentially armed with a handgun. The incident resulted in seven arrests, after the gang rejected deputy’s orders to stop resisting and cooperate with the investigation. Most of the seven suspects are charged with Burglary, Resisting Arrest and Obstruction of Justice.
The alleged leader of the group, 21-year-old Ishmel Tyshawn Peguero, was in possession of a large sum of cash; his mother, Cathy Peguero arrived on the scene and removed the cash from her son’s pockets.
Cathy professed her son’s innocence that day and said deputies were “racists” for arresting the mostly African American group.
Since the incident in March, investigators discovered evidence that linked Peguero to an armed burglary at a residence on Grapewood Road. According to officials, Peguero entered the home on April 24th and stole numerous items, including a 9mm handgun.
On Friday, Detectives observed Peguero in the parking lot of the Circle K, located at the corner of Cortez Blvd and Mariner Blvd. Detectives surrounded Peguero’s car and attempted to place him into custody, but he pulled away and fled the scene on foot. During the chase, officials say he attempted to open the rear passenger door of a vehicle stopped at the intersection, but the door wouldn’t open. He eventually made his way back around to his own vehicle and attempted to flee, but detective were able to grab Peguero and pull him from the vehicle. A struggle ensued and according to officials Peguero pushed one of the detectives. Eventually, Peguero was taken into custody and transported to the Hernando County Jail.
Peguero faces charges of Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer, Resisting Arrest and Armed Burglary.
Peguero remains behind bars, held without bond.
It should be noted that in 2006, Ishmel and his brother Emmanuel were awarded $6.9 Million, after a lawsuit filed on behalf of the brothers, claimed they were exposed to lead paint while living in a New York City apartment building. Attorneys argued that both boys suffered lead poisoning; which led to their diagnosis of ADHD and other learning disabilities.
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