Eerie Reminder of Deadly Hank Earl Carr Rampage – Handcuff Keys Found on Suspect
RIDGE MANOR – Many of you, especially those in law enforcement remember May 19th 1998; the day that two Tampa Detectives and a Florida Highway Patrol Trooper were killed by murder suspect Hank Earl Carr.
After shooting his 4-year-old step son, Carr was taken into custody by Tampa Police Detectives Rick Childers, 46, and Randy Bell, 44. While en route to headquarters for questioning, Carr pulled a concealed handcuff key from a chain around his neck and used it to free himself. Carr took the opportunity to grab Childers’ side arm and shot both detectives dead.
Carr escaped the patrol car, forced a man from his vehicle and then fled north on I-75. When he reached the exit to State Road 54 in Pasco County, Trooper James Crooks, pulled in behind him. Carr exited his truck armed with a rifle and shot Trooper Crooks point blank. Crooks was just 23-years-old.
The pursuit ended at the Shell Gas Station on State Road 50 (Since Demolished), where Carr took several hostages. Carr eventually took his own life, before a SWAT team made entry.
On Sunday, an eerie reminder of that infamous day put Troopers and Sheriff’s Deputies on edge, when they attempted to stop a stolen vehicle in the same area, where the Hank Earl Carr incident came to an end.
According to officials, Deputies were called to assist the FHP with a traffic stop involving a stolen vehicle in the area of Sherman Hills Blvd. Upon arrival, Deputies located the vehicle abandoned in the McDonald’s parking lot. Employees told deputies that a man and a woman exited the vehicle and fled north onto Windmere Road. Both suspects were eventually located hiding in a nearby subdivision and taken into custody.
The male suspect, Identified as 21-year-old Brandon Lee Burtyk, told deputies during a search “I have a surprise in my wallet.” When deputies looked inside, they discovered not one but two handcuff keys.
Both Burtyk and his girlfriend 19-year-old Brianna Michelle Martin were transported to the Hernando County Jail. Martin is charged with one count of Loitering and remains behind bars on a $1,000 bond. Burtyk is charged with Grand Theft Auto, Loitering, and two counts of Carrying a Concealed Handcuff Key. Burtyk remains behind bars on a 16,000 bond.
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