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Suspects Give I.D.’s to Deputy Before Fleeing, Wanted on Drug and Weapons Charges

TRILBY (PASCO) – The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office is searching for two suspects who fled from deputies earlier today, after they attempted to sell stolen firearms in the parking lot of a local gas station.

According to officials, a deputy responded to the Citgo Gas Station located at the intersection of US-98 and Trilby Road, where he made contact with three suspects in a pickup truck. All three suspects handed their identification cards to the deputy and admitted to having firearms in the vehicle. As the Deputy began to secure one of the occupants, the other two fled on foot into the densely wooded area. The Deputy took the remaining occupant into custody and stayed with the pickup awaiting arrival of backup.

A search of the vehicle revealed three stolen handguns, jewelry, illegal narcotics, $1,000 in cash, and paraphernalia consistent with drug sales. All of the stolen items were confirmed to have been stolen from a residence in Hernando County.


Investigators are searching for 35-year-old Joseph Earl and 19-year-old Jakob Nace, who conveniently left the deputy with their I.D.’s before fleeing the area.

The remaining occupant who has yet to be identified will face numerous drug and weapons charges.

A Corrections Officer with the Florida Department of Corrections contacted RNRF yesterday, asking our help in raising awareness to a burglary that occurred at his residence. The victim told RNRF that three firearms and jewelry were among the items stolen from his home; however, it has not been confirmed if the items pictured below are the property of the corrections officer. We have been unable to reach the victim to confirm that information at this time.

Officials are asking anyone who may have knowledge of the whereabouts of Earl and Nace to contact the Pasco Sheriff’s Office at 800-706-2488.

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  • somebody stole that kid’s eyebrows

    Sunday, 5 March 2017, 10:34 am
  • Is this the same incident that happened last Friday or Saturday night or a separate incident?

    Thursday, 2 March 2017, 1:23 pm
    • March 1, 2017 @ 10:43 p.m. Article above states ” earlier today “.

      Thursday, 2 March 2017, 5:53 pm
  • God damn kids need education.

    Thursday, 2 March 2017, 11:39 am
    • I realize you may be angry , as we all should be, but PLEASE control the language. This is the type of “education” they don’t need.

      Thursday, 2 March 2017, 5:59 pm
      • member of the hug a thug foundation?

        Thursday, 2 March 2017, 9:49 pm
        • If I haven’t hugged YOU, why would I hug THEM ??? Member of “AMERICA used to be a great super power before dipping so low on vocabulary skills ” club. Also, God’S name isn’t to be used in vain club. Before you go there, I’m not a bible thumper either. Speech defines a person & their ” level ” in society. Trash talk says that’s what you are.

          Friday, 3 March 2017, 3:58 am
  • One look at Earl’s Facebook page and it tells the whole story.

    Thursday, 2 March 2017, 7:44 am
  • LEO take care of business in the woods/case closed

    Thursday, 2 March 2017, 4:31 am
  • Can You See STUPID Wrote Across Their Foreheads lol

    Wednesday, 1 March 2017, 10:55 pm
    • I can perhaps see it WRITTEN on their foreheads , but not wrote on their foreheads………STUPID.

      Thursday, 2 March 2017, 7:50 am
      • Bahaha.. funny when a stupid person tries to call another individual stupid right?! I’m glad I’m not the only grammar nazi on the internet. Lol

        Thursday, 2 March 2017, 11:30 am

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