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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