Multi-Jurisdictional Response Helps Catch Fleeing Suspect

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INCIDENT DATE/TIME: 12/9/2011 at 7:27 AM

LOCATION: Richmond Place Dr/ Bruce B Downs Blvd

VICTIMS: Tampa Police Officer Joe Perrone and Tampa Police Officer David DiMarco

SUSPECT: Montrell Semone Anderson, B/M, 11/05/79, 37119 Goldenrod Ct, Dade City, FL 33525

VEHICLE: 2003 Pontiac Vibe, FL tag #642TSA

Two TPD officers, in full uniform, were outside their vehicles conducting speed enforcement in a New Tampa neighborhood. They flagged the defendant over for speeding and he fled from them. A short time and distance away, officers in marked cruisers stopped the suspect with one car in the rear and another car in front of the suspect’s vehicle. The suspect refused the officers’ commands to exit his car and locked the driver's door. When Officer Perrone went to the rear of the car to try other doors or windows for entry, the suspect put his car in reverse. Officer Perrone had to jump out of the way to keep from being struck. The suspect then fled south on Bruce B Downs and then northbound on I-75 with officers in pursuit. Officer DiMarco joined the pursuit and the suspect intentionally rammed his marked police car, disabling Officer DiMarco's cruiser. Officers followed the suspect into Pasco County. The suspect traveled onto SR 52 and then onto Pasco Road, where he bailed out of his car and ran into a wooded area. Additional TPD officers along with Pasco County deputies and FHP Troopers arrived and a perimeter was quickly set up. TPD Air Service responded as well as K-9 officers from TPD and the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office. A persistent track and search was done and the suspect eventually emerged from the woods. Officers arrested him without further incident. He was transported to the Hillsborough County jail. There were no injuries.

Janelle McGregor
TPD PIO Office