Tampa Police Arrest Four After Pursuit

01/10/18
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Incident Date/Time:  1/10/2018 at 3:14 AM    

Location:  2730 W. Kennedy Blvd.

Incident Type:  Commercial Burglary; Pursuit Business Name:  AT&T; Verizon

Suspects Arrested:  Jamal Lafortune, 1-27-94, Orlando; Kris Jimmell Leon Hooks, 1-4-98, 1703 Mercy Dr., Orlando; Keyandre Livert, 11-18-02, Ocoee; Stevenson Pierre, 12-15-00, Orlando.

Details:  Officers were dispatched to an alarm activation at the AT&T store at 2730 W. Kennedy Blvd. The alarm company advised that via the security camera they saw a front window had been shattered and several subjects were seen along with a silver Chevy Equinox. A short time later, officers observed a similar vehicle in front of a Verizon phone store at Lois Ave. and Kennedy Blvd. Upon seeing the officer, the vehicle fled northbound on Lois Ave. 

The vehicle entered the southbound entrance ramp of I-275 and officers got behind the vehicle in an attempt to obtain a tag number and conduct a traffic stop. The vehicle continued to flee at a high rate of speed. Officers initiated a pursuit and were advised that the vehicle was stolen out of Apopka. The pursuit continued to St. Petersburg, where the vehicle was able to evade officers and make a u-turn, heading back to Tampa, then onto I-4. TPD Air Service tracked the vehicle as it entered Polk County. The suspect vehicle began to slow and at which time a precision immobilization technique (PIT) maneuver was used to stop the vehicle. The unknown black male driver fled on foot across I-4 and the remaining four passengers were arrested. TPD K9 along with Polk County Sheriff's Office and Lakeland Police Department converged on the area and established a perimeter, but the driver has not yet been apprehended.

Two handguns were located in the vehicle. One was stolen out of Volusia County. A piece of concrete that was used to smash the window was also located in the vehicle. Lafortune, Hooks, Livert, and Pierre were arrested and booked into Polk County jail for Burglary/Grand Theft, with more charges expected.  Hooks has an additional charge of Possession of Ammunition by a Convicted Felon. This is an ongoing investigation, with Polk County S.O. and Lakeland P.D. continuing the perimeter search for the driver of the vehicle at this time.