FLEEING SUSPECTS NABBED IN GLADES
- BSO Case Number: BS01-12-6563
- PIO Number: 01-12-24
- Date: December 15, 2001
- Time: 8:36 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
- Place of Occurrence: The Everglades, near US 27 and I-75, western Broward County
- State of Florida
- 1. Kevin Neal, 22, 10/15/79, male, Miami
- 2. Name unconfirmed, male (in custody)
- 3. Name unconfirmed, male (in custody)
- 4. unidentified male – still at large
Description of Incident:
Three burglary suspects who led Collier County deputies on a cross-state chase were captured this morning after fleeing into the Everglades in remote western Broward County.
Four suspects, riding in a 1999 Infiniti, stolen in Hollywood, had reportedly committed a smash-and-grab store burglary in Collier County and were pursued across Alligator Alley by Collier County deputies, arriving at the Broward County toll plaza at about 8:30 a.m. The driver of the car lost control on the southbound ramp to I-75 and the vehicle plowed into the brush near the northwest corner of U.S. Highway 27 and I-75. Unhurt by the crash, the four suspects fled on foot and ran into the Everglades. BSO deputies, assisted by troopers and Pembroke Pines Police, established a perimeter and launched a five-hour search for the suspects. Five BSO K-9 units, a BSO helicopter and airboat were involved, along with road patrol deputies.
One at a time, three of the suspects were captured by K-9 teams as they tried to hide in the reptile-infested swamp. Each was brought to the Cleveland Clinic Hospital in Weston, to be treated for dog bites before being transported to the Broward County Jail.
The three are charged by BSO with Fleeing and Eluding Police and Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle. They face additional charges in Collier County. The search for the fourth suspect was called off at 1:30 p.m. It is unknown whether he perished in the Everglades or managed to escape the manhunt.
One of the suspects is identified as Kevin Neal, 22, of Miami. His two captured cohorts refused to give their names or otherwise cooperate with deputies. They will be held in jail until they are positively identified.
- THIS REPORT BY: Dep. D. Schupp, Dist. 8 Jim Leljedal / PIO 12/15/01 1700