Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau
Christopher Nhat Nguyen (Arrested/Driver)
6918 78th Avenue North, Pinellas Park
Arrested for auto theft, DWLSR, Hit and Run, Obstruction, VOP (Violation of Probation)
Vehicle: 2006 Ford Pick-Up Truck (reported stolen out of Pinellas Park)
Osmany Aleman (Arrested/Passenger)
Address: 8835 52nd Street North, Pinellas Park
Arrested for auto theft, DWLSR, obstruction and VOP (Violation of Probation)
Rithysand Marvin Phoeuk (Arrested/Passenger)
Address: 3665 51st Street North, St. Petersburg
Arrested for obstruction and VOP (Violation of Probation)
Deputies have arrested three teens in connection with a stolen vehicle case out of Pinellas Park after they fled from deputies following a hit and run incident with damage to property (a mailbox).
Deputies responded at about 5:21 p.m. on Monday, August 27, 2012.
Deputies initially responded to the hit and run (property damage) scene at 105 161st Avenue in Redington Beach.
Deputies were dispatched to the area of 105 161st Avenue in Redington Beach following reports that a full sized 2006 Ford Pick-Up truck travelling at a high rate of speed, had struck a mailbox and left the scene. A deputy in the area, spotted a vehicle matching the description of the truck, and attempted a traffic stop. The suspect vehicle failed to stop and fled at a high rate of speed.
According to deputies, additional reports were received referencing other hit and run crashes in the area of Boca Ciega Drive in Madeira Beach, with a similar description to the Ford pick-up.
The truck was subsequently spotted by other deputies in the area of Boca Ciega Drive and Gulf Boulevard in Madeira Beach. Deputies say that when the suspect vehicle observed the deputies, the driver, later identified as 16-year-old Christopher Nhat Nguyen, spun the truck around and went up onto a landscaped area and into the parking lot of a 7-11. The deputy approached the truck with his cruiser in an attempt to “pin” the door. The suspect vehicle then backed up to get away, but with the truck hooked the bush guard of the cruiser, dragging it approximately five feet.
Deputies say at that point Nguyen and two occupants, identified as 16 year-old Osmany Aleman and 15-year-old Rithysand Marvin Phoeuk bailed from the car. All three were apprehended shortly thereafter. Deputies say Aleman was located swimming in the canal behind the 7-11.
Deputies determined the Ford Pick-Up Truck had been reported stolen out of Pinellas Park. Deputies say property was also recovered in the vehicle that did not belong to the vehicle owner.
Deputies also say that earlier, a deputy had observed Aleman driving the pick-up truck.
The three were arrested on the above listed felony charges, taken to a local hospital for medical clearance and subsequently transported to the Pinellas County Juvenile Assessment Center.
The investigation continues.