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14-061 Deputies Arrest Two Teens In Connection With Discharging Of A Firearm Out Of A Vehicle

Who:
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau
-K-9 Unit
Investigative Operations Bureau
-Burglary and Pawn Unit

David Escobar (Arrested Passenger)
DOB: 04/09/1997
Address: 5342 76 Street N., St. Petersburg
Arrested for discharging a firearm from within a vehicle (felony)  

Zachary J. Baxter (Arrested Driver)
DOB: 03/03/1998
Address: 11321 Walker Avenue, Seminole
Arrested for principal (discharging a firearm from a vehicle) and fleeing and eluding (felony).

What:
Patrol deputies have arrested two suspects in connection with discharging multiple rounds from within a vehicle. No injuries were reported.

When:
Deputies initially responded to the call just after 3:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 2, 2014.

Where:
Deputies initially responded to 62nd Avenue North and 28th Street in St. Petersburg.

Why/How:
At about 3:00 a.m. on April 2, 2014, patrol deputies responded to a call in which a witness saw someone actively shooting a firearm from within a vehicle. According to deputies, the witness advised the subject fired multiple rounds out of a vehicle in the area of 62nd Avenue North and 28th Street. Deputies say the caller followed the vehicle at a safe distance, until deputies located the suspect vehicle travelling eastbound on Park Boulevard.

Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle, but the vehicle fled. Deputies initiated a brief pursuit, which ended when the suspect drove off the roadway into a ditch at the intersection of Gandy Boulevard and 9th Street North.

Deputies say the passenger, identified as 16-year old David Escobar, remained and was apprehended. The driver, identified as 16-year-old Zachary J. Baxter, exited the vehicle and fled on foot. The Sheriff’s K-9 Unit was deployed and subsequently located Baxter in a nearby apartment complex.

The subjects were interviewed and through their investigation, deputies were able to determine Escobar was the one who had fired the shots out of the vehicle.

Escobar was arrested for discharging a firearm from within a vehicle; Baxter for principal to discharging a weapon and for fleeing and eluding.

The gun was recovered. According to deputies it was listed as stolen gun from a Seminole residential burglary. Detectives from the Sheriff’s Burglary and Pawn Unit are at this time investigating this aspect of the case.

The investigation continues.

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