Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau
-Violent Crimes Task Force
St. Petersburg Police Department
Jarried J. Simpson (Arrested Driver )
Arrested for Grand Theft Auto, Hit and Run, Aggravated Battery of a LEO, Aggravated Fleeing and Eluding; and an unrelated warrant for Violation of Conditional Release for Carjacking.
Two other juveniles a 16 and a 17 year old were arrested for Trespass in a Conveyance and Resisting Arrest w/out Violence (misdemeanors).
All three suspects were traveling in a stolen 2009 Nissan Maxima.
Deputies assigned to the Sheriff’s Violent Crimes Task Force have arrested three juveniles in connection with the theft of a vehicle from the jursidiction of the St. Petersburg Police Department.
The juveniles were arrested in the late evening hours of Wednesday, November 21, 2012.
The suspects were arrested in the area of Lake Maggiore Park in St. Petersburg.
According to deputies, the St. Petersburg Police had issued BOLOs on two stolen vehicles, a 2010 Dodge Charger and 2009 Nissan Maxima. Deputies received information and spotted the Nissan in the area of Osprey Point Apartment Complex at 54th Terrace S and 22nd Way. Before deputies could initiate a stop, the driver of the vehicle identified as 16-year-old Jarried Simpson rammed a St Pete PD cruiser cruiser ripping the front bumper off. The driver then fled North to 54th Avenue S and side-swiped a civilian vehicle as it made an east bound turn onto 54th Avenue.
Deputies initiated a pursuit and were able stop the fleeing vehicle with the P.I.T. maneuver at 40th Avenue South and MLK. Simpson and the two passengers exited the vehicle and fled on foot towards Lake Maggiore Park. A K-9 Deputy tracked and apprehended the suspects.
The suspect charges are listed above. The three were transported to the Pinellas Juvenile Assessment Center (PJAC).
Deputies located a handgun in the area where the suspects were apprehended.
Deputies later located the stolen Dodge at the Osprey Point Apartments.
For information on the auto theft cases contact the St. Petersburg Police Department.
The investigation continues.