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Traffic stop leads to pursuit and carjacking in Golden Gate

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Traffic stop leads to pursuit and carjacking in Golden Gate

CREATED Apr. 24, 2013

NAPLES, Fla. - A routine traffic stop on I-75 on Wednesday turned into a large pursuit after three suspects stole a vehicle and then fled on foot in a remote area of Golden Gate Estates.

Deputies, assisted by area law enforcement agencies, continue to search a large section of a remote area south of I-75, where the suspects, believed to be young adult males, were last seen by law enforcement.

A large perimeter has been set up. The perimeter encompasses I-75 to the north, 52nd Avenue Southeast to the south, Miller Boulevard to the west and Everglades Boulevard to the east.

The suspects failed to comply with deputies attempting to perform a traffic stop on their black Ford Fusion on I-75 near the Collier Boulevard exit shortly after 11:30 a.m.

The suspects fled from the deputies, but abandoned their vehicle minutes later in front of the Cracker Barrel restaurant on Tollgate Blvd.

The suspects then ran to a storage facility behind the restaurant where they carjacked a man, stealing his red Lincoln sport utility vehicle.

A second pursuit was initiated after a deputy saw a vehicle matching the description of the stolen SUV heading east on the interstate.

The vehicle was found abandoned in a wooded area near the intersection of 52nd and Miller Boulevard.

Deputies believe the suspects could be armed and dangerous based on evidence found inside the abandoned SUV.

CCSO air and K9 units are searching the perimeter area with assistance from other law enforcement agencies.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Collier County Sheriff’s Office at 239.252.9300, or  Crime Stoppers at 1.800.780.TIPS.