FORT MYERS, Fla. - A traffic stop in Fort Myers last Tuesday that touched off a chase that ended in a crash in Lehigh Acres now has prompted a plea to help find one of the suspects.
Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help tracking down a man who was jailed just last week after running from deputies, and ultimately tried to run one over.
28-year-old Octavius Pullen was arrested last Tuesday, July 8th after a series of events that stemmed from him simply not pulling over for a traffic stop.
When a deputy attempted the stop in the area of Palm Beach Boulevard and Ortiz Avenue around 2 p.m., Pullen and his partner in crime, Joshua White, took off.
A second deputy arrived and attempted to stop the car, at which point Pullen slammed on the brakes, causing the marked Lee County Sheriff’s Office vehicle to employ evasive maneuvers to avoid a collision. Upon moving to the right, Pullen then collided with the deputy’s car, then kept going.
After the fleeing vehicle ran into a tree, both suspects took off on foot. Deputies quickly apprehended Pullen, and K-9 Triton apprehended White in a canal.
Pullen was charged with seven felony crimes that afternoon, including two counts of assault on a law enforcement officer, hit and run, as well as fleeing and eluding. After just over two days in jail, he bonded out on Friday, July 11, and now he’s wanted for armed burglary, grand theft and the grand theft of a firearm.
“At the time, there didn’t seem to be any clear cut reason why Pullen and White would have taken such dramatic actions, and put the lives of so many people at risk,” said Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers Coordinator. “Now we know why they were running – they are believed to have just broken into a home in the southern part of the county, and didn’t want to get caught with stolen goods.”
Detectives say that after Pullen was arrested, his car was impounded and a search warrant issued. Upon investigation, detectives found evidence that Pullen was involved in a home burglary that had just occurred a few hours prior on Elaine Drive.
Pullen was in possession of multiple items, including guns, which were stolen during the commission of the burglary. While some of the weapons were recovered, several are still missing.
Pullen should be considered armed and dangerous, especially given his actions of last week. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Octavius Pullen is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477). All callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000. Tips may also be made online at www.swflcrimestoppers.org or by texting a tip to CRIMES (274637) Keyword: REWARD.