LEE COUNTY, Fla.- On Tuesday, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office arrested two suspects in Miami Gardens for a pillow case burglary that occurred in Bonita Springs earlier that day. The suspects lead four agencies on a highly publicized pursuit that ended in Miami Gardens.
The Lee County Sheriff's Office notified dispatch, upon learning of the burglary, in case of a possible escape route via Collier and to warn them of the possibility of additional crimes. At that time, Collier County advised they were in a pursuit of a vehicle they believed were the suspects.
The suspect's vehicle was initially stopped in Collier County by the Collier County Sheriff’s Office. The driver, 30-year-old Javoris Phillips, exited the vehicle to speak with the deputy then ran into a canal and was unable to be captured. Deputies are still looking for Phillips. The passenger then got into the driver's seat and drove away.
The Collier County Sheriff's Office pursued the vehicle until they got to the county line. FHP then observed the vehicle going through a toll booth down the wrong side of the road. FHP began to pursue the vehicle until U.S. 27. Then, the Miami Gardens and Opa-Locka Police Department were able to stop the vehicle in Miami Gardens.
After the vehicle was finally stopped, three suspects ran from the vehicle and two suspects were caught in a small neighborhood. One of the suspects was able to elude law enforcement and is still being sought. The apprehended suspects were identified as 21-year-old Willie Williams and 25-year-old Marquell Shellman.
A search warrant for the vehicle was executed and most of the items stolen from the residence in Bonita Springs were recovered. Among the 117 items that were stolen was an Xbox, laptops, two firearms, an iPad, numerous pieces of jewelry and an undisclosed amount of cash. The total amount of all the items stolen was $29,040.
If you know anything about either of the suspects that fled from law enforcement, call the Lee County Sheriff's Office at (239) 477-1000. Or, to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000, call Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS. Tips may also be made online at www.swflcrimestoppers.org, through the Tip Submit app on any iPhone or by texting a tip to CRIMES (234637) Keyword: REWARD.
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