COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- Collier County Sheriff's deputies arrested 20-year-old Armando Moya Tuesday after they say he stole a vehicle, attempted to hold up a convenience store, carjacked a woman and led officers on a dangerous chase.
Deputies said Moya had stolen a Dodge truck in Bonita Springs and drove it to a Chevron gas station, where he displayed handgun to store clerk. The clerk was reportedly able to talk Moya into leaving without incident. It was then that Moya allegedly approached woman getting into her vehicle, blocked her from closing the door, and pressed a large revolver into the victim's thigh repeatedly until she exited the vehicle.
Deputies said Moya took off and was spotted on Pine Ridge Rd., driving the stolen silver convertible Mercedes. They attempted to stop him, but the vehicle accelerate to 120 mph and ran a red light. When Moya attempted to make a turn, he crashed over the median and into a guardrail, but kept going north on Airport Rd. Deputies said he crashed again, but continued on at speeds of 90 mph northbound in the southbound lanes, passing six vehicles before turning left onto Nottingham Dr.
All of the tires on the Mercedes had been flattened by this point, and vehicle began to swerve and skid until it lost control. Deputies said Moya again crashed into the Victoria Park boat ramp parking area, where he jumped out of the vehicle and ran into a neighborhood. His path was blocked by patrol vehicles, and he was order to the ground and handcuffed at 1360 Nottingham Dr.
A pellet gun modeled after a large black revolver was recovered from the Mercedes, according to the report.
Moya allegedly had a very strong odor of alcohol on him, his eyes were extremely bloodshot, his speech was slurred, and refused to give his name for hours. Deputies said he was arrogant, and slept soundly in the back of the patrol car whenever he was left alone.
Moya transported to the Naples Jail Center and faces the following charges:
>fleeing officers causing a crash
>leaving the scene of an accident
>grand theft auto
>fugitive from Lee County