Teens Charged With Armed Car Theft

November 29, 1991|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,Staff writer

County police arrested one man and a 16-year-old youth Wednesday whothey say threatened a Pasadena car dealer with a gun and stole a Gulf-GTI from the dealership.

The teen-ager was arrested shortly after the hold-up, following a 2-mile high-speed chase down Jumpers Hole Road and a 30-minute search through the Chartwell and Ben Oaks communities. His 18-year-old accomplice was arrested Wednesday night at hisGlendale home.

Lt. Robert Barlow, of the Eastern District station, said the men walked into Wootton Motor Cars, in the 8000 block of Ritchie Highway,at about 1:30 p.m. and asked to take a Gulf-GTI for a test drive.

One of the suspects then threatened the dealer by pointing a black semiautomatic handgun at the man's head. They took the keys and stole the car, Barlow said.

The suspects drove north on Ritchie Highway,made a U-turn and pulled into the Horizons office complex, parking in front of Chi-Chi's Restaurant. There, the 18-year-old took off in agetaway car. The 16-year-old youth also sped away, heading south on Jumpers Hole Road.

Barlow spotted the Gulf and attempted to pull it over. The youth sped off at up to 75 mph, later striking a guardrail on Benfield Road.

"He crossed three lanes of traffic and no one got hit," Barlow said. "It was a miracle."

Barlow said the youth jumped out of the car, then ran down a ravine and into the Chartwell community. Barlow credited area residents with keeping police informedof the youth's whereabouts.

"It was pretty ironic," Barlow said. "Everybody must have taken the day off, because everybody in the world was out raking their yard. They kept aiming us in the right direction."

After about 30 minutes, the youth was captured in the Ben Oaks community.

The youth, identified as Jerome Marvin Marriott of Largo, was charged as an adult with armed robbery. His accomplice's name was not immediately available yesterday.

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