Manatee County deputies chase suspects to Brandon mall

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Posted: Monday, March 3, 2014 2:43 pm

**UPDATE** -- The arrested suspects have been identified as 21-year-old Darrell Matthew, 18-year-old Jaquavious Francis, and 21-year-old Patrick Hooker.

All three face charges of Armed Burglary and Grand Theft Auto.


MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. - Three men have been arrested after an interstate police chase that ended in a Hillsborough County mall.

The suspects names have not been released yet.

According to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, a deputy responded to a possible burglary report in the 3400 block of 68th Street Circle East north of Palmetto around noon Monday.

The deputy witnessed the suspects fleeing the scene in a vehicle.  Deputies began pursuing the vehicle, which got on I-75 northbound.

At the Highway 60 exit in Brandon, the vehicle slid off the road and the suspects fled the vehicle on foot and ran into the Dillard's department store in the nearby mall.

The store was placed on lockdown and all employees were evacuated while authorities searched for the men.  Three suspects were found and taken into custody.

The vehicle they were driving turned out to be stolen, according to deputies.

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