Palmetto PD attempting to locate escaped arrestee

Palmetto PD attempting to locate escaped arrestee
The Palmetto Police Department needs to locate the subject pictured. (Source: PPD)

PALMETTO, Fla. (WWSB) - The Palmetto Police Department is attempting to locate a man who has given the false names of Luke Aaron Giovannettie, William J. Dongan, and William J. Gungon.

Police say his actual identity is unknown. He is described as a white male 5′10, 140 pounds. At the time he escaped, he had a full beard and long hair in a “man-bun”.

Police say the subject was wearing LSW dark blue athletic pants with white stripes down the side, a dirty black and white long sleeve t-shirt, and white shoes.

He also has numerous tattoos on his arms and fingers. He may go by the name of “Luke” as well. The suspect is homeless and frequents the area of Wal-Mart in Palmetto.

The subject was in custody for obstruction as he is a prime suspect in an Armed Robbery that took place at Suncoast Baptist Church (1816 10th St W Palmetto, FL) on Oct. 19, 2020 and a burglary that happened at Taco Bell (640 10th St E Palmetto, FL) on Oct. 30, 2020.

Police say the arrestee had no identification and first refused to identify himself. He was taken to the Palmetto Police Department for questioning regarding his involvement in the recent robbery and a burglary and to be identified.

Police say while at the police department, he provided investigators with two different identities, including detailed information like birthdate, social security numbers, and past addresses. Investigators were suspicious of these identities and were able to establish that they belonged to other persons. While detectives were working on confirming his identity, the suspect was able to escape from the interview room and left the building.

The subject was handcuffed (double-locked) behind his back but managed to slip them around to the front before fleeing from the room inside the Police Department.

This has put a lot of people who live or work in Palmetto on edge.

“It’s very scary, especially when you know you have someone out there running the streets who has committed crimes and was armed,” said Debbie Melvin, a hairdresser for Glam-O-Rama.

“I’m not too concerned about it but at the same time I’m glad that people are making the community aware of what’s going on here, you never know what’s going on these days,” said Flynn Finner, a Palmetto resident.

If you have any further information, contact Det. Richard Wilson at (941) 721-2000 Ext. 6100 or rwilson@palmettopolice.com .

Crime Stoppers must be notified prior to law enforcement to be eligible for reward.

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