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Pinellas Deputies Capture Man Accused of Attempted Murder

Remond Brown | Pinellas Sheriff | Arrests

He is accused of pushing a woman out of a moving car on State Road 60 in Lake Wales, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

PINELLAS COUNTY – Deputies assigned to the Violent Crimes Task Force have captured and arrested a St. Petersburg man who is accused of attempted murder in Polk County, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

Remond D. Brown II, 26, of St. Petersburg, was charged with one count each of Fleeing and Eluding, Resisting an Officer without Violence, Obstruction by Disguised Person, Leaving the Scene of a Crash with Property Damage, and Driving While License Suspended or Revoked. He also had Polk County arrest warrants issued on charges of Attempted Murder, Grand Theft Auto, Domestic Battery, and Violation of Domestic Violence Injunction.

Deputies said the charges in Polk County were made in connection with a Feb. 17 incident in which he was accused of pushing a woman out of a moving car on State Road 60 E in Lake Wales.

About 10 p.m. Saturday (March 3), Pinellas deputies said they tried to make a traffic stop on a 2015 Kia Optima for failure to a stop at a stop sign near 18th Avenue S and 28th Street S in St. Petersburg. A deputy in a marked cruiser had activated his emergency lights and siren in an attempt to stop the Kia. Initially, the Kia slowed down as if it was going to stop but accelerated and fled from the deputy at a high rate of speed. The deputy did not pursue the Kia.

The flight unit from the sheriff’s office monitored the Kia from the air and watched as the vehicle got onto I-275 and traveled north, exiting west onto 54th Avenue N. The Kia turned around
and traveled east on 54th Avenue N and  turned south onto 16th Street N.

Flight Unit deputies kept in communication with VCTF members notifying them of the Kia’s location and direction of travel. (The VCTF is a county-wide, multi-jurisdictional task force that focuses on violent crime in Pinellas County. The task force is comprised of law enforcement officers from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, St. Petersburg Police Department and the Clearwater Police Department.)

Deputies say the driver of the Kia, who was identified as Brown, continued south on 16th Street and ran a red traffic light at the intersection of 9th Avenue N. After running the red light, Brown tried turning east onto 9th Avenue and crashed into a 2018 Infinity FX35 that was traveling west on 9th Avenue N with a green traffic light. The driver of the Infinity, 31-year-old Luke Esenwein, was not injured.

After the crash, Brown got out of the Kia and fled the scene on foot. VCTF members converged and captured Brown. A passenger who was inside the Kia fled the scene and was not identified or located by deputies.

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