On Friday, February 16, 2018 at 08:23 hours, deputies responded to the report of an in progress kidnapping of an unknown female who had been wrapped in duct tape and zip ties. The suspect had fled the area of Cadet Ave and School Ln with the victim, prior to Deputy Prado arriving on scene. Contact was made with the witness, who advised the restrained female was forcibly pushed into the suspect’s vehicle. The vehicle was last seen driving towards Buckingham Rd. Tag and vehicle information was relayed to deputies, which established Elgron Taylor (Black male, born 1/23/1967) as the suspect. The initial scene was secured, pending the ongoing investigation.
Deputies also responded to the location of 6890 Circle Dive, the residential address of Taylor in an attempt to make contact. The residence was occupied by a nanny, and a child. A safety sweep was conducted, and the residence was secured pending a search warrant later conducted by Major Crimes.
Through investigative means, a phone number was obtained for the suspect and a phone ping was requested through Communications. A ping location near E 13th and Jefferson was provided to deputies, and Deputy Truscott located the suspect vehicle backed into the woods, and heard a female screaming for help. The vehicle fled from Deputy Truscott who initiated a vehicle pursuit, authorized by Captain Garrison.
Deputy Garrett and Deputy Barrs joined the pursuit, as did Aviation. The vehicles traveled west on E 13th and continued on W 13th St until they turned south on Williams Ave. Deputy Garrett executed a successful PIT in the area of W 9th St and Williams Rd. Taylor then fled on foot and was monitored by Aviation, who provided direction of travel. Taylor was apprehended a short distance later by Deputy Garrett and Deputy Barrs. The scene was secured.
Deputy Truscott immediately identified the female victim was not in the vehicle, and advised responding deputies to check the initial ping location. The victim was found at the location of Jefferson Ave by Deputy Kilmer and Deputy F. Brown. This scene was also secured. The victim was identified, and discovered to have been reported missing out of FMPD. The victim was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital where deputies followed.
Due to the quick and tactful actions of Deputy Truscott, Deputy Barrs and Deputy Garrett the conclusion of this incident resulted in the apprehension of a dangerous individual and the location of the victim. It is with great pride that East District nominates them for Deputies of the Month.