Overnight (9/25/19) LCSO received a BOLO from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office for a stolen vehicle that was taken in their jurisdiction in an armed car jacking.
Deputy Josh Faust located the vehicle on SR 19 near Groveland as it blew through a stop sign and was traveling upwards of 80 mph. As Deputy Faust attempted a traffic stop, the vehicle fled. Once it was confirmed that this was the same vehicle stolen from Polk County, a vehicle pursuit ensued. Soon thereafter the vehicle became disabled in a clay pit near Independence Blvd.
Deputy Faust immediately took Zeth Mitchelle Klocheska (20) of Brooksville into custody. Officers from several surrounding agencies responded to assist in a perimeter as K-9 handler Chase Evans and K-9 Ollie responded for the track. K-9 Ollie immediately tracked to the location of Jonathan David Rodriguez (18) of Groveland hiding behind some trees. Mr. Rodriguez refused to obey Deputy Evans’ commands resulting in several K-9 engagements. Mr. Rodriguez was treated by Lake EMS on scene for the dog bites.
Polk County Detectives responded to positively identify both subject from the video obtained during the armed car jacking. Deputies also learned that one of the individuals was also a suspect in a strong armed robbery in Orange County earlier in the evening.
Both subjects were transported to the Lake County Detention Center on a multitude of charges as additional charges will be added from Polk and Orange counties.
Great job by Deputy Faust, K-9 Handler Evans, K-9 Ollie and all others involved in getting these two dangerous individuals off of the streets of Central Florida!