Manhunt Continues Near Van Buren St. and Gadsden St.

By: Eyewitness News; Lanetra Bennett Email
By: Eyewitness News; Lanetra Bennett Email

UPDATE 11-14-2011

Police are still on a the hunt for a man that has been on the run since around 9:30 a.m. Monday morning. A police pursuit began at the usually quiet Capital City Country Club, ended with a suspect still on the loose and a neighborhood on alert until he's behind bars.

Neely Macavoy has lived near the country club for more than two years. She loves the area, but says it's not immune to crime. Just this past February her home was burglarized. Since then she's been on high alert.

She says, "My neighbors and I we all try to look out for each other."

She, along with several residents, were not surprised to learn about a police pursuit that started in their own backyard, and ended with police at the intersection of Gadsden and Van Buren Streets.

Surrounding streets were blocked off for hours. Officers were seen armed and patrolled the area. It all started with a call about a stolen blue Hyundai at the country club.

Officer Dave Northway with the Tallahassee Police Department says, "The was a suspect inside the car, he gave the suspect verbal commands, the suspect ignored him and fled the area, he struck the police car as he was leaving."

When officers finally stopped him, the suspect jumped out of the car, hit a police officer, dropped a gun and ran. The news of a man on the run quickly spread throughout the community, now residents are being extra cautious because the manhunt is still on.

Neely tells us, "I never open my doors to anybody, I just have to be a lot more cautious.

Police do have the weapon that the suspect dropped. As far as the suspect, they have not released his name, but describe him as a white man with a shaved head, about mid 30s and with many tattoos.

If you have any information, you're asked to call 891-HELP (4357).

UPDATE 11-14-2011

A suspected car thief - spotted with a gun - is still on the loose.

Tallahassee Police say he started out in a stolen car, and continued to run from police after he was cornered on the west side of town.

Law Enforcement searched for the suspect for hours, pulling out all the stops to find him.

Despite all the efforts, the suspect remains at large.

Rob Diaz de Villegas, a nearby resident, says, "There was an officer with some sort of automatic weapon. He just told me to get back inside the house."

Rob Diaz de Villegas had to watch everything going down from his windows after law enforcement made him go inside his house...

Authorities were on a manhunt.

"Guys were going up and down the street. They ended up going across the street. Some U.S. Marshals with machine guns went in the woods across the street."

Tallahassee Police say they got a call that this blue Hyndai was stolen.

Officers say when they spotted the car near the Capital City Country Club, the suspect was still inside...

Officers told the man to get out, but police say the man drove off, hitting one of their patrol cars as he sped away.

Police chased the car to Gadsden and Van Buren Streets where they were able to do the pit maneuver to stop the car.

Officer Dave Northway, Tallahassee Police, says, "The police officers approach the car, they push the back end of the car. That makes the wheels spin out, and as you can see, takes them out of commission. Unfortunately, in this case, the bad guy was able to get away."

Police say the suspect hopped out of the car and ran down the railroad tracks.

Rob adds, "He might have escaped under the bridge across Monroe. He could be anywhere, really."

Police say when the man got out of the car, he fought with one of the officers before running away.

That officer had a minor bruise to his face.

Police say the suspect is a white man, mid to late 30s, shaved head, no shirt wearing blue jeans and many tattoos.

Anyone with information is asked to call 891-HELP (4357).


[UPDATE] Tallahassee, Florida - November 14, 2011 - 12:30pm -

To view a slideshow of the scene, click on the "Photos" tab above.

TPD has a description of the suspect who fled from the Gadsden and Van Buren location.

A white male, mid to late 30s, shaved head, no shirt wearing blue jeans and many tattoos.

The call came into TPD at approximately 930 am.

The stolen vehicle is a bright blue Hyundai.


Tallahassee, Florida - November 14, 2011 - 11:10am -

Earlier this morning, the Tallahassee Police Department got a call about a stolen vehicle. When officers got to the area of the Capital City Country Club, they found the vehicle with a man inside. The man was told to get out, but instead, he started the vehicle and began to drive away. As he was driving away, the suspect hit a patrol vehicle. No one was hurt in that crash.

The man continued on his way, and TPD chased the vehicle for a short distance. The suspect was stopped with pit maneuver at Van Buren and Gadsden. The suspect got out of the car and briefly fought with an officer on the scene, then ran down the railroad tracks westbound.

The suspect is still on the loose. The Leon County Sheriff's Office is helping with dogs and helicopters. TPD has lead on the case.

This is all of the information released thus far. Stay with WCTV for details.

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  • by Accomplished Location: Tallahassee on Nov 16, 2011 at 08:42 AM
    I really have a hard time feeling sorry for TPD. The way they treated me during a recent accident I was involved in was just plain degrading. If I'm ever involved in another accident in Leon County, you can bet 1 thing, I'll ask for LCSO to be dispatched. I just wonder, to be a TPD officer, do you get extra pay for being nasty and mean to the citizens of this City and County? Not only do they need gym classes, they need some anger management classes too.
  • by Zeus Location: Tallahassee on Nov 16, 2011 at 12:31 AM
    I hope the inshape cop understands that the criminal is not likely at the Maclay Gym. He and TPD would be better off looking in other areas than BBQ restaurants and firehouse subs. Someone from TPD called the criminals fiance to give him a ride as per TPD protocol.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 15, 2011 at 10:02 PM
    For all LE knows this man could be holding a hostage in a home - you don't know. Wouldn't it be a good idea to put forth a full court press to try to get info out to the citizens of this town in case somebody hasn't shown up somewhere for a few days? Who owned the car? This is very unnerving for a person to "get away" from an officer who had a gun, tazer, camera, computer, access to an airplane, and this guy only had on bluejeans and ?possibly shoes? Have they checked the houses throughout that area to check on the welfare of residents?
  • by Idgaf! on Nov 15, 2011 at 09:55 PM
    Here is what get me...Y didnt any of these pillsbury doughboys shoot him? Was it because he is White. If that track star was Black, he would have been shot and questions asked later. The officers woulda got off for shooting him and that woulda been the end of the story. It was said he had a gun. Right!!Extactly!! Good for him glad he gotta away. Maybe next time after 6 weeks of the Bootcamp here in Tally for weight loss and fitness. Better yet get some training for the Miami PD. They dont play..Not even the radios in their cars. They are serious.. They (Mia pd) shoot and take up for each other.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 15, 2011 at 09:49 PM
    How tall is this perp? Can't we find that out? Did he have shoes on? Aren't there cameras on the police cars? Was some footage shot of any of this? Still no composite. Interesting. So he "dropped a gun" - weren't there any fingerprints on the gun he dropped? What type of gun was it? How did he start the car?
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      by God Bless America on Nov 16, 2011 at 05:19 AM in reply to Anonymous
      I love you armchair cops.
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        by Anonymous on Nov 16, 2011 at 07:39 AM in reply to God Bless America
        Maybe you could answer our questions then. How tall was he? Was there camera footage? Can we see a picture of him? Were there fingerprints anywhere? How did he start the car? Those are pretty easy questions. Why aren't they doing an update? Did he know the person whose car he stole?
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          by Hey on Nov 16, 2011 at 10:19 AM in reply to Anonymous
          Why, are you going after him? I'm trying to figure out why you need this info. Let them do their job and you get to work. Geez. I love the armchair cops reference.
  • by Tee Location: Sopchoppy on Nov 15, 2011 at 04:13 PM
    I was watching the news about the robbery at the store in Quincy where the clerk got shot, well, put one and one together and get two, could one of the escapes be the robber? Ponder that
  • by BarneyFife Location: Leon on Nov 15, 2011 at 03:24 PM
    Love how Northway describes the cops giving this dude "verbal commands" they were gonna hand him a note requesting he exit and relinquish control of his motorized vehicle....
  • by Anonymous on Nov 15, 2011 at 03:00 PM
    Where's the update? Why couldn't you get fingerprints off the door, the door handle, the steering wheel. This guy just didn't pop out of an egg yesterday. Why don't we have a composite drawing by at least the cop? Did you say he had a gun or did he drop it? This dude was running from the law - I bet he escaped from some jail. He probably stole the bluejeans he had on. I can't believe the dogs didn't get a scent since he was sitting in the driver's seat! Hey, how did he get that car started? Please don't tell me the driver left keys in it.
  • by Citizen Location: Tallahassee on Nov 15, 2011 at 02:02 PM
    I can't believe the disrespectful comments aimed at your own law enforcement agencies. These are men and women that are put in dangerous situations and risk their own lives all the time to protect yours yet some of you diss them every chance you get on here and hide behind made up names. Some of the comments are horrible and very insulting. It's awful, really. Give it a rest or join the force yourself if you can do better.
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      by Another Citizen on Nov 15, 2011 at 03:09 PM in reply to Citizen
      Some deserve respect. Some just don't. I've had respect for them in the past. But that's been eroded over the years for various reasons. And...who's hiding behind "made up names"?
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      by Anonymous on Nov 15, 2011 at 04:00 PM in reply to Citizen
      Well said. Hats off to them. Dangerous out thier, no telling what some of these nutjobs that officers have to put up with.
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      by Redneckus on Nov 15, 2011 at 04:21 PM in reply to Citizen
      I did put myself in dangerous situations for over twenty years. Just not here. Every time I have had the opportunity to interact with a TPD or LCSO officer, whether a speeding ticket or at the Christmas parade, I was treated with ridicule, sarcasm, stupidity, or disrespect. These comments here are disrespectful because local LE have earned the disrespect. Part of it is due to leadership beginning with Meggs and on down the chain of command to Mutz, Marks etc. Sorry, but Tallahassee is known in police lingo, outside of north Florida of course, as the "cop ghetto." You figure it out. If you can't figure it out, google the Brayshaw or Hoffman cases. Then you'll understand. In the meantime, the disrespect will continue and the City of Tallahassee will keep writing big checks to those wrongfully arrested or sent out for assassination.
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        by Hey on Nov 16, 2011 at 10:26 AM in reply to Redneckus
        Hoffman?!?! Really?!?!? Wasn't she the drug dealer who got caught not once, but twice selling drugs and decided to become an informant to avoid jail time? Then not follow instructions, which led to her death?Sorry for any death but get real. Deal drugs and chance are you got to jail or die. She avoided the jail thing, but... That was on her not TPD!!!
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          by Yep Hoffman on Nov 16, 2011 at 02:32 PM in reply to Hey
          She wasn't nearly as dangerous as the ASA fiancee. Maybe the Attorney General's office got it wrong. Of course the ultimate determining factor is how big a bag of money TPD is going to have to give her surviving relatives.
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        by Dee on Nov 16, 2011 at 11:43 AM in reply to Redneckus
        Hoffman's death was as a result of her lifestyle and her not following directions. TPD is not responsible for her death. Her parents have not gotten one dime from the City, and should not. Why should they be rewarded for raising an individual who thinks selling drugs is an honest way to make a living?? Nonsense, try again.
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      by Citizen on Nov 15, 2011 at 05:35 PM in reply to Citizen
      As a taxpayer I can't believe how fat they are. No wonder the perp got away. He could probably run more than a mile without puking. By the way, I can't do better, that's exactly why I'm not on the force, and apparently these bozos shouldn't be either. Worthless.
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        by LOL on Nov 15, 2011 at 10:39 PM in reply to Citizen
        Beware that knock on your door at 1 am is TPD for your beatdown.
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        by Tameron on Nov 16, 2011 at 04:54 AM in reply to Citizen
        Fat???? The 3 or 4 dozen TPD officers I saw working at at an event I went to in town this year were far from fat!! They were in really great shape. So much so I even commented to my friend about just that.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 15, 2011 at 07:55 AM
    Better leave it for the big boys next time
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