Teen Flees From Authorities

5-22-07

A 13-year-old held three friends at gunpoint and led deputies on a slow speed chase.

We first told you about it yesterday, and today we have a copy of the 911 call in its entirety that the teen placed along the way. Just click on the video that's attached to this story to hear it.

The Leon County Sheriff's Office says Stephen Warren tried to negotiate with the 9-1-1 dispatcher.

Deputies say the incident started off Bull Headley Road when Warren took his parents' gun and car and picked up three other 13-year-olds.

Warren called 9-1-1 once he made it to Gadsden County on I-10. When Warren eventually pulled over, deputies got everyone out of the car safely.

The 13-year-old is charged with several counts of aggravated assault with a firearm and other related charges.


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  • by Kristina Location: Tallahassee on Jun 3, 2007 at 07:48 AM
    You're not telling me anything I don't already know. I work in a career field where I see juveniles every day, and none that i have seen in my almost 3 years of working in my field compare to this kid. It wasn't that long ago that I was 13. I know what it was like, but the fact still stands that teens simply don't do things like this if they know what they are facing as a consequence for their action. One of the things (among many others, including my decision to go into my chosen career field) that kept me from wanting to do stupid stuff like what this kid did was the fact that I knew that what the Criminal Justice System could do to me was nothing compared to what would happen to me when I got home and had to face my mom and dad (esp. my dad). To clarify, I never said he needed help; I said he needed his parents to get in face and give him a harsh dose of reality a long time ago. He was obviously never really punished for the things he did as a child. Otherwise, he would have never done this. As far as problems being visible at a young age is concerned, yes, behavioral and emotional problems can and often do show up at an early age; parents either don't know what to look for or just ignore them altoghether and pass them off as a "phase," and if you work in social services you should know this. I'm not trying to judge his parents; all I'm saying is that this is a prime example of what happens when early behavioral intervention doesn't take place. If they did try and he still displayed behavior like this, his parents should have shipped him off to the Sheriff's Youth Ranch or someplace else that could get through to him. It wouldn't have hurt him (although everybody and their brother seems to be citing the Anderson case as a prime reason why you shouldn't send your kids off) and I promise you he would have come back home a changed individual.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 2, 2007 at 11:32 AM
    Kristina, First of all I am sorry for the manic depression that you have suffered. Second do you personally know the parents of this child? I do not recall anyone saying that this kid does not need punishment, sure he does. I think there will be plenty of consequences for him stepping over his boundaries. You are saying he should had gotten help a long time ago, this boy is 13 years old, I don't believe any of these problems were visible a "long time ago" Life has big changes at 13, it is not an easy age, hormones, peer pressure...and trust me I am not making excuses because what he did was wrong, I am defending his parents. I have been in the social field for many years and I have seen many parents suffer from issues with there children at this age, they are becoming an individual of there own trying to fit into society, it is such a hard age. Unless you personally know these parents you or no one has the right to judge what type of parent they are, one thing for sure is that they are very unfortunate to have to go thru such a traumatic time and have society judge them only on cirucumstances.
  • by Kristina Location: Tallahasee on Jun 1, 2007 at 05:00 AM
    If the parents were as involved as everyone is claiming, this kid would have NEVER done this. Even if she is involved, there's obviously no guidelines and no boundaries for this kid, nor are there any consequenses set forth for him overstepping those boudaries. You can't blame this on health conditions. I have suffered from manic depression since I was 10 years old, and I would have NEVER done anything like this. I was also a latch-key kid from the time I was in Kindergarten until I graduated high school; I knew my boudaries and I knew my consequences for overstepping those boudaries. This is far beyond overstepping boudaries. I don't care what any of you say, this kid knew what he was doing, and there's no amount of mental disturbance that you can blame this on; this kid was simply to smart to be able to blame this on a mental illness. It's only a sad excuse to keep this kid from receiving punishment that he deserves and should have gotten from his parents a long time ago.
  • by sheri Location: tallahassee on May 30, 2007 at 06:47 AM
    Thank you MsMom, you said it just right. I have known the mother of this child for many years and it saddened me to see how all of these folks are so quickly to place blame on a situation that they have very little facts. This mom is involved in this childs life way more than most parents are and I am sure that both of the parents are in deep pain for what huge mistake that this child has made. They do not deserve all of these insults that you people are throwing at them. We are grateful that this situation ended as it did and I know these parents will get this child all the help that they can, they are loving, devoted parents, lay off! Thanks MsMom, what you said it all.
  • by sheri Location: tallahassee on May 30, 2007 at 06:31 AM
    Thank you Ms Mom! I wrote in last week and it never got posted for some reason or another. I personally know the mother and it makes me so sad to see how all have quickly placed blame on a situation that they have little facts. The mother is active in this childs life "way more" than most parents that I know are and I am sure both parents are devestated and in deep pain for the huge mistake that this child has made. People need to stop the bashing. This is a 13 yearold child that the parents will do everything they can to help. MsMom, you said it all! Thank you.
  • by MsMom Location: Tallahassee on May 25, 2007 at 12:35 PM
    Please, will everyone stop blaming the parents? Every parent can admit his or her child has done wrong and it may not have been to this extreme, but no parent in the world would ever assume their kids would think this way or do anything like this. I'm sure every parent has a key holder in their homes and we don't think our kids would ever try something like this, so we don't hide our keys from our kids. We know most boys will over eat, but we don't hide food from them. Come on people, the child could be suffering from anxiety or some other medical condition that we do not know anything about. Just thank God for dispatcher that received the call and thank God for shielding them all as they traveled down the dangerous highways. I guarantee you all, the dispatcher has been rewarded for her love and her reward is ahead of her. Her job may decide to give her an award, but her reward will not go un-noticed. May God Bless You, Ms. Dispatcher!! The Bible warns us about judging others and the Bible tells us and teaches us to pray for one another. Let’s pray for the family. Have a safe and great holiday weekend!!
  • by whoknows Location: Tally on May 24, 2007 at 07:15 AM
    This child was very advanced to be 13 years old. That is middle school age, and one of the last things that should be on the mind of a 13 year old is carrying guns and driving cars. When I began to listen to the tape that only thing that assured me that this was a child was the tone of his voice. The fact that he was operating a vehicle on the interstate was also appalling. I try not to judge others, but it is hard to believe that this child's parents have no knowledge of his capabilities. He is far too advanced, which may be a result of too much exposure to those things that might not be in his best interest. He is picking up his bad behavior from somewhere, and it probably comes from a force stronger than the television or the lyrics of a song. It is so hard for kids to be kids in these times. Shopping for clothes, entertainment, everything has been advanced by ten years for each age group. So, rather than a movie being rated R like it should be, it is now rated PG-13, and ironically enough look at the age of the culprit in this case.
  • by Cedeas Location: Cairo,Georgia on May 23, 2007 at 02:32 PM
    So what about his parents'?
  • by Anonymous on May 23, 2007 at 02:16 PM
    this kid knew the tacktics of the police could you imagine what a grown adult could have done
  • by torie Location: c-ville on May 23, 2007 at 10:18 AM
    wow...what an idiot.
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