Man arrested after alleged five-hour crime spree in Taylor County

Police say Rodquez Dontay Holmes, 30, stole two vehicles and tried to push his way into a home Monday afternoon.
Police say Rodquez Dontay Holmes, 30, stole two vehicles and tried to push his way into a home...
Police say Rodquez Dontay Holmes, 30, stole two vehicles and tried to push his way into a home Monday afternoon.(WCTV)
Published: Aug. 1, 2022 at 7:30 PM EDT
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PERRY, Fla. - A man has been arrested after he allegedly stole two vehicles, tried to push his way into a home, and led law enforcement officers on a chase Monday afternoon, said Taylor County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Gina Deeson.

According to a news release, the incident began to unfold around 2 p.m. when someone reported their blue, 2020 Chevrolet Malibu four-door had been stolen by 30-year-old Rodquez “Kermit” Dontay Holmes, of Suwannee County. The vehicle was reportedly taken from a home on Harrison Blue Road in Perry.

Police say Rodquez Dontay Holmes, 30, stole two vehicles and tried to push his way into a home...
Police say Rodquez Dontay Holmes, 30, stole two vehicles and tried to push his way into a home in Perry on Monday afternoon.(WCTV)

TCSO reportedly issued a Be On Look Out Alert, or BOLO, to surrounding agencies and began searching for the vehicle. Using the navigation program ‘OnStar’ deputies said they were able to locate the vehicle as it moved through the area. The data showed that the missing vehicle was heading Eastbound on U.S. Highway 27 when it was spotted around 5:30 p.m. and a chase ensued, said TCSO. Authorities attempted to use spike strips to stop the vehicle, but the driver continued to drive for several miles before stopping near the Wagon Wheel convenience store where he fled on foot, said the release.

Several law enforcement agencies, including the Florida Highway Patrol, then worked together to set up a perimeter. K-9 units from the Perry Police Department and the Florida Department of Corrections began to track Holmes, who continued to run through nearby backyards, said the release. At one point, the Sheriff’s Office said he attempted to push his way into a residence.

At around 6:43 pm, Homes allegedly stole a second vehicle- a Ford F-350- from a home off Foley Cut-Off Road in Perry. Holmes then attempted to flee in the truck and deputies gave chase a second time before Holmes abandoned the vehicle and ran on foot, said the release.

Holmes was taken into custody in a yard around 7 pm., five hours after authorities received the initial call. Holmes was charged with two counts of Grand Theft of a Vehicle, two counts of Fleeing and Eluding, two counts of Resisting without violence, among others.

“Sheriff Wayne Padgett would like to thank the law enforcement officers from Perry Police Department, Department of Corrections K-9 Teams, and Florida Highway Patrol for the awesome teamwork and their assistance,” added the release.

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