Ocala man flees from traffic stop, but deputies get their man

Timothy Rashad Munnerlyn of Ocala

An Ocala man riding as a passenger in a car that had crashed after a brief car chase on Friday. — and then led deputies in a foot chase — could not, in the end, outrun the deputies behind him.

Eventually deputies caught up with 28-year-old Timothy Rashad Munnerlyn of Ocala, and he was eventually apprehended and arrested.

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office said on Saturday that about 3:15 p.m., Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) deputies attempted a traffic stop on the vehicle in the area of North White Palm Way. Deputies said that Munnerlyn, a passenger in the vehicle, was known to be wanted.

As deputies attempted to pull over the vehicle, the driver continued and made evasive maneuvers to elude law enforcement.

A brief pursuit ensued.

Deputies ended the vehicle pursuit in the area of County Road 491 and Hampshire Boulevard in Citrus Springs, near Fero Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home. After the suspect vehicle became immobilized, the wanted subject then exited the vehicle and fled on foot.

Multiple commands were given by deputies for Munnerlyn to “stop” but he didn’t.. Numerous deputies and K-9 units searched by ground during the foot chase, while the CCSO’s Aviation Unit assisted from the air.

Munnerlyn, a convicted felon, has numerous warrants out of Marion County for:

  • Felony discharging a firearm in public from a vehicle
  • Possession of a firearm by a felon
  • Criminal Mischief
  • Driving w/license revoked, Habitual Offender
  • Battery

“Offenders who flee the scene can be more dangerous because they are desperate to evade law enforcement,” said Citrus County Sheriff Mike Prendergast. “Munnerlyn posed a significant threat to the members of our community and to our deputies. Despite his frantic attempt to flee, he was captured and now faces new charges from his reckless actions.”

At that time, businesses and residents in the vicinity of where the suspect fled were notified to lock their doors and stay inside, including Precious Lambs Preschool and St Paul’s Lutheran School. An AlertCitrus message was issued to residents, informing them of the active investigation and advising them to contact law enforcement if they believed to see the suspect. The alert directed community members to not approach the possibly armed suspect.

After an extensive search, deputies were able to locate Munnerlyn, who had attempted to cover himself with sand and conceal his location by hiding under a tree. He was taken into custody without further incident.

His local charges are:

  • Trafficking in methamphetamine (51 grams)
  • Possession of heroin (3.3 grams)
  • Kidnapping (by forcing victim to drive against their will)
  • Aggravated assault (threaten driver)
  • Possession of crack cocaine (3.38 grams)
  • Resisting w/o violence
  • Carrying a firearm by a convicted felon

His bond was set at a total of $88,000.

Citrus County pursuit ends in Sumter

A Bushnell man is said to have stolen a vehicle and then led deputies in a wild chase through Inverness and Floral City before eventually crashing in Sumter County.

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No injuries were reported after a Bushnell man is said to have stolen a vehicle and then led deputies in a wild chase through Inverness and Floral City before eventually crashing in Sumter County.

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office said Sunday that the Florida Highway Patrol took 22-year-old Travis Lovett into custody following a severe vehicle crash there.

Lovett led Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputies on an extensive chase throughout the area of Inverness and Floral City, the CCSO said.

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3 juveniles arrested in Ryder shooting case

Three youths have been charged in connection with a November 2018 case in which a woman, Sandra Ryder, 53, of Homosassa was found shot in the head at her home near Grover Cleveland Boulevard..

The Sheriff’s Office said that they were called to the woman’s home at 6143 W. Wayward Loop on Nov. 21, 2018 at about 12:43 pm.

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Body of missing Inglis man found in Withlacooche River

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George Kiggans has been reported missing on March 20, 2019. (Courtesy photo)

The body of an Inglis man reported missing earlier in the week was found floating on Saturday in the Withslacoochee River.

George Kiggans, 66, was reported missing on Wednesday, March 20, after he was last seen around 2 p.m. in the vicinity of his residence on West Foss Grove Path in Inglis.

“We utilized our resources as well as requested assistance from other organizations to assist in locating Mr. Kiggans,” said Citrus County Sheriff Mike Prendergast. “This is not how we want any search to end, and we are truly sorry for the family’s loss.

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Neighbor complaints lead to CCSO crackdown

LEFT: Donald Marshall. RIGHT: Donna Suzanne Perry (CCSO photos on March 21, 2019)
The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday served a search warrant on a Beverly Hills home following neighbor complaints of suspected drug activity going on at that home.

The result was the arrest of two people at that home, 55 South Lincoln Avenue in Beverly Hills 55 South Lincoln Avenue in Beverly Hills.

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