Crime & Courts
$5,000 reward offered for suspect who fired at Polk deputies
The Polk County Sheriff's Office is offering a $5,000 reward for Information on the whereabouts of a 21-year-old man who fired at deputies during a car chase Saturday. According to a report, Eleno Suarez was being sought in a July home invasion in Frostproof. At 2 a.m. Saturday, he was seen in the area of the Town Star convenience store at the intersection of US Highway 27 and US Highway 98 in Frostproof. Suarez and five other people fled the area in a Ford Focus. Polk deputies tried to stop the vehicle, but Suarez, who was driving the vehicle, fled. During the pursuit, Suarez fired multiple shots at deputies, the report said. No deputies were injured. Suarez lost control of the Focus near State Road 64 and U.S. Highway 98 in Hardee County. The other occupants of the vehicle were apprehended, but Suarez got away on foot.One of the passengers, 19-year-old Malcolm Lewis of Frostproof, told deputies he was involved in the July home invasion, the report said. Lewis is charged with robbery with a firearm, armed carjacking, armed burglary, and resisting without violence. He also had an outstanding Miami warrant for possession with intent to sell, and there is also an additional charge of resisting without violence and trespassing from Hardee County Sheriff's Office. Suarez now faces charges of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer. He is considered armed and dangerous. He is described as a Hispanic male, 5-feet-4-inches tall, 140 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information about Suarez's whereabouts is urged to contact the Polk County Sheriff's Office at (863) 298.6200.
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