Crime & Courts
Search intensifies for man accused of shooting at Polk deputies
A man accused of shooting at Polk County sheriff's deputies was still on the run Monday morning, although detectives said they have received information he may be in the Avon Park area. On Sunday, the Hardee County Sheriff's Office said it received information that 21-year-old Eleno Suarez made contact with a resident there asking for assistance and may be around Avon Park. A perimeter was established and a multi-agency search was started. A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the capture of Suarez, a Frostproof resident originally wanted by law enforcement in connection with a July home invasion and robbery. Deputies said they found Suarez at a convenience store early Saturday near State Road 630 and Hopson Road. A car chase ensued, during which Suarez fired multiple shots at deputies, authorities said.Suarez lost control of the car in a rural area of State Road 64 and U.S. 98 in Hardee County, where five passengers were arrested on charges that include armed carjacking and resisting arrest without violence. Suarez fled on foot, deputies said. Deputies had received information about Suarez possibly being at a residence on Constitution Lane in Frostproof. Deputies responded and located 21-year-old Jesus Jaramillo, another suspect in the July home invasion, who was arrested. A third suspect in the home invasion, 19-year-old Malcolm Lewis, was among the five in the car with Suarez and arrested, authorities said. Suarez, in addition to charges from the home invasion, is now accused of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer. He is considered armed and dangerous, authorities said. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is urged to contact the Polk County Sheriff's Office. "We are asking for your help in locating a very dangerous subject," said Sheriff Grady Judd in a statement. "If you will shoot at armed deputies, you will shoot at anyone. We need him in custody before anyone else falls victim to this nasty thug." No deputies were injured in Saturday's shooting.