Lee County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call at a local air-conditioning business in the area on Corporation Circle in Fort Myers Monday.
The caller told police that one of the employees, Trey Young, 25, arrived at work and began striking coworkers. Young fled the area prior to law enforcement arrival, police said.
The caller stated that a man matching Trey Young’s description was attempting to enter a white Mercedes owned by one of the employees. The Mercedes owner suffered severe injury as a result of the incident and was transported as a trauma alert to a local hospital.
After the unsuccessful attempt to steal the Mercedes That attempt was thwarted by the actions of another driver, who intervened on the woman’s behalf; however, during the encounter, the Young stole the driver’s work van and fled the area.
Deputies in the area located Young and the stolen van near the 3700 block of Palm Beach Boulevard.
LCSO responded to a call around 1:30 p.m. and found Young and stolen van on Palm Beach Boulevard. Sheriff’s deputies tried to stop the suspect, but he got away in the stolen car.
LCSO began to chase the suspect.
Eventually, LCSO stopped Young using a PIT maneuver, where police were able to force the fleeing suspect to stop driving, and made an arrest.
Young was taken to the Lee County Jail. He faces charges of batter, burglary of an occupied dwelling unarmed, property damage and criminal mischief, carjacking, felony battery, grand theft, fleeing police at high speed among others.
A homeowner in Fort Myers reported an attempted home invasion and said the same van stolen by the suspect was seen in front of her home. Law enforcement has not confirmed if the two crimes are related.
The sheriff’s office is investigating. There is no danger to the public.
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