Sheriff’s K-9 nabs Jacksonville man who stole truck with 6-year-old asleep in back seat

Deputies from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office teamed with officers from the Ocala Police Department Wednesday night to catch a man who had stolen a truck with a child sleeping in the back seat.

Drhyromi Q’Jave Maxwell, 24, of Jacksonville, was apprehended by a Marion County sheriff’s K-9 Wednesday night after a high-speed chase. Both sheriff’s deputies and Ocala Police officers help apprehend Maxwell, who is accused of stealing a truck with a six-year-old child asleep in the back seat.

Ocala Police officers responded to the CVS drug store on SW 27th Avenue after receiving the call for help and soon found out that the six-year-old child had been abandoned near the Krystal’s fast-food restaurant on State Road 200. Officers quickly recovered the child, who wasn’t injured, and then started searching for the stolen truck and the suspect, 24-year-old Drhyromi Q’Jave Maxwell, a sheriff’s office report states.

Later Wednesday night, Ocala Police officers located the truck in the area of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and initiated a pursuit. Marion County sheriff’s deputies joined into assist and the pursuit then went into their jurisdiction, the report says.

Maxwell eventually exited the truck and fled on foot in the area of NE 170th Avenue and Hwy. 314. The crew of sheriff’s helicopter Air-One was able to direct deputies to Maxwell’s location. And after he failed to heed warnings from K-9 Deputy Matthew Bowers, his dog, OTOW apprehended Maxwell, the report says.

Maxwell, of Jacksonville, was transported to the Marion County Jail and charged with vehicle theft, kidnapping with intent to commit or facilitate commission of any felony, fleeing and attempting to allude a law enforcement officer, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, resisting arrest without violence, hit and run/leaving the scene of a crash with property damage and driving while license suspended.

He is being held on $50,000 bond and is due to appear in a Marion County courtroom on April 23 at 9 a.m. to answer to the charges.