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Car crashes into Ocala elementary school during police pursuit

Pursuit began after carjacking in CVS parking lot, police say

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OCALA, Fla. – A man is facing carjacking charges after crashing into NH Jones Elementary School in Ocala during a pursuit Wednesday, police said.

Ocala Police Department officials said the 66-year-old victim was sitting in her Toyota Camry in the parking lot of a CVS at 1719 S.E. Lake Weir Ave. when Michael C. Jenkins, 34, pulled her out of her car by her arm, got in the car and left the area.

After locating the vehicle on South Magnolia Avenue, police said they gave chase until Jenkins crashed the car into the elementary school.

Carjacking Suspect Pursuit & Arrest

CARJACKING SUSPECT PURSUIT & ARREST At 3:05pm on May 2, 2018, OPD received a 911 report of a carjacking that had occurred at CVS on the corner of SE 17th Street and Lake Weir Ave. Michael Jenkins (DOB: 1/6/84) had approached a 65-year-old woman as she was exiting her vehicle, pulled on the car door as she attempted to close it, told her to “get out” as he grabbed her, and pulled her out of the vehicle. The victim called 911 and a BOLO was sent to Patrol. Detective Russell located the suspect and stolen vehicle in the area of North Magnolia. He observed Jenkins driving erratically and driving onto the sidewalk. At that time, Det. Russell activated his siren and emergency lights and initiated a pursuit. Jenkins continued driving off the roadway, weaving in and out of multiple lanes of traffic, and running stop signs and traffic signals. Multiple units responded to aid in blocking and stopping the vehicle, including the unsuccessful use of stop sticks. Jenkins entered a residential area and turned down a road with a cul-de-sac. As he approached Dr. NH Jones Elementary, Jenkins drove through the fence and campus before crashing into a school building. Officers immediately apprehended him and transported to the Police Department where EMS assessed his injuries. Jenkins appeared to be under the influence of narcotics and was taken to the hospital prior to being transported to the Marion County Jail. Michael Jenkins has been charged with: Carjacking, Felony Fleeing & Eluding, Driving While License Suspended (3rd Offense), Disrupting School Function, Trespassing on School Property, and Culpable Negligence. Jenkins was on probation for armed robbery at the time of his arrest.

Posted by Ocala Police Department on Thursday, May 3, 2018

Jenkins was taken to an area hospital due to a suspicion he was under the influence of an illegal substance.

A witness, Rosanetta Williams, told detectives she dropped Jenkins off at the CVS, where he told her he was meeting someone to pick up a check. She said when he got out of her car he went toward the entrance, but she then saw him driving away in a silver car.

During a photographic lineup, the victim, Williams and a CVS clerk picked out Jenkins' photo, identifying him as the assailant in the incident.

Jenkins has been charged with carjacking, and officials said additional charges of fleeing and eluding are in progress.


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