Marion County K-9 helps arrest kidnapping suspect

Suspect also accused of stealing truck

MARION COUNTY, Fla. – Marion County investigators arrested a kidnapping suspect Monday night.

The Ocala Police Department received a report a man had stolen a truck from the CVS on 27th Avenue with a 6-year-old sleeping in the backseat, according to the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

The sheriff's office said Drhyromi Q'Jave Maxwell is accused of leaving the 6-year-old near the Krystal restaurant on State Road 200.

Investigators said officers found the stolen truck on MLK Bouelvard.

Authorities said during a pursuit the the sheriff's officer started to assist with the situation as the pursuit hit their jurisdiction.


MCSO'S AIR ONE, K-9 ASSIST OPD IN PURSUIT OF GRAND THEFT AUTO, KIDNAPPING SUSPECT Last night, the Ocala Police Department worked a call for service at the CVS on SW 27th Avenue in reference to a man who had just stolen a truck that had a 6-year old sleeping in the back seat. The suspect, Drhyromi Q’Jave Maxwell (DOB: 12/28/1994), abandoned the 6-year old near the Krystal's on State Road 200 but still had the truck in his possession. OPD officers recovered the child, who was safe, and they began searching for the stolen vehicle. Later on in the evening, OPD located the truck in the area of MLK Blvd., and began a pursuit. MCSO joined in to assist and the pursuit eventually went into MCSO's jurisdiction. Maxwell eventually exited the truck and fled on foot at NE 170th Avenue and Highway 314. Air-One was able to direct units to Maxwell's location, and he failed to heed K-9 apprehension warnings from MCSO K-9 Deputy Matthew Bowers. Subsequently, K-9 OTOW apprehended Maxwell who is now being charged with multiple felonies. This is such a great example about how the OPD and MCSO work together to get the job done!! Excellent police work done by everyone is always a pleasure to assist our brothers and sisters in blue!

Posted by Marion County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, March 19, 2019


The sheriff's office said Maxwell eventually left the truck and ran from the scene toward the area of 170th Avenue and Highway 314.  

The suspect did not listen to the K-9 warnings, according to the sheriff's office.

Investigators with the help of the team's K-9 were able to catch the suspect.

Maxwell is being charged with multiple felonies.