Teen Involved in Grand Theft Auto, Dog Fight

A 17 year old is being held at Pinellas County Juvenile Assessment Center on grand theft autobattery (against a police K9), and violently resisting arrest.

The incident began July 22,  when police noticed a vehicle out on Ulmerton Road that had been reported stolen on July 13. The driver, teenager, Eduardo Avalos, did not respond to police attempts to stop the car, and instead drove over the Bayside Bridge. Avalos was caught when another officer used a PIT maneuver, which stands for Precision Immobilization Technique. The PIT maneuver involves the pursing officer causing the pursued car to fishtail and lose control of the vehicle, thus making it easier to catch.

Avalos, however, did not stop fleeing even after his car was stopped. He ran from the scene and then proceeded to fight with a police unit K9 dog that had found him. According to police reports, Avalos hit and attempted to choke the dog. 

The suspect was first taken to a hospital because he sustained multiple wounds from dog bites. He is currently in the juvenile detention center, although it is unknown whether his charges will be tried as adult or juvenile crimes

If you or your child has been arrested for a juvenile crime, it is important that you contact a Tampa Criminal Defense Attorney. At Thomas & Paulk, we have successfully defended many juvenile clients throughout Florida.