ST. CLOUD — From what law enforcement officials in Osceola County can determine, Terrence Jerome Blaine moved to Kissimmee to start a new life after he got placed on probation in another state following his conviction on negligent homicide charges.
What they didn’t expect was that Blaine and another registered felon would end up in the Osceola County Jail, facing attempted burglary charges.
The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reported that on Tuesday around 3:09 a.m., Blaine, 39, of 5405 Warrior Lane in Kissimmee, and Debra Ann Johnson, 50, of 420 Boxwood Circle in Winter Springs, would decide to target a convenience store in St. Cloud for a late night burglary attempt.
What stopped the crime was Osceola County Sheriff’s patrol deputies who were in the area of Narcoossee Road and East U.S. 192 when they happened to notice a man behaving suspiciously. That man was later identified as Blaine, and deputies say he was attempting to break into the Kangaroo Convenience Store at 4899 E. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway (U.S. 192) in St. Cloud.
What exactly was the suspect doing that seemed so suspicious?
“Blaine threw concrete blocks at the store, which shattered the glass door,” noted Twis Lizasuain, public information officer for the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, in her report on the arrests. “But when he saw deputies approach the business, Blaine fled the area in a vehicle driven by Debra Ann Johnson.”
That led to a chase as the two suspects drove northbound on Narcoossee Road — in the southbound lanes. Fortunately, no injuries were reported involving other vehicles.
Eventually the car turned off Narcoossee Road and onto several smaller streets. Then things got complicated.
“Johnson struck a mailbox before crashing the vehicle into a tree,” Lizasuain noted. “Terrence Blaine attempted to flee the area, but was located by deputies.”
Blaine and Johnson were taken into custody, and a background check revealed that Blaine was on probation for an out-of-state conviction for negligent homicide involving a vehicle.
Added to his criminal resume were new charges in Osceola, including violation of probation, attempted unoccupied burglary, resisting arrest without violence, criminal mischief and possession of burglary tools.
Having driven the so-called getaway car, Johnson was charged with attempted unoccupied burglary, fleeing and eluding law enforcement, and resisting arrest without violence.
They were booked into the Osceola County Jail.
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