TRAFFIC STOP RESULTS IN ARREST OF PASCO COUNTY HOMICIDE SUSPECT
Today, February 15, 2019, at approximately 3 p.m., the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office’s (CCSO) Warrants Unit received a call from the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) in reference to a wanted Pasco County homicide suspect traveling into Citrus County on US Highway 19.
Pasco County officials reported that a vehicle traveling from Levy County, heading southbound on US Highway 19, was believed to have a wanted homicide suspect inside. Equipped with this information, deputies staged near the possible route of travel for this suspect vehicle.
Once the suspect vehicle entered Citrus County, a CCSO TIU detective identified the vehicle and relayed the vehicle’s location to dispatch in an effort to get additional units for backup. CCSO’s aviation unit responded to keep an aerial view on the suspect vehicle as it traveled southbound on US Highway 19.
As the suspect vehicle made its way into Homosassa, just north of the McDonald’s located at 3740 S Suncoast Boulevard, patrol units devised a plan to intercept the vehicle. After entering heavy traffic along the area of construction on US Highway 19, patrol units conducted a traffic stop on the suspect vehicle.
Deputies made contact with the visible occupants inside of the vehicle. The juvenile female driver and the juvenile female passenger were advised of the reason for the traffic stop. After permission was granted to search the vehicle, deputies located the wanted homicide suspect hiding in the trunk of the vehicle.
If you think you can elude authorities by coming into Citrus County, you are sadly mistaken. Our deputies work seamlessly with our counter parts from other counties. What happened today was a perfect example of teamwork with our Sheriff’s Office and the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office. From the moment we were notified of this homicide suspect entering our county, to the final moment of our deputies placing this individual under arrest, public safety was our priority.
The suspect, 20-year-old Taylor Jace Contino of Hudson, was arrested for his warrant on the original charge of homicide and booked into Citrus County jail at 4:08 p.m.
Yours in Service,
Sheriff Mike Prendergast
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