Victims Speak Out On Ordeal
Darren Doyle, story:
Two 18 year-old men have been arrested and are accused of stealing cars right out of local owners' driveways, according to the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office.
Local authorities were notified by Jeff and Holli Doyle of the Cedar Springs community that a vehicle belonging to them had been stolen out of their driveway during the early morning hours of September 9th. The Doyles said that they were nearly run over as they attempted to stop the subjects.
"Our daughter came running in to tell us that her car was just stolen right out of the driveway," said Jeff Doyle. "Me and Holli jumped up and took out after them and they would have got away but they took off and went down a dead end so they had to turn around. We tried to stop them but they drove on by and almost ran us over. They took another dead end road and that's when we knew they wasn't from around here. Holli had grabbed the car and I just jumped in and we followed them through Pig. I called the law and told them where we all were. We followed them through Brownsville, then Midway, and then Deputy Jordan Jones started in about Sweeden Church. That's when we turned around and let the law handle it."
An Edmonson County deputy along with the District 5 Constable attempted to make a traffic stop on the vehicle, which appeared to be accompanied by two more in the same group, the Sheriff's Office said. The vehicles fled from law enforcement, reaching speeds of over 100 mph in their attempt to evade police and two of them crashed shortly after the pursuit entered into Grayson County. The drivers allegedly fled the scene before officers could reach them.
The Sheriff's Office said that the vehicles were identified as a Ford Fusion belonging to Jeff and Holli Doyle, and a Kia Optima belonging to Joey and Dee Dee Webb of Brownsville, which was also stolen. Assisted by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, officers located the suspects' cell phones in each stolen vehicle.
Joey Webb said his Kia was unlocked and the key was in the console, which he said wasn't a usual scenario at his house.
"That sure made it an easy target," he said. "Thankfully, our car was recovered and the criminals were apprehended, but not before the car was totaled. Things can be replaced, but people can’t, so we are very blessed. It could’ve been much worse."
Later that morning, officers with Leitchfield Police located a young Hispanic male at the FiveStar gas station in Leitchfield that had marks consistent with airbag burns. After being interviewed, the suspect, identified as Edwin Leoset Carrillo, 18 of Louisville, was determined to be the operator of the stolen Kia. He was arrested and lodged in the Hart County jail. He also confirmed to the Sheriff’s Office that the crew had been responsible for multiple vehicle break-ins throughout the night, the Sheriff's Office stated.
At approximately 4:30 pm, officers with Leitchfield PD made contact with another Hispanic male at the Walmart in Leitchfield. This suspect also showed minor injuries consistent with a vehicle crash, and after further investigation, it was determined that he was the other missing suspect from the theft of the Ford Fusion, the Sheriff's Office stated. He was identified as Victor Escobar, also 18 of Louisville and was also arrested and lodged in the Hart County Jail.
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“I want to send a huge thank you to all agencies involved," said Edmonson County Sheriff Shane Doyle. "Without the help of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office and Leitchfield Police, it would have been difficult to apprehend these suspects so quickly and efficiently. I’ve worked years as your sheriff building these relationships, and times like these is when it really pays off. It’s a pleasure working with such professionals and serving our citizens.”
Webb shared his frustrations with working hard only to have his property stolen from criminals.
"It is a shame that you can live in a decent community, but out-of-town thugs will come in and steal your property that you’ve worked so hard to get," he said. "My wife, Dee Dee, worked a second job to make the payment on her car, only to have it stolen by some low-life thief. I highly encourage everyone to keep their cars and personal belongings locked at all times and invest in some security cameras."
Webb wanted to extend his family's thanks to Edmonson County Sheriff Shane Doyle and his office for their work with the Grayson County Sheriff and the Leitchfield PD, and also to Deputy Jordan Jones and Jeff and Holli Doyle for their quick actions.
Both the stolen vehicles were totaled in the police pursuit.
"I'm so glad of our law around here because they do such a good job," said Jeff Doyle. "I'm glad nobody got hurt. I just tried to defend my place the best we could, it all just happened so fast. I didn't even have any shoes on. Thankfully our law caught them and hopefully it keeps somebody's else's property from getting stolen."