TPD cruiser crashes in pursuit of 3 carjackers

Posted at 8:50 AM, Feb 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-01 17:24:19-05

An active manhunt was underway Monday morning to find three carjacking suspects in East Tampa. A patrol officer was injured over the weekend after crashing his cruiser while trying to track down those suspects.

"It's sad; it's really sad because it can happen to anybody," said resident Linda Lawson.

Lawson told ABC Action News she's keeping a watchful eye out -- with good reason. Tampa police say the three men are highly dangerous.

"Somebody could've been killed," Lawson told ABC Action News.

Friday, a woman was carjacked in the 7800 block of North Central. Investigators told ABC Action News the stolen car was used in three other robberies. Over the weekend, an officer spotted the suspects and gave chase.

It all ended on the corner of Taliaferro and Lake. The officer crashed his cruiser, and the suspects were able to get away. Thankfully, the officer involved is expected to make a full recovery. Those in this community are relieved the officer is okay.

"Well, it's a tough job, but we want them to be safe," said resident Clinton Bobo.

Lawson is also holding out hope that the three wanted men will be caught soon.

"Whoever did it should be caught, because (if) they jacked her, they can jack anybody," said Lawson. "Put a gun to their head, they could have killed them, it's wrong."