Three convicted felons from Florida’s east coast are facing new charges following a grand theft from a Collier County store earlier this month and a pursuit Wednesday that ended at the Naples Grande Beach Resort.
“These arrests send a strong message to criminals: Don’t come to Collier County to carry out your felonious activity,” said Sheriff Kevin Rambosk. “Our detectives are second to none and they will identify you, find you and arrest you.”
Tim Marquis Jones, 30, of Miami is charged with grand theft, aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, fleeing and eluding, and driving on a suspended license.
Kiani Tiara Brown, 29, of Fort Lauderdale, and Kendra Coles, 38, of Hallandale, each are charged with grand theft and resisting arrest.
Jones and Coles also were served with out-of-county arrest warrants.
Detectives say that on Dec. 6 the trio entered Gucci at the Waterside Shops and stole purses valued at $5,370.
The investigation, which involved multiple law enforcement agencies, identified the three suspects as well as the vehicle they were traveling in, a 2022 black Kia K5 with a New Jersey license plate.
Naples Police saw the vehicle in their jurisdiction Wednesday and alerted Collier County Sheriff’s Office.
When the three spotted law enforcement in the area of the Waterside Shops they fled at a high rate of speed, with Jones behind the wheel, heading south on U.S. 41 North.
At one point during the pursuit Jones rammed the Kia into an unmarked CCSO vehicle in an attempt to elude deputies and then continued traveling westbound onto Seagate Drive.
The trio stopped in the valet area of the Naples Grande and fled on foot. They were quickly apprehended and taken into custody.
The deputy whose vehicle was struck was not injured. Sheriff Rambosk said such attacks on law enforcement won’t be tolerated in Collier County.
“If you physically attack our law enforcement professionals, you will face the consequences set by law,” Sheriff Rambosk said.
The investigation is continuing and additional charges are likely in association with crimes committed locally as well as locations on the state’s east coast.
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