March 10, 2016

Man flees from deputies, abandons child

A man fled on foot from deputies, abandoning a small child in his car Wednesday night.

Key West Police got a call around 10 p.m. from a woman asking them to check on her husband and small child. She said her husband picked up their one year old son from the Lighthouse Academy that afternoon. She said she hadn’t heard from him since between 5 and 5:30 p.m. She said he’d never done that before and she was worried.

Deputy David Lariz met with Key West Police officer Alexandre Gaufillet and they went to the Sea Lobster company on Fifth Avenue to look for 38 year old Rob Moore . As they were looking for him there, he pulled into the property in his black Chevy S-10 truck. The officers attempted to make contact with Moore but he drove around their patrol cars, refusing to stop for them. They followed him with lights and siren activated in an attempt to stop him, but Moore continued to flee from them.

He turned onto Highway U.S. One northbound with officers following. When he reached the exit for NAS Boca Chica, Moore exited the highway. He drove toward the bayside of the NAS property, finally abandoning the truck at the dead end of a dirt road and running into the bushes.

The child was found in the car and was reunited with his mother. Officers searched for the Moore, but did not find him. They will be seeking an arrest warrant for him with possible charges to include driving with a suspended license, fleeing and eluding law enforcement officers and child endangerment.

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