Crime

Man charged with Bradenton carjacking, attacking deputies

MANATEE -- A suspect was arrested late Tuesday after he carjacked a vehicle, tried to carjack a second car and tried to shoot deputies with a stun gun, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

Evens Rene was at a local motel about 10 p.m. when he got into an argument with his girlfriend. He tried to get into a car carrying three people, including a 10-year-old girl, and when they pulled out of the parking lot, Rene got into his girlfriend's car and began chasing them north on U.S. 41, according to a news release.

Rene smashed into the car several times before spinning out and stalling in the 6000 block of 14th Street West, near the Perkins restaurant. He then went to a vehicle occupied by three people and dragged out the female driver, according to the report.

At this point, a bystander tried to help the motorists, but Rene smashed him in the head with a large piece of concrete. He then tried to carjack another vehicle when a second bystander chased him across the street. Rene also hit him with concrete, according to the report.

At this point, a deputy arrived on scene and began chasing Rene.

Rene confronted the deputy and punched him in the face. A second deputy shot Evens with a stun gun and he fell to the ground.

But as deputies were trying to secure him, he grabbed and tried to use a stun gun. However, it was not turned on, according to the news release.

Deputies were able to secure Rene and while searching him found some rock cocaine, according to the sheriff's office.

The sheriff's office said Rene faces multiple charges, including nine counts of carjacking, four counts of aggravated battery, two counts of battery on a law enforcement officer, robbery, possession of drugs, resisting arrest with violence and depriving officer of means of protection.

Rene was being held without bond at the Manatee County jail.

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