A Florida man committed several crimes, he brought a child with him while committing the crimes
The incident took place in Polk County, Florida. A Florida man committed several different crimes. While committing the crimes, he brought a child with him. After the man was caught, he said he didn’t want the boy to be “soft” and brought him with him to be “a tough man”.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office caught a Florida man who committed several different crimes. When the man’s crimes were investigated, it was noticed that he always brought an 8-year-old boy with him while committing the crimes. The sheriff’s office said Ernest McKnight III, 36, committed his first crime on November 7.
Sheriff’s deputies said the crime on November 7 was car theft. McKnight stole a red Hyundai parked in Lake Wakes. McKnight took advantage of the car owner’s momentary distraction to commit the theft. The owner of the car was inspecting construction at the time.
Then McKnight committed the second crime. He was scouring a Chevrolet HHR near Country Road 653. The owner of the car was walking his dog at this time. The man then noticed McKnight and tried to catch him. However, McKnight fled the scene in the red Hyundai he had stolen earlier.
About 5 hours after his second crime, McKnight committed his third crime. He tried to steal something from the front porch of a house. The landlord told McKnight to return what he had stolen, but McKnight paid little attention. Instead, he shouted like “They’re mine now!” and got into the stolen car and drove away from the area.
Sheriff’s deputies caught McKnight on the same day. In Lake Wales, the police wanted to stop him for the routine traffic stop. McKnight did not comply with this decision and began to run away. He managed to escape from the police who were following him by land. However, he could not escape from the police helicopter that followed him from the air.
A detective asked McKnight why he had an 8-year-old boy with him when he committed the crimes. McKnight said he didn’t want the boy to be a “soft” person and did so to turn him into a “stronger person”. Sheriff’s deputies took the 8-year-old boy to his family. No relationship of the child or family to McKnight has been identified.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd stated that McKnight’s approach was not correct. He said that having a child with him while committing a crime does not have a positive effect. Judd stated that the child who was with him when McKnight committed a crime should be taken to a child psychologist.
McKnight was charged with many different counts, including theft from an occupied settlement, theft from a disused settlement, theft of an unused vehicle, theft of a major motor vehicle, the destruction of evidence, petty thefts, and incitement of minors to crime.
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