16-year-old girl being freed from juvenile court steals social worker’s car and goes on violent crime spreeBy William Martin 5:27 AM November 28, 2017
A girl in Florida, endangered the lives of many people after stealing a car from a social worker and using it to commit crimes.
16-year-old Leslie Diaz, who has a criminal record, was arrested for violating her probation.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said that a judge at the Department of Juvenile Justice made a big mistake by refusing to place Diaz in juvenile jail for her crimes.
The judge sent Diaz to a halfway house rather than to a juvenile jail. Diaz was handed over to the care of the Department of Children and Families (DCF).
While the DCF caseworkers was preparing the paperwork to take custody of Diaz, the teen stole the woman’s car keys. She then asked to use the bathroom.
When the teen did not return from the bathroom, the caseworker went to check on her and realized that she had escaped.
Diaz used the car to pick up her friend, 20-year-old Dustin Cheasebro, who was armed with a gun.
The two went to a Circle K on Old Kathleen Road and robbed it at gunpoint. They made off with a carton of Newport cigarettes and money from two cash registers.
The two were not caught after the armed robbery. The following day, Diaz and Cheasebro picked up 17-year-old Justin Amos and two girls, ages 13 and 15, and went on a joyride
They drove the stolen Nissan Rogue at speeds of 100 miles per hour. They crashed into a transport van before police were able to stop them.
All people involved were taken to a hospital, where they were treated for minor injuries.
Diaz was arrested and charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle, petit theft, and violation of parole.
Cheasebro was charged with robbery with a firearm. Amos was also arrested.
Sheriff Judd said that he is grateful no one was killed during the crime spree.