Stolen vehicle recovered with no suspect in sight - FOX 13 News

Stolen vehicle recovered with no suspect in sight

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(A damaged car at the scene) (A damaged car at the scene)
ST. PETERSBURG (FOX 13) -

A dangerous suspect is on the run as police in St. Pete comb for evidence in a stolen vehicle used to ram into several officers.

There was no blood in the stolen car police found and towed this morning. The suspect who on Wednesday night rammed the rear end of the stolen car into a cop car wasn't likely hit by the bullet they fired.

But what else did he leave behind that police can use to make an ID?

"You can't sit in a vehicle for any length of time and not leave some sort of DNA material for any length of time," said Michael Puetz, a spokesman for the St. Petersburg Police Department.

Sparky Hansen, 82, is curious too.

"It's terrible what goes on in the world nowadays."

It was her license plate that was stolen six days ago right from her quiet driveway.

"Anybody who could come on your property like that and take something and you don't know they're there," she said, "is scary."

She had no idea where the plate was until she saw the FOX 13 newscast on Wednesday night. She saw the story about a man who attacked officers who were trying to arrest him for being in a stolen car with a tag that didn't match.

"They showed the license plate up and I said, 'Oh my god; that's my license plate.' It was a shock."

Police say the car with her stolen plate nearly killed an officer who was trying to help arrest the suspect.

Officers looking at the damage to the unmarked cruiser could hardly believe how their detective survived the suspect's successful getaway.

"When he saw the vehicle and it doesn't look like it's going to stop, and it looked like it was going over the roof of the car, he ended up diving into the backseat area in an attempt to conceal himself, so if the roof crashed down he'd at least have some sanctuary," said Puetz.

Police say what the suspect did to the police cruiser shows how dangerous he is and they're hoping that they have some DNA matches in the car so they can ID the suspect.

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