Rude Awakening

Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 2:54pm

Family awakens to find police suspect barricaded in their guest room.

A Fort Myers, Florida family woke up to a stranger barricaded in their spare bedroom and police with guns in their kitchen.

The suspect had allegedly stolen a car, fled from police, and smashed his way into their home.

It all began Sunday night when Lee County deputies responded to investigate reports of a stolen vehicle.

The victim told deputies his beige 2005 Ford F250 was parked in front of his brother's house.

He said it was locked but the keys were inside.

Less than an hour later, the deputy spotted the beige pickup truck on Palm Beach Boulevard.

The deputy turned on his lights and sirens, but the driver didn't pull over.

The driver, later identified as 34-year-old Jeffrey Ryan Moore, began speeding away from the deputy.

The aviation unit took over following the truck and called out its location to deputies and Fort Myers Police.

Fort Myers Police deployed stop sticks, but only the driver's side tires were punctured.

A second set of stop sticks was deployed near Palm Beach Boulevard and Van Buren Street.

The truck finally stopped at Palm Beach Boulevard and Alta Vista Avenue.

Moore fled the vehicle and ran into the woods with deputies closely behind.

Moore then went to a house and used a chair to break the sliding glass door and went inside.

"It sounded like an explosion," said homeowner Cynthia Underwood.

Moore went into one of the bedrooms and tried to barricade himself in.

Chuck Underwood, his wife Cynthia and his 82-year-old mother-in-law awoke to the barricaded man in their guest bedroom with police surrounding the door.

"There were three cops in here before I ever got out of bed," said Chuck Underwood.

Deputies forced their way into the room and tried to use a TASER to gain control of the suspect, but it missed.

"I heard all this kicking on one wall and I thought- what have they got turned loose in here?" said Cynthia.

Moore was charged with grand theft motor vehicle, resisting officer-flee elude with lights siren active, burglary of occupied dwelling, resisting officer without violence and criminal mischief.

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