Jeffrey Robert Cavanaugh broke into one car, tried to carjack another, and even went after a police car but all it got him was a ride to the hospital, Margate Police said.
Cavanaugh, 19, of Margate, was stealing several items from the back seat of a Kia Sephia in the 6100 block of Northwest First Street early Monday until the father of the car owner chased him off, police said.
Cavanaugh ran down the street and opened the door of an occupied car and said, “give me the keys right now,” but a man and woman sped off in the car, according to the arrest report.
They later told police Cavanaugh’s hand was wrapped in a shirt as if to conceal a handgun. When the first officer arrived at the scene, Cavanaugh walked toward him while pointing his concealed right arm and cursing, the report stated.
The officer took cover behind a parked vehicle and ordered Cavanaugh to show his hands and get on the ground but Cavanaugh mimicked the officer by crouching behind a vehicle and yelling, “show me your hands,” and “get on the ground,” while pointing the shirt-covered hand at the officer, police said.
When more police arrived, Cavanaugh ran off and jumped a fence and officers lost sight of him. A few minutes later Cavanaugh reappeared and walked toward the officers with his concealed hand pointing at them again, the report stated.
When Cavanaugh refused repeated orders to show his hands and get on the ground, a police dog brought him down. Officers found a black, L-shaped piece of plastic in Cavanaugh’s concealed hand, police said.
Margate Fire Rescue arrived to treat Cavanaugh’s wounds suffered during the K9 encounter. When police tried to handcuff Cavanaugh, he jumped up and ran toward a parked police car but was wrestled to the ground and taken into custody about 6 a.m., officers said.
They took him to Northwest Medical Center in Margate for treatment. The arrest report said there was indication that Cavanaugh appeared to be under the influence of drugs.
He is facing charges that include a car burglary and several aggravated assaults on law enforcement officers with violence, records show.