Burglary suspect hangs from ceiling in interview room in attempt to escape custody

Charlotte County, FL – March 22, 2022

Terrence Meehan (11/4/1992)

In the early morning hours on March 21, deputies responded to a home on Abrade Avenue after a suspect was found pacing on the back lanai. The suspect then fled the scene once law enforcement arrived.

The homeowner advised that the suspect, known to them as Terrence Meehan (11/4/1992), had broken into their home on March 20th, and stole cash from her daughters bedroom. A perimeter was set up and K9 conducted a track.

Hours later, a neighbor in the area reported a suspicious male sitting in the wooded lot next to their residence on Abrade Avenue. The individual was reportedly wearing cargo shorts and a beard matching the description of Meehan. The suspect was then seen running towards Goldcoast Avenue.

The Aviation unit was called out to assist from above. After several tips regarding the sighting of Meehan, deputies were able to locate him between a garage and RV at a residence on Goldcoast Avenue. As law enforcement identified themselves and approached, Meehan hesitated before reaching behind his back to grab a tire iron, dropping it to the ground as he went to his knees. The deputy then placed Meehan into custody for burglary and resisting without violence.

Meehan was taken to the district office on Loveland Blvd for questioning. While Meehan was in the interview room, detectives heard a commotion and opened the door to see Meehan hanging from the ceiling in an attempt to escape custody.

At the time of arrest, Meehan was also in possession of stolen credit cards, identification, and medical marijuana cards.

Terrence Meehan (11/4/1992) faces the following charges:

  • Burglary of an Occupied Dwelling Unarmed
  • Escape
  • Possession of Burglary Tools
  • Grand Theft Property Between $100 and $300 from Dwelling
  • Resisting Officer Without Violence

“Thank you to the community members who made the call regarding a suspicious person in their neighborhood. We always say, you are the expert on what is normal in your neighborhood. If there is suspicious activity, please, ‘Make the Call, and Make a Difference’,” states Sheriff Bill Prummell.

Non-emergency calls can be places to 941-639-0013 or 911 in the event of an emergency.

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