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Carjacking suspect who hit Martin County deputy now in jail

Juan Carlos Carmenate Jr. (PBSO)

The 35-year-old man accused of slamming into an unmarked Martin County deputy's vehicle following a chase that spanned two counties last week is now in jail.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office confirmed that 35-year-old Juan Carlos Carmenate Jr. was released from St. Mary's Medical Center and booked into the Palm Beach County Jail late Wednesday.

On June 15, Carmenate reportedly stole a vehicle from a man at Ed's Food & Deli in Greenacres after first trying to steal his wallet, deputies said. He then fled in the stolen car up the Turnpike into Hobe Sound and fired at deputies. One of the bullets hit a deputy's car.

Carmenate then crashed into Detective Jason Fleming's parked vehicle near Pratt Whitney and Bridge roads after deputies deployed tire deflation sticks to stop him, according to the Martin County Sheriff's Office. Both Fleming and Carmenate were taken to St. Mary's.

Fleming was treated and released just a few hours after crash.

Carmenate faces a laundry list of charges already in Palm Beach County. Martin County officials say they plan to add three counts of attempted murder to that list.

He is expected to appear in court Friday morning.



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