Florida Man Robs Store, Rams Deputy with Stolen Car, Then Stabs Himself

Florida man Backslay Leonard, 29, of Naples is sitting in the Collier County jail after robbing a convenience store, stealing the clerk’s car, striking a deputy with the stolen getaway car, and stabbing himself before being arrested.

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Leonard entered the Circle K store at 1998 Santa Barbara Blvd in Naples. He waited until all the customers were out of the store before he approached the clerk with his right hand under his shirt implying that he was armed. He took the clerk’s car keys, the money from the register, and fled the store.

Collier County deputies were alerted and almost immediately spotted him making a U-turn on Logan Blvd. The deputies attempted a traffic stop, but Leonard ignored their attempts to pull him over. During the pursuit, deputies watched Leonard throw the stolen money out the car window.

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One of the deputies managed to box Leonard’s vehicle in and brought it to a stop. As deputies we’re approaching the car, attempting to take Leonard into custody, he backed up into the patrol car, then accelerated and struck a deputy who was coming towards him. The deputy sustained injuries to his neck, arm, and head. Another deputy also sustained injuries while trying to take Leonard into custody.

It took three deputies to remove Leonard from the stolen vehicle. As Leonard was taken out of the vehicle, deputies discovered that Leonard had injuries to his abdomen coming from a large kitchen knife found in the vehicle that he used to stab himself.

“This was outstanding work by everyone involved,” Sheriff Kevin Rambosk said. “Our Communications Center got a BOLO out immediately after the robbery was reported and we had the suspect in custody within minutes.”

Leonard is a convicted felon and has previous arrests for robbery and grand theft auto. He was transported to the Collier County jail and charged with armed robbery with a firearm, grand theft auto, aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, and fleeing and eluding a law enforcement officer.


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