A suspect wanted in connection with armed robberies at two Walgreens pharmacies—one on Wednesday in St. Johns, one on Tuesday in Holly Hill—was possibly located and pursued across Flagler County and into St. Johns Thursday afternoon (April 14) in a chase that reached speed of 90 miles per hour and avoided several stop sticks along State Road A1A in Flagler County before ending in a crash at US1 and County Road 206.
One of the three people in the eluding truck was ejected and suffered some injuries. All three were jailed just before midnight.
The three suspects are Sergey Kozlov, 25, who’s charged with robbery and larceny by the St. Johns Sheriff’s Office and fleeing and eluding police by the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office. He is being held on $50,000 bail; Kimberly Lynn Kozlov, 23, charged with larceny and robbery, and being held on $100,000 bail; and Trevor Carlos Lefranc, 20, charged with robbery and larceny and being held in $150,000 bail.
It’s not clear which of the three is the wanted robber. The trio was in a gray pickup truck with Utah tags.
The Kozlovs are from Draper, Utah, though Sergey Kozlov had a previous address at 4 Bolling Lane in Palm Coast, and at 10 Emerald Lane in Palm Coast. Lefranc is from West Salt Lake City, Utah. Sergey Kozlov has been jailed five previous times—three times in Volusia, twice in Flagler. One of those bookings in Flagler was for a shoplifting charge in May 2008, one was for violating probation five months later.
The chase began on Old Kings Road at 2 p.m., south of Graham Swamp. The trio, likely knowledgeable with the local roads, then went east on Palm Coast Parkway and took the toll bridge at 65 mph to A1A by way of 16th Road, where the truck eluded a second attempt to stop him with stop sticks. The chase reached 90 miles per hour at Matanzas Shores, then down to 75 mph around Marineland, then into St. Johns County, where the chase picked up speed again.
“He keeps avoiding sticks by going in the ditch,” one of the Flagler County Sheriff’s deputies involved in the chase reported, according to the transcript to the dispatch center.
As St. Johns Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Chuck Mulligan described it, “the pursuit continued into St. Johns County, and as it approached the intersection of State Road 206 and US1, the suspect’s vehicle turned into one of our patrol cars causing the truck to overturn. One of the individuals was ejected. However right now it appears to be no major injuries to the individuals inside that vehicle.”
Joe Barbot, an RV salesman at Ocean Grove RV, was in the middle of a sale when he heard the sirens. The sirens got louder. “All of a sudden I heard a big bang. I looked over and I saw the cop car do a pit maneuver. The truck spun around, went into the ditch, the gentleman flew out of the back of the truck, he tried to run, the cops were all drawing with their guns and surrounded him and he went down to the ground.”
County Rescue personnel transported the three suspects to Flagler Hospital in St. Augustine for treatment of non life threatening injuries before they were booked late in the evening. Detectives from the Holly Hill Police Department, along with St. Johns Sheriff’s Office robbery and homicide detectives, responded to continue the investigation into the armed robberies at the Holly Hill Walgreens and the one at the new Walgreens in the southern area of St. Johns County Thursday.
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