Two teens—18-year-old Danquelle Nash and a 17 year old—were arrested Monday afternoon following a car theft, an attempted home invasion, and a car and foot chase through the R and W Sections of Palm Coast. The midday incident had residents of the southwest corner of the W Section concerned as it teemed with cops and roadblocks checked vehicles going in and out of the neighborhood. No one was hurt.
For the resident of 4 Riverina Drive, it was a frightening experience. The resident—a 34-year-old woman—was in the shower around 11 a.m. when she heard a loud bang at her door and her doorbell ringing. She went to the front of the house, looked out, and saw what appeared to be a Hispanic man banging hard on her front door, kicking it, and looking as if he were attempting to break down the door.
The man then walked back to the road as a white BMW SUV backed through the swale, closer to the woman’s home. Then a black youth got out of the car and both individuals walked back to the front door. The woman yelled at the two to leave. They ran back to the car and sped off. She called the cops.
While Flagler County Sheriff’s deputy Daniel Parthemore was at the scene with Cpl. Kevin Byrnes, the two cops saw a white BMW turn onto Riverina Drive, from Riviere Lane. A vehicle matching that description had been reported stolen earlier in the day, from an Arrowhead Drive house in Palm Coast. The two cops activated their emergency lights. The BMW sped off, taking Rymfire Drive, Ruth Drive then Russell Drive, where the chase reached speeds of 50 mph before accelerating to 70 mph down Rolling Sands Drive and Rockefeller Drive. Somewhere in the area of Rolling Sands and Rockefeller, Parthemore and Byrnes lost sight of the vehicle.
At the same time, a perimeter was set up in the southwest corner of the W Section, where the vehicle was last seen speeding by passersby—and the abandoned BMW was soon discovered near 22 Wood Amber Lane. A K-9 unit was brought in and a search on foot resumed, with deputies checking empty houses along the way.
Shortly after 1 p.m., a deputy on Wood Arber Lane spotted two men emerging from the woods and approaching White View. Noticing the cops, the two spun back toward Wood Amber Lane, but cops were ready there, too, and arrested them both at a minute’s interval.
The woman on Riverina Drive was able to identify both individuals as those who’d attempted to kick in her door: Danquelle Nash, the 18 year old, and the 17 year old, whose identity has not been released.
The car at the center of the episode was a 2006 four-door BMW X5 belonging to Mike Kettler, 29, of Palm Coast. Nash is accused of breaking into a sedan that had been parked in the driveway of the Arrowhead house, ransacking it, and stealing the garage-door opener, giving him access to the BMW, which he is accused of stealing. The BMW is valued at $26,000.
The juvenile is charged with Burglary of a Conveyance, Burglary of an Occupied Dwelling, Grand Theft, Attempted Burglary of an Occupied Dwelling, Fleeing and Eluding and Resisting Arrest without Violence. He was taken to the Division of Youth Services in Daytona Beach.
Nash, of 49 Radcliffe Drive in Palm Coast, is charged with Burglary of a Conveyance, Burglary of an Occupied Dwelling, Attempted Burglary of an Occupied Dwelling and Resisting Arrest without Violence. He was taken to the Flagler County jail, where he remained Tuesday afternoon on $27,500 bond.