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Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015

Two men arrested after fleeing Hernando deputy

Hernando Today staff report

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SPRING HILL - Two men were arrested on Treehaven Drive on Saturday after fleeing from a deputy, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.

An arrest affidavit shows Jonathan Rentillo, 50, was seen leaving a 7-Eleven parking lot shortly after 6 p.m., driving slowly and veering off of the road.

Rentillo kept driving at a slow speed even after Deputy Lauren Johnson activated her lights and sirens, according to the report. He eventually stopped outside of a Treehaven Drive home, about 1.5 miles from where the SUV was first spotted, deputies said.

A man wearing a blue hoodie, later identified as Sean Turchin, jumped out of the vehicle and fled on foot, according to the report.

Rentillo also exited the vehicle, and said the other man had a gun, deputies said. After being ordered down on the ground, Rentillo said he didn't know Turchin, and picked him up to give him a ride, deputies said. He said Turchin pulled a gun on him when Johnson turned on her lights and sirens, and ordered him not to stop for law enforcement.

His story changed several times, according to the affidavit, and it was later learned the two live together.

Turchin, 25, was later found hiding in a back bedroom of their Edgehill Avenue home. He was arrested on warrant charges of violation of probation out of Pasco County, a warrant charge of fraud also out of Pasco and possession of drug paraphernalia charges. He was being held in lieu of $40,500 bail.

Rentillo told law enforcement he knew Turchin had felony charges and was trying to help him get away, and saying he was held at gunpoint was the first thing that came to his mind, according to the affidavit.

He was arrested on charges of fleeing and eluding police and driving with a suspended or revoked license, and released Sunday on $1,000 bail.

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