Driver arrested following pursuit may be linked to Lecanto death

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Deputies investigate Lecanto death and owner's vehicle

The driver of a truck who led Citrus and Marion County deputies on a pursuit before being apprehended in Marion County may be linked to the death of an elderly man in Lecanto.
 
The Citrus County Sheriff's Office said today that the truck belonged to Jamews Thomas Roman, 73, of 5281 W. Cardamon Place in Lecanto.
 
Citrus County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Blair Lindsay said that a Citrus County deputy attempted to stop the truck at about 1 a.m. Tuesday near the intersection of State Road 200 and Orchid for a broken headlight, but the truck failed to stop.  After a very brief pursuit, the vehicle fled into Marion County. 
 
In an atempt to find the truck and its registered owner, deputies responded to the address matching the tag, which led them the Lecanto address.  
 
After no one answered several calls inside the residence, and finding an open door, the deputies entered the home to check on the well-being of the homeowner. They found Roman deceased, with no obvious signs of trauma.  Around the same time, the person driving Roman's truck was stopped by FHP in Marion County.
 
The driver was arrested taken into custody on unrelated traffic infractions and is being held at the Marion County jail.
 
Citrus County detectives continue working the investigation and conducting several interviews.  
 
If you have any information, you are asked to call 9-1-1 and ask for a detective from our Major Crimes Unit.  You can also remain anonymous by calling Citrus County Crime Stoppers at 1-888-ANY-TIPS and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $3,000 if your tip leads to an arrest.
 
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