Palm City Library disturbance ends in car theft and arrest after suspect fled from deputies

Randall Hole (Source: MCSO)

From MCSO: A Bradenton man who visited a local library to steal a patron’s car ended up torching it when he realized that deputies were on his trail. 49-year old Randall Hole is facing an array of charges including battery on an elderly person after purposely bumping into a senior citizen at the Cummings Library.

What the victim didn’t realize at that point is that Hole removed his car keys from his pocket when the two collided.

Library patrons called MCSO to report that Hole was acting suspicious and aggressive inside the library, and say he appeared to be under the influence.

One witness said he even swallowed a handful of pills, before he stormed out.

An MCSO Deputy spotted the stolen vehicle cutting through traffic on Kanner Highway at speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour.

A short time later, MCSO Air 1 tracked Hole to a wooded area, where he torched the stolen vehicle.

He could also be seen from the air talking to passing motorists. At one point, he even looks up and begins talking to the helicopter.

MCSO Air1 was able to lead road deputies to Hole where he was taken into custody.

Randall Hole is charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle, fleeing and eluding, and driving without a license. He will also be charged with battery on a person 65-years or older. Hole is being held on a $162,000 bond.

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