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Teens in deadly stolen had total 126 arrests between them

  • Keontae Brown, 16, Jimmie Goshey, 14, and Dejarae Thomas, 16, died after they crashed a stolen car in Palm Harbor, Florida, Sunday around 4am
  • The car, a Ford Explorer, was going as fast as 100mph when it ran a red light
  • It hit another driver, flew into the air, hit a billboard and rolled down the road
  • Car then burst into flames; the driver of other car survived with minor injuries
  • Keondrae Brown, 14, was also in stolen car - he was injured and taken to hospital
  • Kamal Campbell, 18, and Deyon Kaigler, 16, were arrested in another stolen car
  • They were not involved in crash and tried to run away before they were caught 
  • All six teens had been 'running in tandem' since they stole the cars Thursday 
  • It was revealed all teens had an extensive criminal record - totaling 126 arrests
  • Local police released the fiery video of the accident on Monday
  • The surviving teens could face possible murder charges over the incident 

By Cheyenne Roundtree and Ann Schmidt For Dailymail.com

Published: 14:07 EDT, 9 August 2017 | Updated: 14:19 EDT, 9 August 2017

Several teenagers who were involved in a deadly crash after stealing two cars, had a whopping 126 arrests between the six of them.

Keontae Brown, 16, Jimmie Goshey, 14, and Dejarae Thomas, 16, died after allegedly racing a stolen car through a red light going 100mph and smashed into another car.

Keontae Brown's younger brother Keondrae, 14, was also in the car but survived after the vehicle was launched into the air before bursting into flames in Palm Harbor, Florida on Sunday morning.

They were allegedly playing a 'cat-and-mouse' game with Kamal Campbell, 18, and Deyon Kaigler, 16, who were in a second stolen car, police said. 

The three surviving boys were arrested and could face murder charges over their friends' deaths, as new reports reveal the teenagers had 126 arrests between them.

Police released video from the horrific car accident on Monday, revealing the final moments of three of the boy's lives.

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The teens were allegedly playing a 'cat-and-mouse' game when they raced one of the stolen cars through a red light going 100mph and smashed into another car before bursting into flames. Pictured: Wreckage of the horrific crash
The teens were allegedly playing a 'cat-and-mouse' game when they raced one of the stolen cars through a red light going 100mph and smashed into another car before bursting into flames. Pictured: Wreckage of the horrific crash

The teens were allegedly playing a 'cat-and-mouse' game when they raced one of the stolen cars through a red light going 100mph and smashed into another car before bursting into flames. Pictured: Wreckage of the horrific crash

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri was frustrated with the city's juvenile system after disclosing the teens' extensive criminal record that included several auto theft charges, reported the Tampa Bay Times. 

Campbell, the eldest of the boys, had a total of 27 arrests dating back to 2013 on charges that included armed robbery, cocaine possession and grand theft.

Kaigler had 20 arrests, Thomas had 15, and Keontae Brown had 16 arrests.

Goshey and Keondrae Brown, the group's youngest members at 14 years old, had 27 and 20 arrests, respectively. One of the missing arrests was not provided. 

Speaking at a news conference on Monday, Gualtieri said the county had 'a serious problem and something else needs to happen,' before proposing that the boys should face more serious charges, such as murder.

Keondrae Brown and Kaigler are being held at a juvenile center for a maximum of 21 days and are both accused of grand theft auto.

Campbell, who is an adult, is being held at a jail on a $25,000 bond. 

The three surviving boys were arrested and could face murder charges over their friends' deaths. The crashed Explorer is pictured
The three surviving boys were arrested and could face murder charges over their friends' deaths. The crashed Explorer is pictured

The three surviving boys were arrested and could face murder charges over their friends' deaths. The crashed Explorer is pictured

Keontae Brown, 16, (bottom left) Goshey, 14, (top left) and Thomas, 16, (right) died around 4am. Keondrae Brown, 14, was also in the car with them, but he survived and was taken to the hospital. He is now being held at a juvenile center 
Keontae Brown, 16, (bottom left) Goshey, 14, (top left) and Thomas, 16, (right) died around 4am. Keondrae Brown, 14, was also in the car with them, but he survived and was taken to the hospital. He is now being held at a juvenile center 

Keontae Brown, 16, (bottom left) Goshey, 14, (top left) and Thomas, 16, (right) died around 4am. Keondrae Brown, 14, was also in the car with them, but he survived and was taken to the hospital. He is now being held at a juvenile center 

All six teens had been 'running in tandem' since they stole a Ford Explorer and a Chrysler Sebring on Thursday, Gualtieri said Sunday morning at a press conference.

He called the three teens who died 'prolific offenders' and said the incident was 'an unfortunate continuation of the epidemic of juveniles engaging in the deadly game of auto burglary and auto thefts', WFLA reported.

Adults who knew the boys said they warned them that their reckless behavior would end in tragedy, all before Sunday's accident.

Tina Webber, who is friends with Kaigler's mother, said she cautioned Kaigler and Keontae Brown just last week.

Webber said to the Tampa Bay Times: 'I looked them right in the eye and said, 'Keep stealing cars, and you're going to wind up dead or in prison.

'These kids are going to keep dying, whether they're dying in a car or in prison. Because they're young and dumb and don't know nothing.'   

Keontae Brown, 16, is pictured. He died in the crash Sunday morning
Keontae Brown, 16, is pictured. He died in the crash Sunday morning
Dejarae Thomas, 16, is pictured. He also died in the crash
Dejarae Thomas, 16, is pictured. He also died in the crash

Two other teens were arrested Sunday morning. The six teens had been 'running in tandem' since they stole the Explorer and a Chrysler Sebring on Thursday, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said. Pictured are Keontae Brown (left) and Thomas (right)

Around 4am, just before the crash, a deputy saw the two stolen cars playing a 'cat-and-mouse' game, where the cars would speed up and slow down. Goshey, one of the deceased teens, is pictured
Around 4am, just before the crash, a deputy saw the two stolen cars playing a 'cat-and-mouse' game, where the cars would speed up and slow down. Goshey, one of the deceased teens, is pictured

Around 4am, just before the crash, a deputy saw the two stolen cars playing a 'cat-and-mouse' game, where the cars would speed up and slow down. Goshey, one of the deceased teens, is pictured

The boys stole the two cars from an auto dealership on Missouri Avenue in Clearwater, police said. 

The cars weren't spotted again until around 1am Sunday, but officers were unable to apprehend the drivers. When the officer approached, they drove away and the deputy did not pursue them. 

Gualtieri said the sheriff's office does not pursue stolen vehicles.

Police eventually put up a perimeter, but they were unable to find the stolen cars.

Officials claim that before the teens were spotted again at 4am, they smoked marijuana before committing a string of burglaries throughout subdivisions in Safety Harbor and Oldsmar. One of the boys was allegedly armed. 

Around 4am, a deputy saw the cars again, this time playing a 'cat-and-mouse' game, Gualtieri said, where the cars would speed up and slow down.

A gas station captured the deadly car crash as a horrified witness stood shocked (pictured)
A gas station captured the deadly car crash as a horrified witness stood shocked (pictured)

A gas station captured the deadly car crash as a horrified witness stood shocked (pictured)

The car was going up to 100mph when it blew through a red light and smashed into another car, launching it into the air and bursting into flames (pictured)
The car was going up to 100mph when it blew through a red light and smashed into another car, launching it into the air and bursting into flames (pictured)

The car was going up to 100mph when it blew through a red light and smashed into another car, launching it into the air and bursting into flames (pictured)

The Explorer was going as fast as 100mph when it ran a red light and hit a car driven by 29-year-old Ricky Melendez at the intersection of US 19 and Tampa Road.

The stolen car then flew into the air, hit a billboard and rolled down the road before it burst into flames.

Melendez was taken to the hospital with minor injuries and is expected to be fine, WTSP reported.

The stolen Sebring was not involved in the crash and drove away from the scene. 

Campbell and Kaigler, the teens inside the Sebring, eventually abandoned the car and ran on foot.

They were later taken into police custody.

The three deceased teens all have extensive criminal histories, with one who was released from jail as recently as last week.

Gualtieri said the teen in the hospital and the two in custody are expected to be charged, the Bradenton Herald reported.

The Explorer (pictured) was going as fast as 100mph when it  hit a car driven by a 29-year-old Ricky Melendez. The stolen car then flew into the air, hit a billboard and rolled down the road before it burst into flames
The Explorer (pictured) was going as fast as 100mph when it  hit a car driven by a 29-year-old Ricky Melendez. The stolen car then flew into the air, hit a billboard and rolled down the road before it burst into flames

The Explorer (pictured) was going as fast as 100mph when it hit a car driven by a 29-year-old Ricky Melendez. The stolen car then flew into the air, hit a billboard and rolled down the road before it burst into flames

The crash happened at the intersection of US 19 and Tampa Road (pictured) when the Explorer ran a red light
The crash happened at the intersection of US 19 and Tampa Road (pictured) when the Explorer ran a red light

The crash happened at the intersection of US 19 and Tampa Road (pictured) when the Explorer ran a red light

A deputy had seen the two stolen vehicles before the crash, around 1am Sunday, but was unable to apprehend the drivers. When he approached, they drove away and the deputy did not pursue them
A deputy had seen the two stolen vehicles before the crash, around 1am Sunday, but was unable to apprehend the drivers. When he approached, they drove away and the deputy did not pursue them

A deputy had seen the two stolen vehicles before the crash, around 1am Sunday, but was unable to apprehend the drivers. When he approached, they drove away and the deputy did not pursue them

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