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 March 10th, 2012  
St. Lucie County Sheriff's deputies assisted U.S. Marshals task force's arrest two Palm Beach County crime spree suspects in Port St. Lucie, according to Sheriff Mascara
St. Lucie County deputies assisted the U.S. Marshals fugitive task force in the arrest of two Palm Beach County suspects Friday afternoon in Port St. Lucie after a crime spree that began Wednesday, according to St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

"Benjamin L. Goldwire, 19, and Carlton Thomas, 21, already had lengthy criminal histories," Sheriff Mascara said. "Starting on Wednesday, the two committed additional crimes, including armed carjacking, grand theft auto, several gunpoint robberies, armed kidnapping and armed sexual battery."

Sheriff Mascara said St. Lucie County deputies assisted the other members of the fugitive task force who located Goldwire and Thomas at the Best Western Hotel, 7900 South U.S.1, Port St. Lucie, where the suspects surrendered after a brief standoff.

The St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office's Special Investigations Unit obtained a search warrant for the hotel room where the two were apprehended, resulting in the seizure of an AK-47 assault rifle used in several of the crimes.

Arresting officers brought Goldwire and Thomas to the Jupiter Police Department where detectives interviewed them before taking them to jail in Palm Beach County.

Wednesday, Goldwire and Thomas began their crime spree in Jupiter by abducting a 20-year-old woman at gunpoint, then tied her up and raped her at a vacant home in Riviera Beach. She eventually was able to untie herself, escape from the vacant home and find a police officer. She was hospitalized in Palm Beach County.

The duo then robbed a Denny's Restaurant in West Palm Beach and an Interntional House of Pancakes in Lantana, also in Palm Beach County. The two then stole another car from the parking lot of a Walgreens store, and then burglarized a home in Riviera Beach. * * *

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