3427 Enterprise Avenue
EAST NAPLES — With a shoe box full of stolen pot in his backseat, Collier County sheriff’s investigators say 18-year-old Jack Edward Dyson gunned his engine and squealed the tires of his four-door Honda Accord.
As he turned to flee from the East Naples parking lot where the alleged drug deal was supposed to have gone down on Saturday afternoon, reports say Dyson ran down 21-year-old Kyle Aaron Armantrout — the man whose marijuana he was stealing.
Armantrout’s body was thrown first onto the hood of the Honda, and then onto the ground, where Dyson ran him over. He was raced to Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers where he died over the weekend of a head injury.
Now Dyson, 5453 Carlton St., East Naples, is behind bars on a felony hit-and-run charge, and investigators are on the lookout for two other people believed to be involved with the robbery. Additional charges are pending against Dyson, the Sheriff’s Office reported.
“The case is still actively being investigated,” was all Detective William Still would say when reached in the Collier County Courthouse on Tuesday afternoon.
When reached for comment, Armantrout’s father, Fred Armantrout, 41, doubted that his son was involved with drugs.
“I find that too hard to believe,” he said.
Instead, Fred Armantrout described his son as “big teddy bear” who loved to fish, boat and wakeboard, and who would help anyone in need. He said his son was an organ donor, so “hopefully something good can come out of this.”
“Not only was he the best son in the world, but he was the best person that I know,” Fred Armantrout said. “He was the kind of guy who called everybody every single day to see how they were doing.”
Kyle Armantrout’s friend, Jason Ensor, 22, echoed that sentiment.
“He was one of the greatest kids you’ll ever meet, really. He was super charismatic,” Ensor said. “He was the poster-child for Naples; a fun surfer kid.”
But when asked if Armantrout was involved in drug sales, Ensor wasn’t as forthcoming.
“I’m not going to comment on that, to be honest,” he said.
According to an arrest report, around 4 p.m. on Saturday, Kyle Armantrout and another man, whose name was not released, drove to 3427 Enterprise Ave. to sell a quarter-pound of marijuana to a man named “Jack,” later identified as Jack Dyson.
The man, whose name was not released, told investigators that Dyson had two other people in the car when he arrived.
Dyson backed the car into a parking space, and Armantrout got in the back seat with a shoe box filled with $1,200 worth of pot, reports said. Minutes later Armantrout asked his partner for a cup to measure the marijuana, but he said he didn’t have one.
Armantrout then asked his partner to sit in the Honda with the marijuana while he walked back to his truck to get a measuring cup, reports said. At that point, authorities say Dyson’s two passengers attacked Armantrout’s partner, hitting and kicking him, and using a Taser on him.
As Dyson attempted to speed away, reports say Armantrout’s partner screamed for help. Armantrout ran from his truck into the path of the Honda, which struck him.
Armantrout’s partner was “ejected from the Honda on to the pavement,” sustaining scrapes to his arms, side and back, according to the report.
He identified Dyson from a photo lineup. Investigators checked vehicle records and learned that Dyson owned a green, 1995 Honda four-door sedan. Investigators located and arrested Dyson on Monday morning, authorities say.
Fred Armantrout, who responded to the scene on Saturday, said his son was unconscious, and had tire marks down his arms and legs.
Dyson stood with his arms crossed and did not speak at his 24-hour hearing in court on Tuesday. However, his mother and stepfather appeared, asking Judge Vince Murphy not to release Dyson because he has a “drug problem.” Murphy set Dyson’s bond at $100,000.
Dyson’s mother declined to give her name fearing retribution, but said she feels sorry for Armantrout’s family.
“He needs to take responsibility for what happened as a man,” she said of her son, “and be remorseful and forthcoming.”