NAPLES — An East Naples man accused of running down a 21-year-old and killing him in what was described as a drug deal gone bad is now in jail on a third-degree murder charge.
Collier County jail records show authorities have increased the severity of the charges against Jack Edward Dyson, 18, of 5453 Carlton St., East Naples.
Reports show he was arrested by Collier deputies Friday at the Naples Jail Center on charges of leaving the scene of a crash involving a death and third-degree murder.
About three weeks ago, with a shoe box full of stolen pot in his four-door Honda, Dyson gunned his engine and squealed the tires before running down 21-year-old Kyle Aaron Armantrout in a parking lot, Collier County sheriff’s investigators say.
Investigators have said Dyson was stealing Armantrout’s marijuana.
The victim was taken to Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers, where he later died.
Dyson originally was in jail on a felony hit-and-run charge.
Jail records show the charges were changed and as of Friday included the third-degree murder count.
Bond was set at $400,000.
When reached for comment after the death, Armantrout’s father, Fred Armantrout, 41, said he doubted that his son was involved with drugs.
According to the initial arrest report, 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.