FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Three men accused of leading authorities on a 345-mile boat chase across the Gulf of Mexico are each being held on at least $1.25 million bail.
David Llanes Vasquez of Miami, Raul de la Vega-Sauri of Homestead and Vidal Ramirez-Farfan of Mexico were arrested late Thursday. They’re accused of leading the sheriff’s office and the Coast Guard on a 20-hour chase that followed a boat theft in Fort Myers Beach.
The Coast Guard returned the men and the stolen 36-foot boat to shore Sunday.
The men face multiple charges of burglary and grand theft. Vasquez, 33, also faces additional counts of fleeing law enforcement and assault, among other charges.
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The Naples Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1UdSvjh ) that each requested the appointment of a public defender at their first court appearance Monday.
Information from: Naples (Fla.) Daily News, http://www.naplesnews.com