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$50,000 reward offered for murder suspect; stolen cars recovered today

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida - They were the pieces of evidence that Pinellas detectives needed; stolen cars from the number one most wanted man in the county, Jamaal Jenkins.

The 25-year-old is considered one of the most dangerous men investigators have ever seen. The manhunt for Jenkins is going on right now. He is accused of murdering his girlfriend by killing her execution-style, then killing the young woman's other boyfriend in a love triangle turned deadly.

And, to make it worse, he's threatened to go down in a "blaze of glory" with detectives hot on his trail.

Today, Pinellas detectives discovered the Silver Chrysler 200 that Jenkins allegedly stole from his girlfriend so he could escape the authorities. It was located at an apartment complex in Orange County. Detectives plan to comb through the car for evidence now that they've taken it into custody.

They also discovered a green Toyota Camry that Jenkins was believed to be in last week while on the run. The car was found burned in Sarasota County.

Jenkins himself was last seen in the Ellenton area in a blue Honda within the last 24 hours. Detectives are hoping with a $50,000 reward on the table someone will turn him in quickly.

"This is a very bad guy. We are doing everything we can to get him," said Sheriff Bob Gualtieri.

Jamaal Jenkins is on the run and has vowed not to go back to prison, a place he knows well. His criminal history is extensive. The 25-year-old's been in and out of prison and jail for years for a number of reasons.

Jenkins is now accused of murdering his girlfriend, 24-year-old Destynee Burkes, on January 7 at the La Quinta motel on 34th Street North in east Lealman. Authorities say the two checked in at the motel in the early morning hours. Then, roughly twenty minutes later, Jenkins allegedly shot her execution style in the back of her head behind her right ear.

"This guy needs to get off the streets of Pinellas County," said Sheriff Bob Gaultieri.

Then, on Monday, January 14, Jenkins allegedly shot his girlfriend's other boyfriend, Tieyannie Hollis, at the Mariners Pointe Apartments in St. Petersburg. Hollis was taken to a local hospital, where he later died.

Jenkins is considers armed and extremely dangerous. Please do not approach him. Instead, call 911.


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