Month: February 2015

Verbal Dispute Leads to Gunplay and Arrest

Verbal Dispute Leads to Gunplay and
Arrest

 

At
approximately 3:30 PM on February 6, 2015, Deputies from the Levy County
Sheriff’s Office responded to reports of shots being fired near the
intersection of County Road 318 and U.S. Alternate 27, east of the City of Williston.  Officers from the Williston Police Department
also responded to assist the deputies. 

 
The
investigation revealed that a gunman had opened fire with a handgun on two
vehicles which had been parked at the business known as “Melvin and Alice’s”.  The vehicles had been occupied by 5
individuals at the time.  The drivers of
the two vehicles fled the scene and drove east to a residence located at the
intersection of CR 318 and NE 210 Avenue. 

Investigators
located and recovered four shell casings at the scene of the shooting.  They found that one vehicle had been struck
by at least four bullets and the other vehicle had been hit by at least
two.  The two vehicles were transported
to the Levy County Sheriff’s Office for additional processing. 

 

Witnesses
identified the shooter as Robert Junior Rives (3-19-77).  Investigators subsequently located Rives at a
residence south of Willston.  Rives was
detained and interviewed.  During the
interview Rives admitted to getting into a verbal dispute with some of the
occupants of the two vehicles and shooting at them.  He stated that he disposed of the gun prior
to being interviewed. 

Based
on the evidence, Rives was arrested and charged with 5 counts of Aggravated
Assault, 2 counts of Shooting into an Occupied Vehicle and 1 count of
Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. 
Rives was transported to the Levy
County Detention
Center where he will be
given his first court appearance on February 7, 2015. 

 
Investigators
request that any members of the public who may have information about the case
to report it as soon as possible.  LCSO
is most interested in recovering the weapon used in the incident to prevent any
further violence.  As always, citizens
can report suspicious activity to LCSO 24 hours a day at 352-486-5111.  They can also make anonymous reports to Crime
Stoppers at 1-877-349-8477. 

 

Levy County Sheriff’s
Office
(352) 486-5111

“Know Something We
Don’t” Call Crime Stoppers 1-877-349-8477
remain anonymous.

 

 
 

                                                                           Robert Rives

Sexual Battery Suspect Arrested

February 6, 2015
The Levy County Sheriff’s Office,
Dixie County Sheriff’s Office and members of the United States Marshal’s
Regional Domestic Fugitive Task Force arrested Joseph Louis Moscato DOB: 6-21-47 at his home located at 785 North
East 673 Street Old Town, FL 32680
at approximately 6:30 PM
yesterday. LCSO obtained a warrant for the arrest of Moscato late Wednesday evening. The warrant, charging Moscato for Lewd and Lascivious Battery
of a person under 16 was obtained after the investigation and evidence
collected from the crime scene had been analyzed.
LCSO began their investigation on
November 17, 2014 when a 12 year old female victim reported to her parents she
had been molested by Moscato. The
incident occurred at the church she was attending in the Fanning Springs area
of Levy County. Investigators collected evidence
from the scene and from the body of the victim, and had it examined. Reports
received from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement laboratories confirmed
the presence of Moscato’s DNA.
These types of cases are delicate
and often require extensive investigative efforts. LCSO is committed to solving
these cases. The victim and her family have been referred for services by the
LCSO Victim’s Advocates Division to aid them in the healing process.
Moscato was booked in and is being held at the Dixie County Jail on
a $3,000,000.00 bond.  He will be
transferred to the Levy County Sheriff’s Office Detention Facility to await
trial. The photograph of Moscato was
provided by Dixie County Sheriff’s Office.
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Lt. Scott Tummond
Criminal Investigations Division
Levy County Sheriff’s Office
(352) 486-5111
“Know Something We Don’t” Call Crime Stoppers 1-877-349-8477 remain anonymous.