Month: November 2016

Home Invasion Robbery Turned Deadly

November 3, 2016
On May 1, 2016 at 2:22 a.m. Levy County Deputies responded
to 19690 SE 75th Place in Morriston, Fl upon receiving a 911 call of
a shooting. When deputies arrived they found a Hispanic female with two small
children and a Hispanic male at the home. The male had been shot and the female
suffered blunt force injuries to the head. Initial investigations conducted by
Patrol Units revealed unknown masked men burst into the home and made demands
for valuables.
LCSO Investigators, Crime Scene Investigators and the Levy
County Department of Public Safety were dispatched to the scene. The Hispanic
male, identified as Francisco DeJesus (31 years old), was suffering from
multiple gunshot wounds. He was transported to a local trauma unit and
succumbed to these injuries days later. The female, identified as DeJesus’
fiancé, was also transported too. Her injuries were treated and she was
LCSO Investigators quickly learned the suspects had intentionally
targeted this home. DeJesus had prior contacts with at least one of the
suspects and his fiancé was able to provide investigators with a description
and a nick-name. DeJesus’ fiancé cooperated with LCSO investigators providing
information which progressed into the identification of the primary suspect.  The LCSO Crime Scene Investigations Unit also
recovered biological evidence from the scene. Analysis of the evidence further
aided in the positive identification of the shooter. Investigators had determined
the suspects were not from this area, fled and had no other known ties to Levy
County. Investigators focused their investigation toward neighboring Polk
County where the suspects were believed to have fled.
Investigators questioned the fiancé the night of the
incident. She told investigators the suspects got agitated when they could not
find what they were looking for and became more violent. She stated she was struck
over the head with a gun and the suspects pointed guns at their children. She
told investigators Francisco attacked one of the masked men when he threated to
shoot her and the children. This is when he was shot. She and investigators
firmly believe Francisco’s death was the result of protecting her and their
children, ages 1 and 3.
The LCSO has intentionally held the release of this
information until now. Investigators were able to obtain a warrant for Murder
and Home Invasion Robbery on May 24, 2016 and began actively seeking the
shooter. The shooter, identified as Johnny Turner (4-17-94) was known to
frequent the Lakeland area. Turner had no permanent address and was known to
stay with multiple friends. Turner’s family is from Haiti and it is known he
pledged allegiance to a Haitian gang. Investigators also learned Turner had other
familial ties in New Jersey.
LCSO investigators were told Turner was monitoring local
news stations for reports of this incident and feared he would flee the country
if he became aware Law Enforcement was looking for him. Investigators worked
closely with the United States Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force and developed
information that Turner was with family in Newark, New Jersey. LCSO Investigators
went to Newark and met with USMS Task Force members on October 27, 2016 and
were able to apprehend Turner without incident.
Turner will be extradited from New Jersey and transported to
the Levy County Detention Facility. He will be held without bond until his
first appearance in a Levy County court.   

LCSO and Gilchrist SO Investigators Combine to Arrest 2 for Firearms Theft

November 1, 2016

LCSO Investigators and some of their counterparts from the
Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office worked together during the month of October
to arrest two suspected thieves.  The
agencies’ shared information regarding two firearms, a chain saw and a portable
generator.  These items were reported
stolen from a residence in the Chiefland area during September of this
year.  The deputies learned that the
items had been pawned in Alachua County. 
Through the joint investigation, probable cause to arrest Theresa Louise
Sapp (5-23-68) and her son-in-law, Joshua Ryan Hughes (6-21-87) was

Sapp and Hughes had gained the victim’s confidence by
performing work around his house.  After
developing his trust, they stole the items when the victim was unaware. 

GCSO Deputies and LCSO Investigator Mike McNeil helped
locate both subjects in Gilchrist County where they were taken into
custody.  Both suspects will be facing
charges for Grand Theft, Burglary, and Possession of a Firearm by Convicted
Felon.  They are being housed at the
Gilchrist County Detention Center awaiting transfer back to Levy County. 

LCSO wishes to thank Sheriff Bobby Schultz and all the
entire staff at GCSO for their continuing assistance in multiple
investigations.  Anyone with information
regarding the location of any stolen property or persons involved is urged to
contact the Levy County Sheriff’s Office at 352-486-5111 or anonymously through
Crime Stoppers. 

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




LCSO Deputies Are Investigating Weekend Shooting at “Bubba’s Place”


November 2, 2016

LCSO Investigators are currently investigating a shooting
that occurred outside the “Bubba’s Place” in Fanning Springs this past weekend.  At approximately 2:10 AM on Sunday, October
29, 2016, Sergeant Carl Rogers and Deputy Chase Gregory of the LCSO Patrol
Division responded to the sound of what they believed to be a gunshot outside
Bubba’s Place.  Upon arrival, the
Deputies found two white male subjects suffering from a gunshot wound.  Deputy Gregory recovered a Glock .40 caliber
handgun from one of the subjects.  After
securing the scene, the Levy County Department of Public Safety responded and transported
both subjects to a local hospital for treatment of the gunshot wounds. 

No arrests have been made at this time and the investigation
is continuing.  The crime scene was
processed by members of the LCSO Criminal Investigations Division.  The investigation was complicated by the fact
that several eyewitnesses were intoxicated at the time of the incident. 

Investigators are confident that they have identified all of
the persons involved in the incident and arrests will be made in the near
future.  Additional details about the
investigation will be provided at its conclusion. 


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