Ohio Sex Offender Captured in Bronson

January 20, 2015
On January 16, 2015 LCSO Corporal
Mike Bell of the Patrol Division responded to a verbal disturbance at 11150 NE
110 Terrace in the University Oaks subdivision. While conducting his
investigation, Corporal Bell learned John H. Whitfield (4-20-79) was residing
at this home.  He also learned that
Whitfield had fled the residence on foot when he arrived.
Cpl. Bell requested a wanted
persons’ check on Whitfield.  Corporal
Bell determined Whitfield was wanted in Ohio
for trafficking in marijuana and was listed as having violent tendencies.
Whitfield was also convicted of rape in Ohio.
Whitfield was released from custody in 2006 from the Ohio Department of
Corrections. Cpl. Bell conducted further investigation and determined Whitfield
had not registered as a sex offender in the State of Florida. Cpl. Bell learned Whitfield had
been residing at this home in Levy
County since December 11th
of 2014.
At approximately 1600 hours Cpl.
Bell received information Whitfield had returned to the home. Just prior to his
arrival, Whitfield fled again.  Deputy
Clint Anderson and his K-9 partner Nero responded to the scene.  After receiving a tip from concerned citizen
Carrie Brown, Whitfield was apprehended in a nearby wooded lot.
Whitfield is being held in the
Levy County Detention Facility after being charged with resisting arrest
without violence and failure to register as a sex offender. His bond has been
set at $165,000.00. Whitfield will be taken back to face his charges in Ohio when his charges in Florida have been heard by the courts.

Lt. Scott Tummond
Criminal Investigations Division
Levy County Sheriff’s Office
(352) 486-5111
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