LEVY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
ROBERT B. McCALLUM, JR., SHERIFF
September 5, 2019
Child abuse in any form is one of the worst things a child should have to endure. Especially when that abuse is at the hand of someone the child knows or respects. Children talk daily with adults and are sometimes just dismissed. But, in this case a “teacher” listened and encouraged the child to say something. This is a case where a child was horribly sexually abused and it took every ounce of courage she could muster to end her own abuse.
Detectives responded with investigators from the Department of Children and Family Services after a call to the ABUSE hotline was received. Detectives spoke to a child who described multiple forms of sexual abuse perpetrated by John E. Biles (2/23/84) of Morriston. Detectives listened to hours of testimony this child gave and through this developed cause to arrest Biles.
Biles has been booked into the Levy County Detention Facility and charged with three counts of capital sexual battery and one count of lewd and lascivious battery on a child. His bond was set at $2.5 million dollars. But this did not end the investigation.
Based on the testimony of this child Detectives seized Biles’ phone that the child said Biles used to record her abuse. Detectives discovered Biles did have images from this abuse on his phone. Other electronic items are still being examined and additional charges will be filed when this investigation is completed.
Sheriff McCallum said, “this is another horrible crime of abuse committed against an innocent, vulnerable child victim. Our prayers are certainly with this child and I am so thankful for her bravery in speaking out and reporting this to her teacher, someone she truly trusted.
This case is another example of the system working together to stop the abuse for this victim. I especially applaud and commend the teacher for having a relationship of trust with this child that initiated this investigation. From the teacher to the DCF investigator to the Child Protection Team at UF and my Detectives, I offer my commendations for a job well done and for the arrest bringing this perpetrator to justice and ending this cycle of abuse on this child.”
who has been a wanted fugitive and on the run since April of 2018, was arrested
last night in Williston. Bernabe- Lucas fled from Wisconsin after a warrant for
his arrest was issued for 1st Degree Child Sexual Assault. The
United States Marshal’s Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force-Milwaukee
developed a lead on the possible whereabouts of Bernabe-Lucas in the Williston
area. This lead was communicated to the
U.S. Marshal’s Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force for assignment and follow
Rob Bowers, who has a special assignment to the U. S. Marshal’s Florida
Regional Fugitive Task Force, was asked to conduct this local investigation.
Detective Bowers conducted surveillance for over a week and communicated his
investigative findings to both the local and Wisconsin task force members.
Detective Bowers learned that Bernabe-Lucas was living and working locally in Levy
County. Detective Bowers also learned Bernabe-Lucas
frequently car pooled with others from his place of employment.
Tactical Response Unit (TRU), agents with the U. S. Marshal’s Florida Regional Fugitive
Task Force and agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement on the
afternoon of August 13, 2019 to take Bernabe-Lucas into custody. These law
enforcement agencies worked together and arrested Bernabe-Lucas after a traffic
stop of the car pool vehicle. Members of the LCSO TRU team boxed the truck in
at the intersection of NE 200 Avenue and NE 30 Street where Bernabe-Lucas
surrendered to law enforcement without resistance.
where he will be held on a $75,000 bond until he can be transferred to
authorities in Wisconsin.
to CR 464 in the south eastern area of Levy County. A 911 caller reported
finding the body of an unidentified male on the side of the road. Deputies
arrived and immediately secured the area as a crime scene. Levy County
Detectives and Crime Scene was dispatched to the scene and assumed the
Rodriguez 9/14/85 of Ocala. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office responded to a suspicious incident earlier and was attempting to locate Rodriguez to check his well being. When they were not able to locate him a BOLO (Be On The Lookout) was issued. This BOLO aided in identifying Rodriguez. Levy County Detectives determined that Rodriguez
suffered a single gunshot wound which ended his life.
of Marion County for assistance. This investigation has determined Rodriguez
left his home on Saturday evening to go clubbing in the Ocala area. He never
returned home. Anyone who saw Rodriguez in or nearby any nightclubs in Ocala
and has information that could assist this investigation is asked to call
Detective Mike McNeil at 352-486-5111. If you have information and wish to remain anonymous you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-877-349-8477.
the Levy County Sheriff’s Office 911 Center received a call from the clerk at
the Citgo Stop-N-Go convenience store located at 8731 NW 174 Street in Fanning
Springs. The clerk reported robbery that just occurred. The store clerk told
911 operators that a man who was armed with a knife threatened him then stole
an undisclosed amount of cash and merchandise before he fled on foot out of the
back door of the store.
the clerk. The clerk told deputies that the person they were looking for had
multiple tattoos and was wearing a pink tank top with black shorts. Deputies
were also told this man had stolen beer, cigarettes and the cash from the
register before he ran out of the back door of the store in the general
direction of NW 90 Court. Deputies were able to cordon off this area and
located a person matching this description.
Bailey (2/13/77). Bailey was later
identified by the store clerk as the person who robbed him. Bailey was arrested
and transported to jail. The Florida Department of Corrections released Bailey
on 3/28/19 after serving an 18 year prison sentence for carjacking. Bailey’s
last listed address was Gainesville.
Facility. He was charged with robbery with a weapon, aggravated assault with a
weapon and theft. He is being held in lieu of a $275,000.00 bond.
reported crimes in the Inglis/Yankeetown area of our county. Deputies began
their investigation into the theft of a four wheeler stolen which was stolen from
a property located on Suzanne Street in Inglis. A second investigation was
opened shortly after when our deputies were called to the Yankeetown School.
School staff members discovered someone entered the school and stole a golf
cart, its charger, an air compressor and other tools. Deputies noticed four wheeler
tire tracks were at this crime scene. Deputies located the stolen golf cart
late the same afternoon hidden in a wooded area near the school.
contacted detectives and told them he saw Matthew McDonald (12-23-94) of Inglis
driving a golf cart that matched the description of the one reported stolen
from the school.
with him saw other items similar to those reported stolen by the school. Detectives
recovered the tools which were later returned to the school. McDonald
ultimately confessed to breaking into the school but denied any responsibility
for stealing the four wheeler. McDonald was arrested and in the process of being
transported to our jail by Deputy Macias, the stolen four wheeler was spotted
being driven along the side of the road. Deputy Macias stopped the person
driving the four wheeler and identified a 13 year old boy as the driver.
juvenile. The juvenile, identified as John Walker of Inglis told detectives he
stole the four wheeler himself and was also arrested.
Facility. McDonald was charged with burglary and grand theft and is being held
in lieu of a $110,000.00 bond. Walker was processed and released to the custody
of his mother.