Sex Offender Arrested

On June 20th, 2019 Detective Christopher Perryman
obtained an arrest warrant for Eusebio De Jesus Lopez on the charge of a sexual
offender-failure to report to the Levy County Sheriff’s Office his intent to
leave the country.  His bond was $100,000.
On 7/22/1993 Lopez pled no contest on charges of Lewd and Lascivious Assault on
a child less than 16 years of age (4 counts). 
As a result of the plea, Lopez was required to register as a lifetime
registered sexual offender in the State of Florida.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and United
States Marshal Service notified Detective Perryman of Lopez’s planned
international flight. During his investigation Detective Perryman learned that
Lopez had flown out of Orlando International Airport on June 18th,
2019 and arrived in Honduras on the same date. 
Det. Perryman confirmed Lopez did not notify authorities of his travel

On July 16th, 2019 Lopez arrived at the Orlando
International Airport and was immediately taken into custody by the United
States Marshal Service Fugitive Task Force and the Department of Homeland Security.
He was interviewed by Det. Perryman and admitted that he was aware as a sex
offender he needed to notify law enforcement of his international travels and he
chose not to. He said he had traveled out of the country previously, without
notifying law enforcement.

The Levy County Sheriff’s Office greatly appreciates the
assistance provided by the U.S Marshals, FDLE, and The Department of Homeland Security
in this case.  Their cooperation was an
essential component in this investigation.



Traffic Stop Arrests

                                                                    Traffic Stop Arrests

On 07/08/2019 Deputy M. Sinclair conducted a traffic stop on
a SUV driven by Alexander R. Clary. After subsequent investigation, Clary was
found to have an active warrant out of Alachua County. Upon further search of
the subject Clary was found to be in possession of 12.3 grams of
methamphetamine, .4 grams of crack cocaine, and drug paraphernalia. Clary was
arrested on the following charges: possession of methamphetamine with intent to
sell, possession of cocaine, possession of methamphetamine and possession of
drug paraphernalia. His total Bond is $55,000.

  On 07/08/2019 Deputy R. Sullivan conducted a traffic stop on
a SUV driven by Glenda Fay Randall. Subsequent investigation revealed that
Randall’s driver’s license was suspended in May of 2018.  In a search subject to arrest, Randall was
found to be in possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug
paraphernalia. Randall was arrested on the following charges: driving with a
suspended driver’s license, possession of methamphetamine and possession of
drug paraphernalia. Her total Bond is $15,000.

Arrests Manatee Farms Sub-Division

Arrests Manatee Farms Sub-Division

Recently the Levy County Sheriff’s Office has made several
arrests in the area of the Manatee Farms Sub-Division, west of Chiefland off of
County Road 320.

On 07/05/2019 detectives from the Levy County Sheriff’s
Office Criminal Investigation Division conducted a traffic stop on a GMC truck
driven by Andrew Merz. Subsequent investigation revealed Merz, a convicted
felon, was found to be in possession of a loaded semi-automatic handgun and
ammunition. Merz was booked into the Levy County Jail and is being held on
$100,000 bond for possession of firearm by a convicted felon, $100,000 bond for
carrying a concealed firearm and $50,000 bond for possession of ammunition by a
convicted felon.

On 07/05/2019 Detectives arrested
Cynthia Louise Burnett for breaking and entering into an unoccupied structure
in the Manatee Farms Sub-Division. Burnett was booked into the Levy County Jail
and is being held on $35,000 bond for burglary of an unoccupied structure and
$25,000 for grand theft.


 On 07/08/2019, while searching for
stolen property in the Manatee Farms subdivision, detectives located a white
male who attempted to conceal himself upon sight of law enforcement. The white
male was identified as Robert Eugene Vantassell III; Vantassell had three (3)
active warrants for his arrest out of Levy, Dixie and Alachua Counties.


On 07/08/2019 detectives conducted
a traffic stop on an ATV in the area of Manatee Farms Subdivision. The driver
of the ATV was identified as Christopher Jones. Jones was found to be in
possession of methamphetamine.  Further
investigation revealed that the ATV was confirmed stolen out of Levy County.
Jones was arrested for the following charges Grand Theft Motor Vehicle,
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Methamphetamine with intent
to distribute.   His total Bond is $30,000. 





 On July 5th, 2014, Deputies
from the Levy County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of 3571 NE 218th Avenue
in Williston, Florida to the report of a deceased
person.  The investigation revealed that Leo
Rives (DOB 11/25/82) had been found deceased beside his vehicle suffering from
multiple gunshot wounds. 
While the case has remained unsolved,
recent progress has been made in the investigation.  As the fifth anniversary of Mr. Rives murder
approaches, LCSO Investigators are asking the public for their assistance in
closing this case for the friends and family of Mr. Rives.  Anyone wishing to provide information should contact
the lead investigator, Sgt. Mike Narayan at 352-486-5111, Extension 267. 
Investigators believe that
there are numerous individuals that know who is involved in the murder.  These witnesses may fear retaliation and have
chosen not to become involved.  We are
appealing to these witnesses to do what is right and help bring closure and
justice for the family. We strongly encourage these individuals to utilize Crime
Stoppers if they wish to remain anonymous.

Crime Stoppers of Levy County has
authorized a cash award of up to $1,000.00 for information leading to the
arrest and prosecution of the person or persons involved in the murder of Mr.
Rives.  That information can be provided
anonymously at 1-877-349-8477. 




Burglars Banded Together – Are Not Successful

James Shane King – Bond $25,000

Ron Dell Ellison – Bond $40,000

Edgar William Pate – Bond $50,000

Racheal Skye Pate – Bond $20,000

June 18, 2019
Deputies and Detectives responded to the area of the Manatee
Farms subdivision off of CR 320 west of US 19 on Friday June 14, 2019 to a
report of a recent residential burglary. Detectives on scene interviewed a witness
who said they saw a female on a bicycle leaving a home that has been abandoned
since the homeowner passed away. Detectives discovered evidence the home had
been recently broken into as well as valuables removed from the home and placed
outside apparently to be picked up later.
Detectives and deputies began canvassing the area and were searching
for the unidentified woman on the bicycle when they noticed a car leaving the
home that had just been burglarized. Detectives attempted to stop the silver four
door passenger car that had a trunk and back seat overflowing with what was
believed to be stolen property. The vehicle fled, making multiple high speed
turns in an attempt to outrun the detectives. The pursuit ended at a dead end
road where the driver and three passengers were taken into custody.
The following interviews with these four subjects confirmed
our detective’s suspicions. James Shane King (9-22-83), Rondell Ellison
(10-7-75), Edgar William Pate (9-13-69) and Racheal Skye Pate (7-13-88) who all
reported the same home address north of Chiefland confessed to breaking into
the home based on a tip from the female on the bicycle. They identify the woman
to detectives and said she told them the home was unoccupied and there were a
bunch of things there to steal. These four just didn’t know our detectives were
in the area at the time they decided to break in.
The woman on the bike has been identified and detectives
will be picking her up shortly. The other four went to jail and have been
charged with burglary and grand theft. Mr. King has the added charge of fleeing
and attempting to elude law enforcement. 
“This is great example of how our community helps us solve
crimes. Had it not been for the willingness of the citizens in this community
to get involved by calling, this case would have most likely been unsolved. As
a result of this citizen tip, four people are in custody and a fifth person
will be arrested,” said Sheriff McCallum.