Missing/Located Child UPDATE, Inglis Florida

June 17, 2019
This morning LCSO Deputies at approximately 10 a.m. responded
to the Dollar General in Inglis, Florida after a small child dressed in only a
diaper came into the store alone. Deputies immediately began to canvass the
area seeking the parent/guardians. Within approximately 30 minutes the family
of this child was located. 
Many comments were posted on the Sheriff’s Office Facebook
page from citizens who are concerned for the safety of this child. To put your
minds at ease the Department of Children and Family Services has been contacted
and will conduct a home study. This child was left in the care of a teenaged
sibling while the parents went to work. They are not local to Inglis and have
only temporarily established residency there while waiting on their home to be
completed. This child apparently loves to hide from his siblings and the
babysitter was not aware the child had climbed out a window.
There is no evidence of any criminal wrong-doing and no
criminal charges will be filed in this case. 
The LCSO thanks all of our community members that offered
suggestions and shared our post as this did aid the investigation and help us
reunite this child with his parents.

Jealous Much?

May 22, 2019
Levy County Sheriff’s Office Detective Justin Douglas was
returning to the office Friday afternoon May 17th and noticed a fire
in the parking lot at Weeks Marathon gas station in Bronson. He turned his
unmarked patrol vehicle into the parking area and saw a Harley Davidson
motorcycle fully engulfed in flames. He and the store clerk attacked the blaze
with fire extinguishers and were able to put the fire out.
Detective Douglas was then approached in the parking lot by
a female. She offered information that she knew how the fire started and told
Detective Douglas she saw David Knutson pour something on the motorcycle and
ignite it. She also said she saw Knutson walk away from the scene toward the
rear of the gas station. 
Detective Douglas began his investigation and discovered the
clerk from the Marathon station and Knutson were involved in a dispute over a woman.
Knutson was the jilted lover and in his efforts to set the record straight, he
set the clerk’s Harley on fire. 
Knutson was located in his vehicle a short distance from the
scene by Detective Justin Vanduren. He smelled strongly of gasoline during his
arrest. Knutson must not have been aware of the security video that recorded
him pouring a flammable liquid on the motorcycle prior to lighting it, nor did
he know this same video captured his images as he attempted to hide evidence by
throwing the container he had full of gas into a nearby dumpster.
David Leroy Knutson 5/12/1956 of Bronson was booked into the
Levy County Detention Facility and is being held on a $50,000.00 bond for 2nd
Degree Arson. The motorcycle in this case was damaged in spite of Detective
Douglas and the owner’s quick efforts.

Williston Man Arrested on Sex Offenses Against Minors

May 6, 2019
On Saturday, May 4, 2019 Levy County Detective C.J. Perryman
responded to a home in Williston to a report of sexual misconduct. Detective
Perryman met with the mother of two children who are under 12 years old who
reported that her children said they had been sexually abused by Kyle Raudis
Detective Perryman spoke to both of the children who
described the sexual abuse. Detective Perryman also located and spoke to Raudis.
Raudis made several contradictory statements then later admitted he had been
sexually inappropriate in the presence of the children. 
Raudis was arrested and charged with two counts of lewd and
lascivious molestation and two counts of lewd or lascivious exhibition. He was
booked in at the Levy County Detention Facility where he is being held in lieu
of a $2.5 million dollar bond.

Chiefland Woman Arrested for Stabbing Husband

May 6, 2019
On April 29, 2019 Levy County Deputies responded to a home
located at 6250 NW 20 Street south of Chiefland after receiving a call from a
male who said he was involved in a domestic dispute. A second 911 call was made
by a third party reporting she located a bloody female walking down a road. The
caller said this female told her she and her husband had been in a fight.
Deputies arrived to find the husband was suffering from a
stab wound to his abdomen. The female, identified as Ashley Kasco (11-10-85),
was also injured. She had a laceration to her scalp and told deputies she had
been struck by her husband with a metal pipe. Both parties were transported to
a local medical facility to receive treatment.
On Friday, May 3, 2019 LCSO Detectives arrested Ashley Kasco
for aggravated domestic battery when the investigation determined she was the
primary aggressor in the domestic dispute. She was book in at the Levy County
Detention Facility where she is being held in lieu of a $50,000.00 bond.  

Dunnellon Man Arrested for Molestation

May 6, 2019
Levy County Sheriff’s Office Detectives and the Florida
Department of Children and Family Services (DCF) worked together and their
investigation led to the arrest of a man for molesting a child.  A report filed to the DCF Abuse Hotline launched
the investigation. A forensic interview with the child provided information
that Evan Barkley (11-13-43) was responsible for lewd and lascivious molestation
of the child who is under 12 years old. 
Detectives located and interviewed Barkley on Friday, May 3,
2019 at his home located in South Levy County. Detective Justin Douglas
arrested Barkley at the conclusion of this interview. Barkley was book in at
the Levy County Detention Facility where he is being held in lieu of a
$100,000.00 bond.