Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Capital Sexual Battery Arrest

December 6, 2016

Levy County Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested James Thomas Crowe 2-13-63 on December 4, 2016 for sexual battery of a person under 12 years old. Deputies responded to a complaint filed by the mother of a five year old child. The mother explained she entrusted her children in the care of a family friend for an overnight stay on December 3, 2016. During the night Crowe, the father of the babysitter, sexually abused the five year old child. The child immediately disclosed this abuse to the mother the following morning when she picked the child up.

The child was interviewed by both Levy County Sheriff’s investigators and the University of Florida’s Child Protection Team’s child forensic interviewer. The child gave consistent and specific information during both interviews. Investigators also identified a witness to the abuse who corroborated the victim’s statement.

LCSO investigators also interviewed Crowe. He denied ever having any sexual contact with the child and offered the child had been coached to make this statement. However, Crowe’s statements contained multiple inconsistencies.

Crowe was arrested and booked into the Levy County Detention Facility. His bond has been set at two million dollars.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Couple Arrested for Illegal Use of Credit Card

November 22, 2016

The Levy County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division arrested Robert Carl Koppenhafer (6-10-68) on November 14, 2016 and his paramour Brandy Lee Seale (10-14-80) on November 21, 2016. A victim reported to the LCSO on November 7, 2016 that her phone, cash and debit card had been stolen. The investigation revealed Koppenhafer and Seale had been living with the victim and took these items from her purse one night after she had gone to bed. Koppenhafer and Seale went to multiple ATM’s and withdrew a total of $1,420 over a period of several days.

Investigators located and arrested Koppenhafer and Seale. Both admit the money taken from the ATM’s was used to pay off drug debts and to purchase more narcotics. Both are being held at the Levy County Detention Facility. Koppenhafer has been charged with multiple counts of fraudulent use of a credit/debit card and his bond has been set at $125,000. 00. Seale has been charged with scheme to defraud and her bond has been set at $45,000.00.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Burglary Investigation - Information Needed

November 15, 2016

The LCSO responded to 3361 NE 167 Terrace in Williston Sunday morning at approximately 11:30 a.m. to a report of a burglary. Deputies arrived to find a very shaken homeowner. The homeowner told deputies he was working in his back yard when he heard a crash in the front yard of his home. He went to investigate the sound and found a car parked in his driveway and his front door open. The homeowner discovered the front door had been forced open and walked inside to investigate.

The homeowner told deputies when he walked inside, he announced his presence. This is when a man bolted out of his master bedroom area and ran to the awaiting car. The homeowner, who was carrying a concealed firearm, fired one round at the fleeing vehicle. The round entered the back passenger window of the car breaking the glass.

The vehicle is described as a dark in color four door sedan with dark tinted windows. The suspect was described as a white male, approximately 6’-0” tall with medium length dark hair.

Anyone who has information is asked to contact Investigator C.J. Perryman at 352-486-5111 ext. 276. You may be eligible for a reward. If you wish to remain anonymous you can also call Crime Stoppers at 1-877-349-8477.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Suspicious Death Investigation

November 11, 2016

The Levy County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at 9830 NE 105th Avenue in Bronson, Fl late yesterday afternoon based upon a tip there were buried human remains on the property. Investigators from the LCSO, the District Eight Medical Examiner’s Office, specially trained K-9 Cadaver dogs and a team from the C. A. Pound Human Identification Laboratory at the University of Florida began searching in an unimproved area of this lot. The search continues today as these teams continue to dig in efforts to unearth the remains. 


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Anonymous Tip Leads to Burglary Arrests


                                                                   Hunter Gaston
                                                                 Annie Harknett
                                                                   Wesley Rizer

November 9, 2016

On November 3rd Levy County Investigators received an anonymous tip of a burglary that occurred at a vacant home in Morriston, Fl. The tipster told investigators at least four people broke into the home and took valuables and firearms. The following investigation verified that three adults and one juvenile entered a home located at 21530 SE 67th Place in Morriston several times and took tools, jewelry, a TV and guns.

Investigators located and arrested Hunter Gaston (3-3-94), Wesley Rizer (9-19-89) and Annie Harknett (10-6-97) on November 4th for burglary of a structure and grand theft of a firearm. Charges are still pending on the juvenile involved in this incident and the investigation is continuing. Investigators recovered two guns, a .22 caliber rifle and a .38 special handgun, as well as tools, the TV and jewelry at an estimated value of approximately $1,000.00.

The arrestees are being held at the Levy County Detention Facility. Hunter Gaston’s bond has been set at $225,000.00. Wesley Rizer’s bond has been set at $50,000.00 and Annie Harknett’s bond has been set at $20,000.00.

The LCSO and the home owner with our deepest gratitude say “Thank You” to the tipster in this case. Had it not been for your watchful eye and the civic duty you performed for your neighbors, this crime may have gone undetected for some time.