Friday, February 6, 2015

Verbal Dispute Leads to Gunplay and Arrest

Verbal Dispute Leads to Gunplay and Arrest

At approximately 3:30 PM on February 6, 2015, Deputies from the Levy County Sheriff’s Office responded to reports of shots being fired near the intersection of County Road 318 and U.S. Alternate 27, east of the City of Williston.  Officers from the Williston Police Department also responded to assist the deputies. 
The investigation revealed that a gunman had opened fire with a handgun on two vehicles which had been parked at the business known as “Melvin and Alice’s”.  The vehicles had been occupied by 5 individuals at the time.  The drivers of the two vehicles fled the scene and drove east to a residence located at the intersection of CR 318 and NE 210 Avenue. 

Investigators located and recovered four shell casings at the scene of the shooting.  They found that one vehicle had been struck by at least four bullets and the other vehicle had been hit by at least two.  The two vehicles were transported to the Levy County Sheriff’s Office for additional processing. 
Witnesses identified the shooter as Robert Junior Rives (3-19-77).  Investigators subsequently located Rives at a residence south of Willston.  Rives was detained and interviewed.  During the interview Rives admitted to getting into a verbal dispute with some of the occupants of the two vehicles and shooting at them.  He stated that he disposed of the gun prior to being interviewed. 

Based on the evidence, Rives was arrested and charged with 5 counts of Aggravated Assault, 2 counts of Shooting into an Occupied Vehicle and 1 count of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.  Rives was transported to the Levy County Detention Center where he will be given his first court appearance on February 7, 2015. 
Investigators request that any members of the public who may have information about the case to report it as soon as possible.  LCSO is most interested in recovering the weapon used in the incident to prevent any further violence.  As always, citizens can report suspicious activity to LCSO 24 hours a day at 352-486-5111.  They can also make anonymous reports to Crime Stoppers at 1-877-349-8477. 


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                                                                           Robert Rives