Thursday, November 3, 2016

Home Invasion Robbery Turned Deadly

November 3, 2016

On May 1, 2016 at 2:22 a.m. Levy County Deputies responded to 19690 SE 75th Place in Morriston, Fl upon receiving a 911 call of a shooting. When deputies arrived they found a Hispanic female with two small children and a Hispanic male at the home. The male had been shot and the female suffered blunt force injuries to the head. Initial investigations conducted by Patrol Units revealed unknown masked men burst into the home and made demands for valuables.

LCSO Investigators, Crime Scene Investigators and the Levy County Department of Public Safety were dispatched to the scene. The Hispanic male, identified as Francisco DeJesus (31 years old), was suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was transported to a local trauma unit and succumbed to these injuries days later. The female, identified as DeJesus’ fiancé, was also transported too. Her injuries were treated and she was released.

LCSO Investigators quickly learned the suspects had intentionally targeted this home. DeJesus had prior contacts with at least one of the suspects and his fiancé was able to provide investigators with a description and a nick-name. DeJesus’ fiancé cooperated with LCSO investigators providing information which progressed into the identification of the primary suspect.  The LCSO Crime Scene Investigations Unit also recovered biological evidence from the scene. Analysis of the evidence further aided in the positive identification of the shooter. Investigators had determined the suspects were not from this area, fled and had no other known ties to Levy County. Investigators focused their investigation toward neighboring Polk County where the suspects were believed to have fled.

Investigators questioned the fiancé the night of the incident. She told investigators the suspects got agitated when they could not find what they were looking for and became more violent. She stated she was struck over the head with a gun and the suspects pointed guns at their children. She told investigators Francisco attacked one of the masked men when he threated to shoot her and the children. This is when he was shot. She and investigators firmly believe Francisco’s death was the result of protecting her and their children, ages 1 and 3.

The LCSO has intentionally held the release of this information until now. Investigators were able to obtain a warrant for Murder and Home Invasion Robbery on May 24, 2016 and began actively seeking the shooter. The shooter, identified as Johnny Turner (4-17-94) was known to frequent the Lakeland area. Turner had no permanent address and was known to stay with multiple friends. Turner’s family is from Haiti and it is known he pledged allegiance to a Haitian gang. Investigators also learned Turner had other familial ties in New Jersey.

LCSO investigators were told Turner was monitoring local news stations for reports of this incident and feared he would flee the country if he became aware Law Enforcement was looking for him. Investigators worked closely with the United States Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force and developed information that Turner was with family in Newark, New Jersey. LCSO Investigators went to Newark and met with USMS Task Force members on October 27, 2016 and were able to apprehend Turner without incident.

Turner will be extradited from New Jersey and transported to the Levy County Detention Facility. He will be held without bond until his first appearance in a Levy County court.