UPDATE: On November 28, 2017, LCSO published details of a reported shooting that occurred on November 24, 2017 at the business known as “Melvin and Alice’s Restaurant.” The investigation revealed that two victims had been wounded by shotgun rounds fired by an unknown suspect. Based on an extensive investigation, LCSO Investigator Justin Douglas was able to obtain an arrest warrant for Anthony Walter Vessels (7-19-91) for two counts of attempted murder.
On December 11, 2017, members of the U.S. Marshal’s Service Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force located and arrested Vessels in Broward County, Florida. Vessels will be held at the Levy County Detention Facility on a bond of four million dollars. Sheriff McCallum said he is very proud of the investigative work by LCSO personnel and appreciative of the assistance provided by the Fugitive Task Force and others in this investigation.
Investigators have already interviewed Vessels and the case remains active. LCSO urges anyone with information regarding this incident to contact Investigator Justin Douglas or Justin VanDuren.