In response to the latest developments related to a shooting and burglaries in the Ox Bottom Crest neighborhood on December 28th, 2019, both Interim Police Chief Outlaw and Sheriff Walt McNeil asked for help.
Chief Outlaw stated, “We see a disturbing trend of groups of juveniles involved in these crimes at all hours of the night. Parents need to increase their awareness of their children’s activities.”
“Thieves are opportunists. If they see an easy target, they will strike. Let’s do our part to make it hard for them” added Sheriff Walt McNeil.
During the morning of December 28, 2019, TPD responded to a shooting/burglaries near the 2500 block of Capstone Road. It was later discovered that a stolen black Ford F250 (later recovered by LCSO) and a stolen white Ford Fusion (recovered by TPD) were used during the shooting and several burglaries on the above date.
After reviewing various pieces of evidence and interviews, The “Property Crimes Task Force” PCTF comprised of the Tallahassee Police Department and the Leon County Sheriff’s Office, has arrested Javen Parker and Elvonte Sperdutos for their involvement in the string of burglaries and vehicle thefts.
Javen Parker was charged with an additional 13 counts of Armed Burglary and Grand Theft Auto for his direct involvement with the stolen Ford F250 and booked into the Juvenile Assessment Center.
Elvonte Sperdutos was charged with an additional 18 counts of Armed Burglary and Grand Theft Auto, for his direct involvement with the stolen Ford Fusion, and remains in the Juvenile Detention Center.
The “Property Crimes Task Force” is urging anyone who may have information about any auto burglaries or auto thefts to contact the Tallahassee Police Department at (850) 891-4200, or the Leon County Sheriff’s Office at (850) 606-3300. You may also provide information anonymously via Crime Stoppers at (850) 574-TIPS.