Yesterday morning, Fort Pierce Police Officer Nicholes Lentz arrested Michael Gacel, 40, of Fort Pierce, for the burglary of a vehicle in a church parking lot after attending a function at the same church. Gecel is currently located at the Saint Lucie County Jail and is being held on $4,500.00 bond. On January 12, 2015 […]
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This afternoon, Fort Pierce Police Detective Jesse Streeter arrested Cornelius Ivory, 16, of Fort Pierce, on an Order to Take Into Custody for his involvement in the December 6, 2014 shooting that occurred in the 2900 block of Avenue K. Ivory is currently located at the Saint Lucie Regional Juvenile Detention Center.
On Saturday, December 4, 2014, officers responded to the 2900 block of Avenue K after hearing multiple gunshots. When officers arrived at the scene, they received information that two victims, a 17 year old male and a 5 year old male were taken to a local trauma center with non-life threatening injuries. The investigation revealed that Ivory and another male rode down North 29th Street and fired multiple shot down Avenue K towards the victims. The shots struck the 17 year old male in a lower extremity. It is unclear if the 5 year old was injured from gunfire or from falling during the incident.
Detective Streeter followed up on a number of leads which resulted in the identification of Cornelius Ivory as one of the shooters. Detective Streeter obtained an Order to Take Into Custody charging Ivory with three counts of Attempted First Degree Murder.
The investigation into this case is ongoing. If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact Detective Jesse Streeter at 772-467-6911. If you would like to remain anonymous please contact the Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers with any information that may lead to the identity of the suspects at 1-800-273-TIPS (8477). Tipsters can remain anonymous and could be eligible for reward money.
Fort Pierce Police Department and SafeSpace Host National Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team Training
The Fort Pierce Police Department and SafeSpace of the Treasure Coast are hosting a National Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team training today at the Treasure Coast Public Safety Training Complex at Indian River State College. The training will educate a core group of key personnel from Criminal Justice Agencies, Social Service Agencies, Medical Providers, and Community Leaders to review domestic violence related fatalities with the ultimate goal of preventing future domestic violence homicides by improving each agency’s response. Once trained the group will focus on improving services and eliminating systemic breakdowns to keep victims and their children safe and hold the offenders accountable.
Dr. Neil Websdale, Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northern Arizona University and the Director of the National Domestic Violence Fatality Review Initiative facilitated bring two of the most experienced fatality review trainers, Matthew Dale and Chief Jerald Monahan, to our area.
Donate a New Unwrapped Toy for Less Fortunate Children in our Community
Each year during the holiday season, the Fort Pierce Police Department and the Fort Pierce Police Athletic League deliver toys to less fortunate children in the community. This year, the Department will focus on delivering toys to less fortunate children that have been affected by crime. Our efforts have grown this year, as other organizations will not be able to serve our community. We are aiming to fill this void, but need your help.
Join us in support of Victory’s St. Lucie County Toy Run sponsored by Best Buy Victory. Jim Buchheit of Best Buy Victory has done an amazing job organizing the Toy Run event over the last eight years. The toy run has brought donations and new unwrapped toys that have been distributed to less fortunate children throughout Saint Lucie County.
This year’s Toy Run will be held on Sunday, December 14, 2014, rain or Shine. The run will start at Best Buy Victory, 3525 S US 1, Ft Pierce. Line-up will start at 8:00 am and the run will start at 11:00 am. The run will end at the Ft Pierce P.A.L. Center, 903 S 21St St. After the run, there will be a bike and car show, live music, food, drinks, Raffles and a 50/50 drawing.
The toys will be given, by Santa, to prescreened and selected children on December 19, 2014 at 5:30 pm at the main Police Department 920 S US 1, Ft Pierce.
Please join us, in the support of this event for a great cause. Together we can bring smiles and cheer to some of the areas less fortunate children.
If you cannot attend the run or event but would like to help, toy drop off locations are available to donate new, unwrapped toys at the following locations:
Best Buy Victory, 3525 S US 1, Ft Pierce
Fort Pierce P.A.L. Center, 903 S 21st St, Ft Pierce
Fort Pierce Police Department, 920 S US 1, Ft Pierce
The City of Ft Pierce City Hall, 100 N US 1, Ft Pierce
On Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at about 3:30 a.m., Anthony Walker was standing near the northeast corner of Avenue E and North 20th Street when he was struck multiple times by shots being fired from a silver-colored, four-door 2000 to 2005 model vehicle. The vehicle, which was travelling south on N. 20th Street, stopped near the intersection and an occupant began shooting at Walker. The vehicle fled East on Avenue E.
If you heard something, saw something, or have any information regarding the identity or whereabouts of the suspect, PLEASE CALL:
Detective Robert Yaffey
Fort Pierce Police Department 772-467-6880
Crimestoppers at 1-800-273-TIPS (8477)
* you may be eligible for a reward of up to $5,000 from Crimestoppers if your information leads to an arrest.
The Fort Pierce Police Department Seeks Help From the Community To Locate and Identify Suspects in an Attempted Child Abduction
On November 6, 2014 at about 5:30 pm, Fort Pierce Officers responded to North 16th Street and Avenue H for an attempted child abduction. The responding officers learned that two males, in a white van, attempted to lure four year old boy into the van. A passerby and the older sister yelled at one of the males as he grabbed the child by his shirt. The male got back into the van and it left the area heading east on Avenue H. Efforts to locate the van have been unsuccessful. The child was unharmed.
The van was described as a large, white, passenger van with tinted windows. The van was very dirty, missing the driver’s side rear hubcap and had large dent in the left rear corner. The male suspects were only described as white males about 30 to 40 years old.
The Fort Pierce Police Department is requesting assistance from the community in identifying the suspects and vehicle in this incident. If you have any information regarding the suspects, the vehicle or the crime, please contact Detective Samuel Cooper at 772-467-6897. If you would like to remain anonymous please contact the Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers with any information that may lead to the identification of the suspects at 1-800-273-TIPS (8477). Tipsters can remain anonymous and could be eligible for reward money.
Update: Fort Pierce Police Detectives Have Arrested Both Suspects in Child Sexual Abuse and Pornography Case
Fort Pierce Police Detective Samuel Cooper arrested Willie Jackson, 35, of Fort Pierce and obtained arrest warrants for Cedric Heard, 43, of Huston Texas, for the sexual abuse of a teen. Jackson was taken to the Saint Lucie County Jail and released on over $48,000 bond. Heard has active arrest warrants and is currently sought by authorities.
On October 28, 2014, Willie Jackson came to the Fort Pierce Police Department to report that he discovered his former partner had saved child pornography on his computer. The pornography depicted Heard sexually abusing a teen victim. Detective Cooper was able to identify the victim in the photos. His investigation revealed that Jackson was also involved in sexually abusing the victim. The victim told Detective Cooper that Jackson threatened to harm him and his family if he talked to the police. Jackson was located and arrested for his part in the abuse, but Heard left the state and is currently believed to be in Texas.
Jackson was arrested and charged with Sexual Battery Victim 16 or 17, Possession of Material Depicting Child Sexual Conduct, and Tampering With a Victim. Heard has active arrest warrants charging him with two counts of Sexual Battery Victim 16 or 17, Promoting Sexual Performance By a Child, and Travel To Meet After Using a Computer to Lure Child.
Cedric Heard has been arrested and charged with Promoting Sexual Performance by a Child, Traveling to Meet a Minor for unlawful Sexual Activity, and two counts of Sexual Activity With a Minor. He is currently located at the St Lucie County Jail and is being held on $220,000 bond.
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Fort Pierce Police Department officers and detectives arrested Angel Roberts, 17, of Fort Pierce for attempted homicide and possession of a handgun. Roberts is currently located at the Saint Lucie Regional Juvenile Detention Center.
On October 29, 2014 at about 12:10 pm, Fort Pierce Police officers responded to shooting activity in the area of 1300 North 16th Court. Officers quickly determined that Roberts was involved in a disturbance that resulted in gunfire. Further investigation revealed that Roberts sent Tasha Smith a picture of himself, pointing a handgun, to her over Facebook the night before. That morning, Roberts approached Tasha in front of her apartment, pointed a handgun at her and threatened her life. Later that day, Tasha and her husband, Jordan Ewing, saw Roberts walking in front of their apartment, 1310 North 16th Court. Jordan confronted Roberts and the two began fighting. During the fight, Roberts pulled out a handgun and began firing at Jordan. Jordan was able to escape without being injured by the gunfire.
Roberts was arrested and charged with Attempted First Degree Homicide and Possession of Firearm by an Adjudicated Florida Delinquent.
The investigation into this case is ongoing. If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact Detective Gary Eason at 772-467-6869. If you would like to remain anonymous please contact the Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers with any information that may lead to the identity of the suspects at 1-800-273-TIPS (8477). Tipsters can remain anonymous and could be eligible for reward money.