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Fort Pierce Police Officers and Detectives Arrest a Fort Pierce Man for Attempted Homicide

• 10/30/2014
Fort Pierce Police Officers and Detectives Arrest a Fort Pierce Man for Attempted Homicide

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.

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Fort Pierce Police Make Arrest in June 3, 2014 Homicide of Clifford Lott

• 10/30/2014
Fort Pierce Police Make Arrest in June 3, 2014 Homicide of Clifford Lott

On October 27, 2014, agents with the United State Marshall’s Fugitive Task Force located and arrested Erskin Johnson, 25, of Fort Pierce, for the June 3, 2014 homicide of Clifford Lott.  Johnson is currently located in the Hillsborough County Jail and is being held without bond.

On October 17, 2014, Fort Pierce Police Detective Tyrone Campbell obtained arrest warrants for the June 3, 2014 home invasion robbery that left victim, Cliffird Lott shot one or more times.  At the time of the incident, Lott was transported to a local trauma center for treatment.  Lott later died on June 14, 2014 from complications of those injuries.  Lott’s death was ruled a homicide by the Medical Examiner’s Office.

Erskin Johnson was arrested and charged with Homicide While Engaged in Certain Felony Offenses, Aggravated Assault With a Deadly Weapon Without Intent to Kill, Burglary With Assault or Battery and Possession of a Weapon By Convicted Florida Felon. Chief Amandro said, “Johnson’s arrest is the culmination of some great police work and cooperation of our citizens. It demonstrates the police department’s commitment to Protecting our Community!

The investigation into this case is ongoing.  If you have any information regarding this incident please contact Detective Tyrone Campbell at 772-467-6829. 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.

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Fort Pierce Police Officers Seize Three Handguns Over the Weekend

• 10/30/2014
Fort Pierce Police Officers Seize Three Handguns Over the Weekend

Fort Pierce Police Officers seize three handguns and arrest two Saint Lucie County men in separate investigations over the weekend. On Saturday officers arrested Devonte Davis, 16, of Port Saint Lucie, for possession of a handgun, Marijuana and Paraphernalia.  Davis is currently located at the Saint Lucie Regional Juvenile Detention Center.  On Sunday officers arrested Amos Moss, 29, of Fort Pierce, for possession of a handgun and resisting arrest.  Davis was booked into the Saint Lucie County jail and released on $15750.00 bond.

On October 25, 2014 at about 2:30 am, Fort Pierce Police Officer Kyle MacCarthy and Officer Corey Collier responded the area of North 16th Street and Avenue E after receiving a call of shooting activity.  A subject was located in the area that closely matched the description of a suspect given to officers.  Officers stopped out with the subject and conducted a pat down for weapons but did not find any.  A few feet away, the officers located a handgun that had been tossed on the ground.  The handgun was seized.  This investigation into this incident is ongoing.

On October 25, 2014 at about 3:40 pm, Fort Pierce Police Sergeant Rodney Nieves spotted Davis in the 900 block of North 12th Street.  Davis closely matched the description of a person of interest in connection to a previous crime.  Sergeant Nieves called for additional officers to assist him and Officer James Ippolito and Officer Taryn Doukas responded.  As Sergeant Nieves attempted to stop Davis, he immediately began running.  Davis ran behind a house located at 1201 Avenue L where Officer Ippolito saw Davis pull a black handgun from his pants.  Davis was quickly arrested on the other side of the house and the handgun was seized.  Officers also found marijuana and drug paraphernalia after Davis was searched.

Davis was arrested and charged with Possession of Firearm by an Adjudicated Florida Delinquent, Possession of Not More Than 20 Grams of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Equipment, and Resisting an Officer Without Violence.

On October 26, 2014 at about 5:50 pm, Fort Pierce Police Officer Justin Rahn and Officer Joshua Kirkus made a traffic stop on a blue Toyota sedan in the area of 2504 Avenue I after receiving information that the vehicle was possibly involved in a shooting incident in the area of North 29th Street and Avenue M.  As the officers approached the blue sedan, the passenger, Amos Moss, jumped out of the car and ran.  Officer Rahn chased Moss and quickly arrested him.  The driver of the sedan then fled.  Officers followed the sedan and until the driver abandoned the sedan in the 3100 block of Avenue T.  The sedan was searched and officers found a semi-automatic handgun under the front passenger’s seat. Physical evidence on the handgun confirmed that the handgun was in the possession of Moss.  This investigation into this incident is ongoing.

Moss was arrested and charged with Possession of a Firearm by Convicted Florida Felon and Resisting Arrest Without Violence.

The investigations into these cases are ongoing. If you have any information regarding these incidents please contact Detective Tad Lindstadt at 772-467-6873. 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.

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The Fort Pierce Police Department and the Saint Lucie Chapter of the NAACP announce their successful partnership hiring minority police officers

• 10/30/2014
The Fort Pierce Police Department and the Saint Lucie Chapter of the NAACP announce their successful partnership hiring minority police officers

On October 24, 2014, Fort Pierce Police Interim Chief Frank Amandro presented a $500 award to NAACP Saint Lucie County Chapter President Tony Barnes and NAACP Saint Lucie County Chapter Minority Recruiter and Legal Redress Anthony Valicenti for the Associations efforts in recruiting minority officer candidates. The partnership with the NAACP is part of the Police Department’s extended Minority Recruitment Program. The program encourages the NAACP, Caribbean American Cultural Group, Frontline, and Save Our Children to participate in the recruitment of minority police officer candidates. The department benefits from the program by expanding its recruiting efforts to find qualified candidates within the community. The organizations benefit by receiving a $500 award upon their candidates successful completion of the hiring process and field training program. These awards allow the civic organizations to provide scholarships to aid future candidates.

The first candidate to enter the program was Officer Denesh Mathura. He was hired as a Fort Pierce Police Officer on June 22, 2014, and successfully completed his training on October 3, 2014. Officer Mathura was born in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago where his father worked as a police officer. Officer Mathura moved to the United States as a young child. He grew up in Fort Pierce, and is a graduate of Lincoln Park Academy. Officer Mathura attended the night Police Academy at Indian River State College, May 20, 2013 to May 9, 2014, while working during the day.

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Fort Pierce Police Seize Assault Rifle and Handgun in two Separate Investigations

• 10/30/2014
Fort Pierce Police Seize Assault Rifle and Handgun in two Separate Investigations

On October 22, 2014 Fort Pierce Police Officers and Crime Suppression Unit Detectives working with Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives seized an assault rifle and handgun during two separate investigations. The assault rifle was seized in the 300 block of Bethany Court during an investigation at a residence.  The handgun was seized in the 2500 block of Avenue L during a traffic stop.  No additional details are available at this time.  Both incidents are still under investigation.

The Officers, Detectives and Agents cooperation has enhanced the Department’s efforts in achieving our mission of “Protecting Our Community.”

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Fort Pierce Officer and Detective Make Arrest for Burglary at the River Walk Center

• 10/30/2014
Fort Pierce Officer and Detective Make Arrest for Burglary at the River Walk Center

Fort Pierce Police Officer and Detectives arrest Perrese Currie, 43, of Fort Pierce, for the burglary at the River Walk Center after identifying him from surveillance video of the crime. Curie is currently located at the Saint Lucie County Jail and being held on over $18,000 bond.

On October 23, 2014 at about 10:30 pm, Fort Pierce Police Officer Kyle MacCarthy, Detective Paul Cunzo and Detective Michael Dini spotted Currie walking in the area of Avenue E and Dundas Court. They recognized Currie from the surveillance video that was circulated earlier in the day.  Officer MacCarthy, Detective Cunzo and Detective Dini checked with the night watchman at Currie’s apartment building, 601 Avenue B, and discovered that he saw Currie with a large screen TV a few nights prior.  Detective Jessie Streeter obtained a search warrant for Currie’s apartment and located the flat screen TV.  The serial numbers matched the TV that was stolen during the burglary.

Currie was arrested and charged with Burglary of a Structure and Grand Theft over $300. The burglary to the River Walk Center, 600 North Indian River Drive, occurred October 20, 2014 at about 11:30pm.

 

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Fort Pierce Police Department Officers Build Positive Community Relationships

• 10/30/2014
Fort Pierce Police Department Officers Build Positive Community Relationships

On October 17, 2014 Fort Pierce Police Officers gave a local six year old, Ty’mond Davis, a bicycle. Officer Willis Tumblin saw a young girl and boy walking together.  The girl was pushing a bicycle, but the boy, Ty’mond, did not have one.  Officer Tumblin met with Ty’mond’s mother, Temeka Davis and asked for her permission to give the bicycle to her son.  Ms. Davis gave her permission and Officer Tumblin left to pick up the bicycle.

Officer Tumblin, Officer Jeffery Wachendorfer, Officer Melissa Towle and Lieutenant Katherine England returned with the bicycle. When they pulled up, Ty’mond was waiting in the parking lot with a huge smile on his face.  Officer Tumblin rolled the bicycle over to Ty’mond, who was so excited, he hardly gave them time for a picture before he jumped on and rode off.

A resident that was moving gave the bicycle to Officer Wachendorfer to give to a child. Officer Tumblin, Officer Wachendorfer and Officer Towle worked together to fix up the bicycle and ensure it functioned properly.

The Officer’s efforts in building relationship within the community help the department achieve its mission of, “Protecting Our Community.”

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The Fort Pierce Police Department Would Like to Remind Residents and Visitors of Fishing Area Restrictions and No Trespassing Areas at the City Marina

• 10/30/2014
The Fort Pierce Police Department Would Like to Remind Residents and Visitors of Fishing Area Restrictions and No Trespassing Areas at the City Marina

The Fort Pierce Police Department along with the Fort Pierce City Marina would like to remind residents and visitors of fishing area restrictions and no trespassing areas at the City Marina. The Fort Pierce City Marina is currently undergoing a Waterfront Restoration Project in which a number of barrier islands have been constructed. The islands and the peninsula in front of Marina Square are State of Florida protected land and posted “No Trespassing.”  Additionally, the interior basin waters inside of the islands are deemed a federal construction site.  There is no fishing, boating or trespassing permitted within these areas.  Violations within these areas may result in arrest.

The area outside the barrier islands are open to fishing and boating. The City of Fort Pierce is working hard to add additional recreation areas.  The City is constructing an over 200 foot fishing pier just south of the City Marina.  The project is expected to begin within the year.

The attached project map outline the restricted areas in red.

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