UPDATE: Tampa police have announced Caesar Crockett Jr has been taken into custody following a standoff with police that lasted almost six hours.
TPD Chief Brian Dugan says the child involved in this case has been taken to a local hospital and is okay.
TAMPA (WFLA) — The triple homicide suspect at the center of a Georgia and Florida AMBER Alert is in an armed standoff with Tampa police following a high-speed chase a day after abducting a toddler and murdering three of the child’s family members.
Georgia officials issued an AMBER Alert for 2-year-old King Crockett after he was reportedly abducted by his father March 31 in Macon, Georgia. The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office said 29-year-old Caesar Zamien Lamar Crockett Jr. fled with the toddler after shooting and killing three of the child’s family members.
The sheriff’s office said Crockett Jr. got into an altercation with 30-year-old Jamila Augustine French, the child’s mother, Tuesday night around 9:20. During the altercation, deputies said Crockett Jr. pulled out a gun and shot French’s mother, stepfather, and sister, killing them. French did not die, but sustained injuries. Crockett Jr. then reportedly fled the area.
The first sighting of the two after a Georgia AMBER Alert was issued Wednesday morning was near Newberry Road and Interstate 75 in Gainesville, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. An AMBER Alert was then issued in Florida.
The Florida Highway Patrol said Crockett Jr. led police on a high-speed pursuit after he was spotted near Interstate 75 and Fowler Avenue in Tampa. The pursuit reached speeds up to 120 miles per hour, according to FHP, and lasted until Crockett Jr. crashed near the intersection of I-75 and Interstate 4.
FHP said the child was safely recovered and taken into police custody, but Crockett Jr. remains armed and locked inside his vehicle near I-75 and I-4.
MACON GA (WRBL/WBTW) – Georgia authorities have issued an AMBER Alert for toddler believed to be with a homicide suspect.
According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, 2-year-old King Crockett was abducted on March 31 in Macon, Georgia.
The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office says in a Facebook post they are investigating a shooting incident that happened around 9:22 p.m. Tuesday. Deputies arrived on scene, where they found three people shot inside a house and a woman with injuries.
“It was reported that there was an altercation between 29-year-old Caesar Zamien Lamar Crockett Jr. and his child’s mother,” the sheriff’s office says. Caesar Crocket is accused of pulling a firearm and shooting several people.
“Crockett then fled the scene with his 2-year-old son King Cane Crockett. Caesar is driving a 2007 Pontiac G5 black in color with a drive-out-tag on it,” the sheriff’s office also says, “Caesar Crockett is wanted for three counts of Murder, and one count of Kidnapping. Caesar has family in both Florida and California.”
Caesar Crockett is described as being about 6 feet, 1 inch tall and weighing about 180 to 200 pounds, according to the sheriff’s office. Caesar Crocket was last seen wearing “a black long sleeve shirt, black shorts with red and white stripes on the side.” King Crockett was last seen wearing “a black shirt, blue jogging pants with a white stripe on the side and a black and white hoddie with a blue superman logo on the front.”
The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office says the child is believed to be in extreme danger. If you have any information, please call 911 or the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office at 478-751-7500 immediately.