Gainesville, FL - The U.S. Marshals
Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force (FRFTF) apprehended Larry Whitehead Jr.
Sunday morning in Hampton, Virginia after a two month investigation that
spanned three separate states. Whitehead was wanted on an outstanding
Alachua County arrest warrant charging him with first-degree murder, armed
burglary, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon which was issued
after Whitehead was identified by Gainesville Police as the person
responsible for the shooting death of a man at Southern Pines Apartments in
southwest Gainesville on 7/14/2013. Whitehead fled from the scene after the
murder leaving his whereabouts unknown.
The search for Whitehead was immediately submitted to the FRFTF by Task
Force members at the Gainesville Police Department and the Alachua County
Sheriff's Office and shortly after was deemed a Major Case investigation by
the U.S. Marshals Service, making Whitehead's capture a high priority. Using
the U.S. Marshals' nationwide network of fugitive investigators, FRFTF
members in Gainesville directed the investigation to Virginia, New York and
then back to Virginia where Whitehead was ultimately captured this morning
at a house in Hampton.
During the course of the investigation, FRFTF members in Gainesville worked
with Task Force members from the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force
in Virginia and the New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force in New
York and developed information which caused the search to extend to Long
Island, New York. Last week, U.S. Marshals confirmed Whitehead was in New
York after locating an air mattress and clothes belonging to Whitehead in an
attic of a house where Whitehead had been hiding. Task Force members in
Gainesville suspected Whitehead would attempt to return to Virginia and
began focusing on key locations there as well as various modes of
transportation between New York and Virginia including buses.
This morning, Task Force members in Gainesville developed information that
Whitehead had returned to Virginia late last night and was now possibly
hiding at a house in Hampton. Task Force members in Gainesville immediately
began coordinating with Task Force members in Virginia who initiated
surveillance at this house. Task Force members located Whitehead inside the
house a short time later and placed him under arrest. Whitehead was booked
into the Hampton City Jail with no bond.
U.S. Marshal Ed Spooner of the Northern District of Florida stated that the
arrest of Larry Whitehead highlights the great cooperation between the U.S.
Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force and local law enforcement
agencies, including the Gainesville Police Department and the Alachua County
Sheriff's Office, to track down and apprehend fugitives wanted for violent
crimes. U.S. Marshal Spooner also noted the outstanding work by the three
Task Forces in Florida, Virginia, and New York.
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