LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Thanks to an anonymous tip called in to Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers, a North Fort Myers teenager who has wreaked havoc for months on end is finally behind bars in Kentucky.
A 15-year-old was arrested shortly before 8:00 p.m. last night and is currently in a jail cell at the McCracken County (KY) Juvenile Detention Center on seven warrants out of Lee County, including burglary (occupied and unoccupied), grand theft, grand theft of a firearm and dealing in stolen property, among others.
Upon receiving the anonymous tip, members of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office’s Fugitive Warrants Unit immediately made contact with the Christian County Sheriff’s Office to assist in the apprehension of the boy. Throughout the day yesterday, fugitive warrants detectives from Lee County worked in collaboration with the Christian County Sheriff’s Office and the Hopkinsville Police Department to track the elusive juvenile down. Deputies did locate Licquia during the day, but the 15-year-old managed to get away. However, dedicated deputies both in Lee County and Kentucky worked vigilantly throughout the day, and their efforts finally paid off when the teen was taken into custody several hours later.
Despite his young age, the boy has already established himself as a well versed criminal in Lee County.
In 2012, the teen had been arrested three times on 18 different charges. He also has a pending charge of resisting an officer with violence, stemming from a run-in with the law in which the 15-year-old struck a deputy in the face and bit his thumb while being arrested. When the latest warrants for his arrest were issued in early December, the boy started a cat and mouse game with deputies, hiding in various locations throughout the Suncoast Estates area. At some point he fled the state to Kentucky, but thanks to the Crime Stoppers tipster, and the quick and dedicated work of Lee County and Kentucky deputies, the suspect is back behind bars.
At some point in the near future, he will be extradited back to Lee County to face the long list of charges awaiting him here.