NR 14-20 Sheriff’s Agents Arrest Armed Robbery Suspects
In late March, Deputies were dispatched to a Titusville residence reference to an armed robbery. Upon arrival, Deputies made contact with two victims who advised they made an inquiry to a sale advertisement posted on Craigslist relative to a Vizio flat screen television. The victims stated the seller wanted to meet at a residence on War Eagle Boulevard, Titusville. Upon arrival, the victims made contact with an unknown male who directed them to another residence, which was later determined to be vacant. The victims were then ambushed by two armed suspects. The victims fled from the scene and contacted law enforcement.
During the same time period, an unrelated victim responded to an advertisement on Craigslist regarding an iPhone and PlayStation. After multiple texts, the seller and the victim agreed to meet on Kirby Drive, Titusville. Upon arrival, the victim was confronted by an unknown male who displayed a handgun and demanded the victim’s money. The victim complied and then left the location.
North Precinct GCU Agents then conducted an inquiry reference a Craigslist advertisement, which appeared very similar to the previous robbery related postings. Multiple text messages were exchanged with the suspects who directed the agents, who were acting in an undercover capacity to Kirby Drive, Titusville. With the help of the GAMEOVER Task Force, contact was made with the suspects as they approached an undercover vehicle. Once the agents identified themselves, the suspects fled on foot and were immediately arrested. The suspects were later identified as 16-year-old Marquis Cook and 15-year-old Shamon Walcoot, both of Mims. Upon arrest, agents located a stolen Kel-tec 9mm handgun and an H & R .22 Caliber revolver on the suspects.
Both males were transported to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office North Precinct for interviews. The Titusville Police Department additionally participated in the interview and investigation due to a similar robbery that occurred within their city. Agents then conducted search warrants, seizing evidence to include a .45 caliber handgun, which was used in the Robberies.
Cook and Walcoot were charged with Attempted Robbery, Possession Firearm during the Commission of Felony, Possession of Concealed Firearm and Resisting Arrest. Both were transported to the Juvenile Detention Center under a no Bond status.
Anyone with information regarding these incidents is asked to call North Precinct General Crimes Agent Marc McDilda at 321-264-5210 or Central Florida CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477). All calls to CRIMELINE are confidential, and callers can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward for information leading to arrests.
Sheriff Wayne Ivey stated, “This was an incredible effort by everyone involved. Multiple agencies worked around the clock in partnership to successfully remove several violent offenders from our community before someone was injured or killed.” Crime Prevention Tips on making purchases on public advertisement sites:
1. Always schedule the transaction to occur during daylight hours
2. Select the meeting location for a populated public parking lot
3. NEVER conduct the transaction alone. Always bring a friend or adult family member
4. Always report suspicious activity to law enforcement
If you have any questions regarding this news release, please contact Deputy Maria Fernez at 321-636-4665.