NR 16-38 Sheriff’s Office G.A.M.E.O.V.E.R.® Task Force Apprehends a Violent Fugitive
At approximately 7 pm, Task Force Agents apprehended 27-year-old William McKinley Skanes III, of Titusville, who was wanted by the Titusville Police Department following an investigation of a domestic dispute, which included an aggravated battery, armed robbery and carjacking, which all occurred in the City of Titusville.
The G.A.M.E.O.V.E.R.® Task Force was requested by the Titusville Police Department to assist in locating and apprehending this violent wanted suspect. The G.A.M.E.O.V.E.R.® Task Force is a unique law enforcement tool comprised of highly trained and specialized officers specifically chosen as a collaborative partnership between various agencies to include; the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, Cocoa Police Department, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Melbourne Police Department, Palm Bay Police Department, Rockledge Police Department, Titusville Police Department, Brevard/Seminole State Attorney’s Office and also includes federal and state criminal justice partners from various disciplines such as the Florida Department of Corrections (Parole and Probation).
Task Force members located Skanes in the city of Titusville and the Brevard County Sheriff Aviation Unit was then summoned to assist in the apprehension. Agents located Skanes in the City of Titusville operating a silver Jeep. When agents approached Skanes, he rammed one of the Agent’s vehicles before striking a building as he fled. Agents gave chase based on the violent nature of the Forcible Felony charges and the current aggravated assault of law enforcement officers.
Agents immediately requested the assistance of Sheriff’s North Precinct Patrol Deputies and Titusville Police Officers to also assist in the apprehension. The Sheriff’s Aviation Unit maintained surveillance of the suspect and observed him crash at the intersection of Main Street and Park Avenue in Titusville, at which time Skanes fled on foot. Skanes was apprehended after a short foot pursuit by task force agents.
Skanes was transported to the Brevard County Jail where he is being held without bond, and is being charged with; Carjacking, Robbery, False Imprisonment, Grand Theft, Aggravated Battery, Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, Resisting an Officer With Violence, Resisting an Officer Without Violence, Aggravated Fleeing and Eluding Law Enforcement Officers, and Possession of Cocaine.
The Titusville Police Department is investigating the crash and has additionally charged Skanes with Reckless Driving, Leaving the Scene of an Accident with Property Damage, and Driving With a Suspended Driver’s License. A firearm was located inside the vehicle and the Titusville Police Department is now investigating the firearm as it pertains to this case.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please call Sergeant Alan Confreda of the G.A.M.E.O.V.E.R.® Task Force through the Sheriff’s Office Communications Center (321)633-7162, or CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477), you can also visit http://crimeline.org/, or text ‘crimeline’ plus your tip to CRIME (274637). All information to CRIMELINE is confidential and you may be eligible for a reward.
For additional information regarding this media release, please contact Corporal Dave Jacobs at (321)747-9780.