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911 Calls In Adams St Home Invasion Released

By: WCTV Eyewitness News; James Buechele Email
By: WCTV Eyewitness News; James Buechele Email
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ARRESTED | Jonathan Charles

By: Eyewitness News
May 30, 2014

Eyewitness News has obtained 911 calls made during the home invasion that occurred on May 15, 2014 on South Adams Street.

View the video above to hear the call.


Updated By: Andy Alcock
May 16, 2014

One man ducked into the bathroom and another hid under the bed ... as robbers kicked down the door.

Two men suspected in that deadly home invasion have now been identified.

Shantel Williams is a FAMU student. She's also the mother of 3-year-old Chasity.

On Thursday afternoon, Shantel and her daughter witnessed the aftermath of a crime scene.

"Me and her when we saw the body come down, it was very devastating and she recognizes death now and I wasn't ready for that," said Williams.

According to police Jonathan Charles and Tyrone Ward broke into this 3rd floor apartment in the 3000 South Adams Street complex.

Records show one of the three people who lived there, recent FAMU nursing graduate William Wamble shot and killed Ward and shot Charles in the shoulder.

Another roommate, FAMU pre-med student Derek Johnson hid under his bed during the shooting.

But Johnson did get a cell phone picture of Charles leaving in a Chevy Blazer.

It helped police capture Charles later Thursday evening.

"People send their kids to college to go to college, not to get killed or get involved in something like this," said Kyle Johnson, concerned neighbor.

"My only thing is was it just a random one time thing," said Rashad Douglas, concerned neighbor.

Police believe Ward and Charles were targeting the residents of the apartment.

They came with a bag containing duct tape, rope and a gun police believe the two men planned to use to contain the residents while they robbed the apartment.

According to police, a third roommate, police only identify as L-A had material in his bedroom consistent with the sale of narcotics.

"It actually bothers me a lot. I plan on moving," said Williams.

Derek Johnson, one of the roommates where the shootings took place, tells us he plans to suspend his studies for the rest of the semester and move back to Miami.

Johnson also said he had no idea Wamble had firearms and said his other roommate L-A just moved in.

Surviving robbery suspect Jonathan Charles is also charged with Ward's murder because Ward was killed while Charles was accused of committing a felony.


News Release: Tallahassee Police Department
May 16, 2014 - 1pm

On 5/15/14, at approximately 12:03pm, the Tallahassee Police Department responded to 3000 South Adams Street in reference to a report of a home invasion robbery and shooting. Officers arrived and located Tyrone Ward with a suspected gunshot wound. He was transported to a local hospital, but later died. A second suspect believed to be involved and injured during the shooting, left the scene in a red Chevy Blazer which was later recovered by TPD Officers on the north side of town. That suspect was later apprehended, without incident, by members of the TPD tactical team. He was transported to a local hospital for injuries he received during the reported home invasion robbery, and later taken to the Leon County jail and charged as below

Investigators from the TPD Violent Crimes Unit responded to the scene and began the investigation. Initial information revealed that the residents were at home, when the two suspects broke in the apartment while armed. The resident retrieved a firearm and discharged it at the suspects, hitting both of them.

There are no expected charges for the victims at this time.

Deceased subject:
Tyrone M. Ward b/m 12/13/86

Arrestee:
Jonathan E. Charles b/m 1/2/88

See attached Probable Cause for Jonathan Charles


By: James Buechele
May 15, 2014 - 11pm

One suspect is dead, and another captured in an attempted home invasion in Tallahassee. It all started at the Adams Street Condominiums.

Police say an apartment on Woodward Avenue is where they arrested the second suspect from Thursday morning's home invasion.

"I think once we made contact and we were able to speak to him through the PA, and he knew that we were out here, he did surrender quite quickly," said Office Scott Beck of the Tallahassee Police Department.

That attempted robbery took place at the Adams Street Condominiums. Two suspects broke into an apartment. The resident inside used some type of high-power rifle, shooting one of the suspects in the face and leaving the other wounded. The man shot in the head eventually died.

It was quite the scene for Gary Washington who lives in a nearby complex.

"When I came out I had seen everything roped off like it is right now. And I had talked to her like what's going on, she was like I don't know I think I heard shots," said Washington. "I said me too. I ain't trying to move too much. I don't know where that thing goes."

After interviews, detectives determined the second suspect was hiding inside the Woodward Avenue apartment. With many people outside, officers have to be careful with how they handled the situation.

"It's a very coordinated effort and these officers that are on tactical team they have specialized training and they have specialized weapons that not your average patrol officer has," Beck said.

The victim who fired his gun at the two suspects has not been charged with anything. We're still waiting on identities of both the suspects involved.


News Release: TPD
Updated: May 15, 2014, 7:45pm

The second suspect was taken into custody by members of the TPD tactical team at 916 N. Woodward. He had been injured from the earlier home invasion robbery and was taken to a local hospital for treatment. The investigation will continue and charges are expected. TPD is not seeking any additional suspects at this time. We appreciate the assistance from the public.


Updated By: James Buechele
May 15, 2014

An afternoon home invasion leads to a suspect being shot and killed.

This all happened at the Adams Place Condominiums off South Adams Street in Tallahassee.

Police say two men stormed one of the apartments, and that's when the situation turned deadly.

Police are calling this a home invasion robbery.

Two men entered, and the victim in the case fired gunshots.

Police aren't saying what weapon was used.

One man was shot in the head and later died while the other man left the scene in a red Chevy Blazer or SUV.

This afternoon, police were able to find that vehicle, but not the man that was involved with the crime.

Police are still interviewing witnesses.

"Right now that is standard procedure for the police officers to canvass the area and talk to as many residents as possible anyone who may have witnessed something or maybe had gotten a picture and possibly additional information for us," said Scott Beck, TPD.

Police believe the driver of the Chevy Blazer could be shot as well, and he is still at large.

Anyone with information is asked to call Tallahassee Police Department at 606-5800 or 911 for an emergency. If you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 574-TIPS. You could be eligible for a cash reward up to $1000.00.


News Release: Tallahassee Police Department
May 15, 2014 - 3:30pm

The vehicle has been located. The injured suspect has not been located. If you have information about this crime. Please contact TPD at 606-5800 or 911 for an emergency. If you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 574-TIPS. You could be eligible for a cash reward up to $1000.00.


News Release: Tallahassee Police Department
May 15, 2014 - 1:45pm

The Tallahassee Police Department is searching for a vehicle in connection with the attempted break-in and shooting on South Adams Street. The vehicle appears to be a red Chevy Trailblazer.

TPD says the vehicle may be driven by another potential suspect who may have been injured in the shooting.



By: Andy Alcock
May 15, 2014 - 1:10pm

Tallahassee, FL - A manager for Student Housing Solutions tells Eyewitness News that there was an attempted break-in of an apartment at the Pointe At Adams Place apartment complex.

The manager says a resident inside the apartment shot the person attempting to break-in. The person was shot in the face and has died.

TPD is currently questioning one of the residents of the apartment.


By: Eyewitness News
May 15, 2014 - 12:30pm

Tallahassee, FL - The Tallahassee Police Department is responding to a crime scene in the 3000 block of South Adams Street.

Eyewitness News has a crew at the scene. We'll have more information as it becomes available.


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