TPD Arrest 2 For Early Morning Kidnapping

By: TPD Release, Lanetra Bennett Email
By: TPD Release, Lanetra Bennett Email

[UPDATE] by Lanetra Bennett - April 20, 2011

A FAMU student survives a kidnapping and attempted robbery early Wednesday morning.

Tallahassee Police say it started in the parking lot of the University Courtyard Apartments on South Adams Street around 2:00 a.m.

The victim's roommate, Gavin Molden, says the woman was returning home from a study session when a man pointed a gun in her back and told her to get in her car, along with another suspect.

The roommate says the men asked for $500, and they allowed her to call her mother in Atlanta to have the money wired.

Her mom then called police.

Molden said, "It was crazy because they really thought that they were going to be able to go to Walmart and get the money from the wire transfer. She was little shaken up at first, but then when she realized that how dumb the criminals were, she thought that she might be able to think her way out of this, the situation."

Police say they caught up with 19-year-old La'Vontray Wright and 17-year-old Roshun Harris in the area of Capital Circle and Apalachee Parkway.

Their charges include armed kidnapping and attempted robbery with a firearm.

The victim was not harmed.


PRESS RELEASE Tallahassee, Florida - April 20, 2011 -

Tallahassee Police Officers responded to a report of a kidnapping at 3025 South Adams Street this morning, April 20th, 2011, at approximately 2:11AM. Officers and responding investigators determined suspects Wright and Harris approached the victim in the parking lot of the apartment complex and forced her into her own vehicle at gun point. They demanded cash from her as they drove away from the area.

A family member notified TPD of the kidnapping. Sergeant Jason Laursen and Officer David Stith located the victim’s vehicle traveling in the area of Capital Circle Southeast and Apalachee Parkway. They were able to stop the vehicle in the parking lot of a nearby apartment complex and take both suspects into custody. The victim was not injured in this incident. A stolen firearm was recovered from the suspects. The gun was stolen during a burglary in Gadsden County in 2000.

Both subjects were charged with Armed Kidnapping to Facilitate a Felony, Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony, Attempted Robbery with a Firearm, and Armed Carjacking. Wright was also charged with Resisting Arrest without Violence, Furnishing a Firearm to a Minor and Driving while License Suspended.

La’Vontray Wright Roshun Harris
B/M 3/25/1992 B/M 09/06/1993

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  • by Anonymous Location: Anonymous on Apr 24, 2011 at 07:05 PM
    what was he thinking? man i hope he stay heterosexual!
  • by eric Location: adams on Apr 22, 2011 at 05:39 PM
    that was my cousin roshun harris i never knew he'd do something like that
  • by Praise God they were dumb criminals Location: Tally on Apr 22, 2011 at 07:21 AM
    This could have gone wrong in a big way and that young lady could have really been hurt...she wasn't. Angels are on her side!...Bravo Mom for staying calm and thinking clearly... I would have freaked out from fear if it was my daughter.. I doubt these young men were 'real thugs' because they obviously didn't have a serious criminal mind. This crime screams of simple drug addiction and the crazy thinking that comes with it and a need for quick cash to continue the 'high'... Going to jail might saves these young men's lives if they hit their bottom. LEO/TPD... IF my ~Middle Class Mom Self~ can identify a 'crack house' or 'dealers' on the street... WHY IN THE HECK can't you do it and then do something about it!!!! Do you need me to actually send you some addresses or take pictures of the drug dealers on the street in action... they aren't very really if you watch them...
  • by camesha Location: miami on Apr 21, 2011 at 10:08 PM
  • by Roshun Girl Friend Amarie Location: tallahassee on Apr 21, 2011 at 11:28 AM
    Roshun is a very smart young man. I doubt that he was aware of what the older man intentions were. He got his whole life ahead of him. He will have a baby girl in September.He will have alot of things to worry about. Roshun is a kind person and I doubt that he will try to hurt a female or even go along with it. I feel deep in my heart if he would have known what the boy intentions were he would not have been involved in this situation.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 21, 2011 at 01:56 PM in reply to Roshun Girl Friend Amarie
      I feel deep in my heart that you are in denial...or delusional...perhaps both.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 23, 2011 at 11:48 PM in reply to Roshun Girl Friend Amarie
      Amarie: My advice to you is (if you don't work) to get a job or two so he will not feel the pressure to steal from someone in order to support his new baby girl.
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        by Anonymous on Apr 25, 2011 at 12:36 PM in reply to Anonymous
        Let me tell you something. Roshun has no reason to steal if you really knew him you would not be judging him at all.
  • by keke Location: tallahasse on Apr 21, 2011 at 11:14 AM
    I think the 17 year old may have not known what was going on. You never know maybe he was forced.
  • by Jim Location: Tallahassee on Apr 21, 2011 at 08:06 AM
    The story made me laugh. What a bunch of dumb thug-wannabes..... Of course, I have to blame the victim for not telling them, "well, the wire transfer is going to be sent to the wire transfer department at the TPD. We have to go to the TPD office." This would have saved gas and time for the officers. Instead of driving out to WalMart, they could have just gotten on the intercom and said, "hey Frank, walk down to the front lobby and arrest these two punks waiting on a wire transfer....." But all jokes aside, the sad thing is after a year (or less) in prison, these punks will be better trained and ready for their next victim.....
  • by Thank you Location: Tallahassee on Apr 21, 2011 at 06:26 AM
    Thank you TPD for bringing my family back home. Can't say how much I really appreciate it. THANK YOU!!!! Mom
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      by anonymous on Apr 23, 2011 at 11:51 PM in reply to Thank you
      Wow... what a cool thing to say to people who have a thankless job! Thank you for thanking them.
  • by Natty Bumpo Location: Tally on Apr 21, 2011 at 04:21 AM
    "I love it when a plan comes together."
  • by Kathy Location: Crawfordville on Apr 21, 2011 at 03:01 AM
    My hats off to the mother and daughter for keeping their heads when faced with STUPID wanna be thugs. Glad that there wasn't anyone hurt.
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