Tallahassee Man Linked to 1988 Rape and Robbery

March 23, 2011 2:45pm by Julie Montanaro

A Tallahassee man is now under arrest and accused of a 1988 rape and robbery in Miami.

U.S. Marshals arrested 48 year old Lyndell Davis at a home on Ardara Drive in Killearn Estates Tuesday.

Spokesman Marty West says Davis was doing yard work when they showed up to arrest him at his brother's home.

West says Davis is accused of abducting a 16 year old girl in Miami and raping her in a church parking lot back in 1988. He says Davis is accused of attacking the teenager after following her off a city bus.

U.S. Marshals say Davis was linked to the crime by a DNA match in the CODIS system.

Davis is being held in the Leon County Jail. West says investigators from Miami-Dade are headed to Tallahassee to interview him.


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – March 23, 2011 --

The US Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force today announced the arrest of Lyndell Davis, 48, of Tallahassee, Florida for the offenses of Armed Kidnapping, Armed Sexual Assault, and Armed Robbery on a Miami Police Department case dating back to 1988. Miami Dade Police Detectives made the connection on the unsolved case involving the kidnapping, rape, and robbery of a 16 year old female after receiving a DNA match for Davis through the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Combined DNA Index System. An affidavit filed by detectives alleged that on May 23, 1988 the victim in the above case was followed by an unknown black male after getting off a Metro Bus near her residence while returning from her after school job. The victim was rushed from behind and forcibly dragged into a parking lot behind a nearby church where the male suspect proceeded to forcibly rape and rob her. Miami Dade Police Detectives assigned to the Special Victim’s Bureau, Sexual Crimes Section had been searching for Davis for the past month and had recently received information that Davis was in the Tallahassee, Florida area. MDPD Detectives contacted the US Marshals task force who quickly located Davis in the 4000 block of Ardara Drive in the Killearn Estates area. Davis, who was outside his residence doing yard work at the time, was quickly surrounded and arrested without incident. Davis is currently being held in the Leon County Jail awaiting removal back to Miami, Florida.

US Marshal Dennis Williamson stated that the arrest of Lyndell Davis highlights the great cooperation between the US Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force and local area law enforcement to track down and apprehend those individuals wanted for violent crimes. The US Marshals task force is comprised of Deputy US Marshals who work side by side on a daily basis with law enforcement officers from the Leon County Sheriff’s Office, Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office, Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office, Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, Madison County Sheriff’s Office, Taylor County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Tallahassee Police Department, Perry Police Department, and the Leon County State Attorney’s Office to locate and apprehend the most violent offenders in the State of Florida.

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  • by m Location: Wakulla on Mar 24, 2011 at 05:54 AM
    Ok for one this has nothing to do with Wakulla or David Harvey, Second you must really like harvey because you cant seem to keep his name out of your mouth. Just give up on the whole thing it's come and gone can't change what has happened or what he was charged with. If you dislike him so much then vote for someone else this following election and quit whining like a child about something you can not change.
  • by Donnie Location: Crawfordville on Mar 23, 2011 at 06:13 PM
    If you play Golf with Willie you don't have to do the time just the crime. If you don't believe just ask Willie and Harvey. Even the Criminal task force can't come between Willie and Harvey
  • by Chi Chi Location: Spring Creek on Mar 23, 2011 at 02:14 PM
    Congratulations on a good catch. How did Wakulla Sheriff's office get on a fugitive task force? Is hit and run a criteria for acceptance?
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      by Jim on Mar 23, 2011 at 06:04 PM in reply to Chi Chi
      Enough about the hit and run allegation. It's over. Let it go.
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        by Drinky Crow on Mar 24, 2011 at 11:22 AM in reply to Jim
        Why is it that every time there is an article about someone being arrested or convicted in this area, some mouth breather from Willkillya County has to chime in about David Harvey? I'm starting to think that the stories about those superior schools in Wakulla are just myths.
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          by J Timney on Mar 24, 2011 at 01:06 PM in reply to Drinky Crow
          Half of Wakulla County is crooked and the other half is just plain stupid. That is why David Harvey is brought up in every story.
  • by jean Location: Madison on Mar 23, 2011 at 01:35 PM
    I feel like this, if you do the CRIME, you should do the TIME.
  • by annonymous2 Location: Tally on Mar 23, 2011 at 01:10 PM
    Don't Praise Jesus.... Praise the law enforcement officers who risk their lives daily to bring thugs like this to justice....
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      by angel on Mar 24, 2011 at 09:42 AM in reply to annonymous2
      if it were not for God in their lives to direct our wonderful Law enforcement to these thugs, then it would not of happened...so yes..I praise Jesus, as the law enforcement who brought this thug down is my family....
  • by Anonymous on Mar 23, 2011 at 12:31 PM
    Should bein jail for life, but he won't. I say the very first sex offense, child porn, molestation, rape, you are in prison for life, no parole. Actually, if I had my way, we'd execute after offense #1 and prevent future one's for certain
  • by down the road Location: Ardara on Mar 23, 2011 at 12:17 PM
    The police should have handed Davis over to that big muscle guy on Ardara I bet he would have taught Davis a lesson!
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      by Anonymous on Mar 23, 2011 at 12:35 PM in reply to down the road
      Why make a comment like this. You know it won't happen, it just makes you look ignorant.
  • by Angel on Mar 23, 2011 at 12:06 PM
    PRAISE GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you can run but you cannot hide....I am happy they got him..PRAISE JESUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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