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Investigations continue into local homicide cases

SEBRING - On Nov. 15, 2009, Alton Perry, 30, was walking down an alley between Lemon Street and E.O. Douglas Avenue when two men robbed him of $14,500 worth of cash and jewelry, Sebring police said.

About three months later in February 2010, Perry's body was discovered at 1142 Lemon Ave., on the driveway of the residence.

The residence was that of a girlfriend of Perry, Police Commander Steve Carr said.

Three years later, on April 2, 2013, in an unrelated case, the body of Antwan Reeves, 30, was found in a Reeve's vehicle, which was parked on the side of Bossie Watson Avenue, police said.

Although the body was apparently there for several days, no one had reported it sooner, police said. That may have been because the windows were tinted, Carr said.

"It was determined that Reeves is from the Miami area and was in Sebring to visit friends," Police Lt. Karl Hoglund said.

And on Jan. 3, 2013, Rishard Rooks, 19, was discovered deceased behind an apartment building at the Villas. Rooks was murdered, police said. Rooks did not live at the Villas, but apparently had an acquaintance there, Carr said.

Hoglund said apparently Rooks stayed with friends and may not have had a permanent residence.

One common denominator in the three unrelated cases is that no arrests have been made.

In all three cases, police are still releasing very little information, including exactly how the three men were killed. But Carr and Hoglund are hoping that additional publicity will result in people coming forward and providing information.

"Obviously, there is more information out there, but people aren't coming forward with it," Carr said.

The three had criminal records, he said, adding that Perry appeared to have the most extensive record. That included possession of cocaine and possession and sale of marijuana.

In regards to Perry, police arrested two suspects in connection with his robbery, Dwight Cleon Hankerson Jr., and Marvin Chermaine Owens. But police have never said whether Hankerson or Owens have ever been considered suspects in Perry's murder.

As for the murder of Perry, Lawdonda Jones, the mother of his girlfriend, said last year that her daughter expected that Reeves was coming to visit her and she had no idea as to why Reeves would have come to Sebring.

Police encourage anyone with information in any of the cases to call Heartland Crime Stoppers at (800) 226-8477.


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