Jesse Crawford of Cocoa Arrested, Confesses To Involvement In Seven Brevard County Armed Robberies
By Wayne Ivey, Brevard County Sheriff // December 21, 2016
suspect awaiting extradition from Jackson county
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – This evening I am very pleased to announce that the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office has identified the suspect responsible for a series of armed robberies that occurred during November in the central area of Brevard County.
Although limited information was available from witnesses and surveillance video, it was subsequently determined that a maroon Nissan Maxima was observed leaving the scene where several of the robberies were committed and was potentially linked to the various crimes.
This limited information was disseminated to Deputies and other Law Enforcement Agencies as additional patrols for convenience stores were initiated.
As a result of the initial information that was developed about the suspect vehicle, Deputy Clifton Dasher spotted a vehicle during the evening hours, that matched the description of the suspect’s car.
Deputy Dasher was able to direct BCSO Agents to the location where the car was parked so that they could conduct a follow-up investigation.
Information was subsequently developed that the suspect had fled Brevard County and was possibly hiding in another part of the state. As the investigation continued to develop new leads the suspect was arrested by Jackson County Deputies for unrelated charges.
Brevard County Agents then traveled to Jackson County, and with the assistance of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, successfully conducted an interview with the suspect.
During the interview, the suspect, identified as 41-year-old Jesse Crawford, of Cocoa, confessed to his involvement in all seven of the armed robberies that occurred in the city of Cocoa, the unincorporated area of Cocoa and Merritt Island.
Charges for the robberies are pending as Crawford faces extradition back to Brevard County after his arrest in Jackson County is resolved.
Please join me in recognizing Deputy Dasher and our entire West Precinct General Crimes Unit for their exceptional efforts.
I am extremely proud of our team who worked around the clock to solve these violent crimes and to make sure that one more violent criminal is off our streets and safely behind bars so he can’t put anyone else in harms way.
Anyone with further information about this incident is asked to please contact our Sheriff’s Office West Precinct General Crimes Unit through the Sheriff’s Office Communications Center at 321-633-7162, or contact CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477).
– Sheriff Wayne Ivey
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