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Four Hour Track Finds Suspect in Tree

LCPD: On Sunday, February 19, 2016, the Lake City Police Department received a call regarding a suspicious vehicle in the Hampton Inn parking lot. The first officer on scene ran the displayed Tennessee license plate, which indicated that the vehicle was stolen. The two vehicle occupants, identified as Crystal Wingo and Thomas Williams, were detained.

While securing the occupants of the stolen vehicle, a separate call came in regarding a suspicious person attempting to break into vehicles at the nearby Home2Suites. As officers arrived and attempted to detain the third man, identified later as Jacon Chosie, he fled into the woods behind the property. Officers were unable to locate him at that time.

Several hours after the initial calls, LCPD received a phone call from an anonymous person in Tennessee, identifying Chosie and indicating that he was armed with a handgun. Officers put out alerts to nearby agencies to Be On the Look Out for Chosie.

At approximately 4:00pm LCPD received a call about a suspicious person at Brandywine Apartments. According to the caller he had made contact with the suspicious person and described Chosie. The caller further advised that the suspect was armed and threatened to shoot “anyone who messes with him.” Officers responded and established a perimeter around the area. One officer observed Chosie run past the perimeter and into a nearby wooded area. The peremiter was expanded, and a Bloodhound Tracking Team was requested from the Florida Department of Corrections / Baker Correctional Institute.

As bloodhound units tracked Chosie, an assisting unit from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office observed Chosie cross into the Lake Montgomery neighborhood, located alongside SW Grandview St and SW McFarlane Ave. The perimeter was again moved and expanded and K-9 units from CCSO and LCPD, along with bloodhounds from FDOC, began to search the area.

Alerts were sent out via LCPD’s Social Media channels notifying residents to remain indoors, lock their doors, and call 911 if they saw anyone in their yard that was not law enforcement. Over the course of the incident, these postings reached over 30,000 people, with several people who followed LCPD calling friends and relatives in the neighborhood to notify them. One resident in the area who saw the alert on LCPD’s Facebook and began remotely monitoring her home’s security camera. Shortly after, she observed Chosie in her yard and notified LCPD.

At 7:32pm, Chosie was located nearby, hiding in a tall tree at 705 Summerset Way. Officers attempted to talk him down out of the tree however he ignored commands. Several LCPD units climbed nearby trees in an attempt to apprehend Chosie, however before they could reach him, he fell.

Chosie landed at the base of the tree and was immediately detained. In his fall, he suffered multiple fractures, and was transported to Shands Lake Shore Hospital by EMS. After being treated, he was released and taken to the Columbia County Jail.

“We would like to thank all the residents in the area for their patients as we spent nearly four hours tracking this criminal,” said Lake City Police Chief Argatha Gilmore. “We have reports that indicate Chosie attempted to gain entry to multiple homes in the area, and I’d also like to thank everyone for being vigilant and locking their doors.”

Chosie was unarmed at the time of his arrest and officers were unable to locate one in the immediate area. Later today, the Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission Division of Law Enforcement will assist LCPD with an Article Search of the area. If anyone in the area discovers a discarded firearm, they are urged not to touch it, even to collect it for law enforcement. Leave it where it lies and contact LCPD immediately.

“As a final note, I’d like to thank all the community members who helped us during this incident. Receiving reports of suspicious activity was critical to this case.” Gilmore said. She chalks this up as a clear victory for the motto “If You See Something, Say Something.”

Wingo and Williams were both charged with Grand. Williams also faces charges Giving False Name to Law Enforcement and Possession of Marijuana. Chosie faces charges including Vehicle Theft, Burglary, Resisting Arrest, Trespassing, and Disturbing the Peace.

Crystal Lynn Wingo - White / Female
10/29/1985 (31)
2559 E 5th Ave
Knoxville, TN 37914

CHARGES: Grand Theft

Thomas Lee Williams - White / Male
12/30/1981 (35)
2559 E 5th Ave
Knoxville, TN 37915

CHARGES: Grand Theft
Possession of Marijuana
Giving False Name

Jacob Dennis Chosie
2/15/1983 (34)
5611 Merchants Center Blvd
Knoxville, TN 37912

CHARGES: Burglary
Vehicle Theft
Resisting Arrest
Disturbing the Peace