Lancaster girl kidnapped, killed over stolen drugs
ROBYN H. JIMENEZ | 7/10/2017, 10:08 a.m.
The Dallas Examiner
During what may have been the longest four days of their life, a Lancaster family was suddenly faced with the abduction and murder of a teenage female member in the family.
On June 28 at 10:48 a.m., the Lancaster Police Department responded to a missing person call in the 1300 block of Southridge Drive. Officers made contact with the reporting person and family member, who stated that she received a phone call from an unknown male who stated they had Shavon Le’Faye Randle, a 13-year-old eighth-grade student who was being held against her will, according to department representatives.
The unknown male on the phone also made threats to harm her. Without enough leads to go on and knowing that young Randle was very likely in immediate danger, an Amber Alert was issued.
Hours later, the LPD released the information to the media, describing Randle as a missing Black female, approximately 13 years old, 5 foot 5 inches, weighing 120 pounds. She was last seen June 28 at approximately 9:45 a.m. wearing a white shirt and blue basketball shorts.
The media announcement also asked the public to contact the LPD if anyone had information on Randle or her abductors and information on a vehicle that may belong to the kidnappers. Print and broadcast media alerts, along with social media posts, went out immediately.
“Further investigation revealed a possible suspect vehicle was seen and described as a white 4-door sedan with the damage of dark paint transfer on the rear passenger side of the vehicle,” the LPD notification stated.
The next day, as the search continued for the young missing teen, the LPD requested assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. As the FBI joined the search, its tip line was issued to the public.
At one point, the family reported having received threatening calls and a ransom demand, but no additional information was released at that time.
Later that day, as the investigation intensified, police held a press conference to release information on four people of interest that they were actively seeking for questioning. Detectives believed 26-year-old Darius Fields of Glenn Heights, 19-year-old Michael Titus of Dallas, 25-year-old Laporshya Polley of Dallas and 24-year-old Devontae Owens of Dallas had information about the abduction.
An award for the whereabouts and safe return of Randle was also issued during the conference.
“[We’re] asking anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Shavon Randle to please release her and allow her to come home,” an officer stated. “As a result of Shavon’s kidnapping, the FBI’s offering a $25,000 reward for the identification and location of Owens and Titus, and the safe return of Shavon. Anyone with information regarding Owens and Titus or Shavon’s location, please contact the FBI’s tip line.”
On Saturday, as a result of the FBI’s plea for information related to the disappearance of Randle and the location of Owens and Titus, the LPD and the FBI arrested Owens early Saturday. The team also arrested 30-year-old Laquon Wilkerson, who was identified as another suspect in the kidnapping. Both were held on $500,000 bond and charged with aggravated kidnapping.