2017 in review: Violent crime

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By Erin Hill

In January, three men were charged in the shooting death of 19-year-old Kentrell Thomas.  Thomas, who also went by the nickname “Little Bull,” was standing outside of his Gadsden Arms apartment when he was gunned down. When police arrived at the complex, they found Thomas lying on the ground with a gunshot wound.  Two suspects, 20-year-old Mark Williams and a 15-year-old minor, were arresting and booked into the Leon County Jail and Leon County Juvenile Assessment Center, in connection with the shooting.  On Feb. 2, Keveonte Thomas was also arrested and charged with second-degree murder.   Williams and Thomas are still in the Gadsden County Jail awaiting trial, with no bond.
In September a lifelong Chattahoochee resident died after he was shot with an
AK-47 during an armed robbery at Tata’s Pool Hall.
The Chattahoochee Police Department said three armed black men, two of whom had their faces covered with T-shirts, went into the establishment and
demanded money. Two of the men had handguns and one was armed with an AK-47.
At the time of the robbery, there were six people inside the pool hall.
Police said as the suspects were collecting money, a fight broke out between a victim and a suspect because the suspect was pointing a gun at the victim’s head.
The violence escalated when a second victim grabbed a pool cue and hit one of the armed men.
Authorities said that’s when the last suspect took his AK-47 and shot and killed Frank Owens Jr., 66.
The suspects immediately left the scene in a black 2005 Chrysler 200. The car was later found abandoned about a half-mile away from the pool hall. The car was reported stolen from Tallahassee.
A few days later authorities arrested 27-year-old Bradley Lewis in connection with the murder and armed robbery. Lewis is still being held in the Gadsden County Jail with no bond.