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Amber Alert update: Child safe, armed suspect in standoff surrenders to law enforcement

Caesar Crockett accused of leading authorities on pursuit

Child may be with male traveling in black Pontiac
Child may be with male traveling in black Pontiac

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – UPDATE: A 2-year-old boy at the center of an Amber Alert has been found safe and the man accused of taking him has surrendered to law enforcement, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Troopers said they spotted Caesar Crockett, 29, near Interstate 75 and Fowler Avenue at about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday and initiated a pursuit that led to I-4.

Caesar Crockett is accused of topping speeds of 120 mph as he fled from troopers and Tampa police, then he crashed while attempting to exit I-4 at I-75.

Troopers say the suspect in an Amber Alert crashed near I-4 after a pursuit.
Troopers say the suspect in an Amber Alert crashed near I-4 after a pursuit. (Florida Highway Patrol)

King Crockett, 2, was safely recovered after the crash but as of 3:20 p.m., Caesar Crockett was in a standoff and refusing to surrender. Authorities said he was armed and is considered a suspect in a homicide.

Drivers were asked to avoid the area.

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The Florida Department of Law enforcement has issued an Amber Alert for 2-year-old King Crockett out of Alachua County.

According to a news release, King was seen on Newberry Road and I-75 in Gainesville Tuesday wearing a black hoodie with a blue Superman logo, a black shirt and blue jogging pants with a white stripe down the side.

Officials say King may be in the company of Caesar Crockett, 29, who was last seen wearing a faded long-sleeve black shirt and black baseball shorts with three red and white stripes on the side.

Investigators said the two may be traveling in a 2007 black Pontiac G5, with temporary Georgia tag number S0325629.

Anyone who sees King or Crockett should immediately call 911, but should not approach.

This is a developing story. Stay with News 6 for updates.


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