LAKE PLACID — Highlands County Sheriff’s Deputies made arrests in the Nov. 25 attempted murder of a 52-year-old Lake Placid man.
Akeem Demarries Hill, 28, of Lake Placid, aka “Quarter Head,” was arrested on Monday evening, Dec. 3, and faces multiple first-, second- and third-degree felonies. The charges are: second-degree attempted murder, assault with intent to commit a felony, using a firearm during a felony, displaying a firearm during a felony, firing a weapon in public, and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.
Hill has three probation violations and is being held without bond in the Highlands County Jail, according to the Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Scott Dressel.
Also arrested by the Sheriff’s Office in connection with the attempted murder of the Lake Placid man was Jurvoski Tamon Hawthorne Sr. on Tuesday, Dec. 4.
Hawthorne’s charges mirror Hill’s: attempted second-degree murder, assault with intent to commit a felony, weapon offense – displaying a firearm during a felony, firing a weapon in public, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Hawthorne was on felony probation at the time of the shooting for a 2016 attempted second degree murder, armed robbery, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Both men are in jail with no bond.
According to the arrest report, the victim was driving southbound on Bunche Street in Highway Park on Sunday, Nov. 25. Suddenly, a silver or grey four-door car sped past the victim’s vehicle and stopped short in front and came to rest near Anderson Street.
It was later determined the silver car was driven by Hill. Hawthorne and two unidentified males were passengers in the car.
The victim got out of his vehicle and walked toward Hill’s car. Deputies say that’s when Hill and Hawthorne and a third unidentified man got out of the silver car.
The report also shows that Hill and Hawthorne had semi-automatics in their hands, pointed them at the victim and began shooting. Hawthorne allegedly shouted that he was going to shoot the victim before the first shot. Hawthorne’s arrest report states the two gunmen stood about arm’s length apart from the victim.
The victim ran behind his vehicle, which provided protection from the bullets; he was unharmed.
The arrest report said the victim is romantically involved with Hawthorne’s ex-girlfriend and Hawthorne was harassing her on Facebook.
Hill and the other men returned to the car and drove west on Anderson Street.
After the shooting, the victim told deputies that he personally knew Hawthorne and Hill and also knew they were both on probation. Crime scene detectives removed a bullet from the victim’s tire, as well as nine Winchester .40 caliber casings on the ground near the victim’s car.
Deputies went to Hawthorne’s house nearby to question him in connection with the shooting. Hawthorne was not in residence but should have been because of his probation curfew.
In Hawthorne’s arrest report, the deputy said there were four men in the car. Dressel said the Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the incident.
“We are still investigating the shooting and working to identify all those who were involved and what their level of involvement was,” Dressel said.
This shooting was the second shooting of the weekend of Nov. 24 and 25. On Saturday, Nov. 24, two men were shot behind the Highway Park Liquors store before sunrise. Both men were found with gunshot wounds. One was taken by personal vehicle to Florida Hospital Lake Placid and the other was flown to Lee Memorial. Neither men’s injuries were life threatening.
Authorities say they have no indication to believe the shootings are related.
The Sheriff’s Office would like the community’s help with the Nov. 24 shooting. Contact Detective Bradley Freimuth at 863-402-7250 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any information regarding the incident.