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Tip & teamwork takes teenage menace off the streets… again

on Fri, 02/01/2013 - 14:15

January 25, 2013

Tip & teamwork takes teenage menace off the streets… again

Thanks to an anonymous tip called in to Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers, a North Fort Myers teenager who has wreaked havoc for months on end is finally behind bars in Kentucky.

Damien Licquia, DOB 5/8/97, was arrested shortly before 8 p.m. last night and is currently in a jail cell at the McCracken County (KY) Juvenile Detention Center on seven warrants out of Lee County, including burglary (occupied and unoccupied), grand theft, grand theft of a firearm and dealing in stolen property, among others.  Upon receiving the anonymous tip, members of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office’s Fugitive Warrants Unit immediately made contact with the Christian County Sheriff’s Office to assist in the apprehension of Licquia.  Throughout the day yesterday, fugitive warrants detectives from Lee County worked in collaboration with the Christian County Sheriff’s Office and the Hopkinsville Police Department to track the elusive juvenile down.  Deputies did locate Licquia during the day, but the 15 year old managed to get away.  However, dedicated deputies both in Lee County and Kentucky worked vigilantly throughout the day – and their efforts finally paid off when Licquia was taken into custody several hours later.

Despite his young age, Licquia has already established himself as a well versed criminal in Lee County.  In 2012, Licquia had been arrested three times on 18 different charges.  He also has a pending charge of resisting an officer with violence, stemming from a run-in with the law in which Licquia struck a deputy in the face and bit his thumb while being arrested.  When the latest warrants for his arrest were issued in early December, Licquia started a cat and mouse game with deputies, hiding in various locations throughout the Suncoast Estates area.  At some point he fled the state to Kentucky, but thanks to the Crime Stoppers tipster, and the quick and dedicated work of Lee County and Kentucky deputies, Licquia is back behind bars.  At some point in the near future, he will be extradited back to Lee County to face the long list of charges awaiting him here.

“Crime Stoppers is extremely grateful to the person who called in the tip, and also to the dedicated men in law enforcement who worked relentlessly to apprehend this repeat offender,” said Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers Coordinator.  “Licquia clearly has no respect for the law, nor the consequences of his actions.  Hopefully this latest arrest will afford him some time in jail to think about the path that he’s travelling on at far too young of an age.”

For additional information, contact Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers Coordinator, at 239-477-1407 or troutte@sheriffleefl.org.

Note:  A photo of Licquia’s last mugshot from Lee County is attached to this release. 

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