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 February 15th, 2010  
St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara releases statement regarding double-homicide
 
Here is a statement from St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara regarding the two homicide victims whose bodies were found Sunday afternoon in St. Lucie County:

GOOD AFTERNOON….I WANT TO UPDATE OUR COMMUNITY CONCERNING THE TWO BODIES FOUND EXACTLY 24 HOURS AGO AT 1700 CORONADO AVENUE IN FORT PIERCE. THE AREA IS OFF OF SUNRISE BLVD JUST NORTH OF CORTEZ BLVD. ALSO, I WANT TO AND ASK THE COMMUNITY’S HELP IN EVENTS LEADING UP TO AND AFTER THE DISCOVERY OF THE BODIES.

I AM ASKING ANYONE WITH INFORMATION THAT CAN HELP US WITH OUR INVESTIGATION TO PLEASE CALL TREASURE COAST CRIME STOPPERS AT 1800 273 8477 (TIPS). YOU CAN REPORT YOUR INFORMATION WITHOUT GIVING YOUR NAME, AND IF THE INFORMATION LEADS TO AN ARREST, YOU CAN BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CASH REWARD.

AS I WILL EXPLAIN, THERE ARE SEVERAL AREAS OF THE INVESTIGATION IN WHICH WE NEED MORE INFORMATION.

YESTERDAY, SUNDAY FEBRUARY 14, AT APPROXIMATELY 9 AM, 9-1-1 RECEIVED A CALL IN REGARD TO A SUSPICIOUS VEHICLE AT 126 NORTH 28TH STREET. THIS LOCATION IS JUST NORTH OF ORANGE AVENUE ON NORTH 28TH STREET IN FRONT OF A GROUP OF APARTMENTS. THE VEHICLE IN QUESTION WAS A GREEN FORD EXPEDITION.

THE FORT PIERCE POLICE DEPARTMENT RESPONDED AND LOCATED THE VEHICLE IN THE PARKING LOT IN FRONT OF THE APARTMENTS AT THAT ADDRESS. THAT VEHICLE WAS TOWED BY FORT PIERCE POLICE DEPARTMENT. IT WAS LATER LEARNED THAT VEHICLE WAS OWNED BY THE FEMALE SHOOTING VICTIM'S MOTHER WHO RESIDES IN MIAMI.

FIRST, WE NEED ASSISTANCE FROM ANYONE WHO SAW WHO MIGHT OF PARKED THAT VEHICLE IN FRONT OF THE APARTMENTS AND WHEN.

EXACTLY 24 HOURS AGO YESTERDAY, SUNDAY FEBRUARY 14, AT 2 PM, 9-1-1 RECEIVED A CALL OF A SUSPICIOUS PERSON IN THE VICINITY OF 17TH AND CORONADO. AGAIN, THE FORT PIERCE POLICE DEPARTMENT RESPONDED, AND SHORTLY AFTER THEIR ARRIVAL ANOTHER 911 CALL WAS RECEIVED THAT 2 BODIES WERE FOUND BEHIND THE RESIDENCE AT 1700 CORONADO AVENUE.

THE FORT PIERCE POLICE DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THE AREA AND CONFIRMED THE FACT THAT TWO DECEASED BODIES WERE PRESENT. REALIZING THAT THIS LOCATION WAS IN THE UNINCORPORATED PART OF THE COUNTY, THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE WAS NOTIFIED AND TOOK OVER THE INVESTIGATION.

WHAT WE KNOW IS THAT A BLACK MALE AND A BLACK FEMALE WERE VICTIMS OF A SHOOTING. THE BLACK MALE IS IDENTIFIED AS TRAVIS JOHN LATTIMORE. THE BLACK FEMALE WAS IDENTIFIED AS SHARPKINA YOLANDA WOODS. MS. WOODS IS THE GIRLFRIEND OF TRAVIS LATTIMORE.

OUR INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT BOTH VICTIMS MOVED TO ST. LUCIE COUNTY IN OCTOBER OF LAST YEAR FROM THE MIAMI DADE AREA, SO THEY HAVE BEEN IN OUR COUNTY APPROXIMATELY 5 MONTHS.

TRAVIS JOHN LATTIMORE HAD AN EXTENSIVE CRIMINAL HISTORY IN MIAMI DADE AND WAS RECENTLY WAS ALSO A SUSPECT IN A HOMICIDE

THAT OCCURRED IN MIAMI DADE ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH. MIAMI DADE HOMICIDES DETECTIVES HAD A WARRANT FOR TRAVIS LATTIMORE’S ARREST.

I AM ASKING OUR COMMUNITY FOR HELP IN IDENTIFYING ANY PERSON OR PERSONS THAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN WITH TRAVIS JOHN LATTIMORE AND SHARPKINA YOLANDA WOODS IN THE DAYS AND HOURS PRECEDING THEIR DISCOVERED BODIES.

AUTOPSIES ARE CURRENTLY STILL BEING PERFORMED ON THE VICTIMS TO POSITIVELY IDENTIFY THE CAUSE OF DEATH.

ST. LUCIE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE DETECTIVES ARE ACTIVELY CANVASSING THE NEIGHBORHOODS WERE THE VICTIMS WERE FOUND AND WHERE THE VEHICLE WAS FOUND.

ONE THING I WANT TO ASSURE THE RESIDENTS OF ORANGE BLOSSOM ESTATES. OUR INVESTIGATION IS REVEALING THAT THIS ACT OF VIOLENCE WAS NOT A RANDOM ACT COMMITTED IN THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD.

IT APPEARS THAT THE HOMICIDES OCCURRED ELSEWHERE AND THE BODIES OF BOTH VICTIMS WERE DROPPED BEHIND THE RESIDENCE AT 1700 CORONADO AVENUE BY A PERSON OR PERSONS FAMILIAR WITH THE AREA AND/OR THE HOUSE.  * * *

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