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Thirteen-Year-Old Held Ransom Over Drugs


A recent AMBER alert in Lancaster, Texas ended with the discovery of two dead teens. One of the teens was Shavon Randle, a 13-year-old who had been kidnapped and held hostage due to her involvement with drugs, robberies and money deals.

“According to the FBI, Randle and an adult male, identified as 19-year-old Michael Titus, were both discovered deceased inside the home in the 2200 block of Kiest Avenue. Titus was one of the four original persons of interest in Randle’s disappearance on Wednesday. On Monday, the Dallas Medical Examiner ruled Titus’ death a homicide by a gunshot wound to the head” (Eiserer, Goins, 2017, n.p.).

Once Titus was ruled out, the FBI and the Lancaster Police Department gained a new suspect. They arrested 24-year-old Devontae Owens. He is currently being held on “aggravated kidnapping charges.” in the Dallas County Jail.

According to the Lancaster police, the arrest affidavit reveals that the events leading up to the current situation started two days before Randle had gone missing. Apparently, there had been large amounts of narcotics missing from a Lancaster Motel 6. In addition, court documents showed that Kendall Perkins, a 22-year-old, stole the drugs from 26-year-old, Darius Fields and Owens. Perkins’ girlfriend is Ledoris Randle, a relative of Shavon.

“Ledoris told police that she received a call at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday from a private number and the voice on the other end said they had Shavon and warned if she called the police, the 7th grader would be killed… The arrest affidavit says a co-worker of Ledoris Randle confided to her that one of the men that had the narcotics stolen was Fields, and that ‘Fields has history with kidnapping people’” (Eiserer, Goins, 2017, n.p.).

Lancaster police got ahold of a phone number that was traced back to Owen. A call detail analysis showed that his phone and Shavon Randle’s phone were both in the same area of her home the Wednesday before the incident occurred.

The FBI and the Lancaster Police Department identified yet another suspect, Laquon Wilkerson, who soon after got arrested. He was then transported to the Dallas County Jail and was then charged with “aggravated kidnapping” as well.

“Irving officials located 25-year-old LaPorschya Polley and Fields, two of the four persons of interest who they named in connection with the case on Friday. They face drug charges as well as tampering with evidence” (Eiserer, Goins, 2017, n.p.).

The police released the arrest warrant for one last suspect, Desmond Jones. He had been charged with “failure to report a felony” after showing officers the bodies.

Eric K. Jackson, FBI special agent in charge, gave a few words: “We have positively identified the young female is Shavon Randle. We have notified the family of this information and we’re in the process of continuing our investigation,” (Eiserer, Goins, 2017, n.p.).

For more information on this topic please read Shavon Randle was kidnapped.”


Eiserer, T., & Goins, D. (2017, July 03). Shavon Randle was kidnapped, held for ransom over drugs. Retrieved July 13, 2017, from http://www.wfaa.com/news/local/amber-alert-continues-for-lancaster-teen/453448249

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Samantha is a Curry College Senior from Connecticut and a journalism intern at BlueLine News. She is continuing with Summer courses, with a Major in Criminal Justice and a Minor in Management. Campus leadership experience has led her to be a friendly, flexible, responsible, motivated and organized individual.