Fort Pierce man charged with June burglary, murder

FORT PIERCE — A months-long investigation has led to a Fort Pierce man being jailed in Hillsborough County on multiple charges, including murder in an attempted home-invasion robbery on North 16th Court in June, according to an arrest affidavit.

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Fort Pierce teen charged with attempted murder after shooting

FORT PIERCE — A 17-year-old boy was arrested Wednesday on an attempted murder charge after a shooting incident on North 16th Court, according to an affidavit released Thursday.

Angel Miguel Roberts, of the 1200 block of North 16th Court in Fort Pierce, also was arrested on a possession of weapon or ammunition by an adjudicated delinquent charge in connection with the 11:55 a.m. incident.

A 20-year-old man told Fort Pierce police he was standing in front of an address in the 1300 block of North 16th Court with his 27-year-old wife when Roberts passed.

The 20-year-old man said he approached Roberts and two other people in the street. That, he said, is when Roberts pulled a small handgun and fired shots at him.

The gunfire struck no one, and police did not recover the weapon, said Sgt. Jason Braun, police spokesman.

The 27-year-old woman said she got messages and a picture on Facebook from Roberts on Tuesday. She said Roberts sent her a photo of Roberts and another person with a gun.

She said Roberts and two others approached her front door, saying Roberts pointed a handgun at her. She said she ran back in her apartment and called 911.

While Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers does not customarily name juveniles accused of crimes, it does name some juveniles depending on the seriousness of the crime, their age, aggravating circumstances and other factors.

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Police investigate child molestation claims in Fort Pierce

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Erskin Johnson: Suspect arrested in Fort Pierce homicide that occurred on June 3

FORT PIERCE, Fla. – A Fort Pierce man was arrested Monday in connection with a homicide that occurred almost five months ago.

U.S. Marshals arrested Erskin Johnson, 25, with the June 3 homicide of Clifford Lott. 

Johnson is currently being held in the Hillsborough County Jail without bond. 

Lott was shot during a home invasion robbery, said police. He was taken to a local trauma center for treatment but later died on June 14.  

Johnson was arrested and charged with homicide, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill, burglary with assault or battery and possession of a weapon by convicted felon. 

The investigation into this case is ongoing.  If you have any information regarding this incident please contact Detective Tyrone Campbell at 772-467-6829.

If you would like to remain anonymous please contact the Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers with any information that may lead to the identity of the suspects at 1-800-273-TIPS (8477). 


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Fort Pierce Police investigate shooting near Lincoln Park Academy

FORT PIERCE — One person was arrested Wednesday in connection with a shooting near Lincoln Park Academy, Fort Pierce Police spokesman Sgt. Jason Braun said.

Multiple shots were fired about 12:15 p.m. during a disturbance near North 17th Street in Fort Pierce, Braun said.

No injuries were reported from the scene, police said.

Classes at Lincoln Park Academy at 1806 Avenue I in Fort Pierce ended at 11:34 a.m. for a scheduled district early release.

Police did not release the suspect’s identity or the charge late Wednesday.

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Two arrested on gun possession charges in Fort Pierce

FORT PIERCE — Police arrested two people on gun possession charges and found a third gun during a weekend of gunfire incidents in the city’s northwest neighborhoods, according to police reports.

The gun roundup started around 2:30 p.m. when officers found a handgun on the ground near North 16th Street, at Avenue E, after gunfire was reported.

About an hour later, officers apprehended Port St. Lucie resident Devonte Davis, 16, of the 1500 block of Curtis Street Southwest, on charges of possession of a handgun, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He is being held in the St. Lucie Regional Juvenile Detention Center following his arrest near Avenue L after running from officers, the reports state.

At 5:50 p.m. Sunday, Fort Pierce resident Amos Moss, 29, was charged with possession of a semi-automatic gun found in a Toyota sedan police stopped on suspicion it has been involved in an earlier shooting incident near North 29th Street and Avenue M. Moss, of the 3100 block of Avenue S, is out of the St. Lucie County Jail under a $15,750 bail.

Investigations into the three cases are ongoing. People with information should contact Detective Tad Lindstadt at 772-467-6873. Or contact Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers 1-800-273-8477.

Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers customarily doesn’t name juveniles accused of crimes but does name some juveniles depending on the seriousness of the crime, their age, aggravating circumstances and other factors.

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High School Football: Port St. Lucie 10, Fort Pierce Westwood 7

Images from the football game between Port St. Lucie and Fort Pierce Westwood high schools on Thursday, October 23, 2014. (SAM WOLFE/TREASURE COAST NEWSPAPERS)

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Fort Pierce man faces murder charge in connection with June slaying

A 25-year-old Fort Pierce man was arrested in the Tampa area Monday afternoon in connection with a homicide that took place in June, city police said.

Erskin Johnson is accused of killing Clifford Lott during a June 3 home-invasion robbery on North 16th Court, north of Avenue Q and west of Frances K. Sweet Elementary School.

Lott was shot multiple times and succumbed to his injuries several days after the shooting. A warrant for was issued for Johnson’s arrest Oct. 17, and agents from the U.S. Marshal’s Task Force found him Monday and took him into custody.

He was being held without bail at the Hillsborough County Jail in Tampa. Johnson faces charges of homicide while engaged in certain offenses, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.

He was released in March after serving nearly five years in state prison for carrying a concealed firearm, altering a firearm identification and marijuana manufacturing, sale and delivery, police said.

According to the arrest affidavit, Johnson and two unidentified suspects forced a man inside his home on North 16th Court. Lott and another man were inside when shots were fired.

Lott was hit at least once in the lower abdomen and also his upper left thigh.

Police are still looking for information regarding the other suspects. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Tyrone Campbell at 772-467-6829, or Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 800-273-TIPS (8477). Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous.

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Norris’s Famous Place for Ribs in Fort Pierce has closed

FORT PIERCE – The decades-old Norris’s Famous Place For Ribs restaurant north of Fort Pierce is closed, according to signs on its doors on Sunday morning.

The signs refer customers to the restaurant’s other location in Port St. Lucie, in the 6500 block of South U.S. 1.

The owners couldn’t be reached for immediate comment about the shutdown of the family-style restaurant halfway between Vero Beach and Fort Pierce at the outskirts of St. Lucie Village in the 3000 block of U.S. 1.

That location is far from population centers but the eatery has survived there until now.

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Fort Pierce Library ArtSpace features Tom Tutterrow

You still have a chance to see artwork by Tom Tutterrow. His pieces are on display at the Fort Pierce Branch Library’s ArtSpace until the end of the month.

Tutterrow began drawing at a very young age, starting out with comic strips and caricatures. He studied art in Houston and also worked as an illustrator for a greeting card company.

The Library’s ArtSpace location routinely displays art by residents. Call 772-462-2199 for information.

Other exhibits to note

The Mandel JCC Palm Beach Gardens presents mixed-media artist Debbie Lee Mostel’s latest series of paintings and sculptures through Nov. 7 in the Lyons Art Gallery. In this exhibition, Mostel explores not only her personal happiness of religious freedom but the liberty of being women, artists and ecologists, as well as the impact of liberty on personal choices.

The JCC is at 5221 Hood Road. For information, visit or call 561-712-5232.

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