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Gainesville Police Still Seeking Murder Suspect

By on August 2nd, 2013

The Gainesville Police Department has now been looking for 26 year old Larry Whitehead Junior nearly three weeks. And officers are once again asking the public for help in finding the man the department considers armed and dangerous. Police say they have some unconfirmed information that Whitehead may have traveled to Miami, and want to know if anyone can verify that.

Larry Whitehead Junior

Gainesville Police Department

Larry Whitehead Jr.

Just after 6:00 am Sunday July 14th, the Gainesville Police Department received multiple 911 calls reporting a person shot in the area of Southern Pines Apartments at 4125 SW 17th Place. Officers arrived and established a perimeter in the area with assistance from deputies from the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office. Officers found 37 year old Samuel Hamilton dead from an apparent gunshot wound to his head.

People at the scene told investigators that Larry Whitehead forced his way into the apartment where he and Hamilton got into a verbal altercation which ultimately resulted in Whitehead allegedly producing a handgun then shooting and killing Hamilton. Whitehead then fled on foot, and was never found.

Whitehead is African-American, stands six feet tall and weighs 160 pounds. He has an extensive criminal history and should be considered armed and extremely dangerous. He is currently wanted for First Degree Murder in this case. Gainesville

If you see Whitehead, please call 911 immediately and report his location, clothing description and direction of travel. If you have any information on his whereabouts, please call GPD Detective Martin Honeycutt at 352-393-7615. You can also make an ANONYMOUS tip by texting keyword “GPDFL” plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES).


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