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13-231 Pinellas Deputies Arrest Michigan Fugitive Wanted For Murder and Attempted Murder

Who:
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Investigative Operations Bureau
-Robbery/Homicide Unit
Patrol Operations Bureau
-SWAT Team

Alex John Parker Jr. (Arrested)
DOB: 05/06/1986
Address: 745 Lomita Avenue, Flint, Michigan
Local Address: 1332 Overlea Street, Clearwater
Arrested for fugitive warrant out of Flint, Michigan for murder and attempted murder

What:
Detectives assigned to the Robbery/Homicide Unit have arrested a fugitive out of Flint Michigan. The suspect was wanted for murder and attempted murder. Detectives arrested the suspect after a Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team executed a search warrant at a private residence in Clearwater.

When:
The suspect was arrested at about 1:45 a.m. on October 26, 2013.

Where:
The suspect was arrested at a private residence located at 1332 Overlea Street in Clearwater.

Why/How:
At about 1:45 this morning, the Sheriff’s Office SWAT team executed a search warrant at 1332 Overlea Street in Clearwater and arrested 27-year-old Alex John Parker Jr. of Flint, Michigan. Parker was wanted for shooting two men, one fatally, earlier this month in Flint.

According to Michigan authorities, on October 12, 2013, Parker shot the two men, allegedly in retaliation- after one of them shot him several weeks before. Parker fled and warrants were issued for his arrest – one for homicide and the other for attempted homicide.

The Sheriff’s Office began working with investigators of the Michigan State Police and developed leads that Parker could be staying at the Overlea Street residence. On October 25th, Pinellas detectives established surveillance at the residence and observed an individual matching the suspect’s description.

Several women were also seen entering the residence. A rental vehicle (later returned to an area car rental company); and a vehicle bearing a Michigan tag were also observed.

Detectives assigned to the Robbery/Homicide Unit secured a search warrant; and early on the 26th the Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team made entry into the home. Parker was located in a bedroom hiding underneath a bed. He was arrested without incident. Four women; and nine children ranging in ages from 1 to 11 years old were also inside the home. No injuries were reported. The women and the children in the home were known to the suspect, one of the women was identified as his girlfriend.

Detectives conducted interviews with the various subjects. No additional arrests were made.

During the early morning hours detectives continued executing the search of the home. No weapon was found.

Detectives say Parker has a long criminal history of felony drug charges including possession of cocaine and marijuana. He was considered armed and dangerous.

Robbery/Homicide detectives are in contact with Michigan State Police investigators, who will begin the extradition process for the suspect.

The investigation continues.

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