Archive for Sunday, October 22, 2000

Five bodies found after armed standoff in Florida

October 22, 2000

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— The bodies of four adults and a child found dead inside a suburban Tampa home were removed Saturday after police arrested an armed man who had barricaded himself inside.

Authorities would not disclose the names or ages of the victims or release details of their deaths until autopsies are completed.

The deceased were described as three black women, a white man and a white girl, thought to be about 12 years old. Some are related, but authorities wouldn't say how.

Neighbors described the man arrested as the grandson of a woman who had lived in the home with her sister.

Dexter Alonzo Levingston, 25, was charged with three counts of aggravated assault for allegedly pointing a gun at authorities who approached the house and was being questioned about the victims, said Hillsborough County Sheriff's spokesman, Sgt. Rod Reder.

The bodies were discovered after county school district security officers went to the home Friday to check on two employees who had failed to show up for work. Reder wouldn't say how many days the two had been missing.

After getting no response at the front door, one of the officers walked toward a garage door. The other officer, looking in a garage window, saw Levingston with a handgun pointed toward the door and yelled to the officer, who backed away.

Levingston was later forced out with tear gas and taken into custody.

Levingston has a record in Hillsborough County of five arrests for offenses including driving under the influence and battery.

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