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Florida police arrest 4 with criminal histories in connection with teen’s death

Four individuals from Florida, after a four-day investigation, have been arrested in connection to the murder of 15-year-old Quashawn Burgess, Jr., who was shot and killed during the early morning hours Sept. 12.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrests of 20-year-old Rashan Harris, II, of Bartow, and 30-year-old Lilia Gonzalez, 23-year-old Jase Govia and 34-year-old Pierre Sauveur all of Winter Haven on Monday.

“I said during the beginning of this investigation that my detectives would not stop working until they found the suspect or suspects responsible for this young man’s murder — and they did exactly that,” Sheriff Grady Judd said. “What started as the attempted robbery of a female convicted felon illegally in possession of a stolen firearm ended in a fatal shooting. A series of really bad choices by everyone involved ended in a death and hopefully very long prison sentences for two others.”

Gonzalez was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, dealing in stolen property, tampering with evidence, grand theft of a firearm, and numerous drug charges.

All four people who were arrested have extensive criminal histories, the sheriff’s office noted. Harris, for instance, was arrested and charged with 53 felonies and 26 misdemeanors between 2017 and 2022, which include armed robbery, battery of a law enforcement official, grand theft, resisting arrest, and dealing in stolen property. He was recently released from the Polk County Jail in January 2023 after being arrested in December 2020 on 60 charges.

Greg Wehner is a breaking news reporter for Fox News Digital.


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