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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 19-148

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Affairs Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • April 3, 2019
    • Contact Person:
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    • 813/247-8060

    Murder Charges In Arson, Triple Homicide

    Two men have been charged.
    • Thursday
    • November 15, 2018
    • Time: 3:05 PM
    • 6221 16th Avenue South
    • Tampa

    Suspect:


    Xavier Whitehead
    DOB: 04/03/90
    Current location: Falkenburg Road Jail.

    New Charges: Armed Burglary of a Dwelling, 1st Degree Murder with Firearm x3, Robbery with a Firearm

    Previous Charges:  Armed Burglary of a Dwelling, Arson 1st Degree, Tampering with Physical Evidence

    Details:

    The man accused of burning down a mobile home hours after a three people were killed has now been charged with murder. Throughout the course of the investigation, detectives identified Xavier Whitehead as one of the men in the two previously-released surveillance videos. A warrant was issued and Whitehead was arrested in December of 2018. Detectives continued to work the case and now Whitehead is charged with three counts of First Degree Murder. 

    Another suspect, Ricky Wilkerson Jr. (DOB: 10/17/1995), remains in custody charged in connection with this triple homicide.

    On November 15, 2018, at approximately 3:05 p.m., HCSO dispatch received a 911 call leading deputies to 6221 16th Avenue South in Tampa for a house fire. Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office patrol deputies and Hillsborough County Fire Rescue responded and found a mobile home in the back of the property on fire. Firefighters entered the residence and located three people deceased inside.

    A neighborhood canvas was conducted and video was located from surrounding residences, which captured three subjects exiting a white Nissan Altima at the residence. The cameras also capture a gray Infiniti at the residence shortly after, where one subject exits and ignites the residence on fire.

    This investigation is ongoing.

    Anyone with information in reference to this incident is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at 813-247-8200. In order to be eligible for a cash reward, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477), report
    anonymously online at www.crimestopperstb.com or send a mobile tip using our P3 Tips Mobile application, which is a free download for iPhones, iPads and Droids. You must call Crime Stoppers first to be eligible for a reward.
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