Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FBI to Help in Search 'Psycho' Seen outside State

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FBI to Help in Search 'Psycho' Seen outside State

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Jacksonville police said they think Jason "Psycho" Stephens has

fled the state and they have enlisted the aid of federal agents

to help track him.

Sgt. Scott McLeod of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said

Stephens, 23, who faces murder, armed robbery and kidnapping

charges in connection with the June 2 abduction and killing of

3-yearold Robert Keith Sparrow III, was additionally charged

this week with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

"That's a federal offense and what it does is enables us to get

the FBI involved and utilize their resources," McLeod said.

Bill Cheek, public affairs officer for the Jacksonville branch

of the FBI, said flight from prosecution warrants are the FBI's

"bread and butter."

"This is a high-volume violation that we work," Cheek said.

"Since we have information he [Stephens] crossed state lines, we

can assist the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office in trying to arrest

him and return him to Jacksonville to face the local charges."

Cheek said a single agent is assigned the case and is given the

discretion to call in other agents and field offices for


Police said Stephens, Horace B. Cummings, 22, and an

unidentified third man burst into a home in the 1500 block of

Logan Avenue on June 2, looking to steal drugs and money. Police

said the three men held the residents there at bay with guns

while they ransacked the home.

Police said as the men fled the home, Stephens grabbed the boy

around the neck and told Sparrow's parents he was taking their

boy as "insurance." Six hours after the abduction, around 9

p.m., the boy was found dead in a car police said the three

intruders had stolen.

Police are refusing to release the cause of the boy's death

until Stephens and the unknown assailant are captured. Police

are also trying to get information about the third man involved

in the kidnapping-killing.

McLeod said there have been unconfirmed "sightings of Psycho"

in Macon and Waycross, Ga. …

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