() — Authorities are offering a total of $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of 16-year-old Tahj Brewton, the third suspect wanted in connection with the recent deaths of three Florida teens.
The Florida Sheriff’s Association Criminal Arrest Assistance Program and the US Marshals Service are offering $5,000 each — for a total of $10,000 — for tips leading to Brewton’s capture, according to a publication. From Facebook from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.
Three teens were found shot to death in central Florida’s Marion County in late March. Police named one of the victims as 16-year-old Layla Silvernail, who was found on the side of the road in the Forest Lakes Park area on March 30 and later died of her injuries.
A 17-year-old boy was found on the side of the road the next morning, and a third female victim was found in the trunk of Silvernail’s car, which was partially submerged in a lake. Police have not released the identity of the other two victims.
All three suspects are also teenagers. Police say they believe the victims and suspects were allegedly linked to criminal gangs.
Robert Le’Andrew Robinson, 17, and Christopher De’l Atkins, 12, have already been arrested and charged with first-degree murder, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office said Friday. Brewton remains at large and “this is where we need his help,” the sheriff’s office said.
The Marion County Sheriff’s Office posted a photo of Brewton on Facebook. He is also wanted in connection with several unrelated felonies, including theft of a vehicle with a firearm, aggravated assault and grand theft of a motor vehicle.
Brewton should be considered “armed and dangerous,” according to the sheriff’s office.
The sheriff’s office advised those with information to call (352) 732-9111 or Marion County Crime Stoppers at (352) 368-STOP (7867), “and reference 23-22 in your suggestion.”
has reached out for comment. It is unknown if the suspects will be tried in the juvenile or adult system.