Two teens arrested following high-speed chase, one confessed to armed robberies

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Dexavion J’Neil Brown [left] and Levon Buckhanon
Ocala, Post — Two teens were arrested Tuesday after they lead Ocala police on a short high-speed chase.

Ocala police detectives received an anonymous tip that a silver Chevy Avalanche, which had been reported stolen, was seen traveling in the vicinity of Northwest 10th Street and Northwest 7th Avenue.

Upon seeing the vehicle, an OPD K-9 officer, who was driving an unmarked car equipped with lights and sirens, pulled behind the Avalanche and attempted to initiate a traffic stop in the 400 block of Northwest 9th Avenue.

The vehicle then fled at a high rate of speed.

The chase lasted for approximately two miles before the driver, later identified at Dexavion J’Neil Brown, 16, and the passenger, Levon Buckhanon, 18, jumped out of the vehicle and fled on foot.

While officers who responded to the area chased Brown, the K-9 officer pursued Buckhanon.

Buckhannon ran toward the 2000 block of Southwest 8th Place and cut through the back yard of the residence.

The officer yelled for Buckhannon to stop or [he] would release the K-9.

As Buckhannon continued to run, he crashed into a fence and fell to the ground. He then yelled out “I give up, don’t let the dog go.”

The K-9 officer then drew his taser and moved in.

During Buckhanon’s arrest, the officer discovered that the suspect was armed with a Ruger LCP. Buckhannon also had a fanny-pack that contained more than 28 grams of marijuana, credit cards, a small scale, and other property.

While the K-9 officer detained Buckhannon, the other Ocala police officers apprehended Brown.

The 16-year-old confessed to stealing the Avalanche from a Food Mart on November 19. Additionally, he confessed to two armed robberies.

  • Armed robbery of the Kwik King located at 3685 Southwest 20th Street on November 21.
  • Armed Robbery of the Boost Mobile located at 2076 West State Road 40 on November 21

In both robberies, Brown had an armed accomplice.

It is not yet know if Buckhanon participated in any of the robberies.

Brown was charged with Grand Theft Auto, Robbery with a Firearm, Fleeing and Eluding Law Enforcement, and Resisting Arrest.

He was also arrested on September 16, 2016, and charged with Home Invasion Robbery with a Firearm.

Buckhanon was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of A Firearm during the Commission of a Felony, and Resisting Arrest.

The investigation is ongoing.

If you have any information, please call the Ocala Police Department at 352-369-7000, Crime Stoppers at 368-STOP,  or text 274637 using keyword 368-STOP.  Tipsters can also visit Anonymity is guaranteed.

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  • urchittingme

    Dumb and dumber

  • Ocala native

    Come on people start raising your kids to be productive citizens instead of thugs. I hate to keep beating a dead horse but there’s too much crime coming out of black neighborhoods. Make them go to school, wear there pants the way they were intended, and quit acting like thugs. There’s white trash too but damn it seems like your trying to set a record for criminals

    • ariana

      That maybe true but some kids have things going on with them. Maybe they don’t have guidance in their life so they intend follow the wrong crowd. You don’t know how these boys lives are. The may have made reckless decisions and even though them having no guidance in their life doesn’t defeats the fact that their wrong I mean look at the situation a different way. People don’t do things just ..because unless their mentally ill and that’s a fact. They need guidance in their life! You hang with the wrong crowd you tend to loose your lack of intelligence, self-esteem, difficulty of inner ability to find yourself out of serious situations like these which makes them look inept to any subsantial human skills at all. But in this world you cant make unthinkable decisions like these you actually have to work hard for what you want. Life is like a game … you cant cheat your way through it that is something these kids don’t understand in this generation. And it’s sad for me to say because I’m the same age as this boy, 16 and very open-minded when it comes to things like these.

  • Jed Evnull

    1st. , Thanks OP for posting this information. It’s a real public service.

    2nd. These boys are lucky I’m not in charge. Public whipping would be first step.

  • HilleryLostHAHAHAHA

    If someone can figure out who the mother and farther are, make them pay for all damages….if you can get them away from the crack pipe……