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The Levy County Sheriff's Office is seeking a home invasion suspect who fled from Chiefland where he is suspected of attempting to kick in a door to an occupied residence before fleeing to his hometown of Bronson and eluding officers, according to a Levy County Sheriff's Office press release.
Willie James Ellison Jr., 19, is being sought and anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-877-349-8477. Tipsters could be eligible for a reward.
The Sheriff's Office received a 911 call just before 9:30 a.m. Monday from a distraught woman who reported someone attempted to kick her door off the hinges. The woman took refuge in a back bedroom and told the operator the suspect was a black male driving a small white four-door car, similar to a Grand Prix. She reported the suspect left the property.
Deputies from LCSO and Chiefland Police officers flooded the area and established a perimeter.
Shortly after, Sheriff's Sgt. Mike Narayan encountered a similar vehicle and attempted a traffic stop, but the driver whom he recognized as Willie James Ellison Jr. fled. Narayan identified the vehicle as a white Chevy Lumina.
In a chase down U.S. Highway 27A, Ellison fled at speeds in excess 85 mph toward Bronson, where he lives. Ellison avoided running over Stop-Sticks placed in his path at the intersection of County Road 32 and US 27A. Ellison momentarily lost control of his vehicle and was able to straighten out, however he continued to flee, going the wrong way until he entered Bronson.
Ellison then made a few quick turns and was able to exit surface roads into the residential area northwest of Main Street. Abandoning his car, Ellison fled on foot and evaded capture.