Suspect in Lancaster kidnapping facing more serious charges


The man who led police to the body of a 13-year-old Lancaster girl is now accused of taking part in her kidnapping.

As police sort out the complicated stories of drug theft, kidnapping and two murders they’ve charged 21-year-old Desmond Jones with kidnapping for ransom.

Arrest affidavits put 19-year-old Michael Titus in the same area as the accused kidnappers at the time Shavon Randle was abducted. The medical examiner determined she died from gunshot wounds to the head and torso.

The affidavits also revealed that 21-year-old Desmond Jones had knowledge of the kidnapping and murders before, during and after the bodies were discovered.

All of the suspects have been linked to the kidnapping and deaths of Shavon and Titus. But while no one has been charged with their murders, court records reveal more details about Jones, who led police to the bodies and two of the other suspects.

The arrest affidavit says investigators determined that the car used to kidnap Shavon, a white Ford 500, belonged to jones' girlfriend. According to the affidavit, she told investigators "her boyfriend had the vehicle the day of the kidnapping."

Police questioned Jones multiple times, and court documents say he shared more critical information with each interview.

The affidavit says "Jones stated he was with Devontae (Owens) at the time of the kidnapping, saw the victim (Shavon Randle) being held at the house, saw the victim's body… and stated he was there when (Michael) Titus was killed."

The search warrant affidavit for the home where Shavon and Titus were found lists 50 items, including  five .40 caliber cartridges, DNA swabs and samples and a Bersa .40 caliber pistol on the floor under unknown male's right hand. That man is believed to be Titus.

Court records also say cellular data links Titus to accused kidnappers, Devontae Owens and Laquan Wilkerson. The affidavit says all three men were in the same area of the victim’s residence at the time of the kidnapping and moving in the same direction afterwards.   

All of this is connected to retribution involving 22 pounds of stolen marijuana. Sources tell FOX 4 that Titus was targeted for talking too much about the drugs.

Six people are now charged in the case, but no one has been charged with murder yet. However, the large amount of evidence found at the crime scene, including the gun and cartridges, could change that.

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