Ozark Police Held a Press Conference after the Arrest of David PittsMatt Boster
Posted by: Matt Boster
Date: Jul 29 2014 12:18 PM
The Ozark Police Department working in cooperation with local, state and federal authorities have arrested an Ozark man in connection with the July 25, 2014 abduction and sexual assault of an Ozark woman and an eight year old Ozark child.
Shortly after the initial investigation began we reached out to the United States Marshal's Service and began a dialogue of information sharing. The Marshal's began an intense search in the State of Florida concentrating in several specific areas where Pitts was believed to have fled to due to his connections in these areas.
Saturday morning July 26, 2014 the Marshal's Service notified Ozark Investigators that the suspect's vehicle, a 1999 Toyota Sienna Mini-Van had been located at a Walmart in Cocoa Beach Florida. The vehicle was later seized and impounded by law enforcement.
At this point the search intensified in this area for the location of the suspect.
On Monday evening law enforcement received a tip that Pitts was possibly being treated at Bethesda Hospital East in Boynton Beach, Florida. The Palm Beach Sheriff's Department Tactical Unit was activated and responded to that location where Pitts was taken into custody around 6:00 p.m. without incident.
At this time it is unclear what Pitts was being treated for at the hospital. Pitts will be placed in the Palm Beach County Jail.
Ozark Police Criminal Investigators have traveled to Palm Beach where Pitts will be interviewed. At this point we do not know whether Pitts will waive extradition back to Alabama. Currently Pitts faces the charges of Kidnapping 1 St Degree (two counts), Rape 1 st Degree, Sexual Abuse 1 st Degree, Theft of Property 1 st Degree and Burglary 1 st Degree.
This was a very methodical and intense investigation that once again reflects the excellent partnership of law enforcement at all levels and in varying jurisdictions. Additionally, I want to express my personal appreciation to the media sources for the attention provided in this case and by the continual coverage of the information that the public needed to be made aware of.
The Ozark Police Department was assisted in the investigation by the United States Marshal's Service, the Alabama Fusion Center, the Florida Fusion Center, The Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Department, the Dale County District Attorney's Office and the Dale County Sheriff's Department.