Live Oak fugitive apprehended

Suwannee County law enforcement officers arrested a Live Oak man Wednesday morning wanted in connection with several robberies.

According to a Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) social media post, SCSO deputies and Live Oak Police Department (LOPD) officers arrested Monte Deaundre Ellis, 21. Ellis was found hiding at a residence in the 400 block of Louis Avenue in Live Oak.

Monte Deaundre Ellis
Courtesy of SCSO Monte Deaundre Ellis

SCSO investigators reported that Ellis admitted his involvement in the crimes, which included robbery and carjacking at gunpoint.

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In the first incident, Ellis reportedly brandished a handgun when he lured his victim to a specific location within the Live Oak city limits and robbed the victim at gunpoint.

On Dec. 4, Ellis took a vehicle from a victim at gunpoint at an auto parts store in Live Oak. Ellis left behind a juvenile accomplice, who fled and foot but was captured a few blocks away by SCSO deputies and Live Oak Police Department (LOPD) officers. Ellis later discarded the vehicle off Goldkist Boulevard.

Ellis then attempted to take another vehicle at gunpoint at a convenience store located on US Highway 90 west of Live Oak. The victim fled inside the store, which caused Ellis to flee on foot. Law enforcement agencies gathered information from the victims and video surveillance in the areas of the crime scenes to obtain an arrest warrant for Ellis. He is wanted for attempted armed carjacking along with additional pending charges.

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