$9,500 reward offered for information leading to arrest in 2019 Lake City murder


A $9,500 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest in the 2019 death of an 18-year-old in Lake City, the Lake City Police Department announced Wednesday.

At approximately 2:45 p.m. on August 17, 2019, police say Jordan Dartice Freeman, 18, of Lake City, was hanging out with three friends on the second-floor breezeway of Building 10 at 2990 Southwest Windsong Circle when an unknown man wearing a black pants, a black hoodie and a silver mask and holding a handgun approached the group.

That person informed the four of his intentions to rob them, and as he approached Freeman, a physical altercation occurred between the two, police said. Freeman was shot in the head and died at the scene, police said.

According to the police, the stranger fled.

Police said Columbia County Crime Stoppers are offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information to identify and arrest the individual responsible for the murder. In addition to this reward, an enhanced reward of up to $8,500 is available through the Florida Association of Crime Stoppers in partnership with the Florida Attorney General’s Office, the police department said.

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According to the police department, to be eligible for the reward, a tip must come from the Crime Stoppers program. If law enforcement is contacted first, you will not be eligible for the reward, according to police.

Anyone with information about the homicide is asked to call Columbia County Crime Stoppers’ 24-hour tip line at 386-754-7099, submit a web tip at www.columbiacrimestoppers.net or download the P3 Tips app.

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