FDLE arrests Longwood man plotting to rape and murder a child
Jun 13, 2014
For Immediate Release
June 13, 2014
LONGWOOD, Fla. - The Florida Department of Law Enforcement Orlando Regional Operations Center Cyber High Tech Crime Squad arrested Shawn Ryan Thomas, 29, of 903 Lormann Circle, Longwood Fla., for premeditated attempted homicide and attempted sexual assault victim under 12 and 10 counts of possession of child pornography.
The investigation began a week ago after FDLE received a tip from a confidential informant that Thomas was planning to lure parents and a juvenile female into a vacant house in Longwood under the guise of producing a film or TV show. Thomas planned to kill the parents with a knife and rape and murder the female child. Thomas also planned to film the rape and produce a DVD to sell.
On Saturday, June 7, Thomas lured a father, grandfather and child to a vacant house in Longwood by saying he was a student making a film. The family became suspicious and left. Agents believe Thomas was going to try his plan again this weekend.
FDLE, with the assistance of Longwood Police Department, arrested Thomas last night in Longwood. At the time of arrest, Thomas had a bag containing a knife, sexual lubricant, a camera and tripod, and plastic sheets.
Thomas was booked into the Seminole County Jail without bond. The investigation will be prosecuted by the Office of Statewide Prosecution.
Members of FDLE’s Cyber Task Force including: Homeland Security Investigations, Osceola County Sheriff’s Office and Oviedo, Altamonte Springs, and Winter Springs police departments assisted in the investigation.
If you have information about Shawn Ryan Thomas or this investigation, please contact FDLE Orlando Regional Operations Center at 1-800-226-8521.
For Further Information Contact:
Gretl Plessinger, Samantha Andrews or Steve Arthur
FDLE Office of Public Information