Suspects in Custody after Standoff

May 23, 2017 8:06 p.m.

THREE SUSPECTS IN CUSTODY AFTER THREE HOUR STANDOFF

Three suspects wanted on various felony warrants are safely in police custody, one of the suspects held police at bay for more than three hours. Dominique Sanders, (DOB 03/07/1999) was wanted by multiple agencies for felony crimes. In Cocoa, he was wanted for the armed robbery of two juveniles that occurred on April 21st. During that incident, Sanders and two other suspects robbed two 12-year-old boys at gunpoint as they walked to school. The suspects stole a cell phone, a necklace and a watch from the victims. The other two suspects were arrested shortly after the incident occurred, however Sanders was believed to be the main aggressor.

The second suspect, unrelated to the April 21st incident, is identified as Davantae Mathis, (DOB 11/15/2000). Mathis is wanted on charges from outside agencies involving felony fleeing and eluding among other felonies. Last week Mathis fled from officers after crashing a stolen vehicle in front of an apartment on Flower Mound Lane in Cocoa.

A third suspect was also taken into custody however because he is a juvenile and his charges are not confirmed, his identity is being withheld until charges are verified.

Shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday agents with the Game Over Task Force and the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Unit spotted Sanders, Mathis and the third suspect entering a home in the 500 block of Washington Ave. Initial contact with the suspects yielded the surrender of Mathis and another suspect. Sanders would not immediately surrender. Cocoa then deployed multiple officers, the crisis negotiation team, and SWAT officers in an attempt to get Sanders to surrender peacefully. After more than 3 hours, SWAT officers entered the home with a search warrant and were able to take Sanders into custody without further incident.