An Ocala man accused of killing his 20-year-old girlfriend is finally in the Marion County Jail following a bizarre string of events that included him fleeing to the Florida Keys and being burned when his car apparently exploded and torched a house.
DeAngelo Leandrew Shelton Clark, 30, was booked into the jail Monday morning at 9:59 a.m. and charged with homicide and arson. He is being held on no bond in the stabbing death of 20-year-old Kiara Alleyne, who was found Sept. 11 inside her residence at 2241 NE 78th Lane in Anthony after the sheriff’s office received a call from a family member who was concerned about her well-being.
An Amber Alert initially was issued for the couple’s daughter, 11-month-old Jhene Clark, but it was canceled after she was found safe with a family member in Marion County. A manhunt was launched for Clark and he was arrested that same day by deputies from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office in a series of events that included a call for a home burglary and a vehicle fire.
Clark was airlifted to Ryder Trauma Center in Miami with burns to his arms and remained hospitalized until being transported to the Marion County Jail.
His capture in Monroe County took place after the sheriff’s office there received a call about a home burglary on Overseas Highway on Long Key, just north of the town of Layton. Responding deputies received high quality video of the suspect and car.
Shortly after a be-on-the-lookout was issued, another 911 call came in from Edgewater Road at Mile Marker 57.3 on Grassy Key. The caller said a man was screaming that his car blew up and he was burned.
Moments later, a third 911 call came in about a fire at an adjacent property on Overseas Highway. A car was reportedly engulfed in flames and had caught the stilted home on fire as well. The car was a Mazda CX7 sport utility vehicle – the same car Marion County officials reported as being driven by Clark.
Clark’s burns were deemed serious and Marathon Fire Rescue paramedics took him to the Sheriff’s Office’s Aviation Unit hangar at the Florida Keys Marathon International Airport, where he was airlifted to Miami.