On July 26, 2017, Erron Markese Coleman pleaded guilty in the July 2015 murder of Daniel Rowe who was robbed, shot and killed outside a Jacksonville, Florida restaurant. In open court, Coleman identified Devonte Lafelton Hanford as the second suspect involved in Daniel’s murder. Coleman stated that during the robbery, Daniel complied with everything the suspects demanded, including handing over his wallet, money, and lying flat on the ground. Coleman, a 12-time felon, admitted to firing two shots, while Daniel Rowe was on the ground, after hearing a noise and assuming someone was coming. Daniel’s wallet contained $4.00. Coleman will be sentenced in September and the judicial process will now begin for Hanford, who was arrested on July 29, 2017.
**Original July 31, 2016 Cold Case Spotlight below**
On July 22, 2015, around 10:00pm Daniel Rowe carried trash out of the Blind Rabbit Burger and Whiskey Bar where he worked in Jacksonville, Florida. In the alley behind the restaurant, near the intersection of King St. and College St. in Riverside, he was approached by two black males intending to rob him. Daniel was shot twice in the head before the suspects fled the scene. Steven Rowe, Daniel’s dad, was working across the street when someone ran over and told him what happened. Daniel was rushed to the hospital where, despite being revived twice, he succumbed to his injuries. Vague descriptions were given of the two suspects seen running from the scene but not enough information was obtained to identify the assailants.
Daniel, just a few weeks shy of his 21st birthday, was well-known and well-loved in the restaurant industry, Riverside community and beyond. Daniel was taken, not just from those communities but from his parents, siblings, fiancee, children, other family and friends. In the year since his senseless murder many have fought to keep Daniel’s face in the public eye in an effort to get answers for his family, while getting two killers off the streets and ultimately finding justice for Daniel.
Just days after the one-year anniversary of Daniel Rowe’s murder, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office held a press conference to announce an arrest in the case. Erron Coleman, a 25-year-old, 12-time convicted felon, already in jail on a burglary charge and separate robbery case, was arrested and charged with murder, armed robbery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in Daniel’s case. A Crime Stoppers tip, worth $13,000 to the individual that called it in, led investigators to Coleman who confessed to the murder, while being recorded, during a conversation with another inmate. Investigators are eager to get the other suspect off the street but need more help from the public. If you have any information on the other person involved in the murder of Daniel Rowe, please call the Sheriff’s Office at (904) 630-0500. If you would prefer to remain anonymous you can call First Coast Crime Stoppers at (866) 845-TIPS. There is a $3,000 reward being offered for information that leads to the arrest of the second suspect.
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