TEMPLE TERRACE, Fla. - A suspect in the killing of 9-year-old Felecia Williams was charged early Thursday morning with unlawful sex acts with a minor. The charges are related to another juvenile victim, a potential witness in the murder investigation.
Granville Ashanti Ritchie was arrested Wednesday afternoon in Pinellas County on unrelated drug charges by the U.S. Marshals Service, said Temple Terrace Police Chief Kenneth Albano.
Ritchie, 35, who is also known as Trevor, has not been charged in Williams’ slaying.
“One of those things I am looking for now is for those who might have been a reluctant to come forward, to come forward now,” Albano said.
Felecia disappeared Friday while with a family friend. Her naked body was found the next day in Tampa Bay near the Courtney Campbell Causeway.
One question detectives are asking is whether Ritchie lived part time in the Doral Oaks Apartments, where Felecia was last seen alive.
Ritchie has at least four arrests in Hillsborough County since 2007. The most serious arrest was in May 2013 on charges of sexual assault with strangulation, assault with a deadly weapon and sexual battery.
"If you have had a conversation with this man over the last few days and something seems a little suspicious, please call,” Albano said.
The FBI has increased the amount offered for information in the case by $10,000, Albano said, bringing the total reward amount to $13,000.
Investigators released virtually nothing more about the suspect, including how Richie was implicated in the death.
“It’s the totality of the information we’ve received so far that he’s a suspect,” Albano said. “To go into any more detail than that would potentially compromise my investigation.”
Felecia Demerson, the girl’s mother, joined the police chief at a news conference to ask the community for information.
“If anyone has information on my daughter’s killer, can you please come forward?”