Gainesville man charged with setting up home invasion robbery that resulted in D’halani Armstrong’s murder

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Patrick Owen Watson, 49, was arrested early this morning and charged with acting as a principal in the home invasion robbery that resulted in the shooting death of D’halani Armstrong on July 19, 2022. The information filed against Watson accuses him of supplying Alderious White and Jason Ward with pistols and that he solicited White, Ward, and Tiara Luckie to commit the home invasion robbery. Watson is also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Six counts were filed against Watson on July 29: Second-degree murder (principal), burglary while armed with a firearm (principal), attempted home invasion robbery with a firearm (principal), solicitation to commit burglary with a firearm, solicitation to commit home invasion robbery, and possession of a firearm by a felon. A warrant for his arrest was issued the same day.

The address listed for Watson on the warrant is the same as the address where the robbery and murder were committed, and the State Attorney’s Office told us he lived at that address three days before the incident and had been in a relationship with one of the victims of the robbery.

Watson is being held on $3,100,000 bail.

On July 19, Jason Travis Ward, 38, allegedly kicked in the door of the house, carrying a firearm. Alderious Jerrad White, 28, allegedly entered the house after the door was kicked down, also carrying a firearm. Once inside, White encountered Armstrong and allegedly shot her; she died as a result of the gunshot wound. Once inside, Ward allegedly held two residents of the house, who had been sleeping in a bedroom, at gunpoint. One of those residents reportedly wrestled a gun away from Ward, and the gun went off, striking Ward.

Tiara Lanae Luckie, 30, allegedly drove White and Ward to the home. After Ward was shot, surveillance video reportedly shows him running out of the house from a side door, holding his torso; he then got into Luckie’s car, and she reportedly drove him, at his request, to the house of his cousin, where she knocked on the door and told the cousin that Ward had been shot. Ward got into his cousin’s car, and she drove him to the hospital, where the emergency room contacted law enforcement to report a gunshot wound victim.

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After Ward was shot, White ran out of the front door, dropping a gun along the way. A resident of the home reportedly shot White in the front yard with Ward’s gun, then confronted White as he sat in the middle of the road. White was arrested at the scene and treated for his gunshot wound.

Two other residents of the home, including a 10-year-old child, hid in a bathtub during the incident.

Luckie has been charged with accessory after the fact to a capital felony. She is being held on $250,000 bail.

Ward has been charged with first-degree murder, attempted armed home invasion robbery, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He is being held without bond.

White has been charged with first-degree murder, armed home invasion robbery, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He is being held without bond.

Articles about arrests are based on reports from law enforcement agencies. The charges listed are taken from the arrest report and/or court records and are only accusations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

  • I’m sure these four individuals will be visited by the someone from the Alachua Co Supervisor of Elections Office to register to vote in this upcoming election

  • Free Mr. Miles, he only acted in a manner to protect his home and family. He was scared to go back to jail as a felon. But if God put me in that situation I’d do the same thing 🙏 for the family and Mr.Miles!

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