The sheriff’s office has asked for the public’s assistance in finding the following people, some of whom might be out of state:
♦ David Lee Bessette, 39, described by the sheriff’s office as a Utah sex offender. He is wanted on a 2004 burglary charge.
♦ Manuel Cruz, 43, wanted for failure to appear in court to face a charge of lewd and lascivious molestation of a child between 12 and 16. Cruz’s case is being handled by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
♦ Joseph Vincent Michaels, 56, wanted for the 1989 sexual battery of a child under 12.
♦ Juan Martin Perez, 39, wanted for unlawful sexual activity with a 16-year-old girl.
♦ John Jairo Fernandez Patino, wanted for the 2003 lewd and lascivious molestation of a 12-year-old girl.
♦ A. Hussam Armashi, 67, wanted for raping a patient under anesthesia in 2005. Armashi is suspected of leaving the country for Syria.
♦ Alton Glen “Rusty” Findley, 53, wanted on a 2000 child abuse charge.
♦ Amanda Charlie Griffin, 32, wanted for unlawfully acquiring a controlled substance and child abuse in 2010.
Anyone with information can call the sheriff’s office at (352) 754-6830, or Hernando County Crime Stoppers at 1 (866) 990-8477.
Information in this report was provided by the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.