Two Arrested in Connection with the St. Petersburg Death of Taylor Anne McAllister
The St. Petersburg Police along with the assistance of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office made two arrests on Tuesday, December 12, 2017.
St. Petersburg Police have been investigating the December 22, 2016 death of 22 year-old Taylor Anne McAllister. McAllister, the mother of twin girls, was found in the alley behind some homes near 62nd Avenue S and 22nd Street in St. Petersburg. Shortly after the discovery of her body, police called her death suspicious and viewed it as a homicide.
52 year-old Robert Butler was arrested by both the St. Petersburg Police Department and the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. He was charged with failure to report a death, possession of marijuana, and being a felon in possession of ammunition.
According to the arrest affidavit, Butler had two other men, Deonte Baker and Quran Archer, pick up McAllister at a location in Palm Harbor.
The report indicates that McAllister initially was “barely conscious.” When Baker and Archer discovered she was dead, Butler did not allow them to return to the Palm Harbor residence.
She was driven to St. Petersburg and left in a St. Petersburg alley after they removed and kept McAllister’s personal items.
Butler is one of the individuals that took over management/ownership of Bob’s Carpet Mart after the death of his father in December 2016.
35 year-old Deonte Baker of St. Petersburg was arrested by the St. Petersburg Police and charged with money laundering (related to drug sales) and the failure to report a death.
According to the arrest affidavit, Baker admitted to picking up McAllister’s body at a location in Palm Harbor. He also assisted in cleaning the scene and getting the vehicle used to transport her body to St. Petersburg.
Quran Archer was not arrested and the charge was referred to the State Attorney’s Office.
Baker and Butler have an address on file as 3458 Woodridge Parkway in Palm Harbor’s Cobb’s Landing subdivision.
No further information has been obtained by IONTB regarding the cause of death.
According to St. Petersburg Police Department, arrests are pending as this investigation is still active.