Sexual battery charge for Clay manGREEN COVE SPRINGS – A Clay County man turned himself in at the Clay County Sheriff’s office in Green Cove Springs on July 17 after learning there was a …
Sexual battery charge for Clay man
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – A Clay County man turned himself in at the Clay County Sheriff’s office in Green Cove Springs on July 17 after learning there was a warrant for his arrest on sexual battery of a victim under age 12.
Robert Anthony Griffin, 31, turned himself in to police just under a month after a warrant was issued on June 27. The victim, age 10, reported on December 11, 2017 that she had been touched by Griffin “in a sexual way” between August 1, 2016 and December 1, 2017, according to the heavily-redacted CCSO report.
At press time, Griffin remained in the Clay County Jail with bond set at $250,003.
Thief steals RV for parts
KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – A Keystone Heights man faces charges of dealing stolen property after being extradited to Clay County from the Putnam County Jail on July 13 at 10 a.m.
Aaron Scott Pons, 29, of Florahome, allegedly stole both a recreational vehicle and a motor home and sold or planned to sell both items.
According to the arrest warrant, Pons stole a Utility Terrain Vehicle from a property in the 7100 block of Wheaton Street on May 19 and sold it for $200 the same day. A deputy responded to the home where the vehicle was stolen and located the stolen vehicle at another home within walking distance of where it was stolen. The owner of the home, told the deputy that he had purchased the UTV from Pons earlier that day.
According to a second warrant, Pons stole a 32-foot motorhome on May 31 from a property in the 7100 block of Knox Street. The owner of the motorhome contacted the Clay County Sheriff’s Office at around 4:30 p.m. on June 1. A deputy responded and was able to locate the mobile home a few streets over on Kings Street.
The owner of the Kings Street property told the deputy that Pons abandoned the vehicle there. Another individual involved was contacted and told the deputy that he went to pick up the motorhome with Pons and Wimberly after being told that Pons had purchased it.
The owner of the motorhome confirmed it was his property by matching the VIN number on his title with the one on the motorhome. The motorhome was being torn down for scrap metal and the owner said that the damage was too extensive and is not salvageable.
The deputy went to Pons’ home at that time but Pons’ did not answer the door.
At press time, Pons remained in the Clay County Jail where he is being held without bond.
Armed robbery arrest
ORANGE PARK – Two Jacksonville men face charges of armed robbery after their arrest on July 13 at 1:01 p.m.
Brian Keith Anderson Jr., 21, and Joseph Dean Crews, 21, both of Jacksonville, allegedly robbed two Orange Park residents at gunpoint in the 3600 block of Loango Rad.
According to the police report, Anderson and Crews went to the home with a mutual associate of theirs who also knew the victims. The victims told police that they had been smoking marijuana when either Anderson or Crews pulled a gun and demanded money from them. Anderson and Crews then went through the room and stole the victim’s cell phones, a $100 necklace and the marijuana.
According to the police report, one of the victims was struck numerous times in the head and face, which caused severe bruising around both eyes. According to the victims, when Anderson and Crews fled, their mutual associate fled as well.
Anderson and Crews were later located by officers and provided their names and dates of birth. They were then arrested and transported to the Clay County Jail.
Anderson is being held on no bond while Crews is being held with a bond amount of $250,003.
Inmate charged with beating fellow inmate
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – An alleged attack on his cellmate resulted in additional charges against a Clay County inmate on July 13 at 12:45 a.m.
Tredell Nakia Dial, 20, of Jacksonville, is accused of pulling fellow inmate Christopher Pearson off his bunk and striking him in the head with a closed fist.
According to the police report, a deputy on the D-1 Wing of the Clay County Jail requested assistance due to “mounting tension on the wing.” All inmates were ordered to the dayroom tables, at which point Pearson stood and said, “I fell out of my bed.” Pearson was escorted to another area by two deputies where he then admitted he had been attacked by Dial.
According to the report, Pearson claimed he obtained an abrasion on his forehead after headbutting Dial in an attempt to get away.
Both Pearson and Dial were interviewed by a CCSO deputy on July 16. Pearson said it began as a verbal confrontation after Dial continued to talk after lights out. Pearson said Dial was removed from the wing but returned to the wing after being counseled for causing a disruption after hours. Pearson told the deputy that the argument continued after Dial’s return due to Dial being upset at Pearson for “snitching him out.”
Pearson said the argument escalated to Dial grabbing him by his shirt, pulling him from the top bunk onto the floor and striking him with a closed fist. After a brief physical altercation, the two men returned to their bunks shortly before the deputies entered the wing.
Dial spoke to the deputy after signing a waiver of rights and was advised of the new charge against him. He remains under arrest at Clay County Jail with no bond.
Grand auto theft for not returning rental on time
ORANGE PARK – An Orange Park area woman faces charges of grand theft auto after an investigation by the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.
Latonya H. Lattimore, 51, of Orange Park, was arrested on July 16 at 4:37 p.m. after she allegedly failed to return a rented 2018 Nissan Sentra on time to the Hertz Car Rental on Blanding Boulevard on May 21. Both Lattimore and Hertz signed a contract stating the vehicle would be returned on May 23. Lattimore contacted the business three times to extend the rental period.
According to the police report, Hertz contacted Lattimore on June 8 and requested the vehicle be returned as the extension date had passed. Lattimore did not return the vehicle and Hertz continued to attempt contact but she reportedly began ignoring their calls.
On June 22, Hertz contacted Lattimore and told her the vehicle would be reported stolen if it was not returned. The vehicle was not returned and Lattimore was sent a USPS certified letter demanding its return.
A Clay County Sheriff’s Officer went to Hertz on July 16 in response to a stolen vehicle investigation. After being advised of the details, the officer went to Lattimore’s home and spoke with her. Lattimore was then arrested and transported to the Clay County Jail. She has since been released on undisclosed bond.
Search for senior underway
FLEMING ISLAND – The Clay County Sheriff's Office reports that 65-year-old, Keith Edward Pereau is missing and they need the community’s help.
Pereau is a white male with blue eyes and gray hair. He is approximately 5’10” and weighs around 205 lbs., with an unknown clothing description. He was last seen on the morning on July 16 in the Fleming Island area, near Clay Street.
Police are asking that the community to call the CCSO non-emergency number at (904) 264-6512 if they have pertinent information about Pereau. They can also dial or text 911 if Pereau is spotted.
As of now, CCSO has been using its robbery and homicide detectives, special victim detectives, patrol deputies and other aid through the night and again, into Tuesday. This is not currently a homicide investigation, as some have suggested; however, we are taking this case very seriously, as we are concerned for the well-being of Pereau.
At press time, Pereau had not been located.
Child sex solicitation ends in arrest
ORANGE PARK – An Orange Park area man faces charges of lewd and lascivious conduct after an investigation by the Clay County Sheriff’s Office found he inappropriately touched a minor and then asked her to perform various sex acts with him.
CCSO arrested Troy Steven Tolber, 55, on July 10 at 7:57 p.m. and charged him with one felony count of lewd and lascivious conduct and one misdemeanor count of unnatural and lascivious acts.
According to the police report, the victim whose age was redacted, solicited the girl to expose herself in exchange for privileges. Tolber solicited her to expose herself to him in exchange for her to go to a high school dance. After the act he then gave her $5 for performing the act.
The 10-page warrant did not disclose how the victim and Tolber know each other nor explain what authority he may have to make decisions for her.
Police booked Tolber into the Clay County Jail where he remained at press time with bond set at $55,005.
Orange Park area man charged with having sex with 2 minors
ORANGE PARK – Bond is set at $300,258 for a man who had is believed to have had consensual intercourse with two underage girls whose names and ages were redacted from the police report.
The Clay County Sheriff’s Office arrested Michael Travis Ingram, 35, of Orange Park on July 11, at 6:19 am.
According to the police report, Ingram made contact with the first victim at her grandfather’s residence, where her and another victim drank three shots of whiskey and took hits of marijuana. After that the victim and the two minors had sex on a queen sized bed. At press time, Ingram remained in the Clay County Jail.
Pedestrian killed in Melrose
MELROSE – The Florida Highway Patrol reports that a Keystone Heights woman died while attempting to cross the roadway from south to the north on State Road 100.
According to the report, Susan Ann Young, 52, of Keystone Heights, walked into the path of a 2016 Honda Civic driven by Jacob Lee Lee Mefford, 23, of Keystone Heights. FHP said Mefford was not injured in the crash, which took July 11 at 10:14 p.m. near the intersection of SR 100 and State Road 26. However, charges are pending against Mefford.
FHP said a passenger in Mefford’s Honda, Kaitlyn Meredith, 18, of Interlachen, was not injured either. It is unknown whether Mefford and Meredith were wearing seatbelts at the time of impact nor did FHP report whether Young died at the scene or was transported by emergency crews to an area hospital.