Police briefs 8/3/17

Clay County Sheriff's Office
Posted 8/2/17

Lewd battery arrest in MiddleburgMIDDLEBURG – A Middleburg man faces one count of lewd and lascivious battery after an investigation by the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.Officers …

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Police briefs 8/3/17

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Lewd battery arrest in Middleburg
MIDDLEBURG – A Middleburg man faces one count of lewd and lascivious battery after an investigation by the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.
Officers extradited Justin Anthony Ferguson, 25, from Newton, North Carolina on Aug. 1 and officially booked him on the charges at the Clay County Jail.
According to the arrest warrant, Ferguson
CCSO’s Special Victims Section found that from January 20, 2017 through February 3, 2017, Ferguson had oral sex and intercourse with an underaged female at an abandoned home on Deer Park Boulevard in Middleburg. The investigation began April 7 after the victim’s mother called CCSO and gave them details of the events.
At press time, Ferguson remained in jail with bond set at $75,003.

Teen charged with armed burglary, more
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The Green Cove Springs Police Department has charged 18-year-old Qwentin Deshaun Simmons with allegedly stealing a firearm from a vehicle and armed burglary.
The investigation began July 10 when the victim – a retired Clay County Sheriff’s Office employee – told police that a firearm he had been given upon retirement, was stolen from his vehicle at his home in Magnolia West.
According to the warrant, several vehicle burglaries were reported to GCSPD on July 21 that resulted in “several arrests.”
Simmons was booked into the Clay County Jail on July 31 at 6:55 after being picked up using the outstanding warrant.
At press time, he remained in jail with bond set at $100,006.

Suicide threat ends in arrest
OAKLEAF – What began as police responding to a call from a woman who had threatened multiple times to kill herself, ended with officers drawing their weapons and shout at the woman before her arrest.
Clay County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Wendy Elaine Stokes, 50, of Middleburg, on July 28 at 3:04 p.m. after going to her home on Trail Ridge Road.
According to the police report, when officers arrived, Stokes “had been in possession of a weapon” while sitting in her vehicle “short of the driveway on the north side of the roadway.” The officer said he heard Stokes rev her engine and drive backwards out of the property where she ended up halfway over the curb on Trail Ridge.
Police said the responding officer was standing adjacent to his rear patrol car door while Stokes’ vehicle was pointed directly at him.
The officer drew his service weapon and pointed it at Stokes and gave her loud verbal commands to shut off the vehicle.
“The offender gunned the engine and drove towards him causing him to retreat to the rear of his vehicle for cover,” states the report.
Police said Stokes then drove past the officer, slammed on her brakes and stopped. Police said Stokes rolled down her window and yelled at officers before fleeing at a high rate of speed down Trail Ridge Road. Police said Stokes refused to stop as officers chased her vehicle down Discovery and Challenger, the access roads to the First Coast Expressway. She struck several vehicles as she drove to her home on Trail Ridge where officers arrested her.
Stokes is charged with one count each of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, failure to obey law enforcement order to stop. At press time, she remained in the Clay County Jail with bond set at $20,006.

Bond set at $226K for alleged fencer
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Authorities have set the bond at $226,566 for an Interlachen man accused of multiple cases of dealing stolen property and giving pawn shops false information.
On July 26, Clay County Sheriff’s Office detectives charged Robert Erston McCullar III, 42, with five counts of presenting an altered id to secondhand dealer, five counts of dealing stolen property. A day later, after reviewing more evidence, detectives added one count of giving false info to a pawn broker along with five more counts of dealing stolen property and four counts of providing altered id to secondhand dealer under oath.
According to the 16-page police report, McCullar’s crime spree began on June 16 when he pawned stolen jewelry worth $12 at El Dorado Gold and Silver at 920-7 Blanding Blvd. Police said he went back to the same shop at least five more times hocking various pieces of jewelry that had already been reported stolen. His last recorded date was July 6 when he allegedly pawned a $77 piece of jewelry. In total, the pawned value of the stolen jewelry was $516.
At press time, McCullar remained in the Clay County Jail.

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