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Police Briefs 3/17/22

Clay County Sheriff's Office
Posted 3/16/22

Man wanted from running from GCSPD found in county jailGREEN COVE SPRINGS – The Green Cove Springs Police Department didn’t have to go far to find a man who eluded them in a two-county …

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Police Briefs 3/17/22


Man wanted from running from GCSPD found in county jail

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The Green Cove Springs Police Department didn’t have to go far to find a man who eluded them in a two-county chase. Davis Kelvin Soto Martinez was already in the Clay County Jail.
The 32-year-old from Jacksonville was being held after being arrested for dealing in stolen property when additional charges – aggravated assault on GCSPD officer, fleeing law enforcement, reckless driving, possession of crack cocaine, resisting arrest and driving with a suspended license – were added.
According to the Green Cove Springs Police Department, an officer tried to stop Soto Martinez on Leonard C. Taylor Parkway on July 4, 2021, because he had blue rear license tag lights. During the stop, the officer said Soto Martinez’s “eyes appeared bloodshot and watery, and his speech was slurred.” When the officer pressed for the man’s identity, Soto Martinez sped away.
The chase went over the Shands Bridge and ended in the Bartram Trail area when they found the car crashed. Soto Martinez, and a woman identified as Yelian Marie Gonzalez Rivera, escaped.
Deputies found two handguns, ammunition, crack cocaine, a “significant number of tools that were “consistent with burglaries and other criminal activities” in the car.
A resident said he had video surveillance of the two spending the night in his shed. He said the couple asked if they could use his cellphone and detectives with the St. Johns Sheriff’s Office said the woman sent a text message to someone else identifying herself as Helian and her companion as “Kelvin.”
The GCS officer reviewed the surveillance and identified Soto Martinez as the man who ran away, according to the arrest warrant.
Soto Martinez’s bond was set at $196,518.

Felon caught with loaded gun following short chase

ORANGE PARK – A brief chase with a Cadillac SRX that was reported stolen in Jacksonville eventually led to the arrest of a 22-year-old convicted felon who had a gun and nine rounds of ammunition in the vehicle.
Timothy Peter Magruder, of Jacksonville, was charged with 10 counts of possessing a firearm or ammo by a convicted felon, as well as attempting to fell law enforcement with emergency lights and siren active, providing a false name to law enforcement and resisting arrest.
According to the arrest report, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office deputy stopped the chase once Magruder turned onto Interstate 295, but the SRX was found backed into a parking space at the Holly Cove Apartments on Wells Road. Magruder was still in the driver’s seat, CCSO said. As deputies approached, Magruder tried to run, but he was quickly detained.
An inventory of items found in the car included a loaded handgun

CCSO: Couple busted for selling drugs to informant
KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – A couple from Alachua County was arrested after they were accused of selling narcotics to a confidential informant for the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.
Norman Alexander Emanuel Jr., 30, was charged with trafficking methamphetamine and fentanyl, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia on March 10.
Rebecca Lynn Reynolds, 23, of Silver Springs, was charged with possession of methamphetamine and trafficking meth and fentanyl.
According to the arrest report, a controlled buy was set up on Facebook messenger and was to take place on Walker Drive. The informant paid $850 for the meth and fentanyl, according to CCSO. Deputies found the marijuana during a search.
Deputies found methamphetamine in Reynolds’ purse. Also, a child was sitting in the back seat during the buy, according to the arrest report.
Emanuel’s bond was set at $455,011; Reynolds’ bond was set at $305.009.

Wanted woman caught with more drugs in car

MIDDLEBURG – An alert Clay County Sheriff’s Office deputy recognized a woman he knew to have a warrant at a convenience store, and in the process of arresting her, he found more drugs in her car.
Jessica Marie Gingras, 36, of Middleburg, was charged on March 8 with possessing marijuana, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.
According to the arrest report, when the deputy approached the car at the gas pumps on Country Road 218, he smelled burning marijuana. When she got out of the car, the deputy saw a green glass pipe with marijuana in it in her seat.
She also faces charges of possessing marijuana, Lorazepam and methamphetamine after a deputy found drugs in her car during a routine traffic stop on Nov. 10, 2021.

Caretaker charged with stealing $82,600 from patient

MIDDLEBURG – A woman hired to care for an elderly woman was charged with stealing $82,600 from her checking account, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office said.
Auzanay Elaine Hayes, 29, was arrested on March 9 for stealing more than $50,000 from a person 65 or older. Her bond was set at $35,003.
According to the arrest report, the patient noticed a large sum of money missing from her bank account. She called CCSO on Nov. 30, 2021, and detectives worked with bank officials to verify several checks from the victim’s account were deposited into Hayes’ accounts.

Man shot to death at getting out of car in Oakleaf areaOAKLEAF – A man was shot to death on March 13 as he got out of his car, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.
The man, whose identity hasn’t been released, died after being taken to the hospital after residents said they heard multiple shots at 4:20 a.m.
“An adult Black male was shot multiple times while exiting his vehicle at a residence in the area,” said JSO’s Lt. J.D. Stronko.
The agency said it doesn’t know if the killing was linked to a rash of recent shootings.
“At this time, it is unknown if the incident is related to the other homicides in the area over the weekend.”
JSO said if anyone has any information about the shooting, they should call (904) 630-0500 or First Coast Crime Stoppers at (866) 845-TIPS (8477).