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Police Briefs 4/14/22

Clay County Sheriff's Office
Posted 4/13/22

Green Cove Springs man arrested for home invasion, tying up elderly couple for daysGREEN COVE SPRINGS – A man with a long history of drugs was arrested after the Clay County Sheriff’s …

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Police Briefs 4/14/22


Green Cove Springs man arrested for home invasion, tying up elderly couple for days

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – A man with a long history of drugs was arrested after the Clay County Sheriff’s Office found an elderly couple tied up in their home on County Road 315.
Aubrey Lamar Lumpkin, 46, of Green Cove Springs, was charged with the sale and delivery of narcotics, armed home invasion, kidnapping and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon after he told deputies, “he needed to confess something” when they arrived at the home. The couple apparently had been bound for days, Sheriff Michelle Cook said.
“Our deputies went inside the house and found again who we believe the occupants of the house tied up in the back of the house,” she said. “We believe that the occupants have been there for a couple of days. Rescue was called and they were transported to an area hospital where they are currently being treated. At this time, the person who called us has been booked on an outstanding narcotics war that we had for him and robbery home invasion. He is still cooperating with us.”
Lumpkin was ordered to be held at the Clay County Jail without bond on Wednesday. His next court appearance is scheduled for May 16.
Investigators with the sheriff’s office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement roped off three homes in the 1500 block of CR 315 and were still on the scene on Wednesday.
Clay County court records show Lumpkin also has been arrested for selling or delivering cocaine in 2007, 2006, 2006, 1999 and 1996, possessing marijuana and a controlled substance in 2003 and robbery, attempted armed robbery and carrying a concealed firearm in 1994. Records also reveal he’s served at least nine years in prison.
Lumpkin also was featured on the sheriff’s office’s Fugitive Friday segment on May 28, 2021. He was wanted for selling and delivering narcotics.
Cook said her agency is still trying to piece together information.
“If anybody has any additional information or came by the house, if you would reach out to us, you can call us at (904)264-6512 or if you want to send us a SaferWatch tip you can do that and still remain anonymous at this time,” she said.

Man resuscitated, then arrested for trafficking methamphetamine

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – A man suffering from an apparent drug overdose was revived and arrested for trafficking methamphetamine.
According to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Jeffery Nolan Brannen’s mother called 911 after she said he was overdosing from an unknown narcotic. Clay County Fire Rescue administered Narcan on March 12 and Brannen became “alert and responsive.” While Fire Rescue EMTs talked with Brannen, a sheriff’s deputy saw several plastic bags “in plain view” with what was confirmed to be 85.2 grams of methamphetamine and two pipes.
CCSO returned to the house on April 6 with an arrest warrant and took Brannen to the county jail. His bond was set at $250,003.

OPPD: Former bookkeeper arrested for defrauding former employer

ORANGE PARK – A former bookkeeper at a business in the Town of Orange Park was accused of defrauding the company of more than $150,000 in a four-year span starting in 2018.
Catherine Jeanette Frazier, 60, of Jacksonville, was charged with a scheme to defraud and grand theft following an investigation that led detectives to believe she altered her payroll figures to give herself pay raises without authorization. According to the business’ CEO, her pay rate should have been $30.40 an hour, but records and her bank statements showed she paid herself as much as $47.39 an hour.
The Orange Park Police Department also found payroll advance checks she wrote to herself from the company’s account as well as a purchase of a computer for $1,399.99.
Counting the checks, computer system and overpayment of payroll, OPPD said more than $150,000 had been taken from the company.
Frazier was taken to the Clay County Jail on April 5, and her bond was set at $75,006.

Couple caught with methamphetamine during traffic stops

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – A 38-year-old woman was arrested and charged with trafficking and possessing methamphetamine and a 38-year-old man was charged with possession meth and drug paraphernalia after they were pulled over by the Green Cove Springs Police Department for two different traffic stops.
Shannon Lynn Walls, of Green Cove Springs, was taken to the Clay County Jail on March 31, where she’s being held with a $250,003 bond. Brandon Michael Walter, of St. Augustine, also was charged with driving with a suspended license. His bond was set at VVVV
According to the arrest report, the officer saw an SUV turning onto Orange Avenue without a license tag light and only one working rear brake light. A passenger got out of the car and appeared “to drop a small container” while bending over.
K-9 Grit was deployed and the dog alerted the officers of the likely presence of illegal narcotics. They found three bags containing methamphetamine with a total weight of 30.9 grams in the dropped container.
Walter was the driver and he was arrested for driving with a suspended license. He eventually was released on his own recognizance.
Green Cove Springs police saw him driving on Slow Tide Road on April 12, and he was pulled over again in the same SUV for not having a valid driver’s license and for not using his turn signal.
While he was detained in the patrol car. K-Grit again detected the presence of drugs. Officers then found a bag of methamphetamine in a cigarette box.
Walter also faces charges for selling or delivering methamphetamine on Feb. 18. He posted a $50,003 bond and was released. His next court appearance is April 25.

Dropped letter leads police to woman suspected of burglary

ORANGE PARK – A Jacksonville woman was arrested after the Orange Park Police Department found a letter addressed to her with several tools reported stolen from a hotel parking lot.
Brittany Monique Patrick, 22, was charged with burglary to an automobile and attempted grand theft after a guest at the Zen Living Suites said tools were stolen from his trailer on Sept. 27, 2021. Hotel surveillance captured the theft.
Later that day, Patrick pawned drill bits and a toolbox that later were taken from the trailer. On Sept. 29, Patrick returned to the hotel and hooked the trailer to her van. Although the victim had a cable restricting the left wheel from turning, Patrick drug the trailer a little more than a quarter of a mile to the Fairfield Inn on Wells Road before it was abandoned. The trailer was recovered on Oct. 1, according to OPPD.
A letter to Patrick was found among loose tools and skid marks where the trailer was found. A warrant was issued on Jan. 19. She was at the Duval County Jail and was transported back to Clay County on April 7.
Her bond was set at $45,009.