Crime

Fugitive wanted on sexual battery charges captured in Ohio

Fugitive wanted on sexual battery charges captured in Ohio

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- A 37-year-old fugitive wanted on a warrant for sexual battery captured Thursday in Ohio after fleeing from St. Johns County in July, authorities said.

Michael Owen Hutchison, 37, of Elkton, is being held without bond in Marion County, Ohio following his arrest on two warrants for sexual battery, according to the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office.

Hutchison was initially booked on a sexual battery charge June 9 and released after posting $25,000 bond, deputies said.

While free on bond, Hutchison sexually battered an unconscious man in July, the victim told investigators. Afterward, the Sheriff's Office obtained a warrant for Hutchison's arrest.

When the warrant was issued, deputies discovered Hutchison had fled the county. Then a second warrant -- this one with a $250,000 bond -- was issued for Hutchison's arrest, followed by another for the violation of his bond conditions.

Suspect in double murder of wife and friend in court hours before shooting

Suspect in double murder of wife and friend in court hours before shooting

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Hours before his wife and a family friend were shot to death inside a South Bellagio Drive home Thursday, a St. Augustine man suspected in their killing had been in court pleading no contest to violating an injunction for protection against domestic violence ordered by a judge last month, court records show.

St. Augustine double murder suspect in custody

St. Augustine double murder suspect in custody

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Hours before his wife and a family friend were shot to death inside a South Bellagio Drive home Thursday, a St. Augustine man suspected in their killing had been in court pleading no contest to violating an injunction for protection against domestic violence ordered by a judge last month, court records show.

Man accused of stealing $23K worth of cell phones from employer

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Police have arrested a manager of a cell phone store for allegedly stealing forty cell phones valued at more than $23,000, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

One of two owners of the AT&T store at 10131 San Jose Blvd. called the Sheriff's Office and told deputies one of his employees stole forty cell phones from the company over the past four months.

Police arrested Darren Pith, 34, and charged him with employee theft of $20,000-$99,000. 

The store owner said the suspect was transferred to manage the store at 13280 Old St. Augustine Rd. prior to them realizing he stole the phones from the other store.

Police say they interviewed Pith who told them he took the cell phones and sold them to a white male called Mike in the parking lot at Baymeadows Road and Old Kings Road. He told police he found Mike on Craig's list. Police say he wrote a statement admitting to taking the phones.

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How Common is Crime Where You Live: Part 1 & 2

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- You may live in a pretty popular area of town, but that doesn't mean you and your family are protected from crime.

In part-2 of Joy Purdy's special report, she took a closer look at some of the most popular places to live in Jacksonville, and the number of times you and your neighbors have called police this year (January - October, 2011) to report crimes in your community.

She examined specific types of common crimes: Home burglaries, robberies (to homes and individuals), car burglaries, and criminal mischief.

You can also crunch the numbers yourself.

Through the links below, check out the number of calls residents made about any type of crime this year to the sheriff's offices in Jacksonville, St. Johns County, Clay County, and The Orange Park Police Department.

Match the area (police zone) from which a particular crime was called into police, to the related sheriff's office zone map.

Man Jumps on Bank Counter and Demands Cash

Man Jumps on Bank Counter and Demands Cash

 

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s responded to an armed bank robbery Monday morning in Mandarin.

According to a police report, deputies were called to the Fifth Third Bank at 6450 St. Augustine Road around 11 a.m. following a report of an armed robbery.