Crime

Lewd Suspect Targeting Children, Exposing Himself

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A series of lewd incidents over the past several months ranging from Mandarin to Mayport has police looking for one person.

According to a news release from Jacksonville Sheriff's Office spokesperson Melissa Bujeda, the first incident was in September 2010.

In all incidents, the suspect drove alongside the victims in a newer model Black Volkswagen Beetle and began talking to them.

Then, the suspect exposed himself as he masturbated, Bujeda indicated.

The victims were between 11 and 16 in most of the incidents, though the victim of the most recent is 20-years old.  All are females.

The incidents happened between 3:25 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. in the following locations:

Armed Robbery String Strikes throughout the Southside | VIDEO

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Police think a series of recent armed robberies from Mandarin to Arlington has enough in common that they may be connected.

According to a statement from Jacksonville Sheriff's Office spokesperson Melissa Bujeda, the suspects were captured on surveillance video in a robbery Sunday.

The robbery happened just before 9:30 p.m. Sunday at the C&C Discount Store at the corner of Old St. Augustine and Hartley roads.

The clerk reported seeing one person enter the store and immediately walk quickly to the back. She told police she started walking that way when three other males walked in from the back and the first suspect put a gun to her head, grabbed her throat and demanded money from the register and her purse.

All four then fled out the back door.

Two of the suspects were caught on a surveillance camera coming and going. Their faces are covered with masks.

Mayor's Communications Director Arrested on DUI Charge

Mayor's Communications Director Arrested on DUI Charge

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Communications Director for Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown is facing a DUI charge in Bradford County.

Jail records show Abel Harding was arrested Saturday near U.S. 301 by the Hampton Police Department. He was booked on a DUI charge late Saturday, then released early Sunday.

Youngest Jacksonville Murder Suspect Being Moved

Youngest Jacksonville Murder Suspect Being Moved

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The youngest murder suspect in Jacksonville history, Cristian Fernandez has spent three weeks in isolation at the Duval County jail.

But on Friday, Chief Judge Donald Moran ordered that he be moved back to the juvenile center, saying he did not like the fact that the child, presumed to be innocent, was in isolation for 23-hours a day.

The 12-year-old is charged with first degree murder in the March 14 beating death of his 2-year-old brother. He has entered a plea of not guilty.

There were other juvenile inmates at the adult jail with Fernandez, but State Attorney Angela Corey said he was kept in isolation for his own protection.

Three Agencies Seek Same Armed Robbery Suspect

Three Agencies Seek Same Armed Robbery Suspect

Three local law enforcement agencies believe the same suspect committed armed robberies in their various jurisdictions: Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, Clay County Sheriff’s Office and Orange Park Police Department.

Taking a Weekend Trip to Orlando? Don't Order Pizza

Taking a Weekend Trip to Orlando? Don't Order Pizza

Remember the pizza-flyer scam talked about in January?

Police were concerned that the flimsy pieces of paper advertising $9.99 pizza pies and a 1-800 number were really scams to get hungry tourists to fork over their credit card information. Florida legislators ultimately passed a law - with Walt Disney World's backing - to crack down on flyer distribution.

Death Investigation Underway in Mandarin

Death Investigation Underway in Mandarin

MANDARIN, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is investigating a death in Mandarin.

Homicide detectives were called to the 11000 block of San Jose Boulevard on Tuesday. Once on scene authorities found a man dead.

Police said they do not suspect foul play. The man's identity has not been released.