Police Briefs 9/12/19


Woman nabbed for selling jewelry reported stolen

ORANGE PARK – A woman was finally tracked down after she reportedly sold stolen property to a Blanding Boulevard pawn shop last May.

Alyssa Lyn Rowe, 26, of St. Petersburg, was arrested in Jacksonville on Aug. 30. She was sent to the Clay County Jail and charged with seven counts each of dealing in stolen property and providing false information to a pawn broker.

Her bond was set at $160,042.

Among the items recovered were five rings, a bracelet, a gold bar and a pendant.

Man surrenders to face armed robbery charges

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – A Jacksonville man flagged down a sheriff’s deputy near the Clay County Courthouse Sept. 8 and turned himself in for armed robbery.

Alfonzo Leon Moore, 29, was booked on an outstanding warrant for armed robbery and aggravated battery. His bond was set at $100,006.

According to the warrant, Moore was accused of holding several people at gunpoint on April 5 while they sat in a car at the Bluff House Apartments in Orange Park. The group reportedly were at the apartment to meet a drug dealer.

Two of the victims tried to wrestle the gun away from Moore after he struck a woman in the face with the pistol. The gun fired inside the car and Moore took one of the victim’s cell phone, CCSO said. Nobody was injured.

Game of drunken Monopoly leads to battery charges

MIDDLEBURG – An argument during a game of Monopoly led to a man being arrested for putting a woman in a headlock, Clay County Sheriff’s Office deputies said.

Kenneth Alan Norwood, 25, of Middleburg, was charged with felony battery and domestic battery by strangulation.

According to the arrest report, deputies saw a woman being thrown against a window near the front door as they arrived at an apartment complex on County Road 220. The victim said they had been drinking while playing the board game. She asked Norwood to throw out a drink and he responded by choking her, CCSO said.

Man arrested for dating domestic battery at Walmart

MIDDLEBURG – A Green Cove Springs man was arrested Sept. 9 after he reportedly grabbed his girlfriend while they were on a date at Walmart.

Troy William Grubbs, 33, was charged with simple dating domestic battery.

According to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Grubb was seen grabbing his girlfriend from behind and placing his hand over her mouth during an argument at 3:20 a.m.

Man caught breaking into vacuum during Dorian emergency

ORANGE PARK – A Jacksonville man was arrested for breaking into a vacuum-air pump machine at a closed gas station during the declared emergency for Hurricane Dorian.

Peter Said Qaoud, 46, was charged with molesting a coin-operated machine, vandalism and possession of burglary tools on Sept. 4 after a Clay County Sheriff’s Office deputy saw him trying to conceal himself behind his car after the Gate station on Blanding Boulevard had been evacuated.

Deputies said the plastic wrap around the machine to protect it against the expected wind and rain was removed. They also saw the panel leading to the coin box had been opened. Deputies said it appeared Qaoud used a hammer to pry the door open.

Three jailed for smashing door, windows in Middleburg

MIDDLEBURG – Three Union County people were arrested after Clay County Sheriff’s Office deputies said they kicked in a door, broke windows and threw dirt at residents.

Lucy Lacandis Foster, 36, Shameya Naquilla Foster, 20, and Mackus Dowaine Staten, 18, all of Lake Butler, were charged with vandalism after deputies said they got into an altercation with the residents who live at the 1900 block of Nighthawk Lane. Staten also was charged with simple battery for throwing dirt in the face of one of the residents.

The victims said the trio kicked in their front door, smashed two front windows and broke a piece of furniture when they were asked to leave by the property owner.

Motorcyclist killed in Keystone Heights

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – A man died Sept. 7 after he lost control of his motorcycle and crashed on County Road 214 at Monongahela.

Richard Marsh, 57, of Keystone Heights, died at UF Health Gainesville of injuries suffered in the crash that occurred at 3:28 a.m. No other vehicles were involved, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

FDLE issues warnings of telephone scammers

TALAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has received reports of some of its phone numbers being spoofed by scammers. These reports span the state with scammers purporting to be FDLE members in order to defraud citizens.

Spoofing is when a caller makes it appear as though they are calling from a different number. For example, a scammer calling from a different area code might spoof a local number to make their targets more likely to pick up. Scammers may also spoof publicly available numbers of law enforcement agencies or entities like the IRS to give credibility to their fraudulent threats.

Scammers may call threatening some sort of legal action, such as arrest or freezing of their social security number or bank account. They then demand immediate payment, usually in gift cards, wire transfers or other difficult-to-trace methods, in order to make these legal problems go away.

This is not how our legal system works, and FDLE does not call people like this. Scammers attempt to prey on victims’ fear and confusion to steal and defraud, but one of the best counters to their schemes is an informed public.

If anyone receives such a call from someone purporting to be with FDLE, they are encouraged to call us at (850) 410-7000 to report it.


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