Police Briefs 6/1/17

Clay County Sheriff's Office
Posted 5/31/17

Shots fired from car ends in felony arrestCLAY HILL – A Clay Hill man is being held in the Clay County Jail on $100,006 bond after his arrest on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly …

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Police Briefs 6/1/17


Shots fired from car ends in felony arrest

CLAY HILL – A Clay Hill man is being held in the Clay County Jail on $100,006 bond after his arrest on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and firing a gun from a vehicle within 1,000 feet of another person.

Police arrested Derek Shane Carter Jr., 20, on May 24 at 6:17 p.m. in the 4500 block of Peppergrass Street after an investigation.

According to a Clay County Sheriff’s Office report, Carter fired shots out of his vehicle at a Kangaroo station in the 4400 block of County Road 218 toward another vehicle on North Mimosa Avenue and Mandrake Street. The police report states the shots were fired shortly after 3 p.m.

Police said Brandon Wright, an acquaintance of Carter’s who was inside the Kangaroo during the incident, said the shots were meant for him. The police report states that while Wright was driving home from the Kangaroo, Carter’s vehicle pulled up beside his and Carter fired shots towards the car. Wright said he parked and ran into his house on Mandrake St, police said, and Carter pulled into the driveway before heading down North Mimosa Avenue.

According to police, an officer identified Carter’s car and pulled the vehicle over for a traffic stop on Peppergrass Street. The report states an officer searched the car and found a firearm and two spent round casings on the windshield.

Amanda Carter, identified in the police report as Carter’s sister, was in the car during the traffic stop. According to the police report, Wright told officers he used to date Amanda Carter.

Police said James Robbins was gathering tools for maintenance to the Kangaroo’s roof when multiple shots were fired toward him from a vehicle. The police report states Robbins later identified the shooter on Peppergrass Street and Carter was arrested.

According to the police report, Wright was not injured and there were no bullet holes in his car.

Man falls asleep in car, ends in arrest

MIDDLEBURG – Police arrested a Jacksonville man on Blanding Boulevard early Wednesday morning after reports of a man sleeping in his car while parked at a stoplight.

Donald Collister Cook, 32, faces charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer, fleeing and eluding police, driving under the influence of alcohol and resisting arrest, according to a Clay County Sheriff’s Office report. The incident occurred around 4 a.m. on May 24.

Police say an officer approached Cook’s vehicle at the intersection of Blanding Boulevard and Baxley Road and when Cook ignored the officer’s requests to open the door, the officer reached for the door handle. According the police report, Cook drove away with the officer’s hand stuck in the door handle.

“As I was struggling to free my hand, I had to run alongside the vehicle to prevent falling and possibly getting run over by the vehicle,” the officer said in the police report.

Once free, the officer followed the car, the police report states, and the car passed through constructions barrels and drove in closed roadway lanes before stopping. Police say Cook ignored requests and the officer removed him from the car by force. Cook agreed to speak with police following the arrest, police said, but mumbled and did not answer the officer’s questions. A breath test given shortly after the arrest showed a blood alcohol content of .160, double the state level of .08 percent blood-alcohol content.

At press time, Cook remained in the Clay County Jail where his bond is set at $57,510.

Liquor store employee charged with stealing from boss

ORANGE PARK – A former Wells Road Liquors employee was arrested last week on charges of grand theft, forgery and passing a forged check, according to a Clay County Sheriff’s Office report.

Police said Wells Road Liquors owner Lorraine Smith told officers that Marisol Benitez Iraso, 41, took a $10,800 check from the business. Smith fired Iraso on May 11 under suspicion of wrongdoing, the police report states. Iraso was charged with one count of grand theft valued $10,000-$19,999 on May 24 at 11:40 a.m.

Police said Smith completed fraudulent activity paperwork and police confirmed banking records showed the check, which was made out to Sam’s Club and was deposited into Iraso’s account on May 11.

Officers contacted Iraso by phone and asked her to come in for an interview, police said. The police report states Iraso was arrested at the Clay County Sheriff’s Office on Blanding Boulevard and she was transported to the Clay County Jail. She since been released on bond.

CCSO makes witness tampering arrest

ORANGE PARK – An investigation led authorities to arrest a man at a Blanding Boulevard apartment complex late Wednesday on charges of domestic battery, false imprisonment and tampering with a witness.

According to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office report, William John McCarthy, 32, shut a woman in the bathroom and took her phone away limiting her ability to call for help.

Police said officers arrested McCarthy on May 24 at 11:47 p.m. while responding to complaints of a disturbance at the InTown Suites hotel near Orange Park shortly before midnight.

According to police, a security guard let the officer into the apartment after there was no answer to knocks on the door. Once inside, McCarthy left a bathroom and put him in restraints, police said. The police report states the officer found a frightened woman in the bathtub with the shower curtain closed. Police said the woman told the officer she came to the apartment to pick up her belongings when McCarthy shoved her inside the bathroom and closed the door. When she tried to text her boyfriend, who was waiting outside the apartment, the police report states, McCarthy took her phone. The woman told officers she had a child with McCarthy and had lived with him previously.

According to the police report, the woman’s belongings were stacked as if she was coming to pick them up, but there were no signs of a struggle. Police said McCarthy agreed to speak with the officer and he was transported to the Clay County Jail. At press time, McCarthy remained in jail where his bond is set at $37,508.


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