Police Briefs 5/23/19


Deputies kill man who pointed gun at them during domestic dispute

ORANGE PARK – A man was shot and killed by Clay County Sheriff’s Office deputies early who were responding to a domestic dispute early Wednesday.

A woman reportedly called the Sheriff’s Office after the man became violent during a fight. When deputies arrived at Tanglewood Boulevard near Stagecoach Drive, the man apparently pointed the gun at three deputies as he stood in the front yard. He then was shot and killed by the deputies.

The victim’s identity wasn’t released. Florida Department of Law Enforcement will be investigating the shooting.

Deputy cut while fending off knife attack in Oakleaf

OAKLEAF – A Clay County Sheriff deputy was cut while trying to fend off a man trying to attack him with a knife.

Deputy Jacob Adams was cut on his right little finger on May 15 when he blocked Nicholas Alexander Yacavone’s attempt to stab him in the chest, the sheriff’s office said.

Adams was called to Oakleaf Village by Yacavone’s father, who was trying to have his son, who reportedly wasn’t taking his medication after being diagnosed with schizophrenia, detained to get emergency mental health treatment.

The suspect was caught after a short chase. As Adams was handcuffing Yacavone, the suspect brandished a knife and tried to attack. Adams blocked the attempt and was able to quickly gain control.

Yacavone was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest.

Woman on social media nabbed for being part of an armed home invasion

ORANGE PARK – A woman was arrested after she contacted the victim of a home invasion two days after being part of the robbery.

Skylar Marin Albritton, 19, of Jacksonville, reportedly contacted the wife of the victim through social media shortly after the victim’s husband was overpowered, zip-tied, beaten and sprayed with pepper spray by three assailants during a robbery on May 19. The suspects stole an estimated $140,000, according to the Sheriff’s Office’s arrest report.

Albritton notified the victim’s wife two days later. Deputies were able to track down Albritton in Oakleaf, where she was arrested and charged with armed home invasion.

Drug sting results in charges for heroin, methamphetamine, salt

ORANGE PARK – A homeless man was arrested in a drug sting on May 17 after he sold a confidential informant heroin, methamphetamine and salt.

Darrin DeWayne Touchton Jr. was charged with selling and delivering heroin, methamphetamine and a counterfeit substance believed to be salt.

Touchton met with the informant with deputies from the Clay County Sheriff’s Office monitoring. He sold .4 of a gram of heroin, .5 of a gram of methamphetamine and .5 of a gram of what was supposed to be another drug (but believed to be salt), according to the arrest report.

Combative woman arrested for choking, wrestling with deputy

ORANGE PARK – A 22-year-old woman was jailed after she wrestled with a Clay County Sheriff’s Office deputy.

Sunnie Lee McDermott was charged with battery on a law enforcement officer after she grabbed the throat of the arresting officer and fought with the deputy on the ground to keep him from placing handcuffs on her, according to the arrest report.

The sheriff’s office was called to break up a disturbance. When the officer arrived, she lunged at him when he asked why she was upset.

Expired tag leads to high-speed chase, arrest of Middleburg man

MIDDLEBURG – An expected routine stop for an expired car tag turned into high-speed chase through a residential neighborhood.

Steve Christopher Lewandowski, 27, of Middleburg was arrested for attempting to flee a police officer who had his lights and siren on, as well as driving with a suspended license.

According to CCSO, a deputy noticed an expired tag on Lewandowski’s Ford on Aster Avenue as he approached North Dolphin Avenue. A quick check also revealed the tag didn’t belong to the registered car.

When the deputy tried to pull him over, he sped away. Deputies stopped their pursuit in the neighborhood, but eventually found the car on Bluebell Avenue.

Woman killed walking on train tracks in Asbury Lake

ASBURY LAKE – A woman was struck and killed by an Amtrak train Wednesday, May 15.

The Amtrak train was delayed for more than four hours following the crash near Russell Road and Dairy Lane. An Amtrak spokesperson said there were about 500 people were onboard. No passengers or crew members were injured.

As of May 22, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office hadn’t released the identity of the victim or a report on the accident.


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