Navy mechanic arrested for exposing himself to girls at gas station
FLEMING ISLAND – A Green Cove Springs man was released on a $75,000 bond after Clay County Sheriff’s Office deputies with the Crimes Against Children Unit said he was videotaped Nov. 13 masturbating in front of three girls at a Fleming Island gas station.
Tommy Nolan Thrasher, 51, was charged with lewd and lascivious exhibition on Nov. 26 after one of the girls captured the event on her cellphone.
The girls, ages 15, 16 and 17, were pumping gas at the Daily’s station at 1531 County Road 220 when they saw a man exposing himself and masturbating while he pumped gas into his red Ford. When questioned at his job at NAS-Jax, Thrasher told police he had pulled a rubber prop from his pants, CCSO said. He changed his mind after detective showed him the video.
“This is beyond concerning,” said the mother of one of the victims. “As a mother, I’ve done everything I can to protect by kids. I moved my children to what was supposed to be a safe place. Now my kids can’t even go to a gas station and pump gas without being assaulted.”
The mother said her daughter has had nightmares, flashbacks and difficulty sleeping.
“This has been very hard,” the mother said.
The affidavit for arrest also stated Thrasher eventually admitted he’s been exposing himself for years and to “flashing other unknown victims” approximately 10 times.
One in custody, others being sought after man beaten to death
KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – One suspect was arrested in South Georgia and Clay County Sheriff’s Office deputies are looking for more people they believed participated in the beating death of a Keystone Heights man on Nov. 22.
Kalvin Wayne Roe was arrested in Statenville, Georgia, after deputies tracked his cellphone to home within a block of the Echols County Sheriff’s Office. Roe was arrested following a brief chase and charged with aggravated assault and possession of a firearm by a felon. He was at the Lowndes County Jail late Tuesday while Clay County prepares to extradite him.
Meanwhile police were still trying to figure out who was involved in the brutal attack of Stephen Dalton Perry Jr. The attack happened in Keystone Heights, and Perry’s body was found in Putnam County. Neighbors said they believe as many as 10 were involved in the beating – some using baseball bats.
Perry was taken off life support and died on Thanksgiving.
“Kalvin Roe did not act alone and other persons of interest are being sought,” the Sheriff’s Office said.
Perry was arrested on Sept. 13 after he admitted throwing punches at his brother, Michael Perry, in the parking lot of a Keystone Heights convenience store. He was charged with simple domestic battery and ordered to stay 2,500 feet from his brother.
Charges were amended to simple assault with intent to do violence. Perry, who told deputies he thought Michael cut his brake lines a few days earlier, pleaded no contest and was found guilty on Sept. 30 and ordered to pay fines totaling $375.50.
CCSO is encouraging people with information to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (904) 264-6512.
Two men caught in drug sting trafficking two kilos of cocaine
ORANGE PARK – Two men were arrested for trying to sell two kilograms of cocaine on Nov. 25 with an estimated street value of $70,000 to undercover agents.
Christian Joel Serrano Hernandez, 40, of Jacksonville, and Luis Mario Cruz Hernandez, 34, of Orange Park, were booked into the Clay County Jail for drug trafficking.
Agents with the Clay County Sheriff’s Office Organized Crime/Narcotics unit, U.S. Postal Inspectors Office, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Florida Highway Patrol set up the sting after Mario Hernandez was stopped by FHP for running a red light and not wearing his seatbelt at Debarry Avenue and Patricia Lane. Once stopped, FHP said Mario Hernandez appeared so nervous he couldn’t answer simple questions.
CCSO K9 Conan alerted deputies of the presence of cocaine inside the car. They found two bricks of the drug in a U.S.P.S. package.
Agents then set up the drug by with Christian Joel Serrano Hernandez in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant near the Orange Park Mall.
“These illegal narcotics were intended to be distributed within Clay and Duval counties,” CCSO posted on its Facebook page. “This is another great win for our community and another example of the zero tolerance for this illegal activity within our county. Another out-of-county criminal thought that they could enter our county and conduct this criminal drug transaction and now they are out of options.”
CCSO: Man charged with hitting, choking, stabbing girlfriend
KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – A 41-year-old man remained in the Clay County Jail a week after the Clay County Sheriff’s Office said he beat, strangled and stabbed his girlfriend.
John Jerry Thomas, of Keystone Heights, was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, felony domestic battery by strangulation and domestic battery after deputes said they found a woman standing on the side of the road with bruises on her neck and face, as well as an injury to her leg.
According to the arrest report, the altercation took place on Nov. 23, but the victim said Thomas threatened to have her child taken by authorities if she left their home. She was taking a shower on Nov. 26 when she heard a garage truck at her driveway. She ran to the truck in her robe and asked the driver to call the police. The victim said Thomas smashed her cellphone were smashed during the argument.
Thomas told deputies she was beaten by another man and that some of the injuries may be self-inflicted.
Thomas’ bond was set at $160,008.
Jacksonville man arrested for DUI after June head-on collision
FLEMING ISLAND – A Jacksonville man was arrested for driving under the influence more than five months after crossing the median on U.S. 17 and slamming head-on into another vehicle.
David Frederick Pulliam was charged with DUI with injuries and driving with a suspended license after toxicology results revealed he had a blood alcohol level between .09 and .18 when he veered into the southbound lane of U.S. 17 near Town Center Boulevard on June 12 at 9:25 p.m.
He was arrested in Nassau County on June 25 and transported back to Clay to face charges.
Larry and Connie Tode, of Green Cove Springs, were rushed to the Intensive Care Unit at Orange Park Medical Center. Larry Tode suffered two brain injuries and is paralyzed on one side of his body, while she was scheduled for another surgery on Wednesday.
“We’re very frustrated with it,” Connie Tode said of the lengthy investigation. “My husband will never walk again. All he will ever be is in a bed.”
Pulliam’s bond was set at $26,505.
Although all southbound lanes of U.S. 17 were closed during the investigation, another man, Oda Charles Carter, 44, of Orange Park, was clocked at 107 mph as he sped through a roadblock, nearly striking FHP troopers and deputies with the Clay County Sheriff’s Office. He eventually was charged with attempting to flee from police, DUI, possession if marijuana and refusing to submit to a DUI test.
Contractor wanted for questioning for missing Clay woman in jail
JACKSONVILLE – Corey Louis Binderim, 44, a person of interest in the disappearance of a Fleming Island woman, was arrested on an outstanding forgery charge in Jacksonville.
Clay County Sheriff’s Office deputies want to talk to Binderim about Susan Mauldin, 65, who went missing from her Eagle Harbor home on Oct. 24 shortly after she demanded her money back after Binderim failed to remodel her bathroom.
Binderim is being held on $50,000 bond. Clay County hasn’t filed any charges against him.
Motorcyclist killed in Blanding Boulevard crash
MIDDLEBURG – An Orange Park motorcyclist was killed Nov. 26 when he collided with a car as it was turning left onto Blanding Boulevard.
Jerome Soto Doglas, 51, died at Orange Park Medical Center after the accident.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a Honda Civic driven by Geovanee Lopez, 35, of Middleburg was westbound on Knight Boxx Road while Doglas was riding eastbound. Both had a green light at the intersection of Blanding, but Lopez didn’t have a green turn arrow, FHP said, when she turned left in front of the motorcycle.
Doglas wasn’t wearing a helmet, FHP reported.
Orange Park Mall security nabs two Jacksonville shoplifters
ORANGE PARK – Two Jacksonville women were arrested after they were caught concealing J.C. Penney with $1,055 worth of clothing without paying.
Octavia Lynette Young, 28, and Kiya Laton Swan, 26, were each charged with grand theft.
According to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, a loss prevention officer at the Orange Park Mall noticed both women stuffing clothes into white bags.