Crescent City Bank Robbery Suspect Arrested

Sep 1, 2015

Gary Gunter Fifty four years old Gary Gunter, of Pomona Park, was arrested Monday afternoon (08/31/15) charged with the robbery Saturday (08/29/15) of the TD Bank in Crescent City. He was also served with an outstanding warrant charging him with possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon. Gunter is presently being held in the Putnam County Jail without benefit of bond.

According to the original report by Deputy Bradley Waldron, a suspect reportedly walked into the Crescent City bank wearing a hooded jacket with the hood pulled over his head. He also had white cream smeared on his face and a towel wrapped around his hand. The suspect then shoved a bag across the counter to the teller and demanded money. Before escaping, the robber reportedly made the two bank employees, who were present, lay on the floor as he fled the bank on foot.

On Monday (08/31/15) the investigation was assigned to Major Crimes Detectives Lynn Nicely and Jody Hull. Following tips from anonymous citizens Detectives Nicely and Hull were able to develop a vehicle description and tag number of a truck that may have been driven by the robber. Armed with this information the detectives identified Gary Gunter as a suspect. They also learned that he had an outstanding arrest warrant for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was located at his home in Pomona Park, and after a brief negotiation came out of the house and was placed under arrest on the outstanding warrant. He was brought to the Sheriff’s Office for an interview. Following the interview, Gunter was also charged with the robbery of the Crescent City TD Bank.

While at the suspect’s home, Detectives Nicely and Hull were able to recover the clothing worn by the robbery suspect, as well as part of the money that was stolen from TD Bank. The previous outstanding warrant for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon came as the result of a call on June 30, 2015, of a suspicious incident at Gunter’s home in which Gunter was the complainant.

During the investigation of the suspicious incident, Deputy Christopher Soohoo found that Gunter was in possession of a shotgun. He was not arrested at that time as he was taken into custody under the “Baker Act.” A warrant was obtained for the firearm charge. The previous felony conviction, that made it unlawful for Gunter to possess a firearm, was not prosecuted in Putnam County.

Traffic Stop Leads to Stolen Vehicle Recovery and Three Arrests

Aug 31, 2015

Franklin White, Joseph Davis, and Justin Hollman Palatka, FL: Three suspects have been arrested following a traffic stop conducted by Putnam County Sheriff’s Deputies in Palatka. At approximately 4:00 PM on Friday afternoon, PCSO Sgt. Daniel Taylor was on patrol when he observed a Chevrolet Suburban run a stop sign on North 8TH Street. Sgt. Taylor caught up to the vehicle and conducted a computer check on the tag in preperation for a traffic stop. The check revealed that the vehicle had been reported stolen to the Palatka Police Department. The driver pulled into the yard of a vacant residence and fled on foot. Sheriff’s Deputies and assisting officers from the Palatka Police Department quickly established a perimeter and the driver, who was identified as thirty-four years old Franklin White of Interlachen, was taken into custody soon after. Deputies also determined that two additional passengers were inside the Suburban and that both men were wanted on active warrants from other counties. Sixty years old Joseph Davis of Palatka was wanted for failure to appear in court in Marion County. Twenty-six years of age Justin Hollman also of Palatka was wanted by the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office for violation of probation.

White was charged with motor vehicle theft, no valid driver’s license and resisting an officer without violence. Davis and Hollman was arrested on the outstanding warrants. All three suspects remain incarcerated in the Putnam County Jail. White has a bond of $4,512.00. Davis and Hollman are being held without bond

Crescent City Bank Robbed

Aug 31, 2015

A lone suspect walked into the TD Bank, in Crescent City, Saturday morning (08/29/15 at about 9:00 a.m.) and robbed the employees of an undetermined amount of money. Although the suspect did not display a gun, he had a towel wrapped around his hand indicating he had a weapon. According to a report by Deputy Bradley Waldron, no one was injured during the incident.

Deputy Waldron’s initial investigation determined that a tall slender black male, wearing blue jeans and a black and white windbreaker with a hood up over his head, walked into the bank with some type of white cream on his face resembling shaving cream. The suspect reportedly walked up to the bank employee, shoved a bag across the counter and demanded that the employee put money in the bag. The suspect also had a towel wrapped around his hand giving the impression that he was armed.

The bank employee told Deputy Waldron that after the suspect retrieved the bag of money, he ordered the employee, as well as a second person working the drive through window, to lie on the floor while he walked out of the bank and south on Summit Street.

As of this time, the suspect has not yet been identified, and the investigation is being continued by detectives Marcus Phillips and Douglas Patterson.

Interlachen Man Charged with Two Counts of Battery

Aug 28, 2015

Patrick Cook An Interlachen man was arrested Thursday night (08/27/15) after he reportedly battered his ex-wife and then fought with deputies attempting to mediate the dispute. Forty six years old Patrick Darrell Cook has been charged with two counts of battery, one for domestic violence battery of his ex-wife and one for battery of Sergeant Timothy Frill. He is also charged with attempting to forcefully take Sergeant Frill’s Taser and service weapon while fighting him, and resisting the Sergeant with violence. Cook is presently being held in the Putnam County Jail without benefit of bond.

Shortly after 9:00 p.m. last evening Deputy Mark Juen and Sergeant Timothy Frill responded to a reported family disturbance at Cook’s residence on County Road 315 in Interlachen. When they arrived they found Cook arguing with his ex-wife in the middle of the road. The officers separated the two, and while attempting to calm the situation, Cook became violent with Sergeant Frill. Cook was placed on the ground, but was able to pull Sergeant Frill down with him and attempted to take his Taser and service weapon.

Hearing the struggle, Deputy Juen ran to the aid of Sergeant Frill. The two deputies were able to successfully subdue Cook with no injuries. He was placed in handcuffs and transported to the Putnam County Jail.

Former Housekeeper Charged with Dealing in Stolen Property after Pawning Items

Aug 28, 2015

Cynthia Ferguson Fifty two years old Cynthia Marie Ferguson, of Pomona Park, was arrested Thursday afternoon (08/27/15) charged with one count of larceny, six counts of dealing in stolen property and six counts of giving false information to three different pawn shops. She is presently being held in the Putnam County Jail in lieu of $22,052 bond.

An arrest warrant was issued following the theft investigation that began on August 21, 2015. Deputy Donald Goodman answered a theft call at the Charles Beard residence in Satsuma. The victims found that someone had removed a guitar from the residence, but there was no sign of an illegal entry into the residence. Ferguson became a suspect as she had been a housekeeper for the victims.

The investigation was assigned to Detective Brian Hardeman who found that Ferguson had recently pawned jewelry, a guitar and a guitar case at three different pawn shops. The victims were able to identify the pawned items as those stolen from their residence. Detective Hardeman was able to obtain an arrest warrant charging Ferguson with the theft of the victim’s property, dealing in stolen property when she pawned it, as well as giving false information to the three pawn shops. Ferguson was taken into custody yesterday afternoon (08/27/15).

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