Arrest Made in Pizza Delivery Driver Robbery

Jul 28, 2015

An arrest has been made following the armed robbery of a Domino’s Pizza delivery driver late Sunday night (07/26/15 at about 11:00 p.m.) on Magnolia Street, north of Palatka. According to the original report by Deputy Caleb French, three males approached the delivery driver, and ordered him out of his car at gunpoint. The robbers then took his car keys, money and cell phone and forced the driver to walk away.

A follow up investigation by Detective Lynn Nicely identified one of the robbers as 16 years old Ronald Todd Dyess Jr. of Palatka. Officers searched for Dyess throughout the day Monday, and finally located him at the East Palatka McDonalds restaurant Monday evening. Rumors had spread that Dyess intended to have a shootout with law enforcement. Once he was located, Captain Joseph Wells assembled the Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team, but was ultimately able to take Dyess into custody without further incident. After being interviewed at the Sheriff’s Office, Dyess was charged with armed robbery, and transported to the juvenile detention center in Gainesville. The other two suspects are still being sought.

Bar Patron Assaulted in Reported Unprovoked Attack

Jul 27, 2015

Alexander Gonzales 24 years old Alexander David Gonzalez, of Interlachen, was arrested early Sunday morning (07/26/15) after he reportedly hit another man over the head with a beer bottle at the Hi Level Bar in Palatka. Gonzalez has been charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

Witnesses at the bar told Deputy Caleb French that 23 years old Dalton Driggers was standing at the bar when Gonzalez struck him over the head with the bottle. The attack was reportedly unprovoked. According to Deputy French, Driggers had scratches and abrasions on his head and arms.

Gonzalez was taken into custody without incident further incident. However, on the way to the jail, Gonzalez began yelling “hands up don’t shoot.” He also reportedly used extremely abusive language towards Deputy French and jail personnel. He is being held in the Putnam County Jail in lieu of $20,004.00 bond.

Pizza Delivery Man Asking for Directions is Robbed at Gunpoint

Jul 27, 2015

Putnam County Sheriff’s Office detectives are following up this morning on an armed robbery of a pizza delivery man late Sunday night (07/26/15 at about 11:00 p.m.). Deputy Caleb French initially reported that 22 years old Christopher Watson was delivering an ordered Domino’s pizza to an address on Magnolia Street north of Palatka. According to the victim, he was unable to locate the address, and stopped to ask directions from threemen standing at the corner of Oak Street. Instead of giving directions, the three suspects (one white male and two black males) pulled a handgun and forced Watson out of his car. The suspects took Watson’s keys, money and cell phone and forced him to walk away. The victim was able to get to another phone and notify the Sheriff’s Office. Deputy French found the victim’s car at the scene of the robbery.

Canine Deputy Emmitt Merritt, with his partner “Tango” located a discarded handgun and shirt nearby. Sheriff’s Office detectives are continuing the investigation.

Home Condemned, Dozens of Animals Removed, Residents Sheltered

Jul 24, 2015

A requested welfare check Thursday afternoon (07/23/15) resulted in a San Mateo home being condemned and multiple animals being removed from the residence.

Deputy Matthew Keith responded to 232 Kyte Road when the Department of Children and Families requested an escort to check on the welfare of two developmentally challenged adults at the residence. When Deputy Keith arrived at the house, he found that the two adults were safe, but that the two people in charge of the residence (not the two developmentally challenged being checked on), 71 years old George Murwin and 56 years old Laura Murwin were housing, in addition to the two challenged adults, approximately 50 dogs, four birds, one horse and 15 cats at the home. When Deputy Keith checked the inside of the residence he found it covered in animal urine, dog and bird feces and bird seed. He also noticed one of the birds devoid of feathers except on its neck and head. The house was not air conditioned with all of the windows open. A horse was in the back yard with very little water and its hooves had not been trimmed causing them to split and turn under. He also found one dead puppy inside the house with its head caught in a wire panel of a dog cage. All of the live animals inside of the house appeared to be fed and watered.

Deputy Keith notified Putnam County Codes Enforcement and Animal Control. Both agencies responded to the scene. Because of the deplorable and poor structural condition of the house, it was condemned by Codes Enforcement and everyone required to move out. The animal control officer was able to capture all of the animals with the exception of a few cats that were roaming outside.

This case is still pending, and awaiting the conclusion of Putnam County Animal Control’s investigation. The Stewart Marchman Center is providing shelter for the two developmentally challenged adults.

Animals Crowd Interior of House

Disturbance Results with Arrest and Drug Charges

Jul 23, 2015

Kyle MaurerA call that began with a reported disturbance at a local restaurant in Interlachen ended with 28 years old Kyle Eugene Maurer booked into the Putnam County Jail without benefit of bond. Maurer has been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, providing false information to a law enforcement officer and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. In addition officers discovered an outstanding warrant for Maurer for violation of probation.

Wednesday afternoon (07/22/15) Deputy Justin Lewis reported that he was dispatched to the local restaurant for a disturbance call. By the time he arrived, the combatants had left the area, but Deputy Lewis was able to get vehicle descriptions of those involved. Captain Steve Rose spotted one of the cars and stopped it in front of Maurer’s house. Kyle Maurer gave Captain Rose a false name, but upon checking with the homeowner, Maurer’s true identity was confirmed. Assisting Deputy Mark Juen and Sergeant Timothy Frill obtained permission from Maurer’s girlfriend to search their room in the house. They found five marijuana pipes, 19 syringes and 10 spoons used to prepare drugs for injection. One of the syringes was full of a clear green substance. The deputies also found a .22 caliber rifle and mini cross bow in the room. The pipes and syringes were turned in for testing of the contents to determine if they are illegal drugs. Kyle Eugene Maurer was transported to the Putnam County Jail without further incident.


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