Dec 1, 2016
Hawthorne, FL; Putnam County Sheriff’s Office deputies have arrested and charged Fifty-one-year-old Darrell Wayne Bailey with sexual battery, kidnapping, false imprisonment, robbery, battery and fleeing a law enforcement officer.
The chain of events began at approximately 6:45 am on the morning of 11/30/2016 when Bailey arrived at the west Putnam County home of a female acquaintance and asked to use the telephone. The victim allowed Bailey into her home, at which point he brandished a knife and held it to the throat of the victim. Bailey held the victim against her will and raped her. Still armed with a knife, Bailey then demanded that the victim drive him to an area store. While Bailey was in the store, the victim fled the scene and called 911. Wanted bulletins were issued as deputies and K-9 units immediately began a manhunt for Bailey.
While the hunt for Bailey was still active, a carjacking was reported in the area of SE 5TH Street in Interlachen at 4:53PM. The eighteen-year-old female victim told deputies that she was approached by a white male suspect as she pulled into her driveway on North State Road 21. The man attempted to speak with the victim as he approached her vehicle. The victim attempted to roll her window up, but the suspect grabbed her and placed a knife to her neck. The suspect then entered the vehicle and forced the victim to drive. The victim drove the suspect as he directed for a period of time but became increasingly afraid for her own safety due to statements and actions of the suspect. The victim then jumped from the moving vehicle and fled into the wooded area. The suspect then fled in the victim’s vehicle. The victim made her way to the SE 5TH Street home where she was assisted by the homeowner and called 911. Major Crimes Unit detectives were able to confirm that the victim’s abductor was Bailey.
Within a few minutes, Deputy Nicholas Vieira spotted Bailey still driving the victim’s vehicle west on State Road 20. As Vieira turned around on the vehicle, Bailey accelerated and a vehicle pursuit ensued at speeds of nearly 100 miles per hour. Bailey suddenly stopped the vehicle on State Road 20 near the intersection of Chesser Monroe Road. Vieira was able to apprehend Bailey without further incident.
In addition to the charges filed in Putnam County, deputies discovered that Bailey was wanted on an active Taylor County warrant for violation of probation regarding a previous sexual battery. Bailey is a Florida registered sex offender resulting from a 1988 Kidnapping and sexual battery in Taylor County.
This remains and active investigation as detectives work with the State Attorney’s Office to prepare the case for trial.
Nov 15, 2016
East Palatka, FL; Two Miami-Dade County residents have been arrested as a result of a long term undercover investigation conducted by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Drug and Vice Unit. The investigation into the distribution of cocaine and heroin in Putnam County began in April of 2015. During the investigation, Rantrell Madison and another suspect, who remained unidentified until recently, traveled from Miami Dade County to meet with Putnam County Detectives several times. The duo sold heroin and cocaine to the undercover detectives on multiple occasions. Madison was arrested by the Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes Unit in July of 2015 when he arrived back in Putnam County with the intent to distribute additional amounts of the drugs. Madison was alone on his final trip to Putnam County and until recently, the identity of the second suspect was unknown. PCSO Detectives worked tirelessly and consulted with other law enforcement agencies in efforts to identify the second drug trafficker. On October 20, 2016, a warrant was issued for Armand Bauldrick for trafficking heroin. During the investigation, detectives seized approximately 40 grams of crack and powder cocaine along with approximately 28 grams of heroin. The street value of the seized narcotics is approximately $9,000.00.
As a result of the investigation, Madison was charged with trafficking in cocaine and two counts of trafficking in heroin. Madison has been convicted and is serving a state prison sentence as a result of his charges. Madison’s scheduled release date is in 2023. Bauldrick was charged with trafficking in heroin and remains in the Putnam County Jail on a bond of $150,000.00.
Nov 4, 2016
At approximately 3:20 PM this afternoon, the Putnam County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call regarding a possible electrocution on Pique Road, in Crescent City. Witnesses reported that the victim was trimming trees in the vicinity of power lines when the accident occurred. When deputies and rescue personnel arrived, they located the victim still elevated in the bucket of a hydraulic lift. Florida Power and Light responded to the scene and began the task of shutting the electricity down. Once the scene was rendered safe, rescuers were able to lower the bucket lift to access the victim. The victim was pronounced deceased on the scene. The Putnam County Sheriff's Office Major Crimes Unit is conducting a death investigation and at this time this appears to be an accidental death by electrocution. The Medical Examiner's Office assisted and OSHA was notified. The victim has been identified as a 53 year-old Putnam County man. The victim was a self-employed as a lawn care worker and was working alone when the incident occurred. His identity is not being released until next of kin can be notified.
Oct 27, 2016
The FEMA Disaster Recovery Center in Putnam County is opening Friday, October 28 at 9 am.
The Center is located at the Putnam County Fairgrounds in the New building (Expo Hall Building 1)
118 Fairgrounds Road
East Palatka, Florida.
The Hours are 9:00 am – 6:00 pm Monday Through Saturday.
Please pass along to everyone to register with FEMA and come by the Disaster Recovery Center to see what assistance may be available to recover from this Major Disaster.
Or online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov
Oct 18, 2016
Putnam County, FL: The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office and United States Drug Enforcement Administration completed a joint narcotics trafficking investigation this week. Roberto Orozco-Villalobos has been charged with the trafficking of ten kilograms of cocaine. Orozco-Villalobos was arrested following a lengthy investigation by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Drug Unit and the United Stated Drug Enforcement Administration into cocaine trafficking in the Crescent City and Pomona Park areas. During the investigation, it was determined that Orozco-Villalobos was using a residence on Cris Drive in Pomona Park as a distribution point for the drugs, which would then be sold throughout southern Putnam County. When undercover detectives determined that drugs were present at the Cris Drive home, The Sheriff’s SWAT and Rifle Security Teams moved in. Orozco-Villalobos attempted the flee with a garbage bag full of cocaine, but he was quickly apprehended and the drugs were recovered. In addition to the cocaine, PCSO detectives and DEA agents also seized two semi-automatic handguns and the Toyota truck used to transport the cocaine. The cocaine as packaged, had a street value of approximately $375,000.00, but when sold on the street in smaller amounts could be worth over a million dollars.
Sheriff Jeff Hardy said, “This is just another example of the outstanding relationship between the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Sheriff’s Office. Because of this relationship, a significant amount of drugs were removed from the streets of Putnam County and a dangerous drug trafficker is behind bars”.