Satsuma, FL: On September 12, 2014 at approximately 6:42 am a lone male entered the Bi-Lo Convenience Store located at 788 South Highway 17 in Satsuma, brandished a handgun and demanded money from the cashier. The suspect left the store on foot headed in a southerly direction. At this time, investigators are urging anyone with information related to this incident to call the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office at (386) 329-0801 or Northeast Florida Crime Stoppers at (888) 277-TIPS (8477). Anyone providing information that leads to an arrest and conviction may be eligible for a reward of up to $5,000.00.
Hawthorne, FL: On September 10, 2014 at approximately 3:30 pm Deputy Nicholas Vieira was patrolling near the 1500 block of State Road 20 when he saw a gray Ford F-150 which matched the description of a truck reported as stolen from Bradford County. When Deputy Vieira got behind the vehicle, the driver immediately activated the left turn signal as if to turn into the driveway of 1574 State Road 20. Believing the vehicle was attempting to elude him, Deputy Vieira initiated a traffic stop and removed the occupants from the truck. Further investigation confirmed the truck to be the one stolen from Bradford. The driver, Walter Zachary Brown, was arrested and charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle and driving on a suspended license. The front passenger, Sarah Jane Marjorye Drawdy, was arrested and charged with the possession of marijuana and the possession of drug equipment. A male rear seat passenger was determined to be uninvolved in a crime and was released from the scene. Both Brown and Drawdy were transported and booked into the Putnam County Jail. Brown has since been released on a bond of $3,008.00 and Drawdy is currently being held on a bond of $1,008.00.
Crescent City, FL: On September 10, 2014 at approximately 1:30 pm Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Douglas Patterson was patrolling the area of S. Highway 17 near Ewers Road when he saw a white Crown Victoria being driven by Vandell Fulton whom Deputy Patterson knew to have an active warrant for the sale of narcotics. Deputy Patterson attempted to get behind Fulton to conduct a traffic stop but Fulton pulled behind the NAPA Auto Parts store on South Prospect Street, exited the vehicle and fled on foot. Fulton was pursued on foot by Deputy Patterson, Deputy Will Gill and Sergeant Robert Nelson between houses, through yards, under a house and across open fields before being cornered after he ran into a house at 417 South Main Street. When Sergeant Nelson entered the house in hot pursuit, Fulton continued to resist and to ignore lawful commands until Sergeant Nelson deployed his Taser and Fulton became compliant and was taken into custody. A search of Fulton’s person revealed 1 gram of crack cocaine, 4 grams of marijuana, six (6) Tramadol pills, two (2) Hydromorphone pills and three Oxycodone pills.
Fulton was placed under arrest and transported to the Putnam County Jail where he was booked on the following charges. Fulton is currently being held on a bond of $37,0280.00.
- One count of the sale of synthetic narcotics.
- Three counts of the possession of drugs.
- One count of the possession of cocaine.
- One count of the possession of marijuana.
- One count of resisting an officer.
Palatka, FL: On September 4, 2014 The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Drug / Vice Unit conducted an operation targeting suspected drug dealing on St Johns Avenue in Palatka. During the operation, two undercover detectives were approached by Lonnie Johnson. Johnson met with the undercover detectives at the Blue Lagoon Carwash located at 4000 St. Johns Avenue. Johnson offered to sell Oxycodone pills to the detectives for $120.00. When the undercover detectives completed the purchase of the narcotics, The Street Crimes Unit moved in and arrested Johnson. Johnson was charged with the sale of a Schedule II Controlled Substance. Johnson is being held in the Putnam County Jail on a bond of $20,000.00.
Satsuma, FL: On Friday September 5, 2014 at approximately 11:15 pm, deputies responded to 222 Hermit Drive in Satsuma in reference to a report of multiple shots being fired from that residence. As they approached the house to make contact with the occupants, a white male opened fire on them and barricaded himself in the house. One deputy returned fire but neither the deputy nor the suspect were hit. In addition to firing at the deputies, it was determined the suspect had already fired shots into a neighboring home, a vehicle and a boat as well as firing multiple shots into the residence he was occupying at 222 Hermit Drive. It is believed that he fired shots from at least three different calibers of weapons to include a .22, a 30.06 and a shotgun. The Putnam County SWAT Team and Rifle Security Team responded and began evacuating citizens from neighboring homes and transporting them to safety in a Sheriff’s Office wheeled armored vehicle. Two adult males, one adult female, and one male child were moved to a safe location out of the line of fire from the residence. Sheriff’s Office hostage negotiators attempted to make contact with the suspect but he did not initially respond or comply with commands to come out of the house.
After a standoff lasting approximately four hours and as the SWAT Team was making preparations to deploy tear gas, the man finally came out of the house unarmed and surrendered without further incident. The 42 year old white male and a female companion, who was also in the residence, are currently being interviewed by Sheriff’s Office detectives. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement Crime Scene Unit has been requested and will assist with processing evidence at the scene. Charges are anticipated. However, due to the ongoing nature of the investigation no further details are available at this time. Additional information will be provided when it becomes available for release.