Crime

Three Arrested in Armed Robberies of 2 Convenience Stores

Three Arrested in Armed Robberies of 2 Convenience Stores

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- Three men have been arrested for two different armed robberies of gas stations during 10 days in May. 

Shuban L. Alberto, 18; Johntrell S. Calloway, 19; and Evans Perez, 19, were arrested on warrants dated June 7, and charged with armed robbery. Calloway and Perez are from Satsuma; Alberto is from Palatka.

Surveillance cameras at two convenience stores captured the robberies in progress during 10 days in May, and detectives believe the two may be related because of their similarities.

The first robbery happened May 9 at the Hibernia Kangaroo store on U.S. 17 in Orange Park. The video shows three men walking in with guns pointed at the clerk, who the three then force to the floor.

Two Men Hailed as Heroes after Baby-On-Board Carjacking

Two Men Hailed as Heroes after Baby-On-Board Carjacking

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It was a terrifying five minutes for one First Coast family after being carjacked in a Krystal drive-thru.

"I thought 'he's going to kill me. This is really happening. He's going to kill me,'" said Kelli Broadfoot.

Just after placing her order at the drive-thru, police said James Johnson forced his way into Kelli Broadfoot's truck- and she didn't waste any time fighting back.

"I'm hitting him and kicking him, and he's hitting and kicking and pushing," she said.

Johnson said Broadfoot hit her in the face several times, before forcing her out of the car, and speeding off with 13-month-old Lindsey still in the truck.

"When she hit the ground, she bounced right back up (and screamed) 'My baby!' It was not good," said witness Ben Kelly.

He was in the drive-thru line right behind Broadfoot and witnessed the whole thing.

Molestation Suspect Captured

Molestation Suspect Captured

Yesterday, Randy Fairclough, a 47-year-old Orange Park resident, was booked into the Clay County Jail on a one-million-dollar bond and charged with the molestation of  two children under the age of twelve.

One of Clay's Most Wanted Captured

One of Clay's Most Wanted Captured

Brian "Joe" Bernicky is accused of committing a sexual battery on an adult female in February 2010 and a warrant was obtained for his arrest in January 2011.  He has been sought ever since by local law enforcement and was located yesterday and booked on the charge with a $500,000 bond.

DUI Suspect Crashes Through Clay County Businesses

DUI Suspect Crashes Through Clay County Businesses

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- Nobody was injured, though many people were reportedly shaken up, after a man drove his vehicle into two businesses at a Lake Asbury shopping center.

According to the Clay County Sheriff's Office, the driver crashed at the shopping center at the corner of Henley and Sandridge roads at about 6 p.m. Saturday.

Jose Ferrera III, 50, failed a field sobriety exam and was arrested for DUI.  Once at the jail, Ferrera took two breath tests, one of which indicated a blood alcohol content of .189 and the other .187.  The legal limit in Florida is .08.

The car went into a nail salon and also damaged an ice cream shop.

Workers and shoppers were in the area, though no one was injured.

Massage Business Owner has Battery Charges Upgraded

Massage Business Owner has Battery Charges Upgraded

FLEMING ISLAND, Fla. -- Charges have been upgraded against a First Coast salon owner who already was accused of simple battery on a woman during a massage at the Bamboo Garden Salon.

According to Clay County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Mary Justino, charges against Armando Dibenedetto, 51, have been upgraded from simple battery when he was arrested April 25, to attempted sexual battery, a felony.

Clay County Sheriff's Office Trying to Cut Down on School Burglary

Clay County Sheriff's Office Trying to Cut Down on School Burglary

MIDDLEBURG, Fla. -- Stealing from schools.

It happens several times a month in Clay County unincorporated area schools, according to the Clay County Sheriff's Office.

Lt. Kenny Wager with the Juvenile Crime Unit said it can be anything from pocket change left in desks to thousands of dollars in electronics.

Some of the burglars could be too familiar with the classrooms.

"We have a lot of burglaries that juveniles are involved in," said Lt. Wager.

Clay County's Juvenile Crime Unit handles finding the suspects and preventing thefts in the first place.

The number of cases increases during the summer and vacations, according to the Sheriff's Office. So do patrols of the school grounds.

"We're constantly watching," Wagner said.

Although they do occasionally find unlocked doors, Wagner said most of the burglars force their way into the schools, picking locks or breaking windows.