Crime

Suspects sought in Tuesday morning burglary

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- The St. Augustine Police Department is asking for the public's assistance identifying a burglary suspect.

Early Tuesday morning an unknown suspect broke into the Welcome Food Mart in the 220 block of San Marco Avenue, according to a release from the St. Augustine Police Department.

The suspect allegedly broke into the store by climbing through the roof air conditioning duct. Once inside Welcome Food Mart, the suspect was caught on surveillance video attempting to break into an ATM machine.

The suspect was unsuccessful and tried to leave the business by prying open the front doors. Again, the suspect was unsuccessful and ended up breaking a glass window to exit, cutting his arm in the process.

Anyone who has any information about this suspect asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-888-277-8477 (TIPS). You can remain anonymous and possibly be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1000.00.

Theft suspects flee store with pricey purses

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Two theft suspects are being sought in St. John's County for allegedly stealing high-end handbags.

Two suspects were captured on surveillance video inside the Coach Store at the St. Augustine Premium Outlets October 11, according to a Facebook post from the St. John's County Sheriff's Office.

The male and female suspects picked up merchandise worth over $1,100 and fled the store.

Anyone who has any information about these suspects is asked to contact the St. John's County Sheriff's Office at 904-824-8304.

To remain anonymous contact Crime Stoppers at 1-888-277-8477.

Who is Lilly Ann Chavez?

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- Since the death of much-loved St. Augustine waitress Barbara Parchem, her daughter has been in the local spotlight.

First Coast News has gathered information from online sources, public documents and from her attorney.

Lilly Ann Chavez, 43, was born in 1970 in Illinois, just outside Chicago, according to court records.

According to her Facebook page, she went to high school in Michigan, but Chavez and her family eventually came to Florida.

"She's a local resident, lived here 16 years. Her whole family is here," said Chavez' attorney, Tom Cushman.

Chavez has grown children and siblings in the St. Augustine area.   She studied ultrasound, according to her Facebook page, and she has worked in medical offices.

Sheriff's demolish meth house

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office in coordination with St. Johns County Code Enforcement demolished a St. Augustine "drug dwelling" Tuesday morning.

The home was located at 1900 Powell Road near the intersection of Thomas Bailey Road.

Over the past several years the St. John's County Sheriff's Office has responded to multiple reports of methamphetamine labs at 1990 Powell Road, according to a release form the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office.

Since August of 2011, there have been two confirmed active labs and two incidents where precursors of methamphetamine were located on the property, according to the SJCSO.

After legal proceedings deemed the structure unsafe and uninhabitable, it was determined the home would be demolished. Crews and equipment arrived at the home at 9 a.m.

The last known resident of the home located at 1990 Powell Road is John Allen Clark. Jr. 

Man accused of pulling knife, sexual assaulting woman

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- A 52-year old St. Augustine man is behind bars, charged with a sexual battery.

The St. Johns County Sheriff's office says Randy Dewitt Gadson Sr. is charged with assaulting a woman in her home Tuesday morning.

Police say the victim told them she walked her children to the bus stop and returned to her apartment to find Gadson sitting on her sofa. Then, according to police, he followed the victim into her bedroom, allegedly pushed her onto the bed, punched her in the mouth and brandished a knife.

Gadson then allegedly threatened the victim before sexually assaulting her. A relative of the victim then arrived as the suspect fled out the door on foot.

The victim was taken to Flagler Hospital where she was treated and released.

St. Augustine police located the Gadson at his residence on Duero Street  late Tuesday afternoon.

 

Motel clerk jailed for allegedly tipping off fugitive

ST JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. - A motel clerk is accused of tipping off a guest that U.S. Marshals were looking for her.

The motel clerk, Wayne Scott Mort, 53, allegedly tipped off Leanna Marie Obrien, 26 that she was being sought by U.S. Marshals, according to a release from the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office.

Obrien allegedly stole her grandmother's car, a 2012 Kia Sorento, out of Elkton Wednesday night, according to the SJCSO release. Obrien had been sought since Wednesday evening for the theft.

The 2012 Kia Sorento was recovered around 6 a.m. Thursday morning in the parking lot of the Quality Inn on S.R. 16 in St. Augustine, according to the release. Obrien was not with the vehicle when it was recovered.

Sheriff's search WGV for escaped teen inmate

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. - Deputies are trying to track down a 16-year-old Department of Juvenile Justice inmate who fled on foot Friday afternoon.

Syllas McMillan, fled while on an authorized field trip to a horse farm on C.R. 208, near World Golf Village, according to a release from the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office.

McMillan allegedly kicked out a bathroom window at the ranch located at the 7300 block of C.R. 208 around 12:30 p.m., the release detailed.

Deputies searched the World Golf Village area, down to I-95 and S.R. 16.

Deputies are continuing their search for McMillan from the ground and air, according to the SJCSO.

McMillan is described about 6-feet-2-inches tall, weighing about 150 pounds and was last seen wearing a blue shirt and green pants.

McMillan was serving time for non-violent burglary and theft charges.