Crime

Victims Identified in St. Augustine Double Shooting

Victims Identified in St. Augustine Double Shooting

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Police have identified the two men who were gunned down while trying to repossess at truck Wednesday evening.

Wilfred Rivera, 48, of Jacksonville was pronounced dead at the scene. Delbert Charles Power Jr., 31, also of Jacksonville, was taken to Shands/Jacksonville. He is in fair condition.

Jesse Elorde Ramirez, 51, was charged with first degree murder and attempted first degree murder. He is in St. Johns County Jail, being held on no bond. He was in court this morning.

The two victims were at Ramirez's home in the 1000 block of S.R. 16 to repossess a truck. Police said when the victims arrived, Ramirez came out and began firing at them.

Car Hopping Continues to be No. 1 Crime in St. Johns County

Car Hopping Continues to be No. 1 Crime in St. Johns County

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla.  -- It only takes a split second for a "car hopper" to get in and steal your valuables.

"In St. Johns County, it's been our number one crime  for the past couple of years," said Sgt. Chuck Mulligan.

"Car hopping" is the term for walking through a neighborhood or parking lot checking to see if cars have been left unlocked.

"They don't want to set off car alarms," said Mulligan. "They don't want to start dogs barking by smashing windows, so where ever they can avoid actually breaking into a car with physical force, they will simply go car hopping."

If a thief gets into a car, he takes whatever he can find. 

"They're going to look for the easy targets, and so if you don't take that extra step to make sure that your vehicle is not an easy target, these individuals could visit you," said Mulligan.

Suspect Identified in St. Augustine Deadly Shooting

Suspect Identified in St. Augustine Deadly Shooting

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- One person is dead and another in the hospital after a repossession job went wrong.

According to Sgt. Chuck Mulligan with the sheriff's office, just before 6 p.m. Wednesday two men were attempting to repossess a pickup truck from a home on State Road 16 when the man inside the home opened fire on them.

That man has been identified as 51-year-old Jesse Ramirez from St. Augustine.

According to Sgt. Mulligan, Ramirez is charged with premeditated murder and intent to kill.

Ramirez told deputies he looked out his window, saw two men around his vehicle, went outside and started shooting.  Police said the woman in the home called 911.

When investigators arrived they found one man dead in the driveway, and the second man inside a tow truck parked in the median of the road.  That man was airlifted to Shands Jacksonville.  There's no word on his condition.

SAPD Arrests Titarious Lyons for Armed Robbery

SAPD Arrests Titarious Lyons for Armed Robbery

On February 23, 2011 at approx 11:00pm police responded to 114 Cedar Street in reference to an armed robbery.  Upon arrival officers were advised by a Flagler College Student that he was exiting his apartment when two black males came out from behind parked cars in the parking lot and approached him. 

Prosperity Lake Drive Burglary Arrests

Two adults and two juveniles were arrested early this (Thursday) morning in connection with two car burglaries in the 500 block of Prosperity Lake Dr., off C.R. 210 West. Shortly before 2:00 a.m., Deputy Craig Maguire was on routine patrol in the Southlake Subdivision when he observed a male subject in dark clothing walk towards an open garage on Prosperity Lake Dr. He also observed an early model Toyota parked near the center of the road and in front of an unoccupied home.

Police reports from Feb. 22, 2011

 

POLICE REPORTS

 

The following was compiled from police reports collected from the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office (SJCSO), St. Augustine Police Department (SAPD) and St. Augustine Beach Police Department (SABPD):

 

JAIL LOG

 

* Who: Barfield, John Randall, 48, Florahome. Charge: Contempt of court. (SJCSO)

 

* Who: Bass, James Lester, 45, Ponte Vedra Beach. Charge: Battery. (SJCSO)

 

* Who: Canty, Michael Anthony, 32, Palatka. Charge: Probation violation -- two counts. (Probation)

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Alcohol Compliance Detail, Feb. 11

As a continuing effort to combat underage drinking in the county, members of the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office Youth Services Unit conducted another “Alcohol Compliance Detail” this past Friday, 11 February 2011. The operation checked nine establishments in the St. Augustine area and at three of them the underage Investigative Aide was sold alcoholic beverages.