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Witness Information Sought Related to Interlachen Robbery

Mar 26, 2015

The Putnam County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in locating a potential witness to the robbery and shooting that occurred on March 24, 2015, at the China Wok Restaurant, located at 1114 State Road 20 in Interlachen.


Detectives with the Major Crimes Unit are trying to locate an individual that was occupying a red Jeep (unknown year or model) that was parked in the parking lot near the restaurant at the time of the incident. At this time, investigators are urging anyone with information that could help identify the driver of this vehicle to call the Putnam County Sheriff's Office at (386) 329-0801 or Northeast Florida Crime Stoppers at (888) 277-TIPS (8477).

Information Sought about Interlachen Robbery

Mar 25, 2015

Interlachen, FL: On Tuesday March 24, 2015 at approximately 9:45 pm two men wearing masks entered the China Wok Chinese restaurant located at 1114 State Road 20 in Interlachen. The men both brandished handguns and demanded money from the cashier. One suspect remained at the front counter with the cashier while the other went into the kitchen where two additional employees were working. For an unknown reason, the suspect in the kitchen fired several rounds, at least one of which struck a 55 year old male employee in the side. After the shots were fired, the men took the till from the cash register, ran from the business and were last seen heading West on State Road 20 in a white car. The suspects were described as Hispanic males, one being thin and the other heavy set. The employee who suffered the gunshot wound was transported to Shands in Gainesville and was last reported as being stable with non-life threatening injuries.

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.

Two Arrested after Drug K-9 Alerts to Narcotics in Car

Mar 23, 2015

Anthony Steimle and Jeffrey PauleyEast Palatka, FL: On Friday, March 20, 2015 at approximately 9:30 am, Putnam County Sheriff's Office deputies investigated a suspicious vehicle at the Pico Road boat ramp in East Palatka. As part of the investigation, K-9 “Tango” was walked around the vehicle and he alerted to the presence of narcotics. The search of the vehicle revealed drug paraphernalia in the form of various syringes and spoons associated with illegal drug use. The paraphernalia was located in a backpack which was in the possession of Anthony Wayne Steimle. During the course of the investigation, a second man, later identified as Jeffrey Dean Pauley, walked up to deputies and said he had been in the vehicle with Steimle but had gone “looking for driftwood”. It was determined that Pauley had an active Putnam County warrant for failure to appear

Steimle and Pauley were placed under arrest and transported to the Putnam County Jail. Steimle was charged with one count of the possession of drug paraphernalia and is being held on a bond of $504.00. Pauley was charged with failure to appear and is being held on a bond of $504.00.

Suspect Driving Reported Stolen Vehicle Dies in Crash

Mar 22, 2015

Palatka – On March 21, 2015 at approximately 10:30 pm, the Putnam County Sheriff's Office received a telephone call from a victim of vehicle theft. He reported that on March 20, 2015 he reported his 2001 Green Nissan Pathfinder stolen. He then stated that he was following the vehicle on 23rd street in Palatka.

Deputies responded to the area and located the stolen Nissan near the intersection of St. Johns Avenue and Mosely Avenue. Deputies in marked patrol vehicles attempted to conduct a traffic stop by utilizing their blue lights and sirens, but the vehicle failed to stop and fled from the officers, traveling westbound on St. Johns Avenue. As the vehicle approached the intersection of St. Johns Avenue and Palm Avenue, the vehicle crashed into another vehicle in the intersection.

The driver of the Stolen Nissan, who was later identified as Romeo Roddrick Staples, was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash. He was wearing a bandana covering his face and gloves on both hands. It is unknown at this time if Staples had possibly committed previous crime or possibly preparing to commit a crime.

A female passenger in the Nissan was transported by ambulance to Shands Hospital in Gainesville. The driver of the vehicle that was struck by the fleeing Nissan was transported by ShandsCair to Shand's Hospital in Gainesville.

The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the traffic crash. There is not any additional information that can be released by the Putnam County Sheriff's Office at this time.

Woman Arrested Trying to Hide Wanted Partner

Mar 12, 2015

Daniel Dean and Kelly Tshappat Interlachen - On March 11, 2015, deputies responded to a tip that a wanted suspect was at a residence, located at 1701 Denise Street in Interlachen. The individual, identified as Daniel Wesley Dean, was confirmed to have an active arrest warrant for violation of probation for attempted robbery.

Several deputies positioned themselves around the mobile home while one officer attempted to speak with the occupants of the residence at the front door. As the deputy knocked on the front door, other deputies could see and hear movement inside the residence. Deputies could also hear a female's voice talking to another person inside. Deputies had information that the residence had a trap door leading from inside to underneath the home. Officers heard sounds that appeared to be a trap door opening and closing. After approximately 20 minutes, the female who was identified as Kelly Diane Tschappat responded to the front door. Tschappat denied seeing Dean and informed the deputies that he was not at the residence.

Deputy Nick Viera removed K-9 officer Zeke from his vehicle, and while preparing to release Zeke under the mobile home, Dean crawled out from underneath. Dean immediately jumped to his feet and postured in an aggressive manor. It appeared to deputies as if he was going to fight or attempt to flee. K-9 Zeke was released and apprehended Dean.

Daniel Wesley Dean (34 YOA) was cleared by medical personnel and booked into the Putnam County Jail. He was arrested on the active warrant and an additional charge of resisting officers without violence. He is currently being detained without the benefit of a bond.

Kelly Diane Tschappat (30 YOA) was also arrested and booked into the Putnam County Jail. She was charged with resisting officers without violence and for violating the conditions of her probation. She is currently being detained without the benefit of a bond.

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