Palatka, FL: On September 4, 2014 the Department of Children and Families (DCF) contacted the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office in reference to a hotline tip that a minor child had been sexually molested in Putnam County. The minor was initially interviewed on that date by DCF in the presence of a Sheriff’s Office School Resource deputy. The ensuing investigation, which occurred over the course of several days, identified the suspect as 37 year old Michael Tremanine Crumpton of Palatka and revealed there were four separate incidents of sexual abuse with the first child and that Crumpton had also exposed himself to a second minor child. Both children were under the age of twelve.
On September 12, 2014 Crumpton was interviewed by detectives with the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Persons Crimes Unit. After being interviewed, Crumpton was placed under arrest and transported to the Putnam County Jail where he was booked on the charges of sexual battery on a person less than twelve years of age and lewd and lascivious behavior. Crumpton is currently being held without the benefit of a bond.
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.