Crescent City Man Arrested on Sexual Battery Charges

Jun 29, 2015

Ricardo Sanchez Eighteen years old Ricardo Sanchez, of Crescent City, was arrested Sunday morning (06/28/15 at 9:00 a.m.) charged with one count of lewd and lascivious sexual battery of a victim under the age of 16. His arrest came following an initial investigation by Deputy Nicholas McMahon. The victim reported to Deputy McMahon that Sanchez had raped her about two weeks prior to the time of the report.

The case was turned over to Detective Lynn Nicely who interviewed both the victim and the suspect. Following the interview with Sanchez, Detective Nicely booked him into the Putnam County Jail charged with the sexual battery.

Sanchez is being held without benefit of bond.

Missing Woman Found, Lost in the Woods

Jun 24, 2015

Pomona Park, FL: Putnam County Sheriff’s Deputies and Officers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission have located Cristina Pomar. Major Case Detectives and K-9 Deputies have been searching for Pomar since she was reported missing on June 19TH from the area of Pleasant Street, which is located in southern Putnam County. On Wednesday morning, woodland search teams comprised of Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Rifle Security Team members along FWC Officers were called in to assist in the search for Pomar. Using all-terrain vehicles, teams searched large wooded areas. A search team comprised of Putnam County Sheriff’s Deputy Arron Thomas and FWC Officer D. Ramsey located Pomar lying on the ground near a trail. Deputies and officers provided Pomar with food and water until Putnam County EMS could arrive and perform a medical evaluation. Pomar was transported to Putnam Community Medical Center for evaluation and is expected to be released from the hospital tomorrow.

Missing Person Information Sought

Jun 22, 2015

Name: Cristina Pomar
DOB: 01/21/83
Height: 5’01”
Weight: 130 lbs
Hair: Black
Eyes: Hazel

Last Known Address: 422 Pleasant St, Pomona Park
(The Apple House)

Cristina Pomar was last seen on June 19, 2015, at approximately 8:30 pm, walking on Pleasant Street in Pomona Park, Florida.
She was last seen wearing a gray tank top, black basketball shorts with gray stripes and flip flops with black socks.
Pomar suffers from a medical condition and is not in possession of her medication.
She may be enroute to the Port Orange area of Volusia County, or the Orlando area.
If you have any information on her whereabouts, please contact PCSO at (386) 329-0801.

Domestic Violence Related Charges Filed in Arrest

Jun 15, 2015

Benjamin SlaughterThirty four years old Benjamin Lloyd Slaughter, of Palatka, was arrested Sunday morning (06/14/15 at 9:00 a.m.) charged with a domestic violence burglary with battery and obstructing justice. The burglary was reportedly committed Saturday afternoon (06/13/15). Slaughter was booked into the Putnam County Jail without benefit of bond.

Saturday afternoon Deputy Nicholas Vieira responded to a burglary call at a residence in Hollister, where a 28 year old woman reported that Slaughter had broken into her home. She further reported that he had attacked her inside the home, and had grabbed her telephone from her in order to keep her from calling 911. During the attack, the victim was able to lock herself inside a bathroom and send a Facebook message to a friend who then notified the Sheriff’s Office. Slaughter had fled the residence before Deputy Vieira arrived. The victim was transported to the Putnam Community Medical Center by ambulance for treatment of injuries as the result of the attack. She was treated and released.

Sunday morning Deputy Kagen Butts spotted the suspect driving his car into the parking lot at the Palatka Walmart. Deputy Butts determined that Slaughter was driving with a suspended driver’s license and placed him under arrest. Deputy Vieira met with the suspect at the jail and placed the additional charges of burglary with battery and obstructing justice by removing the victim’s telephone. Because the charges were domestic violence related, the suspect was not afforded bond.

Deputy Receives "Sheriff's Achievement Award"

Jun 10, 2015

Sheriff Hardy and Deputy VesselyDeputy Cole Vessely was presented with the Sheriff’s Achievement Award Tuesday (06/09/15) for actions he took during an incident on May 1, 2015. Deputy Vessely facilitated the arrest of an intoxicated man who had been arguing with his girlfriend in Interlachen. When deputies arrived at the residence, they found the suspect standing in his front yard, armed with a rifle, and standing inside a circular area protected by a chained pit bull. During the confrontation with the officers, the suspect fired the rifle into the ground.

Deputy Vessely was able to approach the suspect unnoticed in the darkness and when deputies talked the suspect into laying his rifle down, Deputy Vessely was able rush him, tackling him and securing him on the ground away from the chained dog. Deputy Vessely’s actions ended an hour long standoff.

Sheriff Hardy observed that “Deputy Vessely’s actions likely prevented possible serious injuries to not only himself, but the other deputies, witnesses and the suspect. Deputy Vessely’s actions exemplify selfless dedication to the citizens of Putnam County and to his fellow officers.”

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