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Operation Last Rodeo Cumulates with 12 Arrests

May 27, 2016

Putnam County, FL: The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes Unit took to the streets during the pre-dawn hours of Thursday morning to serve multiple arrest warrants as part of “Operation Last Rodeo”. The warrants were the result of multiple undercover drug investigations conducted by the Sheriff’s Drug and Vice Unit. The investigations which targeted drug dealers in the Palatka, East Palatka and San Mateo areas began in January of this year. During the operation, thirteen suspects were charged with the sale of various narcotics after they sold drugs to undercover detectives. All of the suspects, with the exception of Alvin Perry, were arrested on warrants resulting from the previous investigations. Perry was charged with possession of Hydromorphone with intent to sell and possession of cocaine with intent to sell in addition to his warrants. The new charges were the result of narcotics found in his possession when he was taken into custody for his active warrants. Ten of the suspects have been arrested and the search for the remaining three suspects is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the wanted suspects is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-247-8477. Callers can remain anonymous. Persons providing information leading the arrest of the three remaining suspects may be eligible for a cash reward.

“Operation Last Rodeo” was named in honor of PCSO Lieutenant James Edgar, who is the commander of the Drug and Vice Unit. Lt. Edgar will be leaving the Sheriff’s Office in July after 14 years of dedicated service to the citizens of Putnam County to attend law school at the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law.

Suspects Charges as in “Operation Last Rodeo”

1. Amanda Leigh Harvey (White / Female, 35)
• Warrant for Sale of Schedule II Controlled Substance (Morphine)
• Warrant for Sale of Schedule II Controlled Substance (Oxycodone)

2. Natavis Donell Baynard (Black / Male, 33)
• Warrant for Sale of Cocaine

3. Denzill Lebron Deering (Black / Male, 52)
• Warrant for Sale of Schedule II Controlled Substance (Hydromorphone)
• Warrant for Sale of Schedule II Controlled Substance (Hydromorphone)

4. Keyonta Tanell Smith (Black / Male, 24)
• Warrant for Sale of Schedule II Controlled Substance (Hydromorphone)
• Warrant for Sale of Cocaine

5. Ira Rasheed Robertson (Black / Male, 23)
• Warrant for Sale of Cocaine within 1000’ of Public Housing

6. Lonnie Jerome Brinson, Jr. (Black / Male, 23)
• Warrant for Sale of Cocaine

7. Timothy Bernard Colson, Jr. (Black / Male, 22)
• Warrant for Sale of Cocaine
• Warrant for Sale of Cocaine

8. Alvin Levon Perry (Black / Male, 38)
• Warrant for Sale of Cocaine
• Warrant for Sale of Cocaine
• Possession of Hydromorphone with Intent to Sell
• Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Sell

9. Paul Adams Durden (Black / Male, 53)
• Warrant for Sale of Cocaine

10. Bobbie Lee Mosley (White / Female, 28)
• Warrant for VOP Trespassing
• Warrant for VOP Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
• Warrant for VOP Possession of Controlled Substance (Hydromorphone)

11. Elvin Rollins (WANTED)
• Warrant for Sale of Cocaine

12. Kyle Knever (WANTED)
• Warrant for Sale of Hydromorphone

13. Christopher Sapp (White male, 28 YOA) (WANTED)
• Warrant for Sale of Methamphetamine within 1000 feet of a church

Operation Last Rodeo

Sheriff Hardy Awards three Deputies with Commendation Medals in Suspect's Arrest

May 23, 2016

Sheriff Jeff Hardy has awarded three Deputy Sheriffs with Sheriff’s Commendation Medals for their arrest of a suspect whose capture provided the needed break in an open murder investigation.

On March 3, 2016 a residential alarm brought members of the South District’s Delta Shift to the area of Buffalo Bluff Road. It was determined the alarm was set off due, in part, to an unsecured door. After searching and securing the residence deputies stood by waiting for the homeowner to arrive to check the residence. It was during this period of time, a Bridge Tender for CSX contacted the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office after noticing a person walking along the railroad tracks while carrying a large bag. As a safety precaution, the Bridge Tender raised the train trestle to dissuade the trespasser from attempting to walk across the draw bridge and into Palatka.

As deputies were still in the general area due to the residential alarm, their response was nearly immediate to the call of the trespasser walking along the railroad tracks. The Bridge Tender noticed the male subject witnessed patrol cars traveling along the roadway so he ran down the railroad track embankment and into the swamp. Sergeant Kenny Roberts, Deputies Joe Abbott and Michael Wells searched the area until the located the area where the subject ran into the heavily wooded area. Sgt Roberts felt the urge to continue searching for the subject due to strangeness surrounding the event which made the man run at the mere sight of law enforcement.

Sgt Roberts, Deputies Abbott and Wells continued their pursuit only by tracking the subject’s trail through several miles of dense vegetation and also crossing over 3 small creeks. The officer’s pursuit pushed the subject to the edge of the St Johns River where he was found hiding beneath some fallen trees. The subject was found to be using a pair of binoculars to track the officers as they searched for him. Upon being taken into custody, Sgt Roberts and Wells confirmed the subject, Jerry Keene Jr, was wanted on active warrants out of Putnam, Alachua and Marion counties. Keene had been out of the Florida Prison System for less than 1 year and his active warrants included charges of resisting officers with violence and he was also wanted for questioning in the disappearance of Thomas Lombardo.

Once in custody, Keene admitted to numerous residential and commercial burglaries in Putnam County but more importantly, his arrest was instrumental in solving the murder of Thomas Lombardo, who was reported missing in Marion County on January 25, 2016 and murdered in Putnam County. Keene’s arrest led to the location of Lombardo’s body and the discovery of crucial evidence in his murder. Keene also provided information leading authorities to a church van he had stolen in Palatka and abandoned in Marion County.

Upon presenting the awards, Sheriff Hardy commented, “The arrest of Keene was only due to the perseverance and strong leadership Sgt Roberts and Deputies Abbott and Wells displayed. The insistence of tracking a person on what appeared to be a minor offense of Trespassing led to the capture of an extremely violent career criminal who would have only continued his attack against the morals, safety and peace of mind of the public he targeted. I feel that recognizing Sergeant Kenny Roberts, Deputy Michael Wells and Deputy Joseph Abbott with the Sheriff’s Accommodation Award would serve as an example of appreciation to their job performance and their insistence of going well above and beyond the daily rigors of a their law enforcement job capacity.”

4 Arrested in Undercover Anti-Drug Operation in the 100 Block of Moseley Avenue

May 23, 2016

Suspects arrested in the 100 block of Moseley Ave.

Palatka, FL: On Friday May 20, 2016, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Drug and Vice Detectives and Street Crimes Unit deputies conducted an anti-drug operation in the 100 block of Moseley Avenue that resulted in four arrests for the sale and distribution of narcotics. Detectives decided to target this area after determining that drug deals were taking place in the parking lots of several areas businesses. Over a period of approximately five hours, four suspects sold drugs to undercover detectives.

Donterius Ashley sold crack cocaine to an undercover detective before being arrest by the Street Crimes Unit who was waiting nearby. Ashley is currently on probation for a previous sale of narcotics case that resulted from an undercover investigation in April of 2014. A condition of his probation requires Ashley to remain confined to his approved residence. Ashley was charged with the sale of crack cocaine and violation of probation. Ashley is currently incarcerated in the Putnam County Jail without bond.

Edward Fuqua also sold crack cocaine to undercover deputies. When he was arrested by Street Crimes deputies, it was determined that he was hiding a bag containing additional cocaine in his mouth and had a crack cocaine pipe in his shoe. Fuque was charged with sale of crack cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to sell and possession of drug paraphernalia. Fuqua is in the Putnam County Jail with a bond of $8,000.00.

Arnetta Whitfield sold cocaine to detectives before driving away from the area. When she was stopped and arrested it was determined that she was in possession of additional crack cocaine, powder cocaine, Oxycodone and marijuana. Whitfield was charged with sale of cocaine, possession of cocaine, possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, possession of marijuana and driving on a suspended license. She remains in the Putnam County Jail with a $11,200.00 bond.

Marshal Sheffield sold crack cocaine to an undercover detective in the parking lot of the Chevron Gas Station at the intersection of Moseley Avenue and Reid Street before being arrested by Street Crimes deputies. Sheffield has been released on a $5,000.00 bond.

Putnam County Man Indicted for First Degree Murder

May 18, 2016

Jerry KeenePutnam County, FL: A Putnam County Grand Jury indicted Jerry Carlton Keene today for the first degree murder of Thomas Lombardo.

On January 25, 2016, a Missing Adult report was generated by the Ocala Police Department after Christine Stern reported that she had reason to believe her son, Thomas Lombardo, was missing. Stern stated she last had contact with Lombardo on January 14th when she made arrangements for him to move down to Melbourne, Florida on January 18th. Stern further advised that her son had not returned any text messages since January 17th. Detectives in Marion County were able to determine that Lombardo was last seen within the jurisdiction of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office circulated bulletins to surrounding law enforcement agencies asking them to be on the lookout for Lombardo and naming Keene as a person of interest in Lombardo’s disappearance because they had been together prior to the disappearance. Keene’s last known address was listed as Putnam County.

On March 03, 2016, Putnam County Deputies were dispatched to a suspicious person walking on the railroad tracks near Buffalo Bluff Road. PCSO Deputies located the suspicious person after tracking him for nearly three miles into a swamp. Deputies identified the subject as Keene. Upon locating Keene, deputies discovered that he was in possession of approximately 85 pills that had not been prescribed to him. Keene was placed under arrest and charged with possession of a controlled substance. Deputies also determined that Keene was wanted on a Putnam County warrant for burglary and theft. Keene was placed under arrest and booked into the Putnam County Jail, where he was held on a bond of $56,508.00

On March 4th, 2016, the human remains of a male individual were recovered from the Ocala National Forest, off Forest Road 50, in Marion County. The remains were taken to the Fifth Judicial Circuit Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy, which was conducted on March 5th. The cause and manner of death was ruled homicide. Through fingerprint examination, the body was positively identified as Thomas Lombardo's.

The ongoing investigation revealed that Keene and Lombardo were in the area of the Rodman Dam, in Putnam County, when they became involved in an argument. At some point in the argument, Keene murdered Lombardo. Keene then transported Lombardo’s body to the location in which it was discovered inside Marion County. Once the investigation revealed that Lombardo’s murder occurred in Putnam County, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Major Crime Unit led the investigation which subsequently resulted in Lombardo’s indictment.

Keene remains incarcerated in the Putnam County Jail without bond. No trial date has been set.

Sheriff’s Jeff Hardy said, “The arrest and indictment of Jerry Keene for the senseless and ruthless murder of Mr. Lombardo was the result of excellent cooperation between the Putnam and Marion County Sheriff’s Offices and the 7Th Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office.” Hardy also commented, “I hope this indictment brings some comfort to Mr. Lombardo’s family by knowing the suspect had been brought one step closer to justice.”

Crescent City Man Given 10 Year Sentence

May 10, 2016

Omar AmbrizPutnam County, FL: Twenty-nine-year-old Omar Ambriz of Crescent City was sentenced to ten years in state prison, followed by five years of probation after a high speed vehicle pursuit that occurred in February of this year.

Sheriff’s Drug and Vice Detectives were conducting an ongoing drug investigation in the Crescent City area when information was developed suggesting that Ambriz was driving a vehicle in which a wanted felon was riding. Deputies attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle, but Ambriz fled at a high rate of speed. The pursuit ended when Ambriz’s vehicle ran off the road and overturned in a ditch. Deputies were able to remove Ambriz, who was not injured, from the vehicle and take him into custody without further incident.

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