Putnam County – During the early morning hours of October 17, members of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes Unit took to the streets throughout the county in search of 14 suspects wanted for the sale of various narcotics. Eight suspects were arrested during the warrant sweep and six are still wanted. The warrants were issued after the suspects sold narcotics during undercover investigations. The investigations, which took place throughout the county from Putnam Hall to Crescent City over the past four months, were conducted by members of the Sheriff’s Office Drug and Vice Unit.
Harry Robinson Jr was charged with sale of cocaine from his West Towles Avenue residence after he sold crack cocaine to an undercover detective during the investigative phase of this operation. Robinson was arrested on October 16 for the sale charge at the same time he was arrested an aggravated assault charge stemming from the October 3RD robbery and shooting of John Dudash.
The operation is part of Sheriff Jeff Hardy’s ongoing efforts to aggressively combat drug abuse in Putnam County. Sheriff Hardy said “This operation, particularly the arrest of Harry Robinson, showcases the link between dangerous drugs and violence. Our deputies are working hard to make Putnam County a safer place to live, work, and raise a family. I commend them for a job well done.”
Deputies are continuing to search for the remaining wanted persons. Anyone with information regarding the location of any of the remaining wanted suspects is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-888-277-TIPS (8477). Tipsters can remain anonymous and are eligible for a Cash reward if the information leads to the arrest of a wanted person.
Interlachen, FL: The Putnam County Sheriff's Office Major Crimes Unit and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Crime Scene Unit have recovered the body of Jose “Anthony” Cortez on September 30, 2014. On Wednesday, October 16, 2014, Detectives received positive DNA confirmation that the remains were Cortez. Cortez has been missing since he was last seen in the area of 6th Way in Interlachen on Monday December 23, 2013 at approximately 10:00 am by his family. Cortez had not been seen or heard from since that date and time. The remains were found buried in a rural and isolated area near Royal Way, slightly West of Interlachen. Detectives have long suspected that Cortez was murdered shortly after his disappearance and the discovery of the body was made possible from information received from the ongoing investigation. The investigation continues to be conducted as a homicide. There are persons of interest in the case and arrests are anticipated. Due to the ongoing nature of the investigation, no additional information is available at this time. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available for release.
Major Case Detectives with the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office have identified the two suspects involved in the October 3rd , 2014 robbery and shooting that occurred on West Towles Avenue in Palatka.
At approximately 5:30 PM, John Dudash Jr was robbed and shot while visiting a residence on West Towles Avenue. A passerby notified the Sheriff’s Office after he saw Dudash walking on the roadway with blood coming from his head. Arriving Deputies determined that Dudash had been shot in the head during a possible robbery. Major Case Detecives responded to the scene and assumed the investigation. Dudash survived his injuries and was treated at an area trauma center.
During the investigation, Timothy Tyrone Thomas Jr and Harry James Robinson Jr were identified as the culprits. On October 10, Detective Danette Dieter-Evey was able to obtain arrests warrants for both suspects. Thomas was arrested the same day has been charged with Aggravated Battery with a deadly weapon and armed robbery. Thomas remains in the Putnam County Jail without bond. Robinson remains at large and is wanted on an active warrant for aggravated assualt with a deadly weapon stemming from the Incident on West Towles Avenue.
Anyone with information about the location of Robinson is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-888-277-TIPS (8477). Callers may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward if the information leads to the arrest of Robinson.
On October 12, 2014, deputies responded to 130 Asia Road in San Mateo, regarding reports of an individual pointing a firearm at another subject. Deputies met with a female victim who reported that Jammie Samount Simmons, 40 years old, pointed a black handgun at her. Deputies approached the last area where Simmons had been seen, and observed him standing behind a residence holding a black semi-automatic handgun. Simmons was standing in a position with the muzzle pointing upward appearing as if he was going to ambush someone. Deputies took cover and ordered Simmons to drop his weapon. Simmons immediately stepped behind a metal building and returned seconds later with his hands above his head. Simmons stated that he had not done anything wrong, and when questioned about the handgun, he replied that he had never possessed a firearm. Simmons stated that the object deputies saw was a wallet. Deputies searched the area behind the metal building and located a loaded 9mm semi-automatic handgun buried under leaves and dirt.
Simmons was placed under arrest for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and resisting an officer without violence. He was booked into the Putnam County Jail with a bond of $4,012.00.
Palatka, FL: At approximately 3:30 pm on Thursday October 9, 2014, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to 2805 St Johns Avenue, Palatka, in reference to an in progress domestic dispute involving a brother and sister fighting. On arrival contact was made with 24 year old Tarrin Marquice Jenkins who said he had been cut by his 20 year old sister Regina Anderson and displayed a small scratch on his arm. Further investigation revealed the two were arguing over photographs and the dispute turned physical when Jenkins shoved Anderson and grabbed her in a headlock. Anderson said at that point she did grab a knife to defend herself, but never cut Jenkins before the fight was broken up by a family member. In sworn statements, both Anderson and a witness stated that she did not cut Jenkins but that he cut himself as he brushed past her after letting her go.