Crime

Fugitive wanted on sexual battery charges captured in Ohio

Fugitive wanted on sexual battery charges captured in Ohio

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- A 37-year-old fugitive wanted on a warrant for sexual battery captured Thursday in Ohio after fleeing from St. Johns County in July, authorities said.

Michael Owen Hutchison, 37, of Elkton, is being held without bond in Marion County, Ohio following his arrest on two warrants for sexual battery, according to the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office.

Hutchison was initially booked on a sexual battery charge June 9 and released after posting $25,000 bond, deputies said.

While free on bond, Hutchison sexually battered an unconscious man in July, the victim told investigators. Afterward, the Sheriff's Office obtained a warrant for Hutchison's arrest.

When the warrant was issued, deputies discovered Hutchison had fled the county. Then a second warrant -- this one with a $250,000 bond -- was issued for Hutchison's arrest, followed by another for the violation of his bond conditions.

St. Augustine double murder suspect in custody

St. Augustine double murder suspect in custody

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Hours before his wife and a family friend were shot to death inside a South Bellagio Drive home Thursday, a St. Augustine man suspected in their killing had been in court pleading no contest to violating an injunction for protection against domestic violence ordered by a judge last month, court records show.

Suspect in double murder of wife and friend in court hours before shooting

Suspect in double murder of wife and friend in court hours before shooting

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Hours before his wife and a family friend were shot to death inside a South Bellagio Drive home Thursday, a St. Augustine man suspected in their killing had been in court pleading no contest to violating an injunction for protection against domestic violence ordered by a judge last month, court records show.

Teen charged with grand theft, other charges

PONTE VEDRA, Fla. - A Ponte Vedra teen is facing multiple theft charges and is being held on a $30,000 bond.

An 18-year old St. Johns County man was arrested Monday afternoon in relation to multiple car thefts and burglaries, according to a release from the St John's County Sheriff's Office.

Fake homicide/hostage callout in SJC

PONTE VEDRA, Fla. - Deputies with the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office responded to an apparent homicide with hostages  Wednesday night -- only to discover the call was a prank.

A text came into the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office stating, "my mom was shot in the head and several people were in the house taking hostages," according to a report from the SJCSO. The text also claimed a person was asking or help and was hiding upstairs.

Deputies arrived on scene around 10 p.m., to a home in the Saw Mill Lakes neighborhood, the report states. They found the house quiet and three cars in the driveway.

A perimeter was established, and dispatch called inside the home and asked the occupants to come outside, according to the report.

Contact was made with a female and her two teenage sons, ages 13 and 17, the reports detailed.

Deputies: Man steals over $100K from elderly victims

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - A Ponte Vedra Beach man was arrested on a charge of exploitation of the elderly Friday.

Wayne Joseph Dziadul, 68, is accused of taking, "a significant amount of jewelry," including several gold watches, assorted rare jewelry items and old currency and coins, according to a statement from the St. John's County Sheriff's Office.

Dziadul was described as a "friend" by the victims, a 91-year old Ponte Vedra Beach man and his wife. The victims claim Dziadul often odd jobs around their house, the statement details. The victims also claim Dziadul had access to their home in August of 2012 when some of the items went missing.

In an unrelated investigation, Dziadul's name came back in a search of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Pawn system, who allegedly, "pawned many items on numerous dates last year." According to the statement, some of those items matched those that were reported missing from the victim's home.