Month: February 2016

INTERAGENCY COOPERATION LEADS TO ARREST OF STALKER



February 24, 2016

Cooperation between the Levy
County Sheriff’s Office, the Starke Police Department and the U.S. Marshal’s Florida
Regional Fugitive Task Force resulted in the arrest of a Bradford County
man on stalking and burglary charges. 
Joshua C. Demps (b/m 4-1-89) was arrested in Bradford County
on February 19, 2016. 

The crimes occurred in the
Bronson area of Levy
County.  The victim reported meeting Demps online and
having a short term relationship with him. 
When the victim attempted to end the relationship, Demps began his
stalking activities.  The victim reported
to LCSO Investigator Mike Wilkinson that Demps called her as many as 30 times a
day.  During these calls Demps would
describe in detail what the victim had been doing that day.  Demps also called the victim’s employer multiple
times and attempted to get information about her work schedule and
whereabouts. 

On at least three occasions after
the victim had tried to terminate the relationship, the victim found Demps
inside her residence when she returned. 
On one occasion he was hiding in a closet.  On other occasions Demps was seen outside the
victim’s residence. 

Based on the evidence
gathered, Investigator Wilkinson was able to obtain a warrant for Demps’
arrest.  Demps is currently being housed
at the Levy County Detention
Center.  His total bond has been set at $325,000.00. 

LCSO urges everyone to be
cautious with potential online relationships. 
If you or someone you know is a victim of stalking, please contact LCSO
at 352-486-5111 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers
of Levy County at 1-877-349-8477

 
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Proactive Patrol Investigation Leads to Burglary Arrests

February 23, 2016
Dep. CJ Perryman responded to a reported burglary at the
Williston Golf and Country Club Saturday just prior to noon. The course has
been closed for some time and no one is authorized to be on the property. A
citizen reported seeing two young white males running from the area of a
building on the golf course property. Dep. Perryman contacted the reporting citizen;
obtained suspect descriptions and the location they were last seen.
Dep. Perryman began to canvass the area and immediately
located discarded items which had been dropped by the suspects. The reporting
citizen pointed out the location where he saw the suspects drop the stolen
goods. Among these items were alcoholic beverages, food, drinks, equipment and
money. The estimated value of property stolen and subsequently recovered is
approximately $3, 000. The Club owner later estimated that an additional $3,700
in damages was done to the buildings and contents. 
Sgt. B. Wells arrived and assisted Dep. Perryman during this
investigation. Both Deputies discovered distinct footwear impressions in the
area surrounding the burglarized building. During a neighborhood canvass
similar footprints were found in the nearby dirt roads. Deputies were able to
follow these foot prints to a nearby home. The homeowner was questioned and
deputies discovered a juvenile did come to her home looking for her son. She
told the deputies this juvenile’s name and described where he lived.
During this afternoon and the following day, deputies
continued to conduct their investigation. Ultimately deputies discovered four
juveniles’ ages 13, 14, 15 and 17 were involved in the Country Club burglary
and one yet to be reported burglary. The juveniles had additionally broken into
an abandoned home, causing damage to the interior of the home by discharging a
fire extinguisher and were storing some stolen property from the Country Club
there.
Based on these findings, Dep. Perryman contacted Sgt. M.
Narayan of the LCSO Criminal Investigations Division. Sgt. Narayan recognized that
the facts of this case matched an unsolved burglary reported at Williston P-Nut.  Sgt. Narayan was able to gain a confession
from three of these same juveniles for the Williston P-Nut burglary.
Dep. Perryman arrested the four juveniles for multiple
crimes related to the burglaries.  They
were booked into the Levy
County Detention
Center and then released
to their parents by the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice.  
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Lt. Scott Tummond
Public Information
Levy County Sheriff’s Office
(352) 486-5111
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Inglis Deputy Makes Multiple Arrests during His Weekend Shift

Reinhard Bailey

Robyn Johnson

Wayne Drake

Vince Baker
February 22, 2016
LCSO Deputy Tim Rogers had a productive on duty weekend
beginning with the arrest of Reinhard Bailey (w/m 6-28-55) on February 19,
2016.  Previously on November 4, 2015
Deputy Rogers responded to Dollar General in Inglis. The store clerk discovered
a small baggie left near the check out counter. She believed the baggie
contained narcotics. Deputy Rogers confirmed the contents of this baggie were
in-fact methamphetamine and seized it as evidence.
Through his investigation, Deputy Rogers developed Bailey as
a suspect.  Deputy Rogers reviewed
security footage of the front check out counter and was able to positively
identify Bailey as the person who left the narcotics behind when he made a
purchase in November.  Deputy Rogers
located Bailey on February 19, 2016 and arrested him for possession of
methamphetamine. His bond has been set at $10,000.00.
Later during his same shift, Deputy Rogers responded to
the Kangaroo gas station in Inglis in order to assist in an ongoing burglary
investigation.  When he arrived, Deputy
Rogers made contact with Robyn Johnson W/F 09/22/1989, Wayne Drake W/M
06/22/1966, and Vincent Baker Jr. W/M 06/18/1996.  Deputy Rogers detained Johnson
based on probable cause that Johnson had been involved in the burglary.  The probable cause had been established
earlier by other investigating deputies. 
LCSO Criminal Investigations Division Lieutenant D. Dykstra, Sergeant M.
Narayan; Crime Scene Investigator Z. Richburg and Deputy R. Hinote responded
to the location to assist.
Stolen property was identified and recovered from inside the
vehicle. The vehicle search additionally revealed prescription pills (Oxycodone
and Diazepam) and marijuana. Methamphetamine and numerous items of drug paraphernalia
were located inside a backpack owned by V. Baker.
Robyn Johnson was arrested for possession of an opium
derivative (Oxycodone and Diazepam) with intent to distribute, possession of a
controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, burglary, petit theft,
grand theft and resisting without violence.  Her bond has been set at $67,000.00.
Wayne Drake was arrested for possession of a controlled
substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond has been set at $60,000.00.
Vincent Baker was arrested for possession of burglary, grand
theft, possession of methamphetamines, possession of marijuana less than 20
grams and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond has been set at
$42,000.00.
Sheriff Bobby McCallum commended Deputy Rogers for his
continuing efforts to proactively seek out those involved in the narcotics
business and to make the Town of Inglis
a safer place to live.
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Lt. Scott Tummond
Public Information
Levy County Sheriff’s Office
(352) 486-5111
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Suspicious Infant Death Being Investigated

February
22, 2016
At
approximately 3:30 AM on this date, Levy County Sheriff’s Office Deputies,
along with Bronson Fire Department and Levy County Department of Public Safety
personnel, were called to a residence in the Town of Bronson. 
The 911 caller reported that an infant male child who resided at the
residence had been found unresponsive. 
The responding units immediately began resuscitation efforts but tragically
those efforts were unsuccessful.  The
child was pronounced dead a short time later at a hospital in Gainesville. 
The child was less than 2 months old. 
The
LCSO Criminal Investigation Division is actively working this incident as a
“Suspicious Death”.  An autopsy will be
conducted and additional details of the investigation will be made available
when it is concluded. 
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Arrest Made for Sexual Battery on a Child

February 18, 2016
Levy County
Sheriff’s Office Investigators arrested Mariano Hernandez-Castro (9-26-71) on
February 17, and have charged him with Sexual Battery of a Child under 12 and
Lewd or Lascivious Molestation of a child under 12. Hernandez-Castro appeared
before Levy County Judge Browning yesterday morning who set his bond at 1.75
million dollars.
LCSO Investigator Corporal Tom
Martin received a report late afternoon on February 16th from the
parent of an 8 year old child.  The parent notified Corporal Martin that
the child had disclosed on several visits to the Hernandez-Castro home,
Mariano Hernandez-Castro had sexually battered the child. This abuse
had occurred over a period of months.  The parent reported that Hernandez-
Castro was known to the family.
Hernandez-Castro, whose primary
language is Spanish; attempted to use this language barrier to avoid
responsibility for his actions.  LCSO
Investigator Noel Ramirez assisted Cpl. Martin during the interview of
Hernandez-Castro. Investigator Ramirez is fluent in Spanish and was able to effectively
communicate with Hernandez-Castro and obtained statements which led to his
arrest.
Hernandez-Castro will be held at
the Levy County Detention Facility until trial.
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Lt. Scott Tummond
Criminal Investigations Division
Levy County Sheriff’s Office
(352) 486-5111
“Know Something We Don’t” Call Crime Stoppers 1-877-349-8477 remain anonymous.