Old Town Couple Flee By Jumping In The River

MEDIA RELEASE   Date:                February 15, 2011 Time:                1:00 PM   On February 14, 2011, Levy Deputies and Investigators assisted Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office in reference to a residential burglary that just occurred in Gilchrist County.  A family member to the victim come home and found Gregory Bennett II and Heather Bartholomew on the property.  The two were able to evade capture by running out the back sliding door and fleeing in a black SUV.  The witness followed the suspects to Levy County and called law enforcement.  The suspects’ vehicle was located behind the Fanning Springs City Hall and when they saw deputies they immediately ran on foot.   Deputy Clint Anderson & his K-9 partner, Robiek, responded to the scene and tracked the suspects.  During the tracking, Robiek located the suspect’s shoes and a stolen .22 caliber rifle in the woods.  Deputies cordon the area off and Investigator Roger Bell located the suspects running on foot towards the Suwannee River.  When Bell gave them an order to stop, the suspects jumped into the river to escape arrest but realized that the water was too cold and surrendered without incident.   Investigator Bell arrested the two for resisting arrest without violence and the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office will file appropriate charges for crimes they committed in Gilchrist County.   Defendant:   Gregory Alan Bennett II 178 SE 905th Street Old Town, Fl. White Male, 01/10/89   Heather Leigh Bartholomew 178 SE 905th Street Old Town, Fl. White Female, 11/13/90     ###

Major Evan Sullivan
Levy County Sheriff's Office
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