Search for Teen in Clay County Ends with Arrest | Crime

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Search for Teen in Clay County Ends with Arrest

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- The 16-year-old who has been the subject of a large search for two days has been found and arrested.

Mary Justino, a spokesperson for the Clay County Sheriff's Office, said this morning the boy was found after a felony traffic stop.

The search began Wednesday afternoon when he reportedly went to his mother's house and she called the sheriff's office.

A six-hour search failed to find the boy, and another search overnight into Thursday in the area of Donna Drive in Middleburg also did not find him.

New information about the search has accompanied his arrest.

The Clay County Sheriff's Office report indicates the incident began Tuesday when a victim reported having her vehicle stolen from her driveway.

Surveillance video at the front gate of her subdivision showed the vehicle being driven away at 3:43 a.m.

Investigators determined the teen had recently escaped from a court-ordered juvenile program to which he was sentenced for a similar crime in the same neighborhood four months ago.

Deputies found the vehicle at a local gas station the following day.  Surveillance cameras there showed the teen pull up to a pump, get out, go inside for about a minute, return to the vehicle, then flee on foot.

Investigators believe some time late Wednesday, the teen broke into a home on Donna Drive through an open window as deputies were searching for him, stealing a gun, ammunition and food, with a combined value of over $2,000.

Over the course of searching for the teen, according to the CCSO, 26 deputies and a helicopter from another agency were involved.  Also, a K-9 unit was injured while searching for him.  Santos got hurt jumping a fence, Justino said, and is now recovering from surgery.

Detectives learned that the teen was hiding in the Greenwood subdivision waiting for transportation late Thursday, so they set up a location to make the arrest.

Shortly before 2 a.m today, the deputies stopped the vehicle at the corner of Blanding Boulevard and Knight Boxx Road.

At the time of his arrest, the teen reportedly had the stolen gun in his pocket.

He faces charges of grand theft auto, armed burglary to an unoccupied dwelling and carrying a concealed firearm.  Regarding his escape, Justino said Duval County placed a hold on him as well.


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