Activity reported by the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office for the week of March 23rd, 2017 to March 30th, 2017
The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office was contacted and it was reported that Richard Armstrong, Jr. had run persons off the roadway while driving a Jeep, pulled a knife on a person, and then shot a shotgun in the air stating he was going to kill that person and six others. A Patrol Deputy took the initial report and Detectives from the Persons Crimes Section of the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) were assigned the investigation. CID Detectives conducted multiple interviews and it was determined that Armstrong, Jr., accompanied by three bystanders, approached seven teenagers congregated in the forest off of FH313. Once Armstrong, Jr. parked the Jeep, he exited and immediately brandished a knife he was known to commonly carry on his person. Armstrong, Jr. attempted to get into a physical altercation with one of the teenagers, who attempted to verbally resolve the situation. Once it was known to all the teenagers that Armstrong, Jr. was there to instigate trouble, they all retreated to their vehicles. Once the teenagers retreated, Armstrong, Jr. obtained a single shot 16-gauge shotgun from the Jeep and shot once into the air over the teenagers’ heads. CID Detectives also recovered the shotgun fired by Armstrong, Jr. On March 28, 2017, CID Detectives arrested Armstrong, Jr. and charged him with Aggravated Assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to kill (7 Counts), and tampering with a witness. The Tampering with a witness charge was added because Armstrong, Jr. threatened to harm one of the witnesses if the witness did not lie to law enforcement about the incident when interviewed. Armstrong, Jr. was booked into the Wakulla County Jail.
The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office responded to a complaint of graffiti spray painted on the Buckhorn Creek Bridge off of Surf Road. Vulgar graffiti had been spray painted in yellow paint causing an estimated $300.00 in damages. The case was documented and referred to the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division. Deputy Kyle Hanks investigated.
Robert Taff of Crawfordville reported witnessing a burglary and criminal mischief to a residence on neighboring property belonging to William Yankton Vice. The complainant stated that he observed two subjects wearing hooded jackets attempting to gain entry into the property belonging to Mr. Vice. As he approached the suspects fled in a grey mid 2000’s Nissan or Toyota pickup. The suspects caused an estimated $380.00 in damages trying to gain entry into the residence. The case was documented and referred to the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division. Deputy Kyle Hanks investigated.
Bethany Tadpole of Crawfordville reported that she believed someone tried to gain access to her residence while she slept. Deputies responded to the scene and observed several pry marks to the front door. The victim stated that she awoke to a loud bang thinking someone may have tried to kick in the door. The case was documented and the area canvassed for a suspect but none was located. Deputy Travis Hall investigated.
Deputies responded to Walmart in reference to a report of a retail theft that had occurred on March 20th. Deputies were shown a video of two individuals, later identified as Marilyn Hartsfield and Admiral Barwick, returning items they had taken from store shelves and not paid for. They were issued Walmart gift cards in the amount of $72.88. The case was turned over to the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division and they located the suspects, interviewed them, and placed them under arrest for retail theft. Travis Hall and Detective Brett Surace investigated
Curtis Austin Teague of Crawfordville was arrested for theft of a red motorized scooter owned by Gabriel Mathis of Crawfordville. The red scooter valued at $100.00 was reported stolen by the victim Gabriel Mathis after he witnessed the suspect Curtis Teague take it without his permission. The suspect was located a short time after the report and was still in possession of the stolen property. The suspect was placed under arrest and transported to the Wakulla County Jail. Deputy Curtis Hunter investigated.
Velvet Deese of Crawfordville reported a grass fire that was out of control on Kelly Ann Street. The complainant was burning debris when it got out of control burning the privacy fence between her property and her neighbors. Wakulla Fire Rescue arrived and extinguished the fire. Estimated property damage was $400.00. Deputy Brandon Sheffield investigated.
Virginia Brewer of Sopchoppy reported the burglary of her residence and theft of several items. The victim returned home after being out of town and discovered that the backdoor frame was damage where the suspect(s) gained entry. The victim stated that several items including a television, iPads, Xbox, and Play Station video game consoles were stolen valued at an estimated $9,930.00. A possible suspect was identified by the victim. The case was documented and referred to the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division. Deputy Ashton Lesane investigated.
Clark Davis III owner of Engines Unlimited reported the theft of his business sign. The sign was described as black in color 12 foot steel pipe, with a 4 foot by 2 foot metal plate welded at the base. Welded at the top of the pipe was a red in color 1980’s Snapper Mower. The sign was valued at $1,200.00. The case was documented and referred to the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division. Deputy Jeremy Creel investigated.
Dusty Carver of Crawfordville was arrested for possession of methamphetamine following a traffic stop. The suspect was stopped in the area of Squaw Road after callers had reported the vehicle he was driving as being suspicious. The Deputy discovered that the suspect’s license was suspended and was given permission to search the vehicle. The suspect was discovered to be in possession of methamphetamine and was placed under arrest and transported to the Wakulla County Jail. Deputy Matthew Hedges investigated.
Roland Strickland of Panacea reported a structure fire to a residence on Otter Lake Road. The house was fully engulfed upon the arrival of responding units. It was learned that the residence belonged to Patsy Thomas who resides in Tennessee. The victim was contacted and advised that the house was for sale and was supposed to be closed on the next day. The value of the loss was estimated at $215, 000. The Fire Marshal was contacted and nothing suspicious was discovered at the scene. Deputy Andrea Sessor investigated.
This week Sheriff Jared Miller and the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office responded to 1005 Total Calls for Service, 179 Calls to 911, and conducted 295 Residential and Business Security Checks.
If you have information regarding the activity shown, or any other crime please contact the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office at (850) 745-7100 or (850) 926-0800.