Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Police Briefs; Mandarin High Student Reports Assault, Theft

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Police Briefs; Mandarin High Student Reports Assault, Theft

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Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer

A 14-year-old Mandarin High School student was robbed of $4 while he was in an upstairs hallway at the school at 4831 Greenland Road.

The student was walking in a hallway with a friend at 11:30 a.m. when they passed a man at the bottom of a staircase, police said. The man followed and shoved the teen into a narrow hallway near a restroom, demanding money. The victim said no, and the man shoved him into a wall and applied a head lock before shoving him a few more times, police said. When the man asked the victim if he wanted more, the student reached into his pocket and pulled out some change before shoving the older man out of the way and running to the dean's office.

Police and school security searched for the man, but didn't find him.

-- An 18-year-old student was arrested at 10:30 a.m. Thursday on charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia after the high school's resource officer received a tip that someone had drugs in their car on campus, police said. A school security guard told the officer he saw small plastic bags, cigarettes and lighters inside a car in the school lot as he walked by. The car's owner was tracked down in class, and after he agreed, the officer searched it and found a cigarette roller with marijuana seeds inside and a small marijuana cigarette, police said.

Following are the crimes and other incidents reported recently in the Mandarin and Northwest St. Johns County areas, according to the Jacksonville and St. Johns County sheriffs' offices:



3500 block of Ballesteros Drive South -- Three graduation rings, jewelry and a telephone, altogether valued at $1,335, were stolen between 8:15 a.m. and 5:10 p.m. Oct. 5 after someone got in through a rear window.

Bayard service center, 12569 Philips Highway -- Two men with their faces covered smashed their way into the closed building at 2 a. …

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