Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Teenage Suspect Charged in Attack

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Teenage Suspect Charged in Attack

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Jacksonville police arrested a teenager yesterday accused of

damaging a woman's Ford Bronco in what the woman said was a

race-related attack.

The 17-year-old suspect was charged with criminal mischief in

the Nov. 4 incident. Prosecutors will be asked this week to

determine if the vandalism can be considered a hate crime, which

would enhance possible penalties upon conviction.

Police did not release the teen's name because he is a juvenile.

Police didn't rule out making other arrests.

Kamila Newkirk, 19, reported to police that she and several

friends drove to a wooded area off Heckscher Drive in Oceanway

for a bonfire when the attack occurred. Newkirk, who is black,

said a group of whites began to throw bottles and yell insults

at her friends and threatened to lynch her. Someone smashed the

windshield and part of the front end of her Bronco.

Initially critical of the pace of the investigation, Newkirk

said yesterday the arrest restored her faith in the police.

CRIME NEWS

ARMED MOTORIST HELD: Interstate 95 was closed for 30

minutes yesterday while St. Johns County Sheriff's deputies

tried to talk an armed man out of his pickup truck.

Sheriff's spokesman Kevin Kelshaw said the 39-year-old St.

Augustine man was armed with two rifles and a shotgun and

threatened to shoot anyone who approached him. The sheriff's

office refused to release the man's name because he was taken

for psychiatric observation after surrendering. Kelshaw said no

charges were filed against him.

Kelshaw said the man's wife called deputies at 12:15 a.m. after

a domestic dispute, but the man was gone when deputies arrived

at the home in the 2000 block of Pellicer Road. No one was hurt

in the disturbance, Kelshaw said.

Deputies stopped the pickup on I-95. When the man refused to

leave the truck and threatened officers, sheriff's supervisors

closed southbound and northbound lanes, Kelshaw said. After 30

minutes of negotiations, the man agreed to leave the truck.

He was taken to Flagler Hospital Psychiatric Center for

evaluation.

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