Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Public Safety

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Public Safety

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-- A 19-year-old woman was shot in the chest Monday by an unknown assailant, one of four men who arrived at her house, apparently to see her live-in boyfriend, a Clay County Sheriff's Office report said.

Jamillaah Lateba Grant, of the 2400 block of Longwood Street in the Ridgecrest subdivision, was taken to Orange Park Medical Center and released the next day. No one else was injured.

Her boyfriend, Christopher Danny Nixon, 18, told police that an acquaintance of his from Jacksonville came to the door around midnight and was let into the house. Nixon said Young lead him into the garage "where he was met at gunpoint" by four unknown men, the report said.

Nixon broke away and ran out of the garage to get help, heard gunshots from inside the house and then saw Grant walking into the street. A search was conducted of the area, with the help of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office K-9 unit, but the men were not located, a report said.

There were no arrests.

-- Two Illinois men were arrested Sunday in connection with an automobile theft in that state, but not before one of them fled from police and begged an Orange Park-area resident and her 6-year-old son to hide him.

The men arrested were Paul Paymun Vandat, 19, of Edwardsville, and Darron Lee Stafford III, 21, of Granite City. Vandat was charged with grand theft auto; Stafford was charged with grand theft auto, burglary to an occupied dwelling, attempted burglary and attempted grand theft auto, said a Clay County Sheriff's Office report.

Vandat was arrested after police stopped the stolen Illinois vehicle in the 5100 block of Pine Avenue on Fleming Island. Stafford fled, and ended up in the front yard of a home in the 400 block of Old Field Road, off Pine Avenue, where he asked a 6-year-old boy who lived there for help, the report said. Stafford followed the boy into the house, uninvited, and asked the boy's mother to hide him, but she ushered him out and contacted police. …

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