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Repeat Calls to One Home Land Several Teens in Jail

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- Four teenagers have been jailed following a series of incidents in the St. Johns County (Fruit Cove) area in the past month.

The first incident was on Oct. 28, according to a news release from the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office.

The release indicates neighbors had filed several complaints with the sheriff's office regarding a man selling drugs from his family's home on Maplewood Drive, so deputies set up surveillance.

At the scene, the deputies reported seeing 18-year-old Christopher William Jordan conduct several transactions prior to getting into a vehicle.

The deputies stopped and searched the vehicle, finding marijuana in Jordan's possession.

The release indicates he had been previously arrested on drug-related charges; the sheriff's office inmate search page indicates he was arrested in April, when he was 18, on charges of possession of liquor and violation of probation.

In this incident, Jordan was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of drug paraphernalia and violation of probation.

As of this morning, he is listed as being in jail on $5,500 bond.

The remaining incidents were related and stem from what happened at a home on Remington Forest Drive earlier this month.

According to the news release, on Nov. 4, deputies responded to a disturbance at the home and ended up arresting 18-year-old Yared Teshome Alemayehu on charges of aggravated battery, false imprisonment and depriving a victim of 911 access.  He was released Nov. 5 on $8,000 bond.

Deputies responded again to the same residence on Nov. 8, again for a disturbance.

The deputies initially made contact with three teenagers in the roadway and a witness who said the three had made threats to shoot nearby residents.

Upon checking into the property, the deputies learned it is owned by someone who lives out of state.  The deputies contacted her, and she told them to escort the suspects off the property, according to the news release.

The deputies allowed the suspects to go inside to collect their personal effects, and one of them admitted to having guns and drugs.  The deputies found a shotgun and an assault rifle, plus methamphetamine, LSD, marijuana and other pharmaceutical narcotics.

Cole Eugene Arnold, 18, was arrested on five drug-related charges.  He was released on $15,000 bond on Nov. 10.

Brooks Forest Taylor, 18, was arrested on a charge of possession of marijuana.  He posted $500 bond the following day.

A 17-year-old female was also charged with possession of a controlled substance without a prescription; she was released to her parents.

That same night at the same home, deputies responded yet again, this time for a possible burglary.

The suspect was gone by the time deputies arrived, but neighbors said they saw Alemayehu making forcible entry.

He was then found by deputies at a local bail bond agency, where, according to the sheriff's office, he was attempting to make bail for Arnold and Taylor.

Alemayahu was arrested again, this time on a burglary charge.  He was released on Nov. 9 after posting $5,000 bail.

The investigation into the activities and property at the home is continuing, and the sheriff's office believes more charges are likely.


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