Two men are in jail and one is still sought relating to a burglary and assault which ended with one suspect dead in Clay County.
We first told you in June about this string of crimes. Deputies say Nathan Ross and Jarrod Romani stole two chainsaws out of the back of a truck parked at a gas station on US 17. The third suspect, Jason Kent, reportedly knew about the crime but willingly got back in to the car and left with the other men.
The arrest report we’ve obtained says Jamie Green, his son Jamie Green Jr., and Chase Carter came out of the gas station and noticed the chainsaws were gone. They then saw a car which had previously been parked next to them driving away and pursued. Green reportedly saw the chainsaws in the back of the car, and used his truck to force the suspects off the road.
The three men then approached the three suspects in an effort to get the chainsaws back. Deputies say a fight followed, but all three suspects eventually surrendered.
Kent soon began complaining of “abdomen pain”, according to the arrest report. Doctors at Orange Park Medical determined he had a lacerated spleen and broken nose as a result of the roadside fight. He died as a result of his injuries while he was being airlifted to UF Health Jacksonville.
The two other suspects- Ross and Robani- have now been charged with murder relating to Kent’s death. They can be held responsible under Florida law because the death happened while they were committing a crime.
The burglary victim, Jamie Green, has been charged with simple battery against Ross. Green’s arrest report says after the three suspects were on the ground waiting for law enforcement to arrive, Ross “became verbally abusive” toward Green. Green reportedly approached Ross and hit him in the face, causing minor injuries.
Ross and Green have both been detained. A warrant for Romani’s arrest has been issued, but he has not yet been located by investigators.