Pair in jail after being recognized on surveillance during home invasion robbery
ORANGE PARK – Two men were tracked down and brought back to Clay County after being charged with holding a husband, wife and daughter at gunpoint while robbing them during a home invasion on April 9.
Connor Gabriel Malinis, 21, of Ponte Vedra Beach, and Demetrius Cortez Bruno, 26, of Jacksonville, were charged with home invasion with a deadly weapon and three counts of false imprisonment after they were recognized by another daughter of the victims.
According to the arrest report, the family was ordered to their knees while Malinis held a gun at their heads and Bruno ransacked the house for valuables. A second daughter wasn’t home during the robbery, according to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, but she quickly recognized both after watching in-home surveillance. The daughter said she believed the two were trying to get her “ex-boyfriend’s money” because they thought she may have his belongings since he was in jail for drug charges.
Deputies also took still photographs of the men to one of their mothers and she quickly identified one as her son, Bruno.
The second daughter told investigators she knew both men.
Bruno was arrested at the Florida Department of Corrections during a probation visit on April 13, while Malinis was at the St. Johns County Jail, where he was being held on drug charges. He was taken to the Clay County Jail on April 20.
Bond was set at $1.5 million for both men.
JSO deputy faces additional charges for sending obscene photos to boys
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – A second boy told investigators he also received nude photos and requests to send a Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office deputy in return.
Alejandra Carmona-Fonseca now faces additional charges of online solicitation of a child, four counts of child sexual abuse material and one count of using a two-way communication device to facilitate a felony after the Clay County Sheriff’s Office got information about another teen who was approached by the 48-year-old man from Green Cove Springs.
The second victim said he was “16 or 17” when he first met Carmona-Fonseca through a friend. He said he also knew Carmona-Fonseca through workout sessions at My Time Fitness on Henley Road. The boy said he started receiving nude videos and photos from Carmona-Fonseca through a Snapchat account.
According to CCSO, Carmona-Fonseca sent more than 50 images.
The JSO deputy currently is on unpaid suspension from the agency while he’s in the Clay County Jail awaiting his next court appearance on May 2.
Carmona-Fonseca originally was arrested on March 16 for cruelty toward a child, using a computer to seduce, solicit or lure a child and using his cellphone during a felony for sending obscene materials to another boy from the gym,
Orange Park soldier facing court-martial for conspiracy
FORT BRAGG, N.C. – Seven U.S. Army soldiers based at Ford Bragg now face court-martial after a fellow paratrooper soldier was found with his head severed along a North Carolina shoreline two years ago.
One of the seven includes Spc. Joshua L. Curry, of Orange Park according to the Fayetteville Observer.
Eight soldiers, who were assigned to the 37th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team of the 82nd Airborne Division, were camping out at Cape Lookout National Seashore in 2020 when Spc. Enrique Roman-Martinez was reported missing. Five days later, his head washed up onshore. The rest of his body has never been recovered.
All seven soldiers have been charged with conspiracy and failure to obey a direct order not to travel more than 50 miles from the base during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to court records.
Curry is charged with one count of disobeying a superior and two counts of making a false statement. Investigators said Curry failed to disclose the use of drugs during the campout.
None of the charges are related to Roman-Martinez’ death, the Army said.
Curry’s trial is scheduled for Aug 2 to 5.
CCSO: Man arrested for stalking his former girlfriend
ORANGE PARK – A 43-year-old man was arrested after his former girlfriend started getting messages and photos of her leaving and coming home from work, as well as when she was shopping following the breakup. She said she also came home to find a bottle of wine in her mailbox.
David Brian Phillips, of Orange Park, was charged with harassing and cyberstalking after a woman told Clay County Sheriff’s Office deputies she asked him four times to stop sending her text messages.
Deputies later discovered at least 30 outgoing calls to her since January.