Additional suspects arrested in Ponte Vedra Beach home invasion


Detectives with the Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit have arrested two additional suspects in connection with a home invasion and kidnapping that occurred in Ponte Vedra Beach last month.

Marcus Anthony Hatch, 16, was arrested Feb. 10 and charged with principal to false imprisonment, principal to home invasion robbery with a firearm and grand theft auto. He was booked into the County Jail on no bond and turned over to the Department of Juvenile Justice.

Initially, law enforcement authorities had considered Hatch to be a possible victim in the case, and had issued an Amber Alert for his whereabouts the morning after the Jan. 9 home invasion, when two black males armed with handguns reportedly forced their way into a couple’s residence on Great Harbor Way and began taking property. The intruders were later joined by a third suspect, who arrived holding an individual later identified as Hatch at gunpoint. The three intruders then tied up the couple and their roommate before leaving in the couple’s car with Hatch held at gunpoint.

The following morning, authorities issued an Amber Alert for Hatch, who was later found safe in Jacksonville.

Also arrested last week was Omar Lee Summerfield, 32, of 12372 Blue Stream Drive in Jacksonville. Summerfield was charged with accessory after the fact to false imprisonment, grand theft auto and home invasion robbery with a firearm. He was booked into the county jail on bonds totaling $45,000.

The arrests of Hatch and Summerfield follow the arrest of Kyle Andre Justin Byrd, 22, who taken into custody Jan. 13 by U.S. marshals for violating probation in Duval County. Following his arrest, St. Johns County detectives interviewed him regarding the Ponte Vedra home invasion; Byrd was subsequently charged with kidnapping, false imprisonment, home invasion and grand theft auto. According to the Sheriff’s Office, he remains in the St. Johns County Jail in lieu of bond.