Ponte Vedra man, 28, arrested after threatening to ‘shoot up’ Nocatee M Shack listed as Del Webb resident


A 28-year-old Ponte Vedra man arrested last week for threatening to “shoot up” the M Shack in Nocatee Town Center is listed as being a resident of Del Webb Ponte Vedra, Nocatee’s 55+ age- restricted community.

According to the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office, Kevin Payne of 13 Garden Grove Court caused a belligerent disturbance at the restaurant Feb. 24, threatening to shoot people within the restaurant, yelling profanities and refusing to leave despite requests from both the establishment’s management and SJSO deputies. After he began to physically resist law enforcement, authorities were forced to bring him to the ground with a Taser.

SJSO deputies arrested Payne on charges of disturbing the peace, trespassing, resisting law enforcement with violence and violation of probation. He was released from the county jail Feb. 25 after posting $2,000 bond.

Payne’s listed address of 13 Garden Grove Court is located in the 55-and-over gated Del Webb community. Attempts to contact Del Webb for information about Payne or the community’s age-restriction policies were not returned. Attempts to contact the phone number listed on Whitepages.com for Payne’s residence were likewise unsuccessful.

This is not the first time that Payne has caused unrest in Nocatee Town Center. He was previously arrested by SJSO deputies in January 2016 after he broke into Dick’s Wings and Grill, damaged property within the restaurant and stole a bottle of liquor. The police report from that incident also listed the Del Webb address as Payne’s place of residence.

After that incident, Payne was held in the county jail for nearly two months on charges of burglary, damage to property, larceny and loitering. According to SJSO police reports, Payne yelled and cursed at the sheriff’s deputies on the way to the jail, making comments like, “The mafia will take care of you,” “I’ll stomp you into the ground,” and “You’ll be in six feet of concrete soon.”