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Trio impeded arrest

The sheriff’s department arrested two persons and filed a criminal complaint against a third one for attempting to block officers’ entry after they spotted a man wanted on a warrant inside a south Macclenny apartment.

Deputies Robert Simpkins and Trey McCullough went to the address at the Baker Manor Apartments on South 6th in Macclenny the evening of July 26 on a tip that fugitive Favian Lee, 19, was staying there.

Mr. Lee was wanted for felony battery.

The officer said they were met at the door by tenants Jacqueline Hollings, 19, and Andre Garcia, 20,  along with Jacovan Hollings, 18, of Macclenny, who stood blocking their view to the interior and denied that Mr. Lee was there.

Deputy Simpkins said he advised the trio several times that they risked arrest if the fugitive was indeed there, and they continued to stand near the door. Shortly after, the officer said Mr. Lee ran across the living room.

He ordered the three to move aside, and said Ms. Hollings planted her feet and pushed against both deputies as they forced their way in. Mr.  Garcia positioned himself behind the door attempting to prevent them from opening it further, while Mr. Hollings allegedly braced himself on a couch, placing his feet on the door attempting to close it.

Both deputies forced their way in, and Deputy Simpkins located Mr. Lee crouched down and hiding behind a kitchen counter. The officer said Mr. Garcia fled into a rear bedroom when informed he was under arrest, and he was found in a closet.

Ms. Hollings was released shortly after she arrived at county jail because several small children were in the apartment. She was named in the complaint for misdemeanor resisting police.

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