Search for Armed Suspect Ends with Violation of Probation Arrest
SPRING HILL – Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a residence on Danbury Street Tuesday, after receiving reports of a possible armed burglary in progress. Several deputies arrived on scene and made contact with at least two individuals at 6280 Danbury Street. After a brief interview, it was determined that a third person of interests had fled the scene prior to their arrival, who may have been armed with a handgun.
Several Deputies, K-9, and the Air Unit searched for nearly an hour but the suspect was never located. During the search, Deputies identified the suspect as 29-year-old Joseph Alan Watkins who had an outstanding warrant for violating drug related felony probation.
Officials say Watkins was located and taken into custody today without incident and booked into the Hernando County Jail. Watkins has a long criminal history in Hernando County, with arrests dating as far back as 2013. Most of Watkins charges are related to drug possession and theft.
Officials have not charged Watkins with any crime associated with Tuesday’s incident and it appears that a crime may not have occurred at all.
It is not known what caused the injury to Watkins’ face; however, it is common for users of methamphetamine to pick at their own skin, leaving open sores like those pictured below.
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