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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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  • OK so I’m gonna let all you judgmental on here really hear all of joeys good and bad choices he has made in life after he graduated from high school he listed in the army and served 4 years he suffered from an injury which he had multiple surgeries and suffered with many infection……with all the pain meds he was given threw out this time he became addict to pain killers witch lead him down the road of an addict he as all addicts has been battling the addiction he has had up and downs as all addicts do but this doesn’t mean he is a bad person or a meth head or anything else you guys are calling him he is however a son a brother a uncle there no way joey would ever break in anywhere or use a gun to harm anyone even at his worse he still has no mean side ever when he did steal it was like all other addicts it was from family not random people this is just a mistake he has made do to the battle of drugs and the ones that do love him hope he soon recovers from this addiction … Tom please don’t just point out the bad in someone with an illness if ur gonna tell his past start from the beginning not just at his worst battle of his life all of us should be wondering where is all the help for veterans with drug addiction as there is so many veterans that fight with drug and alcohol addition we still love Ya joey

    Sunday, 6 August 2017, 12:40 pm
    • Amy……well said i said almost the same thing the other day and all these ppl want to do is bash someone they don’t know. Joey is an AMAZING person and would give u the shirt off his back. Jail has not and will NOT HELP him. He needs a program. I know he will be ok he has done enough for everyone else its his turn to be helped . love u Joey

      Sunday, 6 August 2017, 8:36 pm
  • Straight up

    Sunday, 30 July 2017, 1:08 pm
  • This is going on directly across the street from my self n minor, special need child. The ex wife of the home owner, was just released about July 8th for heroin possession. We r moving the hell away.

    Friday, 28 July 2017, 4:45 pm
  • The ex wife from across the street just got released for VOP again!!!!! For heroin charges, altering n forging a check, etc…..

    Friday, 28 July 2017, 4:35 pm
  • To all of you so called know it all ppl……… I know Joey personally and he is a good no a GREAT person who just needs HELP. Joey served our country if you look at the scar on his shoulder in the picture you can see where he got hurt in the line of duty in Afghanistan.His drug problem started after his injury. I would learn someone’s story B4 you start judging them. Joey I’m here for you when you get out if you want your friend back. I love and miss you. Tom check ppls past B4 u throw them to these wolf’s.

    Friday, 28 July 2017, 2:01 pm
  • That’s disgusting..looks like a mix of meth and herpes of the mouth..jail won’t help him..put him in rehab for a couple yrs.. hopefully that will work until thank you later

    Friday, 28 July 2017, 10:20 am
  • Meth Mite bites!

    Friday, 28 July 2017, 7:57 am
  • It’s a sad world we live in. Meth ain’t no joke. Obviously it’s clear he’s a frequent flyer and is known for using drugs but to instantly accuse ppl of drugs because of their face being picked at is nonsense. I’ve faught acne my whole life and when they are big enough I squeeze them causing red marks and blood on my face and I don’t do drugs…. i just pray that he gets help and get away from the evil mess. If he don’t accept the help let him sit in jail he will stay clean and people’s property will remain safe

    Friday, 28 July 2017, 6:35 am
    • He has never been given any offers of rehab it’s been jail and P.O that’s it …..would thank they would offer him some help …I hope after this incident I hope he gets the help he needs but I do thank you for not bashing him for his addiction and if everyone reads all of it they will see it was a bogus story from the beginning no crime was made

      Sunday, 6 August 2017, 12:56 pm
  • Yep, shootem than hangem, problem solved, no cost to taxpayers. Also, messaged sent to other druggies that society has tolerated for to long……..

    Friday, 28 July 2017, 4:12 am
  • Another meth head surprise surprise

    Friday, 28 July 2017, 1:34 am
  • Another meth head in the county surprise surprise

    Friday, 28 July 2017, 1:33 am
  • Why can’t these losers break into the right houses and get capped by the homeowner so we have less of them roaming around this whole system is a joke the catch and release program

    Thursday, 27 July 2017, 7:34 pm
    • Can u read there was no crime committed he just failed a drug test ….there was no gun and no one broke in any where maybe u should put a cap in ur own sense u can’t read

      Sunday, 6 August 2017, 1:00 pm

    Thursday, 27 July 2017, 7:05 pm

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