New Agency Helps Solve Home Invasion at Beach Condo

By: Cameron Taylor Email
By: Cameron Taylor Email

Multiple law enforcement agencies are relieved after finding a weapon used in an early Thursday morning home invasion armed robbery at a Panama City Beach condominium. Both of the suspects for the robbery are behind bars.

Members from multiple agencies can take it easy after finding the silver revolver used by one of the two suspects. The two suspects in the case are 18-year-olds Jarline Deandre Lee of Anniston, Alabama and Aaron Joseph Wilkinson of Glencoe, Alabama.

The new Joint Agency in Water Strike Force or JAWS who helped close the case can consider this their first success.

JAWS is a joint effort by the Bay County Sheriff's Office, the Panama City Fire Department, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and Florida State University Panama City.

On Thursday morning, representatives from these agencies officially formed JAWS.

"Streamlining the protocols and procedures to make a more efficient response, a safer response, and to get us all in line operating the same way," said Jerome Fleeman, the JAWS Advisory Board chairman.

The newly formed JAWS team is the first in the state and the country.

Later on Thursday the team was called to find a silver revolver that law enforcement officials say was used in a home invasion armed robbery off of Thomas Drive.

The two suspects robed multiple suspects at the Summit Condominiums early Thursday morning around 3:00 AM.

The Panama City Beach Police Department says an interview with the second suspect led them to the pond off of Thomas Drive.

This is the first investigation the JAWS team has officially worked on together.

Officials with the Joint Agency in Water Strike Team say the grass beneath the pond delayed them from finding the weapon quicker.

Law enforcement officials told Newschannel 7 they found the silver revolver used in the robbery around 4:15 PM Thursday.
Beach police say Lee and a second suspect identified as Aaron Joseph Wilkinson, 18 of Glecoe, Alabama went to the Summit Condominiums on Thomas Drive shortly after 3:00 AM.

They went into the victim’s unit through an unlocked door, drew their guns and robbed them of their phones, money and other possessions. Then they robbed two more victims in an adjoining bedroom.

Lee was arrested within minutes of the home invasion being reported. Wilkinson was arrested several hours later.

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