Ponte Vedra Beach resident wakes to find robber in home

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A Ponte Vedra Beach resident woke  to find a man in his home wearing a bandana on his face and armed with a knife and flashlight.
When confronted in the master bedroom closet, the suspect demanded money and was given $50 from the homeowner’s wallet. The homeowner then armed himself with a knife, as which time the suspect fled the residence via the front door.
The armed robbery was reported April 17 at 12:45 a.m.,in the unit block of Sea Winds Lane East, according to the St. Johns County Sheriff’s office.
John Matthew Kennedy, 26, of St. Johns, was arrested April 18 for armed burglary to a dwelling, structure or conveyance, a third-degree felony. Kennedy was also charged with larceny petit theft, first-degree; resisting an officer; and violation of probation.
According to the police report,  the screen on the back exterior of the residence was cut and removed and just inside the window of the removed screen was a muddy shoe impression.
Several drawers were found open and rummaged through and jewelry boxes had been moved to the center of the bedroom floor.
Just before midnight on April 16, neighborhood cameras filmed a flatbed tow truck entering the neighborhood and around 12:45 a.m., the flatbed truck was seen exiting the neighborhood. The truck appears to turn off its headlights as it exits, turning west on Corona Road.
Upon contact the owner of the towing company, SJSO learned that the truck was assigned to Kennedy, an employee of the company. GPS on the truck was reviewed and revealed that the truck did travel to the Sea Winds Lane East home, police said.
Video surveillance also showed Kennedy enter an arcade April 17, approximately 20 minutes after leaving the Sea Winds Lane East home.
On April 18, detectives attempted to arrange a meeting with Kennedy, however, he did not show up. The tow truck he had been driving was located abandoned in the 800 block of State Road A1A North and a SJSO sergeant discovered a subject matching Kennedy’s description walking in the 4900 block of Palm Valley Road. The sergeant attempted to make contact with Kennedy, who then fled on foot.
After an extensive search of the area with the use of K-9s and the Air Unit, Kennedy was located in the 20 block of North Roscoe Boulevard.