Nathaniel Ghent Jr. Arrested for Burglary , Theft and Other Chrges
Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that on Thursday morning, September 1, 2016, Deputy Marcus Holbrook and Staff Sergeant Jason Whitfield was dispatched to Clover Farms grocery store located at 1010 East U.S. Highway 90 in Madison in reference to a Burglary. Upon arrival, Deputy Holbrook found the front glass door had been busted out and numerous packs of cigars and cigarettes were scattered on the floor. Deputies searched the inside of the store to insure that the perpetrator was not hiding inside. Once the interior of the store was cleared the deputies began to process the crime scene. Deputy Holbrook located several more unopened packs of cigars and cigarettes laying in the street indicating that the perpetrator fled South on Osgood.
Staff Sergeant Whitfield requested canine assistance from Madison Correctional Institution (MCI).
Once MCI canine teams arrived they were deployed and began tracking in a Southerly direction toward the intersection of Osgood and Colman Avenue where another unopened pack of cigarettes was located however the track stopped there indicating that the perpetrator possibly left the area in a vehicle. Deputies continued to process the crime scene collecting and processing evidence. Video surveillance was reviewed and deputies were able to identify the perpetrator to be Nathaniel Ghent Jr of Madison.
Deputy Holbrook is personally familiar with Nathaniel Ghent Jr and had knowledge that Nathaniel owns a red four-door Ford sedan. Deputy Holbrook departed the crime scene and was on his way to 785 NE Country Kitchen Road to attempt to locate Nathaniel for an interview. While traveling north on Country Kitchen Road a red Ford Crown Victoria approached traveling south and passed Deputy Holbrook who positively identified Nathaniel Ghent Jr as the driver. Nathaniel was not wearing his seatbelt giving Deputy Holbrook legal justification to conduct a traffic stop. Deputy Holbrook turned around and activated his blue lights and siren as he attempted to catch up to Nathaniel. Nathaniel accelerated and refused to stop before turning west onto Woodview Lane and continued to travel to the last residence where he finally stopped. Nathaniel quickly exited his vehicle.
Deputy Holbrook was unable to see Nathaniel’s hands and began to give him commands with his duty weapon drawn. At this same moment, another vehicle pulled in behind Deputy Holbrook and a black male (later identified as Antonio Ghent, Nathaniel’s brother) began to interfere with Deputy Holbrook’s attempt detain Nathaniel. Deputy Holbrook began to give verbal commands to both Nathaniel and Antonio. Nathaniel was in front of Deputy Holbrook while Antonio was directly behind Deputy Holbrook. Antonio stated several times that he was an officer of the law and knew his brother’s rights. While dealing with both Subjects Nathaniel fled on foot into the woods. Deputy Holbrook was unable to pursue Nathaniel because of Antonio’s interference with the traffic stop and Burglary investigation. Deputy Holbrook called for backup officers and canine assistance. Staff Sergeant Jason Whitfield quickly arrived on scene and assisted Deputy Holbrook in placing Antonio Ghent under arrest without further incident.
While waiting on MCSO canine to arrive on scene Deputy Holbrook began to process the car that Nathaniel was driving. Deputy Holbrook located a small amount of marijuana in the floorboard along with other evidence linking Nathaniel to the Clover Farm burglary including a pair of pants that matched the clothes seen on the surveillance video.
Sergeant Jarrod Lauth and canine Miso began to track Nathaniel from the point where Nathaniel entered the woods. Canine Miso led Sgt. Lauth and the tracking team out to Country Kitchen Road where the track stopped. A short time later MCSO received information that Nathaniel had been picked up in a vehicle and driven to State Road 6 where he was now walking east. Deputies responded to the area and observed Nathaniel walking in the ditch. Nathaniel saw the deputies approaching and fled south into the woods.
A tighter perimeter was established with the assistance of Madison Correctional Institution canine teams, Hamilton Correctional Institution canine teams, and the Madison Police Department. Due to the heat and terrain multiple canine teams from MCSO, MCI and HCI were utilized to keep the canines fresh. A short while later Nathaniel was spotted walking across the backyard of a residence on the south side of State Road 6. Sergeant Jarrod Lauth, Corporal Chris O’Brian, and canine Onyx were deployed in this area and immediately picked up the track. A short time later canine Onyx apprehended Nathaniel. Nathaniel was placed in wrist restraints and escorted out of the woods before being transported to the Madison County Memorial Hospital to be treated for a dog bite. Once released from the Emergency Room Nathaniel was transported to the Madison County Jail and booked without further incident.
The Madison County Sheriff’s Office extends its appreciation to the Madison Correctional Institution canine teams, the Hamilton County Correctional Institution canine teams and the Madison Police Department for their assistance in apprehending Nathaniel Ghent Jr.
Nathaniel A Ghent Jr
785 NE Country Kitchen Road
Madison, FL 32340
2. Criminal Mischief
4. Flee / Attempt to Elude
5. Possession of Marijuana – 20
6. Resisting Arrest
Antonio Rashad Ghent
785 NE Country Kitchen Road
Madison, FL 32340
1. Impersonate Law Enforcement Officer
2. Resisting Officer Without Violence