St. Augustine police arrest 'armed, dangerous' man after standoff

St. Johns County bomb team called to assist police at North City home


ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – A man who had barricaded himself inside a north St. Augustine home for five hours Monday night  was arrested overnight and charged with aggravated assault and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to the St. Augustine Police Department.

According to police, 28-year-old Joshua Carter barricaded himself inside a home on Poinciana Avenue, off U.S. 1 north near Arnold's Lounge. 

St. Augustine and St. Augustine Beach officers, along with the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office bomb team, responded to the report of an "armed and dangerous" man in the home about 7:45 p.m. after a 911 hangup, according to SAPD spokeman Mark Samson.

According to an arrest report, the daughter of Carter's tenant and the daughter's boyfriend were inside the home along with Carter when the situation began, but were allowed to leave. 

Carter's tenant told police that she came home about 6:45 p.m. and found the hall in the house blocked off with barbed wire stapled to the wall. She said her prescription medication was also missing, and she questioned Carter about the missing medicine and the barbed wire.

The tenant, who News4Jax is not naming, told police that after she confronted him, Carter went to his room, came out and placed a shotgun barrel under her chin and cocked the gun.

She ran out and told her daughter and her daughter's boyfriend what happened. The daughter called 911.

About 12:45 a.m., police and deputies with the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office deployed gas grenades into the home and Carter called 911 to report a fire, then followed instructions to come out. Once the bomb squad cleared the home with a robot, officers found a loaded shotgun inside.