Subject of Amber Alert charged in connection to home invasion

16-year-old charged as accessory in Ponte Vedra Beach crime

St. Johns County Sheriff's Office booking photo of Marcus Hatch
St. Johns County Sheriff's Office booking photo of Marcus Hatch

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – St. Johns County detectives have arrested a 16-year-old who was once the subject of an Amber Alert on charges connected to a home invasion and kidnapping in Ponte Vedra Beach last month.

Marcus Anthony Hatch, 16, of Jacksonville, was picked up early Friday afternoon and charged with principle to false imprisonment, principle to home invasion robbery with a firearm and grand theft auto. He was booked into the St. Johns County Jail, then turned over to the Department of Juvenile Justice. He will be held without bond.

Deputies who responded to a residence on Great Harbor Way in Ponte Vedra Beach on Jan. 9 found that a man and woman who answered a knock on their door just before midnight were confronted by two men with handguns. Deputies said the men forcibly entered the home and ordered the victims to stay in a particular area of the home while they ransacked the residence while taking items from the home.

After holding the residents hostage a while, detectives say Hatch drove away in victims' 2009 Subaru Legacy. Hatch, who deputies originally considered a possible kidnapping victim himself and was the subject of a statewide Amber Alert, was later found safe in Jacksonville later that day.

St. Johns County detectives had made two previous arrests in the case: Omar Summerfield, 32, of Jacksonville, was charged as an accessory in the home invasion, and Kyle Byrd was arrested detectives and the U.S. Marshals following a Jan. 13 home invasion in Baldwin.

Deputies said Byrd, 22, was brought to the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office and charged with home invasion robbery with a firearm, grand theft auto and false imprisonment.