Man accused of approaching teens at Creekside High turns self in

Keith Grant wanted for trespassing on school grounds, SJC Sheriff's Office says

Keith Grant
Keith Grant

ST. JOHNS, Fla. – A 34-year-old man wanted for trespassing on school property in St. Johns County turned himself in Wednesday afternoon in Clay County, deputies said.

Keith Kelvin Grant is suspected of preying on two teenage girls in the student parking lot of Creekside High School on Monday, deputies said. 

The first incident occurred just before 5 p.m. Monday, when Grant drove into the student parking lot and stopped to talk to a 17-year-old girl, asking for directions to a nearby park, according to detectives.

"She gave him directions and he said, 'Can you please show me, because I don't understand,'" said Sheriff's Office Cmdr. Chuck Mulligan.

The student told the man he could follow her in his car, and she asked a friend to follow them.

When they got to the park, deputies said, Grant asked if there was a quieter place they could go, which caused the girl to become concerned, and she drove away. 

"They left him standing there," Mulligan said.

Deputies said that Grant then went back to the school about 6 p.m. and approached another female student in the parking lot and asked if she or any of her friends wanted to go to a party.

The student told him she was 17, and he replied that he was 21, then asked for the girl's phone number, deputies said.

She told deputies that she refused and then asked the man for his number before leaving the area. 

The student reported the incident to school officials and then to the school resource deputy the next day. She also gave the man's phone number to authorities. 

Deputies said they called Grant and asked him to come down to the Sheriff's Office, but he refused, and a warrant was issued for his arrest. Family members told deputies that they were urging Grant to turn himself in.

Investigators said that Grant had no reason to be on school property. On Friday, deputies released an image of the vehicle they believed Grant was driving. 

News4Jax did some digging into Grant's background, finding 57 cases -- dating back to 1999 -- in Clay County alone. Most recently, Grant was arrested a month ago on a drug possession charge. 

A year ago, he was also arrested for domestic battery, to which he pleaded no contest. 

Grant's bond was revoked for three Clay County charges and he is being held in the Clay Couty Jail.