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JSO: Man exposes himself to woman after purse snatching

Franklin Ibeabuchi, Jordan Sapai arrested

Franklin Ibeabuchi (left), Jordan Sapai (right)
Franklin Ibeabuchi (left), Jordan Sapai (right)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Two men were arrested Saturday after one was accused of stealing a woman’s purse and the other allegedly held her against her will behind a dumpster and exposing himself to her, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said.

Police were called Saturday to Jay Turner Butler Boulevard and Bonneval Road regarding a report that a woman had been robbed.

The victim, who was visibly shaken and upset, told police that a tall albino black man and a short white man with reddish brown hair, later identified as Franklin Ibeabuchi, 47, and Jordan Sapai, 21, robbed her while she was behind the BP gas station on JTB near Interstate 95.

Sapai snatched the woman’s purse and ran on JTB towards I-95, but she was able to chase him and retrieve her belongings, police said.

The woman told police as she was walking back toward the gas station, Sapai ran toward her again, snatched her purse a second time and ran toward the Baymont Hotel on Bonneval Road.

Ibeabuchi was still at the BP gas station during this time frame, police said.

The woman told police Ibeabuchi grabbed her by the shirt as she tried to run after Sapai again and pulled her behind a dumpster near the Hardee's fast-food restaurant, holding her against her will and exposing himself to her, according to the police report.

After police searched the area, Ibeabuchi was found and detained at the Hometown Inn and Suites on Mustang Road, and Sapai was found and detained at the Baymont Suites on Bonneval Road, police said.

Police conducted a show-up with the woman at the nearby Waffle House, where she was able to positively identify both Ibeabuchi and Sapai as the individuals who either robbed her or held her against her will, according to the police report.

After further search of Ibeabuchi, police said they found numerous amounts of crack cocaine, heroin decks, powder cocaine, marijuana and a digital scale.

Ibeabuchi faces charges of false imprisonment, exposing sexual organs, two counts of possessing a controlled substance without a prescription, use or possess drug paraphernalia with intent to use, possessing marijuana, possessing heroin with intent to sell or deliver and possessing cocaine. He is being held on $35,524 bail.

Sapai faces a charge of unarmed robbery or sudden snatching and is being held on $50,000 bail.