A Shooting in Woodlands Leads to Arrest, 2nd Shooting at Madison Green Does Not
FlaglerLive | January 31, 2013
Flagler County sheriff’s deputies and paramedics were busy Wednesday night with two shootings in Palm Coast. One, in the Woodlands, was related to a domestic fight between a married couple, and led to the husband’s arrest. The other took place at Madison Green Apartments, injuring a man. The shooter, in that case, is still at large.
The shooting at Madison Green, a small, low-rent apartment complex in Town Center, took place just after 11 p.m. in the 700 block. of the Madison Green Apartments in Palm Coast to investigate a report of a possible shooting.
When deputies at the scene were directed to an apartment, they located 31-year-old Robert Wells, who had sustained a single gunshot wound to the lower left leg. Wells was eventually transported to Florida Hospital Flagler for treatment to what has been reported as a non-life threatening injury.
Investigators believe that the shooting may have been drug related, though no suspects have been identified at this time.
Witnesses at the scene described a dark-color car speeding out of the complex before cops arrived, and two men running out of the complex separately. Deputies searched the area, with no success.
Wells, a resident of 120 Plain View Drive, has a long arrest record in Flagler County going back to 2008, but all on minor charges, and none on drug charges: petit theft, driving on a revoked or suspended license, violation of probation, disorderly conduct, contempt of court, simple battery, failure to pay child support. He is well known to local cops.
Last May, Wells was involved in a single-vehicle crash into a utility pole on Rymfire Drive and Ryan Drive, following which he fled. He told police he left the scene after the crash because he didn’t have a valid license. His record revealed numerous revocations and suspensions and failures to pay traffic fines. There, Wells said he’d lost a tooth while being transported to jail. “The rear passenger seat in my vehicle had a blood smear consistent with someone forcibly removing their tooth from their mouth with their fingers,” the arresting deputy wrote in the police report. “While transporting the male to the Florida Hospital Flagler the rear passenger window on the driver’s side was open, and the male discarded his ‘lost’ tooth out the window on to State Road 100.” Wells was taken to Florida Hospital Flagler where, according to the police report, “he advised the medical staff that he was injured while being transported in my patrol vehicle, as his head was ‘slammed’ against the partition in the vehicle.”
The previous November, Wells had a violent encounter with police after an incident had been reported at McCharacter’s, the bar, where Wells was the alleged instigator. But it was while cops were trying to arrest Wells that matters turned ugly, as he was allegedly refusing to cooperate with deputies. “Deputy Smith and I,” a police report related, “continued to ask Mr. Wells to get into my patrol vehicle which he physically refused by tensing up and spinning. Deputy Smith and I attempted to push Mr. Wells into my patrol vehicle, which Mr. Wells was pushing back. At this point I believe Mr. Wells hit the corner of my door with the right cheek area of his face. Deputy Smith told Mr. Wells to stop resisting, which he refused. Deputy Smith then gave Mr. Wells [a] knee strike to the stomach area causing Mr. Wells to lean forward. When Mr. Wells leaned forward he again hit his face with the corner of my door. Deputy Guida was then able to pull Mr. Wells into the vehicle from the driver side. Mr. Wells was trespassed from McCharacters Bar and was transported to Florida Hospital Flagler for medical treatment. Mr. Wells had three lacerations on his face from the incident.”
While Wells hasn’t faced drug charges, his name turned up in the State Attorney’s long, 2011 charging affidavit against Brandon Washington, the gang leader eventually convicted and sentenced to four life terms, including second-degree murder and racketeering. In April 2008, Wells was among the passengers in a car sheriff’s deputies stopped on I-95, and in which they found some marijuana. Bianca Dorismond, currently serving five years in state prison on a racketeering conviction, was connected to the marijuana. Dorismond will be released next month.
In the second shooting incident in Palm Coast earlier Wednesday evening, shots rang out in the Woodlands, one of Palm Coast’s older neighborhood, once reputed for its quietude, though several and potentially violent incidents have unfolded there over the past couple of years.
The incident took place at 36 Blare Drive.
While responding, deputies learned that the incident stemmed from a domestic disturbance and that a firearm had been discharged. The victim told 911 that her husband, 32-year-old Jason Lambert, was extremely intoxicated and that he had a firearm in a holster on his hip as well as access to various other firearms within the residence. Gun-carrying laws in Florida are liberal, but drunkards are not allowed to carry or wield guns.
Lambert had been an employee with Flagler County for many years, working as a mechanic. He was fired on Tuesday (Jan. 29) for excessive absenteeism.
The victim reported that as she and her mother had gone to the home to walk the couple’s dogs. While at the residence, the couple got into a verbal argument. Lambert reportedly went to his room and retrieved a handgun. He then returned and confronted the two women, raising the firearm over his head in a threatening manner. The two women then fled the residence. While driving away, they heard Lambert fire the gun.
Deputies arrived on scene and blocked roads leading into the area. They then established a perimeter outside of the residence and notified residents in the immediate area to remain inside of their homes.
Deputies were able to approach the home where they observed Lambert lying on the floor inside, apparently drunk. Deputies made entry into the home and took Lambert into custody without further incident.
Lambert was booked into the Flagler County Detention Facility on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault domestic violence, possession or use of a firearm while under the influence of alcohol, and shooting or throwing a deadly missile. Bond is set at $20,000 on two of the three charges. No bond has been set on the third.