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A 16-Year-Old Arrested in Connection With Fireworks Burglary and Misfire That Injured 2 Younger Boys in July

| September 21, 2017

The fireworks were stolen from a temporary business at U.S. 1 and County Road 13.

The fireworks were allegedly stolen from a temporary business at U.S. 1 and County Road 13.

Shortly after the July 4 holiday two months ago, two boys, ages 7 and 8, were playing at the small park next to the Carver Center on Bunnell’s Drain Street when they discovered unused fireworks. They took them into a bathroom and lit one of them. It exploded prematurely, as it had been tampered with, and severely injured the two boys. One of them,  Faizon Brown, is still receiving care from Shriners Hospital for Children in Tampa, after he lost parts of his hand.

The fireworks had apparently been stolen, not by the two boys, but from a temporary fireworks business that Brett Lyons and Nicholas Kimball operate every year before the July 4 holiday from a building he leases for a month off of U.S. 1. There’d been a report that day that the business had been broken into: authorities found two broken windows and blood on one of the windows, which would prove useful in the subsequent investigation. The business itself was “in disarray,” according to a sheriff’s report at the time, with “fireworks thrown throughout the interior of the business.”

Kimball and Lyons then estimated that many fireworks had been stolen, with a value of about $250. The property damage was estimated at $500.

The blood collected at the business was tested for DNA. It identified Jo’vawn McClendon, a 16-year-old student at Flagler Palm Coast High School and a resident of Lincoln Street in Bunnell. McClendon’s identity appears to have been previously stored in a DNA database. He submitted to a DNA test, with his parents’ consent, and on Sept. 7, DNA Labs International  found a match beyond reasonable doubt.

He was charged with burglary, a felony, and petit theft, a misdemeanor, as well as criminal mischief, and processed, but not held, at the Department of Juvenile Justice facility in Daytona Beach, where a point system determines whether individuals are incarcerated or not. “He did not have enough points to be mandated into the 21 day holding,” a Flagler County Sheriffs’s spokesperson said. He was turned over to his parents.

“The improper use of fireworks is extremely dangerous,” Sheriff Rick Staly was quoted as saying in a release his office issued this afternoon. “In this case, the burglars were in a hurry and broke off the stem of the fireworks in order to fit more inside their backpacks. This ultimately resulted in life altering injuries to two young kids. Our detectives worked hard to solve this case.”

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6 Responses for “A 16-Year-Old Arrested in Connection With Fireworks Burglary and Misfire That Injured 2 Younger Boys in July”

  1. South Florida says:

    Good job detectives.

  2. Sw says:

    This aint Jo Vawns first time at the rodeo and I will bet the house it will not be the last time we here about him, it will just be a more serious crime. Glad he got caught and put back on the radar of LEO where he belongs with other low life criminals

  3. RayD says:

    Not so sure that a public official should have been renting out a property to sell fireworks. It was the property appraiser as I recall.

  4. Sw says:

    Regarless RayD the criminal should not steal from whomever rents the property

  5. woodchuck says:

    Starting his career early.

  6. MannyHM says:

    “Life altering experience” indeed. I’ve dealt with lots of fireworks injuries caused by ordinary legal ones. Afte seeing those mangled hands and blinded eyes I seriously asked the question – How can this incidents be fun ? Those injured boys should talk in schools about how fireworks affected them.

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