Update: Wednesday evening (Dec. 9), the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office released the following statement: “At approximately 5:30 p.m., Spencer Sarmento, the second suspect in the December 7, 2015, shooting at 4571 Canal Street in Bunnell, voluntarily surrendered to deputies at the Flagler County Jail. He has been booked on a warrant charging him with five counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one count each of culpable negligence, discharging a firearm in public and criminal mischief. He is being held under a $27,500 bond.”
By Thursday morning, he had posted bail and been freed.
The previous story is below.
One Arrested, One Still Sought in Mondex Shooting Involving Assault Weapons
Dec. 8–Flagler County Sheriff’s deputies aided by a SWAT team early this morning (Dec. 8) located and arrested one of two men wanted over a Monday afternoon shooting spree in the Mondex involving assault weapons–including the reported use of an AK-47–in the presence of several people. A second man is still sought in the shooting.
Deputies arrested Dakotah Wren Clarke, a 19-year-old resident of 4657 Canal Avenue who was out on bail on two first-degree felony charges stemming from a September incident in which Clarke is accused of robbing a man at gunpoint in Flagler Beach. A pre-trial is scheduled in that case on Jan. 5. Clarke now faces five additional counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, third degree felonies, for the Monday incident. Deputies are still seeking Spencer Sarmento, who was found guilty of battery last year and has been booked at the Flagler County jail almost a dozen times since 2010.
According to Clarke’s arrest report, Clarke and Sarmento approached the mobile home at 4571 Canal Avenue in mid-afternoon Monday, each armed with assault rifles, at least one of which was believed to be an AK-47. Cody Iglesias, 24, one of the residents at the house, was in a Chevrolet Blazer with his young son, Carson Iglesias, who was in the back seat. Cody was moving another vehicle on the property, a Mitsubishi Mirage, which was on a trailer being pulled by the Chevy.
Mason Brown, 23, Kirsten Crouch and Jamie Rosa, all residents of the property at 4571 Canal, all testified to what happened next: that Clarke and Sarmento, showing their assault weapons, asked Cody about his father and whether he would give them the wheels off of the white Mitsubishi. Cody got out of his truck and told the two men that he would not.
At that point, according to the arrest report, Sarmento fired on the Mitsubishi. The report does not state whether he fired the weapon in automatic mode–which would have been illegal–or in semi-automatic mode. But he fired 10 to 15 rounds. Clarke did not fire his weapon, the witnesses said, but at one point loaded his rifle with a magazine, “which also created fear” in the four witnesses, the report states.
The shooting spree over, Clarke and Sarmento walked back to 4657–just two lots over, across from Rosewood Street.
A deputy observed several bullet holes in the Mitsubishi and several empty shell casings near the car. It took a while for authorities to secure a search warrant, and meanwhile that area of Canal Avenue was closed to traffic. Once the warrant was secured, a team of SWAT members executed the warrant and Clarke “walked out peacefully and was arrested” and taken to the county jail. But Sarmento was at large.
Clarke was being held on $50,000 bond. It is likely that his previous bond for the armed robbery charge will be revoked.
Sarmento is approximately 5’06” and 136 pounds and wanted on multiple counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Additional charges are also expected as the investigation continues. Anyone who knows the whereabouts of Sarmento is asked to call 911 immediately. Callers can also remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-888-277-8477. Tipsters can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.
This Dacotah kid was just arrested in September for armed robbery yet here he is…free to commit another crime that could easily have killed someone.
Rich Mikola says
How about ‘ Flagler Live’ printing the names of the judges who released these felons back onto the community. We’ll remember, come November.
……. and yet we don’t need tougher gun laws in this country?
Mondex Mike says
Ye Ha…..AK-47’s in the Mondex ! Its like a whole other world out there.
You can try to put it on the judges but it goes much further than them and it’s out of their hands. Battle the legislature, that is where the fight is. The judges have to go by the guidelines and laws set in place. So when you step up to the ballots to vote, remember the legislature where the laws are implemented.
Here is the issue. The keys words here. Clarke,”out on bail “, and Sarmento, who was “found guilty of battery” last year and has been booked at the Flagler County jail almost a dozen times since 2010. Why did the courts let these two run free. A weak justice system doesn’t nothing but allow criminals to continue their rampage of terror. And most if not all always graduate to attempted murder or murder. Its not the guns it is the get out of jail free card that drives the crimes.
You just gotta luv the Mondex,I’ve lived out here over19 years now, the media is creating most all of the hub-bub on this lock & load frenzy since all these senseless mass shootings all over the world by these Rambo style radical groups ,so the perfect storm has been created ! Allow everybody to own guns ,Fine ! But the assault weapons need to be only in the hands of professional law enforcement & our troops overseas ,my property in the Mondex is under 24 hr.video recording with over 12 cameras ,I own 1 gun for personal protection for my family’s safety ,I hope to never have to be confronted by an intruder to the point of where the gun needs to be used ,so far the cameras are doing there job great ,when you have a family member who is looking for trouble of who strays across the thin line of crime ? 9 out of 10 times they will find it in the Mondex,so don’t look any further than canal ave ,break out the AK-47 put on your Rambo gear and let’s GIT R DONE !
Booked a dozen times! After 5 or 6 do they give you keys and your own room? Why is this guy out living with us, what happened to 3 strikes?
Mondexian Mama says
The bigger the gun the smaller the penis.
James w says
Please look up all the crime in palm coast. Mondex is a country club compared to palm coast. Yes the people are different in mondex and if you hang around those crazy types crazy stuff will happen but I feel safer in mondex the Palm coast.
In response to Dave’s comment I do not agree judges have shown over the years and time and time again that they consistently overrule legislatures and the will of the people when making decisions. So when you say the issue goes beyond the judges that’s just given them a cop out when this decision to go bad. Recently in the New York city a judge released a violent criminal back on the street because she was using the bench to further her own liberal agenda. This resulted in the New York City police officer being murdered . The legislation has set guidelines for violent criminals the politicians have passed laws involving violent criminals and the people of this country voted on laws concerning violent criminals yet judges still instill their own opinions and values based on political and sociological agendas. So please do not give the judges a free pass.
White trickity trailer park trash!!! Completely worthless, ignorant, careless trash who have no respect for anyone or anything. THEY do not deserve citizenship. Why can’t we deport them since they do not respect our system of government?
Hey that's racist! says
Jasonb- no matter how tough the gun laws get, any gun someone wants they will be able to get it from someone.
Footballen- why doesn’t it matter what color they are? For one, spencer looks a little Hispanic if you ask me. If they were black would you have made the same comment?, but have it say black trickity trailer trash?
I betcha $100 you wouldn’t have.