Man arrested on kidnapping charge for second time this year

A St. Augustine man, arrested in September on kidnapping and other charges, was arrested again Tuesday night on similar charges.

 

The St. Augustine Beach Police Department arrested G. Taylor O’Toole around 11 p.m. on charges of kidnapping-false imprisonment, robbery and simple battery, a report of the incident shows.

Police originally responded to a residence — the address is redacted from the document — after receiving a report of a physical altercation.

Upon officers’ arrival, they made contact with a woman who said she met the 34-year-old O’Toole at “Hurricanes” and returned to the address.

“While there O’Toole started creeping her out and became physically aggressive toward her when she decided she didn’t want to engage in sexual intercourse with him,” the report says.

When she attempted to leave, O’Toole is said to have backed her into a corner and blocked her from leaving by placing his arms in the way. He later forced her to the ground and “began strangling her” before taking $100 from her purse, the report says.

The woman was eventually able to escape the residence.

Police said they found her “on scene visibly shaken and shirtless” and had a scratch and red mark on her neck and a scratch on her left wrist.

O’Toole was arrested Sept. 29 on charges of kidnapping, battery, and burglary with a battery after a morning incident that day in Treasure Beach.

According to a news release from the St. Johns County Sheriff’s, deputies initially responded to a home on Desoto Road just before 10 a.m. after receiving a report of a disturbance there.

A female witness told deputies that O’Toole had knocked on the door of her friend’s house, and when she opened the door, O’Toole forced his way into the male friend’s home and “began a verbal argument which turned physical,” the release said.

O’Toole then forced the 47-year-old man outside, held him on the ground and then placed him in O’Toole’s vehicle.

O’Toole drove them to the Sheriff’s Office field station at Crescent Beach, but returned to the Desoto Road residence when he found no one was at the office.

It was there that deputies met up with the two and arrested O’Toole when he exited his vehicle with the man, walked him toward them and announced “this is a citizen’s arrest for his drug activity and false reporting.”

Jail records show that, after that incident, O’Toole was released from jail on Sept. 30 after posting bonds totaling $16,000.

As of Tuesday evening he was still in custody in lieu of bonds totaling $155,000.

 

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