A man is in custody on Tuesday after he reportedly drove a stolen vehicle into a metal barrier at Naval Station Mayport, according to a spokesperson for the base.
The Flagler County Sheriff's Office says an F-350 dump truck was stolen from a landscaping business in Palm Coast around 7:30 a.m.
The Flagler County Sheriff's Office said the suspect, 24-year-old Miami resident Rodney Simeon, caused multiple crashes along I-95 in St. Johns and Duval Counties on his way to the base in Mayport.
Because of this, Simeon also had felony warrants for grand theft and burglary of an occupied structure out of Flagler County.
The spokesperson for Mayport said the incident at the base happened at the main gate sometime between 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Simeon reportedly ignored commands to stop at the gate, prompting security personnel to deploy a metal barrier.
Simeon struck the metal barrier and was taken into the custody of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, the spokesperson said. Officers discovered a ski mask and firearm believed to belong to the suspect inside the stolen truck.
According to the arrest report, Simeon Suspect complained of head pain from crash and was transported to Baptist Beaches via Navy Ambulance. He was later cleared and taken into custody.
The spokesperson said Simeon did not seem to intend to harm anyone on the base, but NCIS is still working to confirm the suspect's intentions.
“This guy appeared to be on a mission and wasn’t going to let anyone or anything stand in his way,” Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly said. “We still do not know his intent or what caused him to steal a heavy duty truck and try to force his way onto a Naval base. We appreciate the partnership with our neighboring agencies and our ability to work together to swiftly take this dangerous offender off the street.”
The incident appears to be isolated, the spokesperson said, and the base was not put on lockdown.