Jacksonville teen in home invasion has been found, officials say

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PHOTO GALLERY: Formerly missing teen Marcus Anthony Hatch 

Update at 1:43 p.m.: Marcus Anthony Hatch, the 16-year-old at the center of an Amber Alert, has been found in Jacksonville and in good health, officials said.

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Detectives with the major crimes unit in St. Johns County are currently investigating a home invasion robbery and possible kidnapping on Tuesday. 

Deputies said the incident happened Monday night in the 100 block of Great Harbor Way in Ponte Vedra Beach.

Deputies determined the victim is a 16-year-old boy who hasn't been seen since Monday. 

The missing boy, Marcus Anthony Hatch, is 6 feet 2 inches tall, weighs 160 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes. Hatch was last seen wearing black pants with a black hoodie and black Adidas shoes with red stripes.


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Deputies initially responded to the home just before midnight after the victims said they answered a knock on their door and were confronted by two black men armed with handguns.

The suspects wore camouflage clothing. The men forcibly entered the home and ordered the victims to stay in an area of the home while the suspects gathered property, deputies said.

Deputies said a third black man arrived, holding the 16-year-old boy at gunpoint, deputies said. Hatch, the third victim did not live in the home, but was a known acquaintance to the couple as being a resident of Jacksonville. As the incident continued, a roommate of the couple arrived home and was also held at gunpoint.

As the suspects prepared to leave the home, they bounded three of the victims and took possession of the couple’s car, a 2009 Grey Subaru Legacy bearing a Florida “Air Force” tag of AKN6Z.

The 16-year-old, while still being held at gunpoint, was taken with the suspects in the victim’s car.

Investigators, attempting to identify the victim who was taken from the scene, contacted the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Tuesday morning and with information gathered from interviews located the victim’s home.


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Suspect information 

Deputies have released a photo of a person connected to the investigation through the use of the victim’s credit card at two different gas stations. The credit card was used in St. Johns County in Ponte Vedra and the other in the Arlington area of Jacksonville.

It is not believed the person was not inside the home of the home invasion, deputies said. 

One of the suspect's is described as a man that is 5 feet 9 inches tall with dreadlocks about 4 to 5 inches long and woven into 12 to 18 pony tails with beads. The man had light facial hair and had four silver caps on his top four teeth.  He was last seen wearing a red hoodie, black sweat pants, with dark gym shorts underneath, and answered to the name “Trey” at the residence.     

The second suspect is a man described as 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing 170 pounds. He was wearing a camouflage jacket with a tan cargo vest and pants with multiple pockets.  The man had dark shorts under his pants and wore dark “Vans” style shoes and a black and white beanie cap.

The third suspect is a man that is 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs about 180 to 190 pounds. He has a tattoo near the corner of his eye. He was last seen wearing a camouflage jacket with blue jeans, black Jordan style shoes with red soles and a black beanie cap.

The investigation and interviews are still ongoing.

Anyone who has any information about the missing teen's whereabouts is the incident is asked to call police. 

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