ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. - The search for 37-year-old Henry Haigler III is now over.
But the investigation is only just beginning.
He’s now being held on a $50,000 bond at the St. Johns County jail.
Sheriff’s Office spokesman Chuck Mulligan said Haigler reached out to a Sheriff's Office detective this morning.
“[He] stated that he had a desire to turn himself in. He had already selected a predetermined location, which was a sidewalk in downtown St. Augustine,” said Mulligan.
The arrest comes five days after deputies say he hit two female cyclists on Race Track Road and kept going.
His car was eventually found in his garage and a warrant put out for his arrest.
“It’s really difficult with hit-and-runs to even catch a suspect, to even have a description of a car. What made the difference in this case?” asked Action News Jax reporter Lorena Inclán.
“I would say there were several things. One, the eyewitness accounts,” replied Mulligan.
Surveillance cameras also played a significant role in helping deputies put together a crucial timeline.
“From that, we can almost create a bread trail from the scene to the house,” said Mulligan.
We talked to the son of one of the women by phone Wednesday.
He tells Action News Jax the suspect lives in his mother’s neighborhood. The victim’s son doesn’t want him to bond out of jail and return to his home.
Haigler has hired an attorney.
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