Video Shows Man Allegedly High on 'Molly' Hours Before Fatal Home Invasion

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Update: WCTV Eyewitness News
July 20, 2015 - 11pm

HAVANA, Fla. -- Newly-released body camera footage from the Havana Police Department shows a man allegedly high on 'Molly' just hours before he was shot and killed.

In the video, 27-year-old Jarod Clemons is in the Havana Police Department, demanding water and behaving erratically.

"He advised that he had taken some bad Molly and that he needed an ambulance he said he felt like heart was going to explode," says Havana Police Chief Tracy Smith.

You can see Clemons in the video is clearly upset and covered in sweat.

Clemons was picked up by an ambulance, which he eventually escaped from while in Tallahassee.

He then tried to break into several homes on Thomasville Road before getting into the home of a retired law enforcement officer, who shot and killed Clemons.

We won't know for sure if Clemons was high on Molly until a toxicology report is complete.


By: James Buechele
July 15, 2015 - 10:27 P.M.

Murray Baker is an ER doctor at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.

He says over the pas year or so, they've seen an increase in patients that have taken the drug Molly.

"I really had never even heard of it a couple year ago," said Murray. "Now we're seeing it on a nightly basis."

Recent talk about the drug comes after Wednesday's home invasion in Tallahassee where Jarod Clemons, 27, broke into a house where the homeowner shot and killed him. Clemons was reportedly on the drug at the time of the incident.

"Somebody who comes in on Molly is actively psychotic. They're usually very combative. They have to be chemically and physically restrained. They think people are after them, out to get them."

Law enforcement agencies know the dangers of the new drug and are trying to spread the message.

"The pure form of MDMA, Ecstasy or Molly may be one thing but it's being cut with things that we don't know," said Havana Police Chief Tracy Smith.

As for Dr. Murray, he says if you know someone that's currently using Molly, get them help.

"Not everybody experiences the bad side of Molly. It just takes that one time getting the wrong batch, wrong pill and you can wind up dead."


By: Lanetra Bennett
July 15, 2015

Tallahassee, FL - A man escapes an ambulance, breaks into a house and winds up dead.

A Tallahassee couple -- who asked to not be named -- was awakened by a crashing sound.

The wife says, "When we got up and looked, there was a man standing in our house, outside of our bedroom. He was shouting, 'I'm gonna kill you! I'm gonna kill you!'"

The wife says she grabbed the phone and her husband grabbed his gun. He says, "I shot one time, hitting the suspect. He exited out of our front door."

The husband says that one shot was to the chest.

The man is identified as 27-year-old Jarod Clemons.

"He was about five feet from us," says the wife. The husband says, "We were scared to death and there was no doubt in my mind, as many times as he said he was going to kill my wife and I, I took it upon myself to take his life first."

This happened around 12:30 Wednesday morning on the 2600 block of Thomasville Road. Authorities say it started in Havana.

Havana Police Chief Tracy Smith says Clemons walked into the police station. He says Clemons was sweating profusely, yelling and acting erratically, and taking off some of his clothes.

Chief Smith says, "He advised that he had taken some bad Molly and that he needed an ambulance. He said that he felt like his heart was going to explode and he needed an ambulance immediately."

Authorities say while in the ambulance to Tallahassee, an agitated Clemons demanded to be let out, so the driver stopped. Police say Clemons struggled with the EMT, opened the doors, and ran off.

Clemons aunt, Alca Howard, says, "It really hurts. But, it was something that couldn't be helped. It couldn't."

Howard says it all could have been avoided. She says, "He needed help. Why he wasn't strapped down? If he was strapped down, how did he end up out the ambulance?"

The ambulance wasn't the first escape. Chief Smith says Clemons' girlfriend told them he'd jumped out of her car earlier that night while riding down Highway 27.

The Tallahassee homeowners told me that Clemons got into their home by throwing a 50-pound planter into their front glass door.

Authorities say other residents along Thomasville Road reported someone trying to break into their homes. One neighbor says Clemons banged on his front door. He held his taser out, telling Clemons he would use it on him. The neighbor says Clemons then ran off.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News
July 15, 2015 6:05 a.m.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Police have identified a man who was shot and killed during an early morning home invasion on Thomasville Road Wednesday.

Officers were called to the 2600 block of Thomasville Road around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday after receiving multiple calls about someone trying to break into homes in the area.

The homeowner, a retired law enforcement officer who did not wish to be identified, told WCTV that he and his wife awoke to a loud crashing sound.

When he opened the bedroom door, 27-year-old Jarod Clemons was in the house and repeatedly saying "I'm going to kill you, I'm going to kill you," according to the homeowners.

That's when he fired one shot that hit the Clemons in the chest.

The home shows visible signs of a confrontation, the glass door is completely shattered and there are dirt markings in the doorway. Clemons threw a 50 pound planter trough the glass front door.

Neighbors told WCTV they saw a man jumping fences and going door to door, banging on them and trying to break into homes.

One neighbor in the area said he heard banging at the door but did not respond. Another neighbor told WCTV that he told Clemons that he had a taser and would use it, before the suspect left.

Havana Police Chief Tracy Smith says Clemons had previously jumped from his girlfriend's car in Havana and ran down the street. He banged on one woman's door before heading to the police station, where he started stripping off his clothes.

Clemons was sweating profusely, acting irrationally and complained about chest pain. Clemons told police he had taken some bad molly, a synthetic drug similar to ecstasy. This prompted TPD to call an ambulance.

Medics were bringing him to a Tallahassee hospital when he opened the rear doors of the ambulance near I-10 and Thomasville Road after a short struggle with EMT and refused medical services.

Police say the investigation is ongoing and no further details are available at this time.

Anyone with any information is asked to call TPD at (850) 891-4200 or Crimestoppers at (850) 574-TIPS

WCTV will update this story as more information becomes available.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News
July 15, 2015

The Tallahassee Police Department is investigating the death of a suspect, following a possible home invasion. TPD received multiple reports about a person attempting to break into homes on the 2600 block of Thomasville Road.

A shooting altercation took place between the suspect and a home owner. The suspect is deceased. We're also told that Thomasville Road is blocked off at Armistead Road.



 

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