Surveillance Video Of Jameis Winston Taking Crab Legs Released

By: Emily Johnson;Julie Montanaro; Eyewitness News; Matt Galka; Associated Press News Email
By: Emily Johnson;Julie Montanaro; Eyewitness News; Matt Galka; Associated Press News Email
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Updated By: Emily Johnson
May 15, 2014, 11pm

FSU Students react to seeing the surveillance video of Jameis Winston walking out of the Ocala Road Publix with crab legs for the first time.

"Well now that we have proof it's, I mean it's obviously not good he's representing our school. It's not exactly great for our school, our football team," said Shannon Bramhall

"FSU's kind of, it doesn't make us look good at all. It makes us look like we're just kind of letting football players and athletes do whatever, especially because he got suspended from the baseball team, but then he's back you know," said DJ Anderson.

"You know for the athlete that he is, it was a bad idea. You know it looks bad for his reputation. So I think he pretty much should have thought before he made that decision," said D'Angelo Hopkins


Updated By: Julie Montanaro
May 15, 2014, 6pm

FSU quarterback and closer Jameis Winston walks out of a Tallahassee Publix with crab legs in hand.

Surveillance video released today includes more than 30 clips of Winston the night he was cited for shoplifting.

Surveillance video shows two sport star Jameis Winston on his way into the Publix on April 29th.

It also shows him walk right past the customer service desk and out the front door, without breaking stride ... and without stopping to pay.

"I agree the video does show he does leave without paying and he's made that admission that he did not pay," said Tim Jansen, Winston's attorney.

Winston was given a civil citation for shoplifting at the Ocala Road Publix that day - $32.72 worth of crab legs and crawfish.

The just released surveillance photos show him at the seafood counter, talking with a friend or fan, and then placing his order.

The video shows him walking the aisles and ultimately walking out with the crab legs in his hands, just steps behind a deputy.

An LCSO incident report said the video showed him "pause" visibly near a series of sales bins. The pause appeared to be an attempt to avoid walking in front of the deputy. But Winston's lawyer says now that he's seen the tape, he didn't see that at all.

"It's not as egregious as the report says. He took no steps to avoid detection. He walked in, met people, high-fived, so I wouldn't say if he was doing this purposeful, he was not very good at it," said Jansen.

Winston was suspended from the baseball team and reinstated within days after he completed 20 hours of community service required by the civil citation.


By: Eyewitness News
May 15, 2014

Tallahassee, FL - Surveillance video from the Publix store showing Jameis Winston taking crab legs without paying for them has been released.


News Release: Associated Press News
May 6, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston appeared to pause to avoid a deputy before walking out of a supermarket without paying for crab legs and crawfish.

That's according to an incident report prepared by the Leon County Sheriff's Office, which issued a civil citation to the Florida State University quarterback and relief pitcher last week after the theft.

The report details what witnesses and video camera at the Publix supermarket saw the night Winston walked out of the store with three pounds of steamed crab legs and a pound of crawfish. Left unclear was whether Winston also stole butter, or just put it in a bin of sale items before he left the store.

Winston was suspended from FSU's baseball team for three games until he completed required community service.


Updated By: Matt Galka
May 6, 2014

The incident report filled out by deputies regarding Jameis Winston’s theft of crab legs doesn’t paint the picture of a forgetful shopper. An LCSO report seems to say the quarterback was evading defenders off the field.

When Jameis Winston walked out of a Tallahassee Publix without paying for 32 dollars of seafood last week, he told officers it was a mental lapse.

“He told the deputies that he did not pay for the items, he forgot,” said Leon County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Mike Wood at a press conference held on April 30th.

But the incident report, based on surveillance video, lead a responding deputy to believe Winston was being elusive. The report says Winston paused near a deputy who was in the grocery store. It goes on to say the pause appeared to be an attempt to avoid walking in front of the deputy.

The civil citation was issued because Winston did not have a prior record. DISC village coordinated his punishment, which included community service.

“We receive the referral and then the offender makes contact with our program to set up a time to do an assessment to figure out what’s going on in that person’s life, what are the needs, how can we help them,” said Adult Civil Citation Director Jordan Cowart.

The Heisman winning quarterback traded out a football for a mop to complete his community service. Winston completed four 5 hour shifts as maybe the most famous janitor to ever work at the YMCA.

“He did custodial work for us, he did a lot of cleaning around the branch, he visited with some of our members as well, and, by all accounts, he took care of what he needed to do,” said Capital Region YMCA President and C.E.O. Ray Purvis.

Winston’s attorney echoed what he said last week, saying the incident was stupid, and Winston could have paid for the dinner.

Winston told police that he picked up butter to go with his meal, but didn’t walk out of the store with it. The report says officers could not locate the butter at the store, but a Publix employee may have returned it to the proper place before police arrived.


UPDATED
By Julie Montanaro
May 5, 2014

FSU quarterback and closing pitcher Jameis Winston has completed 20 hours of community service and paid restitution in the wake of a civil citation for shoplifting, his attorney confirms.

The Leon County Sheriff's Office released a copy of that civil citation as well as incident reports in the case just after 5 o'clock today.

It shows Winston took 3 pounds of steamed crab legs and one pound of steamed crawfish from the Ocala Road Publix. A customer service employee says he thought Winston was stepping out to get a shopping cart, but Winston didn't come back.

The deputy's report says Winston realized his mistake when he got home and told deputies "he wanted to make it right."

Winston was suspended from the baseball team last week, but was reinstated by Coach Mike Martin Sunday.


UPDATED
By Julie Montanaro
May 1, 2014 6:30pm

FSU quarterback and pitcher Jameis Winston walked into an office in Tallahassee this morning to sign up for the civil citation program.

It comes one day after he was given a civil citation for shoplifting.

Those who run the program say it gives Winston and hundreds more
an opportunity to avoid a criminal record and doesn't cost taxpayers a dime.

Jameis Winston was caught on camera walking out of this Publix without paying for 32 dollars worth of crab legs and crawfish.

He was not arrested, but given a civil citation instead.

We talked to the head of Leon County's Adult Civil Citation program today.

"Instead of arresting first time, misdemeanor offenders - they really clog up the court system, they clog up your resources in the criminal justice system - let's do an intervention with them," Director Jordan Cowart said.

DISC Village runs the adult civil citation program. It started in March 2013 and has had 231 participants so far.

Nearly half of them (46.8%) are college students.

The latest report shows most - 40% - are accused of shoplifting and petit theft, another 25% are accused of possession of marijuana and another 23% are accused of possession of alcohol by a minor.

"We kept someone out of the system, we put them in a position where they can succeed and not suffer their entire life for that," said DISC Village CEO Tom Olk.

The program director says they cannot comment on Jameis Winston specifically, but says participants must complete course work, counseling and community service and have no more than 90 days to do it or face prosecution instead.

"If someone wants to be motivated to get through in a week, two weeks, they can do that...as long as everything's completed. If it takes them 90 days, they can do that as well," Cowart said.

Winston's attorney says he did not have details of what type of community service Winston must complete or have a timeline for when he'll do it.

You can learn more about Leon County's Civil Citation program at:

http://www.civilcitationnetwork.com/adult-civil-citation/


UPDATED
By Julie Montanaro
May 1, 2014 3:10pm

Jameis Winston's attorney confirms the star quarterback and closing pitcher signed up for the civil citation program this morning.

Tim Jansen says he does not know what type of community service Winston will have to do as part of the requirements.

The head of Leon County's adult civil citation program would not comment on Winston specifically, but says participants have 90 days to complete the program or their cases are turned over for prosecution.


Updated By: Natalie Rubino
April 30, 2014, 11pm

A customer walked out of the Publix on Ocala Road without paying for an order of craw fish and crab legs. Employees then called the Leon County Sheriff's Office who determined in was Jameis Winston.

"I want to start by clearly stating that Jameis Winston has not been arrested for any crime," said Maj. Michael Wood, Director Law Enforcement Division.

The Leon County Sheriff's Office was called to this Publix at 800 Ocala Road at around 10pm Tuesday night. They conducted interviews with witnesses and reviewed surveillance tape.

When deputies arrived at Winston's house he admitted he forgot to pay for the items before leaving the store.

The total cost of his order was 32.72 cents.

Publix and deputies agreed Winston be issued an Adult Civil Citation. The citation avoids criminal charges and requires 20 hours of community service.

This is a program for non-violent minor crimes, first time offenses, for someone who has no criminal history.

Winston issued a statement Wednesday. Part of it reads, "In a moment of youthful ignorance, I walked out of the store without paying for one of my items....I make no excuse for my actions and will learn and grow from this unfortunate situation."

Some FSU students say the incident hurts the Heisman Winning Quarterback's reputation.

"The people who aren't part of the school don't believe in him like we do and they don't see what we see and so I think it's important for him to realize that and make the rest of the world see him like we do," said Laurel Gray, sophomore.

Others don't see it that way.

"Maybe he should be looked up to only for his athletic ability. I don't think that he should be an idolized figure but respected for who he can do on the field," said Ella Maye Brung, freshman.

The incident has created plenty of chatter on social media. Several Photoshopped images are popping up of Winston holding-- you guessed it- crab legs-- instead of a football.

Winston's lawyer says he has an appointment tomorrow to sign up for the community service required by the citation. He has 90 days to complete the service or the case will be forwarded to the state attorney.


UPDATED
By Julie Montanaro
April 30, 2014, 6pm

FSU two-sport star Jameis Winston has been suspended from the FSU Baseball team.

Winston was caught leaving a Tallahassee grocery store without paying for a batch of crab legs.

He was not arrested, but given a civil citation instead.

Deputies say it was caught on tape Tuesday night at the Publix on Ocala Road in Tallahassee.

FSU star quarterback and pitcher Jameis Winston ordering crab legs and crawfish at the seafood counter and ultimately walking out without paying for it. The tab according to the Leon County Sheriff's Office? 32 dollars and 72 cents.

'He told the deputies that he did not pay for the items, he forgot," said Major Mike Wood with the Leon County Sheriff's Office.

Winston was not arrested for shoplifting, but issued a civil citation and ordered to perform 20 hours of community service.

The sheriff's office contends the Heisman trophy winner was not given any preferential treatment.

"Would anyone in that position be given a civil citation? Who makes that decision?"

"It's a discretionary call by the officer," MAJ Wood said.

Winston called it a "terrible mistake for which I'm taking full responsibility." He issued a written statement saying "I make no excuses for my actions and will learn and grow from this unfortunate situation."

"This was stupid, no doubt about it. He had the money and resources to pay for it," Winston's attorney Tim Jansen said.

Social media exploded with news of the crab leg conundrum, including this now popular photo of Winston hoisting a batch of crab legs instead of the national championship trophy.

"Some people are going to get laughter out of it, but maybe this is good, because maybe this will send a message to people like Jameis - if you do something in the public spotlight, and bring embarrassment to yourself, it's going to be exaggerated to the point where you really don't want this to happen," Jansen said.

Jansen says Winston has an appointment to sign up for the civil citation program tomorrow.

He'll have 90 days to complete it or the case will be forwarded to the state attorney to consider misdemeanor petit theft charges.


News Release: LCSO
April 30, 2014, 3:55pm

At 10:00 pm on April 29, 2014, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Publix Supermarket at 800 Ocala Road. Deputies conducted witness interviews and reviewed video surveillance before
determining that Jameis Winston had left the store without paying for $32.72 worth of merchandise.

Deputies interviewed Winston at his home and determined him to be eligible for an Adult Civil Citation.

Both Publix, the victim in this incident, and Winston agreed to participation in this voluntary pre-arrest diversionary program aimed at diverting first-time non-violent misdemeanor law violations away from
criminal prosecution. Winston was assigned to complete 20 hours of community service and must contact the Adult Civil Citation Program Coordinator within 7 days to begin his participation in the program.

For additional information about the Adult Civil Citation program visit:
http://www.discvillage.com/sACC.html.


By: Julie Montanaro
April 30, 2014 - 3:30pm

Tallahassee, FL - In a statement released by his lawyer, Jameis Winston said he "made a terrible mistake for which I'm taking full responsibility."

"I must realize that my mistakes are magnified and can bring great embarrassment to all those who support me everyday. I make no excuses for my actions," Winston wrote.

Winston's lawyer,Tim Jansen, says Winston has an appointment tomorrow to sign up for the civil citation program an intends to complete his 20 hours of community service as soon as possible.


By: Julie Montanaro
April 30, 2014 - 2:30pm

Tallahassee, FL - Major Mike Wood with the Leon County Sheriff's Office says Jameis Winston received a civil citation for walking out of the Ocala Road Publix without paying for $32.72 worth of crab legs and crawfish.

When confronted at his apartment later, deputies say Winston told them he forgot to pay for the seafood.

Wood says it is up to the discretion of deputies to decide whether someone receives a civil citation and both Winston and Publix had to agree to it.

It is typically reserved for first time offenders without a record, Wood said.

LCSO says Winston must report to the Civil Citation program within 7 days and complete 20 hours of community service. If he does not comply with the terms, the case would be turned over to the state attorney to consider criminal misdemeanor petit theft charges.

Wood says there is surveillance video of Winston in the store. He says Winston ordered the seafood at the counter and had it prepared for him.


News Release: Florida State Athletics
April 30, 2014 - 1:30pm

Statement from Florida State Athletics Regarding Jameis Winston

“As a result of his citation last night, we are suspending Jameis Winston from the baseball team,” said FSU Baseball Coach Mike Martin. “I am confident he will complete his community service obligation and the situation will be resolved soon.”

FSU’s Athletic Department Code of Conduct/Discipline Policy provides that a student-athlete with a civil citation is eligible to practice and compete. The decision as to whether they are allowed to practice and/or compete rests with the head coach.

“I fully support Coach Martin’s decision and will also make sure that Jameis meets all obligations, which I know he will,” said FSU Football Coach Jimbo Fisher.


By: Eyewitness News
April 30, 2014 - 11:30am

Tallahassee, FL - Unconfirmed reports say Heisman winning quarterback Jameis Winston is facing new legal troubles today.

The Tallahassee Police Department tell us they have no current investigations regarding Winston.

The Leon County Sheriff's Office would not confirm or deny a case. They have scheduled a 2pm press conference on an unknown topic.

Winston's attorney, Tim Jansen, says he will make a statement following the 2pm press conference.

Stay with Eyewitness News for the latest.


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