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First-degree murder suspect from Pensacola nabbed at bar in Lake County

Jacob Monroe Colville
Jacob Monroe Colville

A Pensacola man on the run for first-degree murder in Escambia County was arrested early Saturday during a traffic stop at the Crazy Gator bar in Eustis.

Jacob Monroe Colville, 29, was the third person arrested in connection with the Oct. 29 slaying of 26-year-old Jesse Geoghagan. An arrest warrant had been issued for Colville charging him with first-degree premeditated murder, and he was a passenger in a vehicle stopped by a Eustis police officer because the driver wasn’t wearing his seatbelt. Colville possessed a trafficking quantity of drugs and a loaded handgun at the time of his arrest, according to the police report.

At around 12:30 a.m., an officer patrolling the area near Bay Street and Wilt Avenue saw a red car traveling south on Bay Street and observed the driver wasn’t wearing a seatbelt. The officer initiated a traffic stop and the driver pulled into the parking lot of the Crazy Gator, 402 N. Bay St., the report said.

The male driver was shaking and appeared to be visibly nervous. The female passenger in the back seat told the officer the vehicle was hers and her license was not valid. She said she and the driver did not know Colville and they had just picked him up. At that point, another officer asked Colville to get out of the front passenger seat and placed him in handcuffs after observing there was a firearm in the vehicle, according to the report.

Officers searched Colville and found a glass pipe with crystal residue in his pocket, along with $2,295 in cash. Colville was identified by his Florida ID card and the officers were informed he has prior felony convictions and he had an active arrest warrant out of Escambia County for first-degree premediated homicide, the report said.

A K-9 unit arrived at the scene and gave a positive alert for narcotics. Officers searched the vehicle and found a .40-caliber P94 handgun on the front passenger seat. The gun was loaded with 17 rounds in the magazine and one in the chamber. Another magazine containing 20 rounds and a sock containing 47 more rounds were found in a backpack on the front passenger floor, according to the report.

Also in the backpack was a black Crown Royal bag containing two plastic bags filled with a crystal substance that tested positive for methamphetamine. One of the bags weighed 20.4 grams while the other weighed 28.4 grams. Also in the Crown Royal bag was a digital scale with meth residue on it and numerous small plastic bags. A homemade pink pipe/bong was found inside the backpack, the report said.

The male driver told the officer he saw Colville unbuckled his seatbelt and pull a gun out of his waistband. He said he didn’t know Colville and was just giving him a ride for gas money. The driver said he picked up Colville about 15 minutes earlier at Discount Auto, located near 7-11 at State Road 19 and County Road 44. He said Colville got into the vehicle carrying the backpack that was at his feet. Neither the driver nor back-seat passenger were arrested, according to the report.

After being read his Miranda warning, Colville said he was on the run for murder in Pensacola. He said he shot a man who hit his car and was going to turn himself in after his daughter’s birthday. Colville also said he has been using meth since he was 13 years old, the report said.

Escambia County sheriff’s deputies believe Colville shot Geoghagan multiple times inside a home on Medford Avenue in Pensacola. According to the arrest warrant, Colville and 44-year-old Lawrence Bonner walked into the home with guns, searching for Geoghagan, before Colville eventually found him in a closet and shot him multiple times. Bonner and 22-year-old Alyssa Blackburn were previously charged as principals to first-degree murder.

In Lake County, Colville was charged with armed trafficking of methamphetamine, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, carrying a concealed firearm, improper exhibition of a dangerous firearm, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He’s being held on $64,000 bond and is awaiting extradition to Escambia County. Colville will answer to the drug and weapons charges in Lake County Court on Nov. 28.

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