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Ocala man arrested for Newberry carjacking

NEWBERRY, Fla. – Justin Lee Rimes, 24, was arrested last night and charged with carjacking and battery after allegedly stealing a pickup truck.

An Alachua County Sheriff’s Deputy responded early Monday morning to a report of a carjacking in High Springs. The victim said a friend of his had come to his house recently with Rimes and that he had given the two men a ride to Lake City in a pickup truck owned by his father.

The victim said that during the drive, Rimes started yelling at him and hit him in the face. The victim said he stopped the truck and got out in High Springs, and Rimes got into the driver’s seat and drove away. The victim called 911 from that location.

License plate readers showed that the truck had been driven to Marion County.

The victim identified Rimes in a photo line-up as the man who took the truck. Last night, the friend and Rimes returned to the victim’s home in Newberry with the truck, and a deputy responded and took Rimes into custody.

Rimes has been charged with battery with bodily harm and carjacking without a weapon. He has two pending criminal cases in Marion County, including a grand theft auto charge. He has an out-of-state criminal history in Tennessee, including a warrant for driving without a valid license. He is being held on $90,000 bail.

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Articles about arrests are based on reports from law enforcement agencies. The charges listed are taken from the arrest report and/or court records and are only accusations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

    • Those license plate readers are all over the place, really hard to get away with crimes nowadays, maybe letting people know that will stop them from committing the crime in the 1st place, maybe…

  • Some people just need to be out of society. For good. This criminal’s body of work has earned him that honor. Which probably means he will be out on probation in no time.

  • Rimes, rhymes with crimes…
    Hope he has to pay more than a couple of dimes…
    Even better would be if he does real time…
    If not, he’ll be back on the streets in no time.

    Some would say he looks like a thug…
    He appears to be so smug…
    If he goes to jail he won’t be able to hide under the cover…
    Pretty sure he’ll become somebody’s lover.

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