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Family looking for answers after home invasion

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is searching for two men who, according to police reports, had jackets with the word "police" on the back and broke into the home of three disabled men.

It happened late last week on the 8400 block of Berry Avenue, in Arlington.

Wayne Ray, one of the victims, says he's having trouble sleeping at night since the invasion.

"They went straight to my room, they knew exactly what to do," Ray said.

Ray says the two men broke down a door shouting "police" and "search warrant". Once inside, he said the robbers tied him, and another person up and ransacked the house.

According to a police report, the men got away with prescription medication, cell phones and cash.

"I thought I was going to die lying in my bed, I'll be honest with you," Ray said.

Another victim, Robby Wilkes said the robbery has forced him to change the way he lives.

New numbers show crime is down in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- New numbers from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement show crime is going down in Duval County.

The Uniform Crime Report looked at crime in the first 6 months of 2013, and compared to the first 6 months of 2012.

In Jacksonville, the report showed a 15 percent decrease in murders, and a little more than a 6 percent decrease in aggravated assaults. 

Overall, violent crimes are down 1 percent. The number of rape victims are up, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said that's in part because of a re-classification.

Business owners in Jacksonville are hoping the general downward trend in crime could change the way some think about the city when it comes to crime.

"Every little bit helps," said Pat Middleton. He's been selling houses in Jacksonville for more than 30 years.

Middleton said his clients ask him about being safe in Jacksonville.

JIA bomb hoax suspect deemed incompetent

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Zeljko Causevic was deemed incompetent to stand trial Monday for the alleged bomb hoax at Jacksonville International Airport. 

Causevic was committed to custody to restore competency, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. 

Zeljko Causevic arrested after suspicious packages found at JIA 

A status hearing has been scheduled for November 26 to ensure that he has been placed in a medical facility by that time.

Officers respond to incident at Plush nightclub

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Officers are investigating an incident they say occurred at the Plush Nightclub in Arlington.

JSO alerted the media to an aggravated battery investigation at 800 University Blvd at 5:32 am.  That is the same time that JSO alerted the media to a possible abduction in Northwest Jacksonville.

JSO dispatchers said an incident occurred at the nightclub, but told First Coast News that officers had already left the scene by 6:05 am.

At this time, no further details are available.

Man killed 2 hours after release from jail

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office responded to reports of shots fired at the Villas at the Woodlands Apartments early Thursday morning.

The body of 36-year-old Royal Jerome Jackson was found near shell casings when police arrived at the 7200 block of Crane Avenue in Arlington around 4 a.m., according to Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Sgt. Dan Janson.

While police were at that scene, they received reports of a male shooting victim who drove himself to Memorial Hospital. The victim is reportedly in stable condition.

Jackson was released from the Duval County Jail Thursday morning at 1:19 a.m., according to jail records, and was found dead about two hours later.

An investigation is underway and detectives are interviewing the victim at Memorial Hospital to determine his involvement in the incident.

The victim that drove himself to the hospital has not been identified

Man hit by two cars in Arlington

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A man is in the hospital with life-threatening injuries after being hit by two cars Thursday morning.

The victim was hit in the 1400 block of Cesert Boulevard in Arlington.

Police said the man was initially hit by a Volkswagen sedan. A turquoise sedan following the Volkswagen could not stop in time and also hit the victim, according to JSO.

The unidentified male victim was taken to UF Health Jacksonville with life-threatening injuries.

An investigation is underway.

Ship that hit Mathews Bridge moves

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The ship that hit the Mathews Bridge is no longer docked in downtown Jacksonville.

So what's next for the USNS 1st Lt. Harry L. Martin?

A slow process here on the St Johns River as the USNS Martin made it's way back under the Mathews bridge for the first time since last September.  

The ship was moved by several tugboats around nine this morning.  

It took about an hour to get the ship under the bridge.    
The coast guard was right next to the ship as it made it's way under.

While it was moving - you could get a good look at just how much damage was caused in that collision.

The good news - it cleared the bridge with no issues.
Now the martin has been here between the mathews and the hart while the coast guard and the navy looked into the crash.
Tonight - that ship is at Blount Island where most of the repairs will be made.