Martinez shooting suspect has criminal history




A Jacksonville man suspected in Thursday night’s fatal shooting at a Martinez church has a criminal history in his Florida hometown.

Daniel Nelson Robinson, 21, was captured by state troopers in Florida, several hours after police said he shot William R. Davitte, 55, of Martinez, and injured Davitte’s wife at Marvin United Methodist Church.

He is believed to have fled Columbia County in the couple’s 2010 Nissan Murano.

According to Jacksonville jail records, he is charged with fleeing law enforcement; trespassing; resisting arrest; driving without a license; fleeing police at a dangerous speed and possession of a stolen car.

He has a court date in Jacksonville at 9 a.m. today.

Since 2011, Robinson has been arrested by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office at least seven times, according to police and newspaper accounts.

Perhaps the most serious incident happened when he was 18 and was arrested for pulling a gun on a truck driver in traffic while in a stolen car, according to the Florida Times-Union newspaper.

The truck driver notified police that a man in a white Acura cut him off in traffic. When the driver yelled that’s how “accidents happen and people get hurt,” Robinson responded by pulling out a silver revolver and saying, “Oh, people gonna get hurt?”

Police tracked Robinson and a passenger using dogs and a police helicopter. The car, which had been abandoned, had been stolen. Records indicate he was released in February.

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