Marion sheriff’s K-9 unit lauded for apprehending wanted robbery suspect

Dep. Matt Bowers and OTOW

A Marion County sheriff’s K-9 deputy and his dog are being lauded for helping the Ocala Police Department in the arrest of a robbery suspect deputies had been on the lookout for.

On Saturday, May 4, Dep. Matt Bowers and K-9 OTOW responded to the 2900 block of NE Jacksonville Road to assist in the vehicle pursuit of a tan Mercury Grand Marquis. Bowers took the lead and performed an aggressive maneuver on the Mercury to end the chase.

But the driver, later identified as 36-year-old Hershell James McCorvey, fled on foot. After giving a K-9 warning and McCorvey refusing to stop, K-9 OTOW was released and quickly apprehended McCorvey, who was taken into custody.

Hershell James McCorvey

McCorvey was transported to the Marion County Jail and charged with fleeing and eluding a law enforcement officer, driving while license suspended (third or subsequent offense), possession of a legend drug, resisting an officer without violence, possession of marijuana less than 20 grams, violation of probation on charges of possession of cocaine and Alprazolam, and outstanding warrants for attempted armed robbery and armed burglary of a conveyance. He is being held on no bond and is due in court on June 4 at 9 a.m. to answer to the charges.

McCorvey is no stranger to the sheriff’s office. In fact, on Dec. 12, Sheriff Billy Woods put out a Facebook video informing the public that his deputies were looking for McCorvey because of his outstanding warrants.

Joseph Maurice Jackson’s Marion County Jail booking mugshot from Oct. 19, 2007.

In the video, Woods also warned McCorvey that his K-9 unit would find him – a prediction that came true less than five months later.

Woods also warned a second suspect, Joseph Maurice Jackson, who has warrants for aggravated battery with a firearm and attempted robbery, that deputies are looking for him as well.

Anyone with information about Jackson is asked to call Crime Stoppers of Marion County at (352) 368-STOP (7867) and reference 18-92 in your tip. If you use Crime Stoppers and your tip leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward.