July 26, 2018
A Century man has been charged with passing a counterfeit $100 bill to buy a couple of dollars worth of produce from one of Century‚Äôs most recognizable residents.
Jake Livingston is an iconic member of the Century community, selling snacks and produce from his trademark ‚ÄúHazzard County Snacks‚ÄĚ John Deere Gator. He is a local fixture at home games as ‚ÄúNorthview‚Äôs Biggest Fan‚ÄĚ. He also raises money for autism awareness and recently had a little library named after him [read more here] at Century Academy.
Now, the Escambia County Sheriff‚Äôs Office says a man has been charged with passing a counterfeit $100 bill to make¬† purchase from Livingston.
Jermain Lavelle Smith, 32, bought several pieces of produce worth $2 and paid Livingston with the fake $100 bill, according to an arrest report. The ECSO report indicates Livingston provided $98 in change from his own money before he realized the $100 bill was counterfeit.
Deputies later learned Smith was ‚Äúresiding on a picnic table‚ÄĚ at McMurray Park on Pond Street in Century, the report states. One deputy entered the park in marked patrol vehicle, but Smith fled on foot toward a foot trail directly behind the park where another deputy was waiting.
Smith is known to be violent and carry weapons, the report states, prompting the deputy to draw his firearm and order Smith to stop. But Smith ran the other way, slipping and falling on wet grass. Smith was not injured and was taken into custody.
According to the Escambia County Sheriff‚Äôs Office, Smith had been on the run for at least the past month, staying with friends and family and sleeping in wooded areas or abandoned properties.
Smith was charged with felony forgery and resisting arrest without violence. He will also face extradition on unrelated charges out of Escambia County, AL.