Arrest Made in North Hutchinson Island Home Invasion

One day after a social media post warned residents of North Beach about a home invasion and robbery, a citizen tip resulted in the arrest of a suspect, said Sheriff Mascara.

The home invasion occurred Monday morning at approximately 4:47 a.m. at the 2300 block of Atlantic Beach Boulevard. Sheriff’s deputies interviewed the victim, an 83-year-old white female, and were provided with a possible description of the suspect, a white male with short hair, small in height and weight, wearing khaki pants and a light colored shirt.

Monday afternoon, a Sheriff’s Office social media post warned residents to be on the lookout for this individual, to remain vigilant in securing their homes and vehicles and to call investigators with any information that might lead to an arrest.

“Tuesday evening, deputies received a phone call from a concerned citizen with information on this home invasion and robbery,” said Sheriff Mascara. “This information led to the identification of Stuart Maynard Clark, 56, of 2401 Tamirand Drive.”

The suspect was wearing the same type of clothing described by the victim and appeared to have a cut on his head consistent with statements provided by the victim where she struck the suspect with her cane.

Clark was booked into the St. Lucie County Jail on one count of robbery of a residence/home invasion without a firearm or weapon, one count of larceny less than $10,000 from a person 65 years of age or older and one count of battery on a person 65 years of age or older. His bond is $37,500.

“It is reassuring to know that our community actively follows our social media posts and reaches out to us when they have information that helps further our investigations,” said Sheriff Mascara.

The Florida Constitution establishes the Office of the elected County Sheriff who is responsible for preserving the peace, carrying out the orders of Florida courts and the Board of County Commissioners, and providing deputies at court sessions and meetings of the Board of County Commissioners. The Sheriff is the chief correctional officer of the county. Sheriff Ken J. Mascara is elected by the people of St. Lucie County and is accountable to them.

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