3 arrested in Palm Beach Co. in connection with the attack on veteran Melvin Clark in Jacksonville

Posted at 12:52 PM, Apr 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-20 12:52:13-04

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- 86-year-old Melvin Clark is stable in a hospital, trying to recover from having his throat slashed.

Police said the veteran is medically unable to ID the mug shots of suspects Doug Cercy, Jennifer Schulte and Ray Jones.

“He was kidnapped at gunpoint robbed of property including his car and taken to his woods where his throat was slashed,” said Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Asst. Chief Scott Dingee.

The sheriff’s office said a tip helped track the three suspects to a bus station in southern Palm Beach County a few days after finding Clark's stolen SUV in the Miami area last week.  

WFOX found seven prior arrests for Doug Cercy with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, including several theft charges.

Shulte has five arrests in Jacksonville including a drug charge and grand theft of a vehicle.

JSO said 21-year-old Ray Jones has several charges from before he turned 18.

Police said all of their rap sheets are growing after two of the suspects may have helped crack their own case.  

"2 of the 3 suspects gave details accounts of what occurred allowing us to charge all 3 with attempted murder robbery and kidnapping," Dingee said.

Suspect Doug Cercy lives about three miles from where Melvin Clark was found on the side of the road in rural western Duval County.