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Home invasion suspect drives himself to jail in stolen Jeep

Police say James Simpson, 40, turned himself in after seeing surveillance photos on social media
James Simpson, arrest photo and surveillance image
Posted at 12:47 PM, Jun 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-04 15:34:56-04

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — A Port St. Lucie man accused of attacking and robbing an 80-year-old man in his home was arrested Thursday after he saw surveillance photographs of himself on social media and drove himself to jail in the victim's stolen Jeep, police said.

James Simpson, 40, faces multiple charges, including attempted murder, aggravated battery on a person 65 or older and home-invasion robbery.

Port St. Lucie police Sgt. Lisa Marie Carrasquillo said a neighbor found the victim lying on the floor of his home Tuesday and called 911.

Stolen Jeep Wrangler that James Simpson drove to jail
Police say James Simpson drove himself to jail in this Jeep Wrangler that was stolen during a home invasion in Port St. Lucie.

The elderly man had been attacked by an intruder who stole the victim's Jeep Wrangler and credit cards.

Carrasquillo said Simpson told police he decided to drive himself to the jail in the victim's stolen Jeep after he saw himself on the news and social media.