September 25, 2018
The Levy County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division (CID) arrested Alex Hernandez (11-18-69) of Williston on September 24th for neglect of an elderly person and false imprisonment. Hernandez was the caretaker and living with a 67 year old female who suffered from the early stages of dementia and COPD. The victim often suffered “incidents,” during which she would unclothe herself and act strangely. Hernandez attempted to intervene when the victim was suffering from an “incident” and called for assistance from a friend because he was not able to control her.
Hernandez had to travel to Gainesville to pick up this friend because she did not have a vehicle. Hernandez locked the victim inside a bedroom without her oxygen, no access to a phone or restroom facilities and left the residence for over an hour. Hernandez even stopped at a local convenience store in Gainesville to buy snacks and drinks on his way back to the home. When he and the friend arrived at the home they discovered the victim injured and in immediate need of medical treatment.
EMS responded and observed the victim was unconscious, had lacerations on her face and arms, bruising on her legs and arms and was suffering from head trauma. The victim was treated at a local emergency hospital and her injuries were determined to be life threatening. After multiple days in ICU she did regain consciousness and was able to make a statement to law enforcement. Based upon her statement combined with her medical condition and Hernandez’s own admissions, investigators determined Hernandez allowed these injuries to occur.
Hernandez is being held at the Levy County Detention Facility in lieu of a $350,000.00 bond.