UPDATE: 'Heinous’ fugitive turns himself in after Sheriff Cook asks for community's help

Zoey Fields

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Sheriff Michelle Cook is asking for the community's help in getting a fugitive behind bars by Friday, she said.Clay County Sheriff's Office

Clay County Sheriff Michelle Cook went live Thursday from inside the Clay County detention facility to announce a “heinous” fugitive the sheriff’s department needs the community’s help with finding.

“I know we usually do our fugitive announcements on Friday,” Cook said. “But when I was reviewing the outstanding fugitives that we have in Clay County, I came across this guy. He’s a bad guy and we really need him in jail.”

Cook challenged the county residents to help her get the fugitive in jail by Friday.

Wesley Ryan Wager, 20, of Green Cove Springs, turned himself in Thursday evening at approximately 5 p.m.

He faces charges for two counts of obscene communication transmitting child pornography, two counts of possession of obscene material depicting a child and the unlawful use of a two-way communications device to transmit the obscene photos, she said.

“He has committed such heinous crimes that we couldn’t wait until Friday,” Cook wrote in a Facebook post. “Let’s work together to get this criminal off our streets.”

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Wesley Ryan WagerClay County Sheriff's Office

The Sheriff’s Office detectives began investigating Wager’s case around Oct. 26 and Oct. 29, 2021, Clay County Sheriff Multimedia Coordinator Sarah Padgett said.

Wager is in Clay County Jail and his bond is set at $250,015.

Those with tips on outstanding crimes and fugitives are told to call the Clay County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency line at 904-264-6512 or First Coast Crime Stoppers at **TIPS.

Those with information who wish to remain anonymous can submit a tip through the sheriff’s office website or the SaferWatch app.

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