Man wanted on active warrants flees, escapes Putnam County deputies

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PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla. (WCJB) -- UPDATE: The original information released by Putnam County Sheriff's Office misidentified the suspect apprehended by deputies Saturday morning. This article has been updated to show Bryan Colby Fender was arrested after leading police on a chase.

Randy Kemp remains at large.
Deputies in Putnam County attempted to pull over Randy Kemp, 38, on Highway 17 on Friday after he entered their jurisdiction from Clay County. Kemp is wanted in both Putnam and Clay on active warrants, including one for robbery.

While they were trying to intercept him, Kemp fled deputies and led them on a chase that ended when he crashed his vehicle in the Bostwick area. He ran from the scene and was not captured.

Saturday morning, Putnam County deputies were conducting surveillance at a home Kemp was known to visit. Deputies saw a vehicle leave the residence and thought Kemp was inside.

When deputies pulled the vehicle over in the area of Horseman’s Club Road and State Road 20 in Palatka, the driver provided false information and sped away.

Still believing the driver was Kemp, deputies pursued the vehicle. The pursuit took place along State Road 20 and eventually turned onto County Road 309C.

The driver crashed his vehicle at the intersection of County Road 309C and State Road 100.

Bryan Colby Fender of Palatka, 35, fled into the woods. He was captured by deputies after a brief struggle in which one deputy used a Taser.

When deputies searched Fender's vehicle, they found crystal meth, powder cocaine and marijuana.

Fender and a female passenger were taken to an area hospital due to injuries they sustained in the crash.

Kemp remains at large and anyone with any information pertaining to his whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office at (386) 329-0801.