New Jersey transplant with long criminal record nabbed at Summerfield Wal-Mart

Richard Henry Powell

A Summerfield man with an extensive criminal record was arrested Thursday afternoon while attempting to leave the Summerfield Wal-Mart.

A Marion County sheriff’s deputy was patrolling the parking lot of the store, located at 17961 S U.S. Hwy. 27/441, early Thursday afternoon when he spotted 48-year-old Richard Henry Powell get into a vehicle and attempt to back out of a parking spot. The deputy recognized Powell from previous interactions and knew that his Florida driver’s license had been permanently revoked for habitual traffic-related offenses, a sheriff’s office report states.

The deputy stopped Powell and obtained his New Jersey identification card. He confirmed that Powell’s license had been permanently revoked and then took him into custody, the report says.

Powell, who lives at 10131 SE 169th Lane in Summerfield, was transported to the Marion County Jail and charged with driving while license suspended (habitual offender). He was released early Friday morning on $1,000 bond and is due in court Oct. 15 at 9 a.m. to answer to the charge.

Powell is no stranger to the Marion County legal system, having been held in the jail 21 times since April 1999. During those arrests he’s faced a litany of charges related to driving without a license, drugs, trespassing, DUI, battery, grand theft, giving a false name to law enforcement officers, criminal mischief, failure to appear in court and armed burglary, to name a few.