A California man is in jail, charged with stabbing three family members with a knife.
When Deputy Joshua Brady arrived at the house on Galleon Road at 9:45 p.m. Saturday, he found three injured people, two women – the suspect’s mother and aunt - with wounds on their arms and one man – the suspect’s uncle - stabbed in the abdomen. He found blood all over the floor of the living room.
The uncle was yelling “he’s in there”, pointing to another room. The suspect’s mother refused to comply with the deputy’s orders to get behind him for safety. She was hysterical, yelling at the deputy to leave “him” alone and not to hurt him, meaning the suspect, 20 year old Jacob Knapper of Agoura Hills, California.
Suddenly, Knapper ran out of the other room, straight at Deputy Brady, yelling for the deputy to shoot him. The deputy could see Knapper had no weapons in his hands, so he grabbed him, holding him securely until backup officers arrived. Knapper was then handcuffed and taken into custody.
It is still unclear exactly what happened to precipitate Knapper’s attack on his family. His aunt says he called a friend of hers a nasty name in front of the friend’s children. A confrontation ensued with the uncle telling Knapper not to talk like that in front of children. Knapper reportedly told him he could talk any way he wanted, then grabbed a knife and stabbed the uncle and aunt.
A Fort Myers man is in jail on a $1.2 million bond, charged with sexually assaulting a young girl numerous times.
69 year old Alfonso Garcia-Rodriguez allegedly fondled and sexually assaulted her over a period of two years, between 2003 and 2005 when she was 6 – 8 years old. The incidents took place in Marathon.
Garcia-Rodriguez was arrested in Lee County on March 25th on a Monroe County warrant, then returned to Monroe County yesterday to face charges of two counts sexual battery on a victim under 12, three counts lewd and lascivious battery on a child under 12, three counts lewd and lascivious conduct on a child under 12, and one count lewd and lascivious exhibition in the presence of a child.
Traditionally in Monroe County when lobster and crab season conclude, we notice a rise in marine thefts. Stemming from lower units, engines and marine electronic equipment. Having this in mind a few suggestions in protecting and deterring
• Please take photos of your property and store them in a safe place.
• Document serial numbers from motors, electronics, dive gear
• Engrave or etch a mark in items that do not have serial numbers so only you know where and what it is
• Lock items in storage after rinsing them off from a day of use
• Turn the breaker off that controls the davits or boat lift when leaving town for any period of time
• Have a neighbor watch your property if you are out of town for the season or a weekend
• Do not leave keys in the boat
• Purchase a locking nut for your lower unit and engine mount
With many seasonal residents heading north please remember MCSO has the “Premise Check” while you’re away. Whereby a resident fills out a form and patrol officers will conduct regular checks of the home to verify it is secure. This service is free to all, and the form may be picked up at the Cudjoe Substation.
Please remember we have the Sheriffs Office drug drop off program. You can drop off unwanted prescription medication (no needles) at any Sheriffs Office substations across the county. We will be glad to pick up such items.
No paperwork required.
A Key Largo woman was arrested Saturday night, charged with cruelty to a child and possessing multiple illegal substances.
When Deputy Timothy Hunsberger arrived at the Circle K store at the 106 mile marker at 10 p.m., the clerk told him 45 year old Michelle Burdick was in the parking lot, in a vehicle. He said a patron of the store was trying to keep her from leaving because she was too impaired to drive.
The clerk said she’d been in the store with a young girl. He said Burdick had been acting erratically, throwing things around.
When Deputy Hunsberger confronted Burdick, asking what she was doing, she said she was taking the child to Key Largo park to ride bikes. The child – an eight year old girl – was sitting in the passenger seat of the car. Burdick was noticeably impaired, rambling in her speech and did not make sense when she tried to explain herself.
She was found to be in possession of cocaine – both powdered and crack – Xanax, Oxycodone, numerous items of drug paraphernalia. All the drugs were within easy reach of the child as she sat in the car. More cocaine was found hidden on her body when she was brought into the detention center for booking.
Burdick was charged with two counts possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, two counts possession of cocaine, five counts possession of drug paraphernalia, tampering with evidence and smuggling contraband into a jail facility. She was booked into jail.
The child was turned over to child protective services.
for questioning about armed robbery
A Marathon detective is asking for the public’s help locating a man he wants to talk to about an armed robbery in September of 2011 in Marathon.
Detective Nick Whiteman recently received new information about the armed robbery of the Circle K Convenience Store at 11100 Overseas Highway on September 21st, 2011. According to the clerk in the store, two men robbed him at gunpoint, then fled the store on foot.
Detective Whiteman would like to talk with 21 year old Gustavo Ramos Hernandez in connection with the crime. Hernandez is also wanted on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court on marijuana charges.
Anyone with information about this case should call Detective Whiteman immediately at 305-289-2430. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys. If a Crime Stoppers tip leads to an arrest in a felony case, the tipster will be eligible for a cash reward. Crime Stoppers can be reached at 1-800-346-TIPS or www.tipsubmit.com.
Sheriff’s deputies and detectives arrested three men, charging them with stealing numerous bales of cardboard from the Publix and K-Mart stores in Marathon.
The stores have reported the thefts several times over the past few months. Deputies in Marathon have stepped up their patrols of the areas behind the stores, where the bales are usually placed for pickup. On March 13, Sgt. Mark Maison and Deputy Jean Gonzalez checked the area at 9:20 p.m. and saw several bales present. At 3:30 a.m. on March 14 they checked again and the bales were gone.
Over the course of the investigation, detectives had received information indicating the suspects were driving a white Ford F250 truck. The truck they believed the suspects were using had been seen parked at the 102.9 mile marker of the highway. Sgt. Maison put out a notice to be on the lookout for the truck on the highway. He also asked Deputy Vaughn O’Keefe, who works in that area, to check the 102.9 mile marker for the truck and the cardboard bales.
Deputy O’Keefe found the truck with a trailer attached. In the trailer were bales of cardboard from Publix. Under a tarp behind the trailer were more bales, clearly marked as belonging to K-Mart.
Surveillance of the area was conducted to catch the suspects responsible for the truck and the cardboard thefts. At 9:15 p.m., three men were seen loading more cardboard bales into the trailer. Detective Nicholas Whiteman responded to the Roth Building to question the men. They all said they thought the bales had been placed behind the stores as garbage and thought it was all right for them to pick them up. They also admitted to never asking permission from the store managers to take the bales. Numerous receipts from recycling centers where they sold the cardboard were found in the truck.
23 year old Hector Olivia Jimenez, 20 year old Lazaro Casanas Fernandez and 27 year old Lidiert Casanas Fernandez were all charged with grand theft and dealing in stolen property.
Two teens were arrested Sunday, charged with entering a car in the parking lot of a church and taking a cell phone from inside.
The victim called the Sheriff’s Office after he left San Pedro Catholic Church Sunday morning. He said he’d left his car unlocked and his Iphone 4 in the center console. When he returned to the car, he found the phone gone. The phone was in a camouflage and orange Otter box case and was valued at over $400.00.
While Deputy Luis Gomez was taking the report, a call was dispatched over the radio. Two teens had been caught inside a tool shed at a nearby house by the homeowner. They were reportedly fleeing toward U.S. One on Caloosa Street.
Deputy Gomez and Deputy Caridad Bellon caught the two teens, aged 15 and 16. Both boys were reported missing from the Florida Keys Children’s Shelter on Plantation Key.
One teen had the stolen phone case in his waistband. When the deputies found it, the other boy said “that is for my phone.” They found the stolen phone in his pocket. He was unable to give deputies the passcode to unlock the phone.
The victim of the vehicle burglary responded to the scene and was able to unlock the phone.
Both teens were arrested and charged with burglary and grand theft.
Sheriff’s detective Dave Chavka is asking for the public’s help with information about a boat trailer stolen and then later recovered.
The trailer – a 37 foot triple axle – was stolen from Cardinal Lane on Big Coppitt Key. The theft occurred sometime between February 17th and March 3rd, when the reporting person noticed I t was missing and called the Sheriff’s Office. A notice to be on the lookout for it was issued.
On March 4, a Key West Police Officer found the trailer parked at the City Marina on Palm Avenue. There was no tag on the trailer, but there was a parking ticket attached to it that listed a tag number on it. The ticket was written on February 26th. The tag number, 795PGI, returned to a John Liddy, who lives on Thompson Street in Key West. Sometime between the 26th and the 4th, it appears someone removed the tag from the trailer.
Detective Chavka is looking for anyone who may have information about this trailer theft, or who may have seen the trailer being parked or the tag being removed to call him at 305-292-7060. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys at 1-800-346-TIPS. Tips may be submitted on line at www.tipsubmit.com.
A Stock Island was arrested for burglary today after his fingerprints were identified at the crime scene.
The burglary took place in July of 2012 at a home on 10th Avenue, Stock Island. The victim told Detective Dave Chavka the suspect, 20 year old Daniel Salangin, had been staying at his house for two days and had left his clothing inside. The victim said he left for work in the morning, locking the doors and leaving the house empty.
When he returned home for lunch, he found someone had broken a back window. Two of his television sets were missing, as were Salangin’s clothes.
Crime Scene Investigator John Underwood lifted fingerprints from a propane tank the suspect had to move out of the way to access the window he broke to get inside.
In February, Detective Chavka received a report from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement identifying the fingerprints as belonging to Salangin. A warrant was issued for his arrest and today he was picked up and charged with burglary, grand theft and criminal mischief.
A Summerland Key man was arrested Sunday after he admitted to committing two burglaries because he has a substance abuse problem.
Deputy Richard Wang responded Saturday to reports someone had burglarized a home on Ocean Drive and taken power tools from a storage area downstairs. The homeowner reported that 28 year old Steven Wenzel may be a suspect. He said a week before, Wenzel had entered his property and had tried to sell him some other power tools. He said he’d been suspicious of where the tools came from and did not buy them.
On Sunday, Deputy Wang responded to a home on West Indies Drive, Ramrod Key. Wenzel’s grandmother reported a 15,000 watt generator missing from her house overnight. She said she suspected Wenzel of stealing it because he was having substance abuse problems and “was getting worse.”
Deputy Want relocated to Wenzel’s house on 7th Street, Summerland Key. He and Deputy Scott Ward questioned Wenzel about the burglaries. He admitted to committing them, and said he’d sold the generator to someone for $100, and the tools to someone else for a few hundred dollars.
He gave the deputies the names of those he sold the property to. They will be attempting to recover the property from those people so the property can be returned to the owners.
Wenzel was arrested. He was charged with two counts of burglary and two counts of grand theft. He was booked into jail.