A man was arrested at Big Pine Community Park Monday evening after he was seen masturbating in his car.
Dispatchers received a report from a man who said his wife and children were at the park. He said his wife called him and told him a man was sitting in his car, masturbating while watching their children play. He said he went to the park and walked up the black Toyota Corolla where the man was sitting. He said the man – later identified as 50 year old John Woodruff – had exposed himself in the car. He said he asked Woodruff what he was doing there and Woodruff just laughed at him.
Detective Manny Cuervo and Deputies Joshua Gordon and Donald Stullken responded to the park at 6:30 p.m. Woodruff was still there. He told the officers he had just come to the Keys from Indiana and was living in his car.
Woodruff was arrested by Deputy Gordon. He was charged with indecent exposure and he was booked into jail.
One man went to jail and the other to the hospital after a fight Sunday morning at a hotel in Marathon.
When deputies arrived at the Holiday Inn Express at 8 a.m. they found the 21 year old victim outside. He had visible injuries to his face, including a bloody eye and missing teeth. He said he was visiting the Keys from Stuart, Florida with a group of friends. He said one of the friends attacked him.
Deputies Brad Colen and Mark Martin entered the hotel and saw 21 year old Taylor Harrison leaving. Harrison told the deputies he was staying in room 336 with a group of friends. He denied that he or any of his friends had been in an altercation. He took the deputies up to the room.
As the deputies began speaking to the group of young people in the room, they noticed what looked like teeth sitting on the night stand. After questioning them about the teeth, they finally admitted a fight had taken place between the victim and Harrison.
Harrison claimed he hit the victim once after which the victim left. The victim was later questioned. He said he was sleeping on the floor of the room and asked for a pillow and blanket. He said Harrison called him names so he asked Harrison to step outside to “handle it”. As he was putting on his shoes, he said, Harrison punched him. He said he blacked out. When he came to, Harrison was choking him. He was able to escape from the room.
Medical staff at the hospital said the victim’s injuries were consistent with being punched 5-10 times. He required seven stitches around his eye and his orbital socket was broken. He was also missing a number of teeth.
Harrison was arrested and charged with aggravated battery.
A Marathon man was arrested Monday for threatening another man with a handgun during a dispute over the sale of a boat.
The victim told Deputy James Hager his neighbor, 59 year old Arnold Riggs sold him a boat for $500. He said he became angry with Riggs after he realized the engine was bad.
The victim confronted Riggs about the engine just before 7 p.m. at Riggs residence on 82nd Street Ocean in Marathon. The victim – who had another person with him at the time – said he yelled at Riggs and told him to remove the boat from his property.
Both the victim and the witness who was with him told Deputy Hager Riggs pulled out a small silver colored handgun and threatened to kill the victim with it. They both were able to describe the gun in detail.
Riggs denied pointing a gun at them. He was found, however, to have a small silver handgun in his vehicle. The gun he had in his vehicle – a loaded Smith and Wesson .32 caliber revolver - matched the one described by the victim and witness.
Riggs was charged with two counts of aggravated assault and he was taken to jail.
A Cudjoe Key woman was arrested Monday night after she crashed her vehicle into the mangroves at the 23 mile marker of the highway. She was allegedly intoxicated.
Deputies Spencer Curry and Aaron Coller were at the scene of a domestic dispute just before the accident. A woman – 61 year old Teresa Weeks – was arguing with her husband. He said he was angry because she was intoxicated. The deputies left the home after the husband told them he was going to leave the house and take the keys to their vehicles with him so she could not drive.
Just minutes after leaving, at 10 p.m., they were dispatched to reports of an accident at the 23 mile marker. A sport utility vehicle had gone off the roadway into mangroves. Teresa Weeks was driving. A passerby stopped and said she saw Weeks behind the wheel. She said Weeks was revving the engine, trying to get the car out of the mangroves. She said Weeks told her she “didn’t know what she’d done to her husband’s car”. She said she pulled Weeks out of the vehicle because it was smoking.
Firefighters responded to the scene because the car caught fire in the mangroves. They extinguished the fire. No one was injured in the crash. The roadway was closed, or partially closed until 11:10 p.m.
After failing roadside sobriety exercises, Weeks was arrested. She told Deputy Curry the accident would not have happened “if she’d had the keys to her car”. She was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.
Recently, the Sheriff’s Special Investigations Division conducted an operation checking businesses that sell alcohol in the Middle Keys. Thirteen businesses were checked including restaurants, convenience stores and bars. Three of the businesses served alcohol to a minor during the investigation. The three people who sold the alcohol were given notices to appear in court before a Monroe County Judge.
The following are a list of the businesses and suspects who sold the alcohol:
· Mobile gas station and convenience store, 1415 Overseas Hwy Marathon. Anthony Alfredo Figaro Pena, 21 of Marathon. This is the second offence for this business.
· Brass Monkey Bar, 232 55th Street in Marathon. Gloria Anne Holohanm, 79, of Marathon. This is the second violation for this attendant and the third violation for the business. This will be referred to Alcohol Beverage and Tobacco for follow up.
· Walgreens liquor store, 10870 Overseas Hwy Marathon. Frank William Miller, 64, of Marathon. This is the second violation for the business.
The Sales Clerk violations are up to 60 days in jail with a $500 fine, $235 in court costs, $75 in cost of prosecution, and $40 in cost of investigation.
The Licensee Violations are:
1st offense $1000 fine and 7 day suspension
2nd offense $3000 fine and 30 day suspension
3rd offense Revocation of license.
The remaining business checked, were in compliance with the law. This operation was conducted in cooperation with the Monroe County Coalition for a Safe and Drug Free Community.
Deputies Mark Martin and Brad Colen responded to a fire at 1227 27th Street in Marathon at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday. When they arrived, they found three people who were residents of the trailer. Two were just outside and one was just inside the door of the trailer. All three were removed from the vicinity of the trailer for their safety. Neighbors were also evacuated for safety reasons.
Marathon Fire Rescue arrived and extinguished the fire, but the trailer appears to be a total loss. The Fire Marshall’s Office will be investigating the cause of the blaze. The Red Cross was notified and will be assisting the displaced residents.
A Rockland Key man was arrested Tuesday, charged with performing lewd and lascivious behavior in the presence of a child.
The victim, an 8 year old girl, told her mother that 31 year old Raymond Bale talked about inappropriate sexual topics while the two of them were alone in a room at Bale’s residence. She said he massaged her leg and foot and, while massaging her, placed her foot on his genitals, moving her foot around in a circular motion. She said he told her not to tell anyone because “parents think it is weird for adults to massage kids feet”.
The victim’s mother reported the incident to the Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff’s Detective Manny Cuervo interviewed Bale about the accusations. Bale made statements which corroborated the victim’s story. Bale was arrested and charged with lewd and lascivious behavior and he was booked into jail.
A Stock Island man was arrested last Thursday on multiple charges relating to two separate cases; another man is still wanted.
Last Thursday, deputies responded to harassing phone calls at the Thrifty Car Rental counter at the Key West Airport. When Deputy Matthew Krol arrived, the victim told him 29 year old Orlando Grimon had been calling her repeatedly on the business phone and on her cell phone. The deputy answered the phone twice when Grimon called and told him to stop calling. Grimon told the deputy it was free speech, he had a right to call and he he was going to keep calling. He used some obscenities, then hung up. He continued to call the victim as Deputy Krol spoke to her.
The victim told the deputy Grimon had threatened to damage her car, and had threatened to hurt her. When Deputy Krol took the victim out to her car to check on it, they found a large dent in the hood which she said wasn’t there previously.
Grimon was spotted, in his vehicle, parked near the airport and he was taken into custody. He was charged with making harassing phone calls and aggravated stalking.
A check on Grimon’s name revealed an outstanding warrant for his arrest. Grimon was wanted for dealing in stolen property and for criminal mischief. The charges stem from an incident that took place on Stock Island at the end of August.
On August 28, three vehicles were burglarized at Coral Hammock’s Condominiums on MacDonald Avenue on Stock Island. A purse, Iphone and two handguns were stolen from the vehicles. While deputies were on the scene investigating, dispatchers sent them to a fight call on Laurel Avenue, just a block away.
When they got to the fight, they found Grimon driving away from the scene. He told them he was the one who called 911. He said he just bought an Iphone from another man, 26 year old Dalvis Perez, for $100. He said when the phone didn’t work, he got mad and returned the phone demanding his money back. He said after he got his money back he threw the phone on the ground, shattering it. He said he thought Perez pointed a gun at him so he called 911. He said the weapon Perez had turned out to be a stick.
In subsequent interviews, Grimon said he knew the phone was worth more than the money he paid for it. He admitted he should have known the phone was stolen since he’d known Perez for years and had similar dealings with him in the past. Pieces of the phone he broke were recovered, including the SIM card, and it was identified the phone stolen from one of the vehicles at Coral Hammock.
There are currently outstanding warrants on file for Perez. He was caught on surveillance video using a credit card stolen from one of the vehicles that was burglarized, and the purse stolen in the vehicle burglaries was recovered from a dumpster in front of his trailer on Stock Island. Perez is wanted for fraudulent use of someone else’s ID and fraudulent use of a credit card, as well as dealing in stolen property.
The guns stolen from the burglarized vehicles have not yet been recovered. They are described as a .44 magnum Smith and Wesson revolver with a black finish and a 9 mm semi automatic Ultra Star handgun with a black finish.
Detective Spenser Bryan is the investigator assigned to the case.
Anyone with information about this crime, about the location of Perez or the location of the two handguns should contact the Sheriff’s Office. Callers may also contact Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys. Tipsters can remain anonymous and, if a tip leads to an arrest in the case, the caller would be eligible for a cash reward. The Crime Stoppers hot line number is 1-800-346-TIPS. Tips may also be submitted on line at www.tipsubmit.com.
Deputy Chris Duncan was on patrol at 2 p.m. Saturday in the vicinity of 55th Street and Highway U.S. 1 in Marathon when a motorist flagged him down. The motorist said he’d just witnessed a man threaten another man with a knife at a nearby bus stop.
Deputy Duncan responded to the bus stop and, as he was approaching two men, he saw one of them putting something into a back pack. He ordered the man to keep his hands in sight, but the man ignored the order and continued his actions. The man was later identified as 50 year old Chris Daniel Conrad.
Further investigation revealed the item the man was putting into the back pack was a knife. The other man told Deputy Duncan Conrad had threatened to kill him with the knife. This report was consistent with the report from the witness.
Conrad was arrested. He was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest. He was booked into jail.
A Big Coppitt Key woman was arrested Saturday afternoon for threatening a neighbor with a gun.
When Deputy Wendy Negron arrived at the Shore Drive home just after 4 p.m., the male victim told her he’d just been threatened with a gun by the woman who lives upstairs.
Deputy Negron went upstairs and knocked on the door. 40 year old Shana Brady answered and told the deputy her gun was in her bedroom. A semi automatic handgun, loaded with the safety disengaged, was recovered from the bedroom.
She said her downstairs tenant’s dog was barking and scratching at her door. She said she got her gun and went downstairs with the dog. She said she knocked on the door downstairs and the tenant opened it. She said he started to threaten her so she pulled out her gun and pointed it at him.
Brady was arrested. She was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and she was booked into jail.