Nov 15
Man threatens wife with a gun

A Big Pine man is in jail charged with threatening his wife with a gun.

The victim told deputies she and her husband, 45 year old Matthew Sutton, got into an argument at their home on Avenue E at 7:30 p.m. last Thursday. She said during the argument, he pointed a handgun at her and told her he had “perfect aim”. She said he told her she had three choices – him, her son, or her life.

She said she was in fear that he would kill her, so she left the residence and went to a friend’s house. Sutton left their home and went to his place of business, AARGH Golfcart Maintenance and Service in Marathon.

Deputies responded to the business and found him sleeping in his office. He admitted to having a gun in his hand when he argued with his wife and said it was possible he had pointed it at her. Sutton was charged with aggravated assault with a firearm and he was taken to jail.

Nov 15
Man charged with domestic battery, robbery

A Stock Island man was arrested Sunday, charged with battering his girlfriend, then robbing her.

The victim first called the Sheriff’s Office on Friday afternoon to report her boyfriend, 28 year old Alberto Diaz, had battered her. She said on November 6th he became angry about phone calls she made. She said he shoved her to the ground, injuring her arm. He then reportedly choked her.

Deputy Lazaro Valdes took a report of the incident.

Hours later, at 9:40 p.m., Deputy Spencer Curry responded to the Rusty Anchor restaurant where the victim works. She was holding a bag of ice to the back of her head, where she had a large lump.

She told Deputy Curry she’d left the restaurant to ride her bike to the store for cigarettes. She said Diaz rode his bike into hers, knocking her onto the ground. She got up and tried to run, but he grabbed her by the hair, throwing her down. He punched her several times, then stole her money and cell phone from her back pocket and fled.

Warrants were issued for Diaz and on Sunday he was arrested by Deputy Valdes. He was charged with two counts of battery, domestic battery, robbery and grand theft. He was booked into jail.

Nov 15
Stock Island man found passed out with marijuana, cocaine

A Stock island man, found passed out in his car with the vehicle running, was arrested Tuesday after deputies found cocaine and a large amount of marijuana in his possession.

Deputy David Lariz was on bike patrol at 9 p.m. in the area of 9th Avenue and Cross Streets when he saw a black Infinity parked half in the roadway with the motor running. When he looked inside he saw a man passed out, lying on the front seat.

He got no response when he knocked on the window so he opened the door to check on the man and immediately smelled an odor similar to burnt marijuana in the car. There were amounts of a green leafy substance found a number of different places inside the car, along with a plastic bag with cocaine in it. The man in the car was identified as 29 year old Orlando Grimon.

Deputy Ian Cooper responded as back up. A tow truck was called to tow the car and Grimon was placed under arrest. As the tow truck driver was hooking up the vehicle, Deputy Cooper noticed two large plastic bags in the driver’s side wheel well of the car. The bags were filled with a total of 8.8 ounces of marijuana.

At the jail, when Grimon was informed about the finding of the hidden marijuana, he said “I was hoping they did not find that.” He was charged with possession of cocaine and a felony amount of marijuana.

Nov 08
More child porn charges levied

Sheriff’s Major Crimes detectives brought more child pornography charges against a man arrested earlier this year.

39 year old Robert Pearl, AKA Robert Trotter, was originally arrested in February for driver’s license fraud. He and his wife gave fake driver’s licenses as ID when they applied for work at Gilbert’s Resort in Key Largo. They were found to have outstanding warrants in California under their real names.

Pearl was further charged with multiple counts of possessing child pornography in May of this year after an examination of a computer in his possession turned up a number of illegal images.

The investigation has continued, along with further examination of the computer’s hard drive. On Saturday, Pearl was further charged with seven more counts of sexual performance by a child because he possessed videos of underage children performing sexual acts.

Pearl remains in the Monroe County Detention Center.

Nov 08
Two arrested for stolen camera

An adult and a teen were arrested Saturday, charged with stealing a camera from a Big Pine Key church and pawning it.

An employee at the Vineyard Church reported someone took the high-end Nikon camera from an unlocked media room at the church. He reported it missing on October 8. He said he’d last seen it on October 4. Detective Diane Mimosa was assigned to investigate the case. She ran the camera’s serial number through the Sheriff’s Office pawn shop software and discovered it had been pawned October 7 at Real Deal Jewelry and Pawn.

The pawn shop clerk told her it had been pawned by 20 year old Devontshe Carey of Key West, who had been accompanied in the shop by another younger male. When Detective Mimosa confronted Carey, he told her a 15 year old Key West teen had accompanied him to the pawn shop. He told her the same teen was the one who gave him the camera. He said the teen told him several different stories about where the camera came from. He admitted he lied when he signed the pawn shop forms saying the camera was his and was not stolen.

The assistant pastor of the church told Detective Mimosa the 15 year old was at the church around the time the camera was stolen. He said he saw the 15 year old go upstairs to get his younger brother. He said the brother was playing video games in a room near where the camera was kept.

The 15 year old told the detective he found the camera inside a backpack outside the church.

The 15 year old was charged with dealing in stolen property. Carey was charged with giving false information in the pawn transaction. Both were booked at the Monroe County Detention Center.

Nov 08
Man arrested for fleeing deputies

A man with a driver’s license from British Columbia was arrested Tuesday after failing to stop for deputies and driving recklessly.

Sergeant Dennis Coleman responded to a disturbance at Knight’s Key Campground Tuesday. According to callers, a man had thrown water on another camper’s tent and had been rambling about religious issues. He left the campground driving an older red Ford pickup truck with a bicycle in the bed of the truck.

Sgt. Coleman saw the truck pass him heading southbound from Knight’s Key and he turned around and attempted to stop it. The truck failed to stop. The sergeant followed the truck across the Seven Mile Bridge. The truck failed to stop, instead dangerously passing numerous vehicles, almost hitting several head on.

The dangerous driving continued as the truck proceeded across the Bahia Honda Bridge and onto Big Pine Key. Finally the truck turned off the highway into St. Peter’s Church on Big Pine Key.

73 year old James Paterson jumped out of the truck. Sgt. Coleman and Deputy Paul Bean ordered him to the ground. Paterson began yelling that he was “on sacred ground” and that the officers “could not touch” him. He struggled as they took him into custody.

Paterson was charged with reckless driving, fleeing and eluding police and resisting arrest with violence. He was booked into jail.

Nov 01
Suspect who fired at deputies is shot and killed

A suspect who fired a gun earlier this week was shot and killed at a home in Islamorada.

Deputies responded to a shots fired call just before 1 p.m. at 118 Bayview Isles Drive in the Venetian Shores Subdivision of Islamorada. When they arrived, a witness on the scene told them the suspect, 73 year old Robert Parlette, Jr., was behind the house with a gun.

The officers walked behind the house. Parlette fired at them. They fired back, hitting him in the chest. He was transported to Mariner’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement will be the lead investigating agency. This is standard procedure for an officer involved shooting.

Nov 01
Search warrant in Marathon yields drug arrests

Detectives from the Sheriff’s Special Investigations Unit, assisted by road patrol deputies, served a search warrant at a Marathon residence Tuesday afternoon, arresting two people on drug related charges.

The warrant was served at 3 p.m., at 212 Lindahl Street in Marathon. Outside detectives encountered 28 year old Kevin Aaron Lewis. Inside, they found 27 year old Bradford Phillips.

A search of the residence turned up 22 pieces of crack cocaine and half of a crack cocaine cookie that had not yet been broken up into pieces. The crack cocaine weighed 10.6 grams. They also found a small amount of marijuana, and $1,000 in cash which was seized because it was suspected to be the proceeds of drug sales.

Phillips was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Lewis was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

Nov 01
Stock Island man charged with home invasion robbery

A Stock Island man is in jail attempting to rob another man, and hitting him in the head repeatedly.

Deputies responded to 6500 Maloney Avenue, #52B at 1:20 a.m. last Thursday to reports of a disturbance involving a person with a gun. When Sgt. Evan Calhoun arrived, he knocked on the door of the residence and 18 year old Ernest Douby answered the door with a gun in his hand. He was ordered to drop the gun, which turned out to be a realistic looking airsoft pistol. As he was being detained, he was yelling about someone named “Orlando” who owed him $1,000.

Deputies Andrew Hudson and Donald Stulken arrived as back up. The officers went inside and found the victim lying on his bed, bleeding from injuries to his head. Further investigation revealed he’d been struck in the head with the pistol several times. The victim said Douby was the one who hit him. He said he thinks Douby may have been after several money orders he has in his house.

A check on Douby’s name revealed a warrant for failure to comply with drug court requirements. He was charged with the warrant, and with home invasion robbery and battery. He was booked into jail.

Oct 25
Business checked for alcohol sales to minors

On October 18 The Special Investigations Division conducted an operation checking businesses that sell alcohol in the Lower Keys. Twenty businesses were checked including restaurants, convenience stores and bars. Two of the businesses served alcohol to minors during our investigations. The two people who sold the alcohol were given notices to appear before a Monroe County Judge.

The following are a list of the Business, and suspects who sold the alcohol:

·  Kickin Back Food Store on Cudjoe Key. Attendant – Daniel E Smith, 23 years of age. Notice to appear issued.

· Walgreens on Big Pine Key. Attendant – Rosa Bundy Gilday, 31 years of age.  Notice to appear issued.

The Sale Clerk violations are up to 60 days in jail, a $500 fine, $235 in court cost, $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.


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