A 17 year old Stock Island boy was arrested after he violently attacked and robbed a man in the early morning hours Monday.
The victim told Deputy Wendy Negron he left work on 1st Street at 12:45 a.m. He was on foot, and turned onto Maloney Avenue. He said he heard someone yell at him and, when he turned to see who it was he was attacked. He said a young Hispanic male knocked him to the ground, beat him, kicked him and stole $70 from his pocket. He described his attacker as wearing black and white checkered shorts and a baseball cap, and said he fled the scene on a bicycle.
The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment of his injuries. Sgt. Evan Calhoun found a suspect fitting the description on 4th Avenue a short time later. Although the boy refused to give the sergeant information about where he lives, a search in computers revealed his address at an apartment on 5th Avenue. Sgt. Calhoun transported the boy to the location and contacted his father. The father said his son is on probation for similar offenses.
The victim identified the boy as his attacker. An officer with the Department of Juvenile Justice responded and took the boy into custody on charges of battery, robbery, theft and resisting arrest.
A Long Key marina was targeted by boat burglars Sunday in the early morning hours.
The owner of Seabird Marina told Deputy Andrew Siefert he checked the marina at 12:30 a.m. before going to bed. He said he awoke at 8 a.m. to find 11 boats had been broken into and electronics had been taken.
The owners of the boats were notified of the crimes and a crime scene detective responded to process all the boats for possible evidence of who the suspects might have been.
Anyone with information about these crimes should contact the Sheriff’s Office. Callers may also contact Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys. Crime Stoppers 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.
A Marathon man was arrested after he pulled another man out of his car and attacked him.
The victim was driving through the parking lot of Sea Grape apartments in Marathon Sunday at 5:20 p.m. He stopped his vehicle and suddenly, 27 year old Raul Pavon grabbed his car door, jerked it open violently, damaging the door in the process, and pulled him out of his vehicle.
As Pavon began pushing him and telling him he was going to beat him, the victim’s wife intervened and she was also pushed. Her mother saw what was happening and called the Sheriff’s Office for help.
When Deputy Greg LaRochelle arrived, he took Pavon into custody. Pavon said he attacked the victim because he was tired of him speeding through the parking lot of the apartment complex where his daughter sometimes walks around.
Pavon was charged with two counts of battery, burglary to a vehicle and criminal mischief. He was taken to jail.
Sheriff’s Special Investigations detectives executed a search warrant at a Marathon residence last Thursday just after noon
The warrant was served at 1571 Overseas Highway Lot 70 in Marathon, detectives located 64 year old Lazaro Hernandez inside the residence. The search of the trailer turned up 13 prepackaged baggies of powdered cocaine, with a total weight of 8.1 grams.
Hernandez was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.
A Key West woman who became violent Monday night was arrested on multiple charges including neglecting her child’s welfare, attacking the child’s father and his brother and then fighting with officers who arrived to arrest her.
When Detective Lissette Zuelch arrived at the trailer on Front Street at 9 p.m., she found 24 year old Marjorie Maradiaga holding her 11 month old infant. She was visibly impaired, having trouble standing and slurring her words. Detective Zuelch asked her to hand the child over for safety’s sake. Maradiaga refused. With the help of Deputies Joe Cortner and Wendy Negron, the child was removed from her mother and Maradiaga was then detained as the deputies investigated the complaint.
A Little Torch Key man was arrested Tuesday, charged with stealing a generator and tools from a Big Pine Key home and pawning them at a local pawn shop.
According to Detective Diane Mimosa, who investigated the case, 31 year old Jeremy Yrsha went to the home on Hollerich Drive in April because he’d purchased a sailboat and it was stored on the property. While there, he took the sailboat and other items he was entitled to take that went with the boat. He also took a generator and a bag of tools that were in the same storage areas of the home.
The generator belonged to a neighbor, who was keeping it there with the homeowner’s permission. He told Deputy Jon Riggs he stops by the house periodically to check on the property. He said when he checked the property in late April, he found a door open and his generator gone. He also found a bag of tools missing. The tools belonged to the homeowner.
He called the Sheriff’s Office after he went to Molly’s Pawn Shop and found his generator and the bag of tools at the shop. He told the deputy he’d spoken to the tenant of the home on Hollerich Drive. The tenant mentioned that he’d sold a sailboat to Yrsha, and that he’d allowed Yrsha to stop by the house and pick up the boat without being there himself. He said it was possible Yrsha had taken the stolen items.
The owner of the pawn shop told Detective Mimosa that Yrsha had come to the shop with another man and pawned the generator and the tools. He said he paid Yrsha a total of $90 for the items.
After interviewing Yrsha, and the other man who’d been with him at the pawn shop, Detective Mimosa got a warrant for Yrsha’s arrest. Yrsha was arrested Tuesday and charged with burglary, grand theft and dealing in stolen property.
Two women from Miami were arrested for burglary at a home on Croton Lane, Big Pine Key Sunday evening.
Deputies Martin Reyes and Spencer Curry responded to the home at 8:50 p.m. after the property manager called to say someone was in the house who did not belong there. Deputy Reyes was first to arrive. When he knocked on the door, he heard someone running out the back. He apprehended 27 year old Mariela Abarca and 22 year old Janel Vega.
The property manager, who lives nearby, said no one had permission to be in the house. The owner lives in New Jersey.
Abarca and Vega both told the deputies they drove down from Miami with no destination in mind. They said they spotted the house and thought it looked nice because it was on a canal, had a hammock hanging outside and looked like there was no one around.
They both said they had some food, so they went up on the porch of the house to eat it. They said the sliding glass door in the back opened when they pushed on it, so them went inside to heat up their food and to watch television.
The rear sliding glass door showed signs it had been forced open. A small amount of marijuana was found in a bag belonging to Abarca.
Both of the women were arrested. They were charged with burglary, criminal mischief and trespassing. Abarca was additionally charged with possession of marijuana.
The crime rate in those areas patrolled by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office decreased in 2012, according to a report released by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. FDLE tracks Major Index Crimes on a yearly basis for all counties and municipalities. Major Index Crimes include murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny (theft), and vehicle theft.
“We are proud to say our crime rate continues to go down due in large part to the strong partnership our agency has with the community,” said Sheriff Rick Ramsay. “Our deputies and detectives work hard to keep our community safe and they do a great job, but their job would be much harder without the help of everyone who lives, works and visits the Florida Keys.”
The crime rate in Sheriff’s Office jurisdiction has consistently gone down on a yearly basis since the early 1990s. The number of crimes is now more than half that of the rate in 1991. In 2012, the rate decreased by 3.4% from 2011.
Overall, the change was spread out over all the index crimes. There was a significant decrease in larceny crimes, with small increases in burglary, aggravated assault and robbery. Murders went from one in 2011 to two in 2012. Rape remained the same.
“We are particularly pleased because we saw our clearance rate for crimes increase,” said Sheriff Ramsay. “Clearing crimes in a county with as many visitors as we have is very difficult sometimes. Victims go home and are hard to find, suspects are often from another jurisdiction. Many crimes go unreported for long periods because we have so many part time residents.”
There are two ways to clear a case: by arrest, or “Cleared by Exception”, which means an offender has been identified but there is something beyond the agency’s control which keeps that offender from being arrested. An example would be that the offender is dead, extradition is denied, or the case involves a juvenile offender who cannot be charged for some reason.
A man who owns Oscar’s Jewelry on Stock Island was issued a notice to appear in court Monday for violating the requirements of his second hand dealer’s license.
Detectives Dave Chavka and David Cruz responded to the business to do an inspection after receiving information that Leandro Oscar Alvarez was not keeping proper records and was possibly violating the law in other ways regarding the operation of his business. Records showed Alvarez had been properly trained in the use of the R.A.P.I.D. system, a computerized record keeping system required for all second hand dealers in the county.
When the detectives conducted their inspection, they found Alvarez was not using the system. In fact, his record keeping consisted of a small envelopes containing only scanty information of his transactions. He failed to produce required records that were required by law, including identification of the person he was dealing with, dates and times of transactions, specifics of the items he was taking possession of, thumbprints of the sellers, signatures and contact information of sellers. He also did not have his scale calibrated as required by law.
Alvarez was issued a notice to appear in court for violation of second hand dealer record keeping requirements.
A Sugarloaf Key woman was stopped in her vehicle for not wearing a seat belt. She ended up in jail for multiple traffic violations.
The Sheriff’s Office is currently participating in the national Click-it or Ticket campaign, which is taking place from May 20th to June 2nd.
Traffic Enforcement Deputy David Fernandez was at the triangle, at the entrance to Key West watching northbound traffic when he saw a gold Toyota Corolla. The driver, later identified as 56 year old Diane Denolf, was not wearing a seat belt. He pulled behind her with his lights and siren, stopping her just over the Cow Key Channel Bridge.
Denolf could not provide her driver’s license. She was visibly nervous. The deputy saw a brown paper bag which looked like it had some kind of beverage in it. Deputy Fernandez returned to his vehicle to run a check on her. As he was doing so, she got out of her car and approached him. He asked her to return to her vehicle until he was finished. Denolf returned to her vehicle. She then suddenly took off, northbound.
Deputy Fernandez followed, calling ahead for additional deputies to be on alert to her approach. She was stopped with the help of Sgt. Kevin Mimosa at the 8 mile marker of the highway. This time, she was wearing her seat belt.
She refused to get out of the car, so the deputies had to struggle with her to remove her. She was placed under arrest and handcuffed. In the paper bag, the officers found an open and still chilled container of Miller Light. Denolf was charged with fleeing and eluding police, resisting arrest, possession of an open container of alcohol, having no proof of insurance, having an expired tag and not wearing a seat belt. She was booked into jail.