Monroe County Sheriff’s Office
Daily Crime and Information Report

Issued by the Media Relations Office,
Public Information Officer Deputy Becky Herrin

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December 30, 2011

Two men found dead inside boat

Key Largo - Two men were found dead this morning inside a boat. The boat was on a trailer, parked in the boat yard at the Pilot House Marina in Key Largo.

Detectives say there are no obvious signs of foul play and the deaths may be accidental. They found the owner of the 32 foot Wellcraft, 45 year old Bernard Boucher, of Fort Lauderdale and 58 year old Benoit Paquet also of Fort Lauderdale, in the enclosed cabin of the boat; there was a portable generator in the engine compartment.

Both men exhibited signs of possible carbon monoxide poisoning; their skin was reddish pink in color. They had no other visible injuries.

A friend of Boucher said Boucher had come to the Keys to pick up his boat. He was going to trailer it back to Fort Lauderdale so it could be worked on.

The Medical Examiner’s Office will be investigating the cause of the men’s death.

December 27, 2011

Man arrested for cutting another man’s neck during fight

Key Largo – One man is in jail and the other one was treated at Mariner’s Hospital after a fight on board a boat moored offshore of Key Largo Monday night.

The 32 year old victim, Peter Molo of West Palm Beach, told Deputies Vaughn O’Keefe and Julie Smith his girlfriend dropped him off at about 8 p.m. at Mandalay Marina  Restaurant after they got into an argument. He was in the bar when he met the suspect, 49 year old Scott Brady. Brady reportedly asked him back to the boat he lives on, which is moored just  offshore.

Once on the boat, the two men continued drinking. They got into an argument. The victim said Brady made sexual advances toward him which he rejected; he said Brady then became angry and cut his throat with a knife. Brady told deputies the victim became enraged for an unknown reason and tried to choke him, so he grabbed a knife and cut him with it.

After the fight, Brady got into his dinghy with his dog and returned to shore. At the Mandalay Marina restaurant, he told the restaurant manager he’d cut the victim during a fight. The manager called the Sheriff’s Office at 9:20 p.m. for assistance.

Marina staff assisted deputies in going out to the boat to check on the victim; they brought him back to shore where he was taken by paramedics to Mariner’s Hospital to be treated for a cut on his neck. Brady was arrested and charged with aggravated battery. His dog was taken to the Key Largo Animal Shelter for care while the owner is in jail.

Man arrested for trying to steal metal pieces

Stock Island – A Key West man was caught as he was trying to steal pieces of metal from a business on Stock Island.

One of the managers of F & W Fencing on 3rd Avenue was riding her bike to work just before noon Monday when she heard clanking metal coming from the fenced area owned by the business. When she stopped to check on it she saw 49 year old Serafin Alvarez picking up pieces of metal and throwing them over the fence. She called her husband, who is the other business manager; he responded and began talking to Alvarez as his wife called the Sheriff’s Office.

When Deputy Kim Trullender arrived, Alvarez was still on the scene. He was placed under arrest, charged with burglary and he was taken to jail.

December 26, 2011

Four arrested for boat burglaries

Key Largo – Four people from Miami were arrested early on Christmas morning, caught in the act burglarizing a boat in Key Largo.

Sheriff’s dispatchers received a call at 2:45 a.m. from a man who lives on Island Drive. He said he was looking out the window and could see someone on his boat, docked behind the house.

Deputies James Warino, Tony Conde, Matthew O’Neill and Sgt. E.B. Askins responded. When they arrived, they saw the cabin door of the boat ajar; they ordered the two men on board to come out and lie down on the boat’s deck. The men complied with the orders.

Investigations revealed they had two backpacks with them, and were using screwdrivers to remove the electronics from the console of the boat.

Detective Sgt. David Carey responded, along with Crime Scene Detective Barney Sajdak. The victim told them he’d seen a strange car parked in a nearby vacant lot. The two detectives approached the car and found two women inside. The women admitted they were in Key Largo with the men caught burglarizing the boat. Both women said they knew what them men were up to, but did not report the illegal activity to the police. One of them said she’d been to the Keys before with her boyfriend to “steal things”.

In the car, detectives found two GPS systems, a flat screen television and other electronics. An investigation of homes nearby revealed another vessel with damage and missing electronics. The owner was contacted and he identified one of the GPS devices as belonging to his boat.

All four people were arrested. 26 year old Victor Matias and 21 year old Terrance McCray were both charged with two counts each of burglary, criminal mischief and possession  of burglary tools; 25 year old Nadiege Andre and 18 year old Jackqlin McCray were both charged with two counts each of being an accessory after the fact to those crimes.

Investigations into their activities is continuing. Detectives say they believe the group may have been involved in other boat burglaries which have taken place in the upper Keys in recent weeks.

Man arrested after firefighters report shots fired

Key Largo – A Key largo man was arrested after firefighters reported he was shooting at them on Christmas Eve.

Firefighters responded to reports of an illegal fire on Coral Way. When they arrived, they found the fire still smoldering. As they were investigating the circumstances, they suddenly radioed Sheriff’s dispatchers that the homeowner was shooting at them. They said he was reloading his gun and coming after them and they needed assistance.

In later interviews with firefighters, they told deputies the homeowner, 29 year old John Ferraro, was extremely belligerent to them; he began cursing at them; he told them when he found out who reported the fire he was going to drag them through the fire and kill them.  They said at one point he went into his house, and because of his demeanor, the firefighters decided to get behind their fire truck as a protective measure. One of them reported seeing Ferraro run from his house carrying what looked like a shotgun or rifle.  It was at that point they heard three loud bangs which sounded to them like gunfire.

Deputy Tony Conde was first on the scene. He approached the house cautiously, carrying his patrol rifle. Ferraro’s wife came out of the house, followed by Ferraro who began yelling and cursing at the deputy, challenging him to put down the gun and “fight like a man.” He was ordered to the ground and refused to comply, continuing to yell challenges at Deputy Conde.

Ferraro turned around and began to walk away, putting his hand in his shorts pocket. At that point, the deputy used his Taser to gain compliance.

Ferraro continued his refusals to comply with the deputies orders. He was tased two more times before he could be taken safely into custody.

Further investigations revealed Ferraro did not have a gun; he had actually grabbed a pipe, pointed it at the firefighters and then had hit several objects with it, making the loud banging noise.

He was arrested, charged with resisting arrest and he was taken to jail.

December 23, 2011

Cudjoe man injures himself and his friend in explosion

Cudjoe Key – Deputies responded to Doubloon Lane early today after neighbors reported hearing a loud booming sound, possibly an explosion.

When Deputies Massiel Brimo, Spencer Bryan and Chris Duncan arrived at 12:30 a.m., a number of residents were standing outside their homes. They told the deputies a truck had just left one of the homes on Doubloon Lane and appeared to be in a hurry. The deputies managed to catch up to the truck and pull it over; the driver, 45 year old Fredrick Lytton, appeared to be impaired; he said he had just left the house at 131 Doubloon Lane because “a bomb just went off”. The deputies asked him if anyone at the house was hurt and he said yes, a man was in the house and was hurt.

Deputies returned to the house where the explosion occurred; a man and a woman were underneath the house. They were asked to come away from the house for their own safety. Sherry and Derwood Stewart told the deputies their son, 37 year old Brett Stewart, and his friend Lytton had been drinking and had blown something up under the house using welding torches. Stewart was upstairs in the house in the shower with the window open. The deputies could hear him through the open window moaning in pain. He couldn’t hear them calling to him, however, because his ears had been damaged by the noise of the explosion.

Paramedics were called to the scene. Sgt. Tom Walker responded and was able to shut off the welding torches that were under the house and render the scene safe. Deputies were then able to enter and bring Stewart out of the house for treatment of his injuries. He suffered burns on his torso and he was transported to Lower Keys Medical Center for treatment.

Lytton was also transported to the hospital to be checked for injuries. Before his transport, he told Deputy Bryan he and Stewart were downstairs drinking when Stewart said “watch this”. He grabbed a black trash bag and began to fill it with acetylene and oxygen from a welder he uses to work on cars under the house. Steward said as the bag began to expand they both had their arms wrapped around it. It exploded in their arms injuring both men.

Boat, stolen from Key Largo, recovered in Mexico

Key Largo - A yacht, stolen from a Key Largo marina in October, was recovered recently in Mexico. Investigations into its theft are continuing.

The 55 foot Sedan  Bridge Sea Ray, valued at $800,000, was taken from Marina Del Mar on October 13th. Called the “Cynthia Marie”, it belonged to a man from Miami Beach. He said he brought the boat to the keys and left it at the marina intending to return later in the week with his family for a weekend stay. He said he gave no one permission to take it.

According to detectives working the case, the company who insured the vessel recovered it somewhere in Mexico and returned it to the United States where it is currently being stored at the U.S. Coast Guard station in Key West; investigations into the boat’s theft are continuing.

Bond agent arrested for paying inmates to solicit bonds

A bonds agent has been arrested, charged with five counts of illegally soliciting bonds using inmates in Monroe County jail facilities.

According to an investigation by Detective Francisco Gaete, 50 year old Jacqueline Canela used inmates to solicit bonds from other inmates. In return, she offered to reduce the amounts they had to pay her for their own bonds; in some cases she offered to pay the inmates money, either into their canteen accounts at the jail, or to a family member. Detective Gaete began investigating the case in November after another bonding agent reported the illegal activity. He told the detective a long-time client of his was being paid to solicit bonds for Dondee Bail Bonds out of Homestead, Florida.

Detective Gaete began looking into the accusations, pulling a number of audio recordings from the jail’s phone system. He found a large number of conversations between Canela and various inmates which confirmed the illegal activity was taking place.

During the course of his investigation, he also found a conversation between 22 year old Gyselle Venero and an inmate at the detention center. During the phone call, Venero claims to be a bond agent and claims to work for Dondee Bail Bonds; she tells the inmate she will pay her if she solicits bonds for her inside the jail. Further investigation revealed Venero is not a licensed bond agent and is not registered to write bonds for Dondee Bail Bonds.

Today, Miami Dade Police picked up Canela at her Miami home and booked her on an outstanding warrant for five counts of using inmates to solicit bonds; detectives say they have not been able to locate Venero, who is currently wanted on one count of acting as a bond agent without a license.

The investigation into the case is continuing and more arrests may be pending.

December 17, 2011

Traffic stop leads to Marijuana arrest

Key Largo – Deputies on routine patrol stopped a vehicle which was driving with it’s headlights off. They found a large amount of marijuana inside.

Deputy Bryan Cross and Sgt. Jason Madnick saw the gold colored Suburban turn onto the highway from a side street near the 97 mile marker at 1 a.m. The vehicle did not have its headlights on. As the car passed the two patrol cars, the driver turned on his vehicle’s lights. Deputy Cross decided to pull the vehicle over to make sure the driver was all right.

As Deputy Cross approached the car, he heard something hit the ground on the passenger side, as if it was thrown from the window. Sgt. Madnick recovered a glass smoking pipe on that side of the vehicle. On the floorboards in the back of the Suburban, Deputy Cross spotted a bud of Marijuana. Sticking out from under the rear passenger seat was a plastic bag with 74 grams of marijuana inside. In the rear passenger’s pocket was another plastic bag with 14 grams of marijuana inside. He also had $604 in cash in his pockets, which was seized.

19 year old Daniel Ospina of Tavernier, was arrested for possession of marijuana after admitting all the marijuana was his. The front passenger, 19 year old Kevin Henry of Tavernier, admitted the pipe was his so he was issued a notice to appear in court for possession of drug paraphernalia. The driver, 19 year old Erdel Yanes of Plantation Key, was issued a warning for driving without headlights.

December 16, 2011

Operation Taxi Cab Confessions

Special Investigations Detectives completed an extensive investigation Thursday they called Taxi Cab Confessions.

Over a four month time period, undercover detectives worked as cab drivers in the Marathon area. During the course of the investigation, they purchased a number of illegal substances from people and purchased stolen property as well. Detectives made purchases of marijuana and cocaine, and also purchased six stolen GPS devices and two stolen radar detectors. The stolen property was traced back to a number of car burglaries which took place between Marathon and Cudjoe Key.

Detectives were able to identify a number of drug dealers, as well as where they lived. On Thursday morning, they wrapped up the investigation by serving a search warrant at the Marathon home of a woman who had sold them cocaine on two occasions.

The warrant was served at 10 a.m. Wednesday, at 167 23rd Street Ocean in Marathon. The search turned up a black zippered case with ten grams of powdered cocaine and two and a half crack cocaine cookies inside. The case was hidden outside the back of the house.

38 year old Pshantell Scott was on the premises when the warrant was served and was taken into custody for two outstanding warrants for sale of cocaine. The warrants were issued during the course of Operation Taxi Cab Confessions. She was booked into jail.

During the course of the day, detectives also served more outstanding warrants issued as a result of Operation Taxi Cab Confessions, including:

Several more arrests are expected in connection with the operation.

December 15, 2011

Stolen truck, excavator recovered in Miami

Miami – Miami Dade Police recovered a stolen tractor trailer rig with the excavator machinery on the back taken from Marathon.

The truck was stolen sometime between December 8th and December 11th. It was being used in connection with sewer work in the Marathon area.

The equipment was found, abandoned, at 3611 N.W. South River Drive in Miami. According to reports, the ignition had been punched on the truck in order to start it.

There was no arrest made in the case, which is still under investigation.

December 14, 2011

Bank Robbery on Stock Island

Stock Island – Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a bank robbery at a branch of First State Bank on Maloney Avenue, Stock Island.

At 11 a.m. today, a man walked in to the bank and demanded money from one of the tellers. She complied with his request and he left on foot in an unknown direction of travel. The white male suspect was wearing a dark blue hooded sweatshirt, with the hood pulled up and long blue jeans. His face was covered with a black ski mask, and he was wearing white colored latex gloves. Witnesses said he had bright blue eyes and spoke with an accent. He did not display any weapons during the robbery.

A detective was on the scene within four minutes, but a search of the vicinity did not result in an apprehension of the suspect. The lead investigator on the case is Detective Donald Catala.

Anyone with information about this crime should contact the Sheriff’s Office. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys. If a tip leads to an arrest, 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 like at www.tipsubmit.com.

December 12, 2011

Detectives working to find owners of stolen property

Sheriff’s detectives say they are trying to find the owners of property recovered during the investigation of automobile burglaries in the upper Keys.

On December 6th, 39 year old Jason Seeger of Key Largo was arrested after he was caught trying to sell a power saw he had stolen from a vehicle on Plante Street in Key Largo. In his car, detectives found a large amount of stolen property. Subsequent investigations revealed Seeger had burglarized a number of vehicles parked unlocked on the streets of Key Largo. He has been charged with at least eight vehicle burglaries so far with more charges possibly pending. Much of the stolen property has been returned to the owners of those cars.

During the course of the investigation, though, detectives say they found property in his possession that did not come from any burglaries reported to the Sheriff’s Office. In addition, Seeger told detectives he’d committed an estimated 30 burglaries during his crime spree.

“We believe there are quite a few victims out there whose vehicles were burglarized who have not reported it,” said Captain Don Fanelli. “We need those people to come forward so we can return their property to them,” he said.

Tractor Trailer rig reported stolen

Marathon – Deputies in Marathon took an auto theft report that was rather unusual over the weekend. An oversize tractor trailer truck with an Excavator on the back was taken from its parking spot on 122nd Street in Marathon.

Sunday night, an employee of H.L. Pipeline company called to report the truck had been taken. He said he is currently working on the sewer project in the city of Marathon. He said he parked and locked the truck on the afternoon of December 8th. When he returned to the area on Sunday evening, it was gone. A red caution flag that had been in the truck was found along with some broken glass.

The truck is a Mack Truck with a Lowboy trailer. It had a PC300 Track Excavator on the back. He said it is 75 feet long, almost 12 feet wide and over 14 feet tall; it is so wide it requires an escort permit to operate on the highway.

Detectives will be investigating the case.

Teen arrested for throwing rocks at deputies

Marathon – An 18 year old Marathon teen was arrested early Sunday after he threw rocks at two patrol cars, and then fled when deputies tried to stop him.

Sgt. Joel Slough and Nicholas Abroe responded to 55th Street just before midnight Saturday after reports that someone was throwing rocks at vehicles parked  at the Brass Monkey bar. While they were parked in the lot investigating, they heard rocks impacting the parking lot beside their vehicles; then they saw a rock hit one of the patrol cars.

They began walking around the area looking for suspects in the rock throwing incidents. They found a young man, later identified as Sean Quinlan. When Quinlan saw Sgt. Slough, be took off running. The sergeant ran after him, through Eastwind Apartments. During the chase, he knocked over several items, including a large propane grill. A witness tried to stop him, holding him for a short time, but Quinlan broke away and kept running, hiding in a mangrove area near the apartments.

Deputy Abroe, Deputy Anthony O’Dea and Sgt. Slough searched the area. Quinlan was finally apprehended. When the sergeant asked him why he ran, he said he was afraid he would be arrested for throwing rocks. He was charged with throwing a deadly missile, criminal mischief and resisting arrest. He was booked into jail.

December 9, 2011

Stock Island man charged with burglary

Stock Island – A Stock Island man caught burglarizing a vehicle Thursday afternoon was arrested.

Deputy Kim Trullender responded to reports a man had burglarized a car and was  now fleeing on foot down Suncrest Avenue at 4:30 p.m. When he arrived, the owner of a vehicle repair business was detaining a man he said he caught in the act of burglarizing a Lincoln Aviator parked at his business.

The suspect at first identified himself as Jose Fernandez; he later admitted this name was false. He was finally identified as 30 year old Daniel Rodriguez. He could give no explanation as to why he’d been inside the vehicle that did not belong to him. A large amount of change was found in his pocket.

He was placed under arrest for vehicle  burglary and giving a false name to a law enforcement officer. Once at the jail, a check on his name revealed five outstanding warrants for writing bad checks. He was also charged with those warrants and was booked into jail.

December 8, 2011

Search warrant in Layton    

Layton - Sheriff's Special Investigations Detectives served a search warrant at 9:30 a.m. today on a house in Layton suspected of drug activity.

The warrant was served at 119 Long Key Lake Dr. Unit 3.  Detectives received information from road patrol deputies that they noticed the smell of marijuana from this location. Detectives made contact with George Mitchell Allen at his front door. When he answered the door, detectives were overwhelmed with the odor of marijuana coming from inside. They were able to obtain a search warrant for the residence. A search revealed two rooms and three closets being used to cultivate a total of 42 marijuana plants. The search also turned up approximately 3 pounds of processed marijuana, some that was pre-packaged for sale.

Allen was charged with cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, and possession of drug paraphernalia and he was booked into jail. Border Patrol assisted in the investigation.

Key Largo man caught with stolen property

Key Largo – A Key Largo man was arrested Tuesday afternoon after he was found to have a large amount of stolen property in his vehicle.

Deputies were dispatched to a business in Tavernier after someone reported a suspicious person in the area. When they arrived, 39 year old Jason Seeger was just returning to his car. The owner of the business told deputies Seeger had just tried to sell him a concrete saw. An employee of the business said he saw Seeger trying to clean some lettering off of the saw before trying to sell it and thought it was suspicious, so he called the Sheriff’s Office.

In Seeger’s car, deputies found a large amount of property, including power tools, snorkeling gear, a computer, cash and other tools. The property was traced back to four vehicle burglaries which had been reported that same day. The burglaries took place on Plante Street, 4 Road and Island Drive in Key Largo. The concrete saw Seeger had been trying to sell came from a vehicle on Plante Street.

Seeger told deputies he got the property from someone named “Joe”, but couldn’t provide “Joe’s” last name, where he lives or his phone number.

Also in Seeger’s possession was a prescription bottle with 61 Oxycodone pills inside. He had taken the prescription from his female roommate. She told deputies she did not give him permission to take the pills. A Sunpass transponder was found in the car which was traced back to a Key Largo woman. When deputies contacted her, she told them her car had been burglarized recently and her Sunpass was the only thing stolen.

Seeger was arrested. He was charged with two counts of theft, dealing in stolen property, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and with burglary. More charges are pending as detectives match property with burglary reports and trace the stolen property to the owners.

California man arrested for fraudulent charges on credit card, cell phone

Lower Keys - A California man who used to live and work in the Keys is in jail in Monroe County, accused of using the credit card belonging to his former employer to make purchases; he also used the business’s cellular phone account without permission, racking up over a thousand dollars worth of charges.

In December of 2010, the owner of Florida Keys Party Rentals called to report someone had used his business credit card to charge merchandise from Amazon.com without his permission. When Detectives contacted Amazon.com, they were given the email address used to make the charges and the address the items were shipped to. The address came back to the sister of 26 year old David Acerra, and the address came back to a previous address of his; an address where his ex-wife and child still live in Beverly Hills, California.

Acerra’s sister said she did not give her brother permission to use her email address. She said she received an email confirmation of the purchase and confronted him about it. He admitted to fraudulently using the credit card. She told detectives he had the credit card information because both she and Acerra had worked for the company.

In February of 2011, while the credit card investigation was still going on, the business manager discovered the same email address had been used to chang the business’s Verizon Wireless account on line. Investigations revealed Acerra had changed the email address so the business would no longer receive their billing statements, then had charged goods and services totaling over $1,000.00 to the account without permission between February 2010 and February of 2011.

Warrants were issued for Acerra for two counts of grand theft and fraudulent use of a credit card. On Wednesday, he was returned to the Keys from California to face the charges.

December 4, 2011

Key Largo man arrested after domestic incident

Key Largo – A Key Largo man who beat and kicked his live-in girlfriend was stabbed in the foot as she defended herself; he was also arrested and taken to jail.

A neighbor who lives in the vicinity of Kay Drive and Avenue A called the Sheriff’s Office at 2 a.m. today to report two people fighting in the street. He told responding Deputy Vaughn O’Keefe the man knocked the woman to the ground and was kicking and “stomping” her. He said he saw her grab her cell phone to call for help, and saw the man smash the phone on the ground.

When Deputy O’Keefe arrived, along with Deputies Brian Cross and Pedro Garcia, the couple was gone, but as he began driving around looking for them, he found them near Avenue A and Village Drive. He saw the man throw the woman to the ground and heard her screaming.

As he accelerated toward them, both people ran into a house at 27 Avenue A. He knocked on the door of the residence and announced himself. A woman – the victim – answered the door.

She told Deputy O’Keefe she and her boyfriend,  31 year old Jesus Galindo, had been fighting. She said she went outside because she has three young children and didn’t want to fight in front of them. She said at one point she was able to run back into the house and grab a steak knife which she used to defend herself. She said she tried to call for help twice, but Galindo smashed the first phone and removed the battery from the second phone, telling her she could not call anyone for help.

She said at one point, Galindo was hitting and kicking her and she pulled out the steak knife. She said he tried to kick it out of her hand and the knife went through his foot.

Galindo was found in the residence with the knife blade still all the way through his right foot. He was taken to the hospital for treatment of his injury, then was booked into jail for domestic battery and two counts of depriving the victim of the ability to call 911.

Traffic stop results in drug arrest

Marathon – A Key West man, stopped after he was reported as a reckless driver, was arrested on drug charges.

Sheriff’s dispatchers received a call about a reckless driver at 9 p.m. Saturday. The caller said a silver Hyundai was northbound at the 33 mile marker and was swerving in it’s lane.

Deputy Nicholis Whiteman was at 15th Street in Marathon when he saw the car pass him a short time later. He followed it, observed it swerving in the roadway, and pulled it over at Highway U.S. One and 55th Street. As the driver, 52 year old Timothy Homrighausen, exited the car, the deputy could smell Marijuana coming from inside.

Deputy Whiteman called for an assist by K-9 team Deputy Danielle Malone and Tracer. The dog alerted on the car, indicating the presence of drugs inside. A search of the vehicle turned up Marijuana, Hash, Heroin and a number of pills of various sorts.

Homrighausen was arrested. His car was seized for possible forfeiture, along with $1,880.00 in cash found inside. Homrighausen was charged with possession of all the illegal substances and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was booked into jail.

December 3, 2011

Stabbing in Marathon

Marathon – A man was airlifted to a Miami hospital after being stabbed Friday evening.

Witnesses say they saw the victim, Francisco Alvarez, driving a white Chevrolet pickup truck in the parking lot of D & D Seafood on Coco Plum Road just before 6 p.m. They told Deputy Danielle Malone the suspect was walking on the bike path when it looked like Alvarez tried to hit him with the truck.

The victim then reportedly parked the truck, got out and a confrontation ensued between the two men. The victim swung his fists at the suspect; the suspect then reached into his pocket and pulled out a knife. The suspect swung the knife, stabbing the victim in the area of his shoulder and neck.

The victim reportedly began running away with the suspect chasing him. The victim was found about a quarter mile away, down Coco Plum Road. The suspect fled the scene on a moped.

The victim was airlifted to Kendall Regional Medical Center in Miami for treatment of his injuries. The suspect is still at large. Investigations continue.

December 1, 2011

Confrontation with gun leads to arrest

Marathon – A confrontation between two men this morning involving a gun led to the arrest of the gun-wielding suspect for aggravated assault.

The suspect, 46 year old Jorge Fundora of Hollywood, Florida, reportedly pulled up to the fuel dock on Oceanview Avenue at 5:19 a.m. in his pickup truck with two other men. The victims, 47 year old Luis Rodriguez and 19 year old Andrew Morales of Marathon, were already there getting ready to go out on a boat.

Fundora allegedly confronted Rodriguez, telling him they had “unfinished business”. Rodriguez, who told Deputy Joshua Brady he felt threatened by the three men, said he picked up a wooden stick and a tire iron to defend himself if necessary. At that point, Morales stepped between the two men in an attempt to stop the confrontation.

Fundora then reportedly got into his truck and drove a short distance away. He returned on foot carrying a handgun. He pointed it at Rodriguez and threatened to shoot him. Morales again intervened, stepping between the two men. Rodriguez ran away from the scene, yelling that he was going to call the Sheriff’s Office for assistance.

According to Fundora, the confrontation was sparked when Rodriguez pulled up next to him at a traffic light and began to yell at him and threaten him. Fundora said he then followed Rodriguez to the docks to confront him about it.

After interviewing all the witnesses at the scene to determine what happened, Deputy Brady arrested Fundora, charging him with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and improper exhibition of a firearm. The gun was seized along with Fundora’s concealed weapon permit. He was taken to jail.

Stock Island man charged with burglary

Stock Island – A woman who lives in an apartment on 7th Avenue returned home early Wednesday to find a man sleeping in her apartment. He was arrested for burglary.

The victim found 45 year old Amado Cardenas sleeping on her living room floor when she got home shortly after 7 a.m. She told deputies she tried to wake him, but he wouldn’t wake up so she called the Sheriff’s Office.

The house was disturbed; Cardenas had helped himself to alcoholic beverages, gone through her drawers and taken cash and medications from her. He had also tried to take her flat screen television off of the wall.

Cardenas said he thought he was in his ex-girlfriend’s house. His ex-girlfriend lives next door to the victim.

Cardenas was arrested, charged with burglary and theft and he was booked into jail.

Man who fled from deputies is arrested

Plantation Key -  a man who fled from deputies in his BMW on the afternoon of November 11th was arrested Wednesday.

Deputy Luis Gomez was at the 89 mile marker of the highway at 2:30 p.m. when he saw 26 year old Richard Roof drive by in his white BMW. Deputy Gomez knew Roof had outstanding warrants for grand theft and violation of probation, so he pulled behind him and attempted to stop the car with his lights and sirens activated.

Instead of stopping Roof fled, turning on to several side streets at a high rate of speed. Deputy Gomez lost sight of the vehicle. Sgt. Roy Bogue found it a short time later, parked on the old highway at Schooner Bay Drive. In the car was a woman and her eight year old daughter. They told Sgt. Bogue Roof had jumped out of the car and fled into a wooded area.

The car was seized. A warrant was issued for Roof. On Wednesday, he was arrested and charged with fleeing from deputies, and with the original warrants for grand theft and VOP. He was booked into jail.

Robber returned to face charges

Stock Island – A man wanted for attempting to rob the Burger King restaurant on Stock Island was returned to Monroe County to face the charges.

38 year old Derek Shaeffer is accused of entering the Burger King on November 6th at 8:30 p.m. He demanded money from an employee behind the counter, saying he had a gun. Shaeffer had something covering his left hand and arm.

The employee told him he’d have to get a key to the cash register and left the counter area. When Shaeffer realized the employee was not going to return, he left the restaurant.

He was identified from video surveillance footage by a deputy who knew his identity and subsequently identified in a photo line up by the restaurant employee. A warrant was issued for his arrest for robbery.

Shaeffer was in custody in Miami-Dade County on the warrant and was returned to Monroe County overnight to face the local charges.