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June 30, 2013
Fire at Key Largo home
A fire at a Key Largo home trapped a family of four and their dog on the upper story of the home early this morning. Deputy Dave Campbell, first to arrive on the scene, found a ladder next door and helped them to safety.
The fire reportedly started in a boat parked under the house. The boat was parked right next to the only entrance and the heat and flames kept the occupants from being able to get out. A neighbor called to report seeing a large plume of smoke at 6:37 a.m. Subsequent callers reported the boat on fire at 105 La Paloma road in Key Largo.
When Deputy Campbell arrived, he found the family trapped on the second floor, unable to escape the building. He directed the father to throw the dog, a 75 pound Boxer, into the pool below the house. He then used the ladder to help the family to safety.
Firefighters responded and had the fire extinguished by 7 a.m. with no one injured.
West Palm man dies while snorkeling
Key West – A 64 year old man from West Palm Beach, Florida died while he was snorkeling offshore of Key West Saturday.
Eugene Porter was snorkeling on board a commercial vessel operated by Fury Water Adventures. Details of what happened are not yet available.
He was brought in to the Key West Bight and then transported by paramedics to Lower Keys Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
An autopsy will be done to determine the cause of his death.
June 29, 2013
Tavernier man further charged with email threats
A Tavernier man arrested earlier in the week was further charged Friday with making email threats to blow up Sheriff’s Office substations and threats to kill or injure Detective Sergeant David Carey.
On Wednesday, 21 year old Cole Peacock was charged with falsely obtaining a credit card from Citibank, charging a large amount on the card and then paying Citibank with fraudulent checks. As detectives were finalizing those arrest warrants Thursday afternoon, Peacock’s defense attorney warned him he was going to be arrested.
Just before 6 p.m. Wednesday, Detective Sgt. Dave Carey, who was working on the case, began receiving emails. The emails appeared to be from other members of the Sheriff’s Office. Out of the 78 such emails he received, four said “DEATH DEATH DOOM DOOM YOU HAVE A BOMB AT ONE OF YOU SUBSTATIONS BETTER FIND IT SOON.” Ten of them said “death death you will die.”
During a past investigation of Peacock, in February 2013, Peacock was charged with computer related crimes during which he showed Sheriff’s detectives how he could “spoof” Sheriff’s Office emails. “Spoofing” is creation of email messages with a forged sender address.
Detective Sgt. Carey suspected the emails were from Peacock. When he and Detective Robert Dosh showed up at Peacock’s home on Azalea Street Thursday evening, Peacock threatened the officers with what turned out to be an EpiPen, then stabbed himself in the neck with it. He struggled with officers who took him into custody on the outstanding warrants and on charges of resisting arrest and aggravated assault.
His computer was then seized, and his father was questioned about his son’s activities that afternoon. His father said Peacock had been pacing all afternoon, into and out of a room where his computer was set up. He said no one except himself, his son and his daughter were at home.
Further investigation revealed the IP address which created the threatening emails belonged to a modem assigned to Peacock’s house. The modem was shown to have been active at the house at the time the emails were sent. The modem was in the same room as Peacock’s computer – the room he’d been in and out of all afternoon.
Thorough searches were done at all Sheriff’s Office buildings to ensure no bombs were hidden anywhere. None were found. Peacock, who was already in jail, was charged with four counts making false reports of planting a bomb, explosive or weapon of mass destruction against state owned property and 10 counts written threats to kill or do bodily injury.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is also involved in investigating the case and may bring federal charges against Peacock in the future as well.
June 27, 2013
Plantation Key man, arrested on warrant, stabs himself with needle
A 21 year old Plantation Key man made threatening gestures at officers with a needle, then stabbed himself with it in the neck Wednesday night.
Detectives went to the house on Azalea Street at 7:45 p.m. to arrest Cole Peacock on charges of fraud and grand theft. He is accused of applying for a credit card through Citibank using a fictitious company name – Lockheed Martin IT. Once the card was issued, he charged $18,801.67 on the card. He then wrote three fraudulent checks and sent them to Citibank to cover the charges. The checks used the same fake business name he used to apply for the card, and listed Peacock’s address on them. Peacock also used his own cell phone number on the credit card application. Citibank conducted an investigation, and then reported the case to the Sheriff’s Office.
After reviewing the case, Detective Robert Dosh obtained warrants for Peacock. He and other detectives and deputies went to Peacock’s home on Azalea Street to arrest him on the warrants . When they go there, Peacock pulled a plastic tube with a needle on it out of his pocket. The device turned out to be an EpiPen, but at the time, it was unclear what it was. He pointed it at the officers as if he were going to stab them. He was ordered to drop the device, but refused. He then stabbed himself in the neck with it.
Deputies grabbed him and knocked the device from his hand. Peacock pushed, kicked and struggled with the officers as they were attempting to take him into custody. During the struggle he grabbed Detective Dosh’s holster as if he were trying to take his gun from him.
Peacock was finally subdued. He was taken to Mariner’s Hospital to be checked out, then was transported to jail. He was charged with three counts of fraud, grand theft, resisting arrest and assault.
Man flees from traffic stop
A Marathon man was arrested on multiple charges after he fled from a traffic stop at high rates of speed, crashed his vehicle and fled into the water.
Traffic Enforcement Deputy Tom Hill was on patrol at 7 p.m. when he spotted the red 2006 Chrysler sedan southbound at the 55 mile marker. He had information a vehicle fitting this description might be transporting narcotics into the Keys. He noticed the vehicle was speeding – going 61 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone – and had a decorative license cover that partially obscured the license tag.
He turned on his lights and siren. The vehicle finally pulled over in the parking lot of Napa Auto Parts. Two more deputies arrived as back up for the traffic stop.
As Deputy Hill was checking 34 year old Naeem Jackson’s driver’s license and writing the appropriate citations, Jackson suddenly took off in the vehicle. Deputy Hill pursued him. Jackson reached speeds of 118 miles per hour southbound, running two red lights at 109th and 107th Street. His car hit the median at 73rd Street as he swerved to avoid traffic. He then turned into Key RV Park with Deputy Hill following.
In the RV park, he reached speeds of up to 40 miles per hour through an area where the roads were under construction. He crashed into a parking post by the water, jumped out of the vehicle and into the water.
As Deputy Hill pulled up to the accident scene, he saw Jackson with his hands in the water. He looked as if he were shaking out a bag or bags underwater. After a few minutes of this behavior, with Deputy Hill ordering him to exit the water, Jackson surrendered.
Traces of powdered cocaine were found inside the car when it was processed. Jackson was charged with several counts of speeding, running two red lights, fleeing and eluding police, reckless driving, hit and run, resisting arrest, possession of cocaine and tampering with or destroying evidence. He was booked into jail.
June 25, 2013
Man arrested for concealed gun
Layton – A man acting suspiciously was arrested after deputies found he had a gun concealed in the waistband of his pants.
Deputy Chris Duncan was on patrol in the vicinity of Layton when he saw a man aggressively trying to stop traffic. When cars failed to stop, he put his thumb out as if to hitchhike, which is illegal.
Deputy Duncan stopped and told him he could not hitchhike. He asked the man for identification, which showed him to be Robert Allen Christiansen. Deputy Duncan asked the man if he had any weapons. Christiansen said he had a pocket knife. Deputy Duncan told the man to keep his hands where he can see them as he ran a check on his name. Christiansen kept moving his hands around, however and appeared to be reaching for something. Deputy Duncan asked him if he’d been arrested before and Christiansen said he’d been arrested for armed robbery. Because Christiansen continued moving his hands around, Deputy Duncan handcuffed him for officer safety as he continued his investigation. At that point, he caught a glimpse of a black handle that appeared to be a handgun sticking out of his waistband.
As Deputy Duncan was attempting to control Christiansen, remove the handgun safely and check him for further weapons, Christiansen continued trying to reach for the weapon in his waistband. He struggled with the deputy roadside, refusing to comply with orders to stop resisting. Backup officers were en route, but were a distance away. A good Samaritan stopped to assist Duncan and helped him to subdue Christiansen. The gun was removed and placed safely away from Christiansen. It turned out to be a loaded 9mm HK semiautomatic handgun.
Christiansen was arrested. A computer check revealed he had several felony convictions so he was charged with carrying a concealed firearm, being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and resisting arrest.
Search warrant on Stock Island
Stock Island - Today at approximately 6:30 AM Sheriff's Special Investigations detectives, executed a search warrant at a Stock Island residence.
The warrant was served at 6336 2nd Street, Apt 6. Inside, detectives located 31 year old Keyonbie Humphrey and other friends and family inside the residence. The search turned up several large pieces of crack cocaine totaling 4.3 grams. A total of $4,000 in suspected drug proceeds were seized.
Humphrey was charged with an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court reference possession of cocaine. Charges from the search warrant are pending.
June 24, 2013
Snorkeling death offshore of Key Largo
A 73 year old woman from Argentina died while snorkeling offshore of Key Largo Saturday.
Passengers and the captain on board the commercial dive vessel the Dolphin, out of Pennekamp State Park said the victim, Maria Aviani, was seen swimming around shortly before she was found, floating face-up, barely breathing at 2:50 p.m. They brought her on board the boat and called for help, starting CPR immediately. Passengers from the vessel continued performing CPR as the boat motored to shore.
Paramedics transported the victim to Mariner’s Hospital where she was pronounced dead. An autopsy will be done to determine the cause of her death.
Two sisters, same car, both arrested for DUI
Two sisters from Miami were both arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol Saturday night because after being stopped by deputies, they switched seats in the vehicle they were traveling in.
Deputy Juan Martin-Reyes followed the Volkswagen northbound from the 23 mile marker to the 30 mile marker of the highway just before 11 p.m. He observed the vehicle swerving, increasing and decreasing speeds and braking suddenly. He turned on his lights and siren and the car stopped suddenly in the lane of traffic. Through the back window he could see the driver and passenger quickly switch seats.
Deputy Spencer Curry arrived as back up. The deputies had both 18 year old Steffany Miranda and 24 year old Vanessa Miranda perform field sobriety exercises. Both girls had trouble performing the exercises and were, according to the deputies, visibly impaired and smelled of alcohol.
Because both girls were, at some point, in control of the vehicle behind the steering wheel with the keys in the ignition, they were both charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.
June 21, 2013
Two arrested after following, scaring young girls
Key Largo – Two young men have been arrested after they followed two girls from Key Largo park. One man was wearing a mask and held one of the girls against her will, scaring her.
The girls, 15 and 16 years old, were walking home from Key Largo park on June 17th. As they approached Port Largo Villa condominium complex, they realized they were being followed. They ran up the stairs; the 15 year old ran to her condominium door on the second floor, and her friend ran to the third floor.
The 15 year old said she was so scared she had trouble opening the door. Suddenly, she saw a man wearing an “old man” mask standing very close to her, staring at her. She said she had her back to the door and he was standing in front of her not saying anything. She said she was scared and told him if he didn’t leave she would sic her dog on him. She said he finally left after being threatened with the dog. She said she could see another young man standing downstairs, looking up and laughing.
As he walked away, the man with the mask on took the mask off and she could see his face. Detective Galvez presented the victim with two photo line-ups, during which she was able to identify 20 year old Tyler Magoon and 19 year old Jared Holmes as the two suspects.
On Thursday, Detective Galvez arrested both Magoon and Holmes. The mask was recovered from a vehicle belonging to Holmes, but being driven by Magoon.
Magoon was charged with false imprisonment and wearing a mask while on someone else’s property. The Florida Statute against wearing a mask reads as follows, “No person or persons over 16 years of age shall, while wearing a mask……whereby any portion of the face is so hidden, concealed, or covered as to conceal the identity of the wearer, demand entrance or admission or enter or come upon or into the premises, enclosure, or house of any other person in any municipality or county of this state.”
Holmes was charged with principle in the first degree to the crime of false imprisonment. Both of them were booked into jail.
Two charged with armed robbery
A 2011 armed robbery of a Marathon convenience store was solved after detectives arrested two Marathon men for the crime.
The robbery took place on September 21, 2011 at the Circle K Convenience store at 111th Street in Marathon. The clerk told deputies two men entered the store wearing masks. One of them pointed a firearm at the clerk. The two men stole cash and then fled the store on foot.
During the course of the investigation by Detective Nicholis Whiteman, information was received from several sources identifying the two suspects as 17 year old Lucas Paul (18 at the time of his arrest) and 19 year old Gustavo Hernandez (21 at the time of his arrest).
Paul was arrested on June 5th and charged with armed robbery with a firearm. Hernandez was arrested in another county in May and returned to Monroe county on June 8th, charged with armed robbery with a firearm.
Man charged with child cruelty
Big Pine Key – A Big Pine Key man was arrested Thursday, charged with child cruelty.
According to Detective Rosa DiGiovanni, 47 year old Bruce Sonnenfeld forced a small child, from the time she was an infant until she was three years old, to sleep on the floor and, at one point, a stack of picture frames stacked near where she was sleeping fell on her, causing injury.
In addition, Sonnenfeld is accused of holding the small child around the waist and squeezing her so tightly she had bruising on her stomach and back.
Both Sonnenfeld’s relationship to the child, and the identity of the child are protected by Florida State statutes which preclude identifying the victims of child abuse.
Two of three puppies recovered
Stock Island – Two out of three of the Pit Bull puppies were returned to their owner after being stolen from a residence on Stock Island.
The owner said a neighbor found the puppies in a box near the intersection of Maloney Avenue and 4th Avenue on Stock Island. They were in good health and are now back with their mother.
The case is still under investigation and anyone with information about where the third puppy might be should call the Sheriff’s Office.
June 19, 2013
Key Largo man arrested after deputies follow blood trail
Deputies responded to Shaw Drive in Key Largo Tuesday after a someone who lives in the street reported finding a backpack with an Xbox and games inside on property at 986 Shaw Drive.
When Deputy Mike Claudy arrived, he found 18 year old Nicholas Tribble, bleeding from severe cuts on his hand, in the vicinity of 986 Shaw Drive. Sgt. Jason Madnick arrived to assist. He followed a blood trail which led to several locations, including a sport utility vehicle with a broken window and blood inside on the seats. A crescent wrench was found on the ground beside the vehicle. Another blood trail led to the door of a downstairs enclosure at the residence at that location. Inside, deputies found blood in various locations.
The owner of the residence was located. She confirmed the home and vehicle had been burglarized. She said an Xbox and games had been stolen from the house. She identified the Xbox found in the backpack as coming from the house. She said Tribble was a friend of her son’s, but did not have permission to be in the house while her son was away.
Tribble refused to comment about his involvement. He had a bag in his possession with 100 grams of marijuana in it and more marijuana in his pocket.
Tribble was treated for his injuries at the hospital, then booked into jail for two counts of burglary, grand theft, petit theft and possession of a felony amount of marijuana.
June 17, 2013
Man missing from Big Pine home
A 66 year old Big Pine Key man walked out of his home on Pine Lane Sunday night and hasn’t been seen since.
Patrick Hart walked out of the home at 11 p.m. and hasn’t yet returned. His wallet, car keys, money, glasses and cell phone are still at the home. His family told Deputy Todd Jones he has two bad knees and has trouble walking very far. He also has medical problems and takes medication, which he did not take with him.
He and his wife, Donna, work at Reef Light Tackle on Big Pine Key. She said she went to work this morning hoping he would be there, but he did not show up so she called the Sheriff’s Office.
Hart is a white male, five foot eight inches tall, medium build with short white hair. He was last seen wearing brown shorts, a white t-shirt and athletic shoes.
Sheriff’s deputies and detectives searched extensively today around his home, using search dogs and an all terrain vehicle. The water around the home was also searched.
Anyone who knows where Hart might be should contact the Sheriff’s Office immediately.
Three arrested for stealing items from home in April
Marathon – Three Marathon men were arrested in connection with the theft of items from a residence on Bonito Drive in Marathon.
The crime took place April 11th. The victim, who lives on the third floor of the residence, told Detective Trevor Wirth someone entered his room and took a tablet computer, a cashbox with $200 inside and a gold Tarpon pendant.
Investigations revealed the Tarpon pendant was pawned the day it was stolen at Joe’s Cash Flow Pawn Shop. Records showed it was pawned by 20 year old Brandon Mixon. Further investigation revealed Mixon, 25 year old Joseph Zecca and 22 year old Charles Hosendove were all involved in the theft of the items and shared in the proceeds of the theft.
Today, all three men were booked into jail on outstanding warrants for their parts in the crime. All three were charged with grand theft. Mixon was additionally charged with giving false information when pawning the pendant and with dealing in stolen property.
Stock Island convenience store robbed at knifepoint
A man wearing a black shirt over his head and carrying a knife attempted to rob the Stock Island Tom Thumb store early today.
The store clerk told Deputy Joe Cortner he was behind the counter at 2:20 a.m. when the suspect walked in and demanded money. The clerk put the money on the counter. When the suspect reached for it, the clerk grabbed him, pulled him over the counter and disarmed him. The suspect then fled from the store without getting anything.
The suspect was a white male who was wearing a blue long sleeve shirt, long blue jeans and a black shirt over his head. Detectives will be investigating.
Three charged with beating, robbing man
Marathon – Three young men were arrested early today after they beat and robbed a man on Lindahl Street in Marathon.
The victim told Deputy William Daniels he was walking behind the Walgreen’s drugstore in Marathon at 3 a.m. when three males started talking to him and walking with him. He said just before he got to Lindahl Street, the men attacked him. He said they punched him numerous times in the face, knocked him down and took his wallet with $20 inside.
Deputies Jean Gonzalez and Greg LaRochelle responded to assist. Several people fitting the victim’s description of his attacker were found nearby. The victim positively identified three of them as his attackers.
20 year old Gerry Pinson, 19 year old David Littleton and 16 year old Marvin Hernandez were all arrested. They were charged with battery and robbery and they were booked into jail. The victim was treated by paramedics for cuts and bruises.
June 13, 2013
Gun threat leads to arrest
A Key Largo woman was arrested Wednesday after she pointed a gun at one of her roommates after he hid her vodka from her.
When Sgt. Jason Madnick and Deputy Sydney Whitehouse arrived at the home on Second Terrace at 6:15 p.m., they found the victim standing outside. The suspect, 51 year old Kari Dangler was just going inside.
The victim told Sgt. Madnick Dangler had pointed a gun at him. He said the gun was a stainless revolver in a black holster.
Sgt. Madnick then confronted Dangler with her roommate’s accusation. She said the gun belonged to her other roommate and she’d only gone to get it so she could clean it. The gun – a stainless Colt Python – was retrieved from a bedroom.
Inside the gun was a spent bullet casing. Sgt. Madnick asked about it and Dangler said she shot the firearm the week before in the area of the pool because a frog was making noises. Sheriff’s Office records show a shots fired call in that area on June 4th at 10 p.m. At the time, responding deputies could not find the source of the weapons fire.
Dangler was arrested. She was charged with aggravated assault and she was booked into jail.
June 12, 2013
Argument over rent leads to arrest
Stock Island – An argument over rent led one man to point a gun at another man. The man with the gun went to jail for aggravated assault.
When Deputy Kim Trullender arrived at Harbor Shores Trailer Park, Lot #13 at 5 p.m. Tuesday he found 19 year old Andrew Lewis on the scene. Lewis said his roommate owned him rent money. He said the two of them got into a fight. He said during the fight, he got his pistol from his room because he “feared for his life”.
His girlfriend told Deputy Trullender the men fought over rent. She said she saw Lewis point the gun at the roommate during the fight.
The victim also told Deputy Trullender that Lewis pointed the gun at him during a fight over rent.
The gun, a Glock .45 caliber handgun, was found and was taken as evidence. Lewis was arrested. He was booked into jail on charges of aggravated assault.
June 11, 2013
Dead man identified
The man found dead offshore of a Marathon resort Saturday is identified as 58 year old Frank Cowley III of Margate, Florida.
A boat captain told Deputy Anthony O’Dea he arrived at his boat at 7 a.m. Saturday to get it ready for the day and spotted the man’s body in the water. The resort’s manager identified the man as a guest at the resort. He said he’d last seen him the day before and he said the man appeared to be intoxicated.
Detectives say there were no signs of foul play. The cause of his death is still pending autopsy results.
June 9, 2013
Traffic stop puts two in jail for drugs
Marathon – Two Miami residents are in jail on drug charges after a traffic stop in Marathon Saturday night.
Deputy Thomas Hill was on patrol at the 50 mile marker of the highway at 10 p.m. when he saw a red Nissan southbound with a headlight out. He pulled the vehicle over. Deputy Danielle Malone, who was in the area, stopped to back him up with her K-9 Tracer.
Deputy Hill discovered the driver, 18 year old Samantha Hernandez had no driver’s license. He asked her and the passenger, 26 year old Xavier Vergara, to exit the car so he could talk with them.
Deputy Malone walked Tracer around the car and he alerted to the presence of drugs inside. She began searching the car. She found a fake hair spray can with a false bottom. It was in a bag belonging to Hernandez. In the can she found Methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, LSD, and Hashish. She denied knowing who the can or the drugs belonged to.
Two bars of Xanax were also found in the center console and Vergara had marijuana and cocaine in his sock.
Both Hernandez and Vergara were arrested. Hernandez was charged with driving with no license. Both of them were charged with possessing multiple illegal substances and possession of drug paraphernalia. Vergara was also charged with allowing an unauthorized person to drive.
Man found dead, floating offshore of Marathon
The body of a man was recovered from the water behind the Blackfin Resort in Marathon Saturday.
A boat captain told Deputy Anthony O’Dea he arrived at his boat at 7 a.m. to get it ready for the day and spotted the man’s body in the water. The resort’s manager identified the man as a guest at the resort. He said he’d last seen him the day before and he said the man appeared to be intoxicated.
Detective Rosa DiGiovanni responded to investigate. There were no obvious signs of foul play evident on the body. An autopsy will be done to determine the cause of his death. Detective DiGiovanni is currently attempting to notify his next of kin about his death.
June 6, 2013
Cape Coral man bitten by Lemon Shark
Lower Keys – A 58 year old man from Cape Coral was airlifted to Miami today after being severely bitten on the hand by a 4 foot Lemon shark.
Walter Kefauver and his 18 year old nephew, Cody Ellis, were on board an 18 foot Action Craft flats boat in the vicinity of Snipe Point when the incident took place. They had just caught a Bonefish and decided to try to catch a shark. They baited their hook with a piece of Barracuda and managed to hook a 4 foot Lemon shark.
After reeling it in to the boat, they were attempting to remove the shark from the hook when it lunged at Kefauver, biting deep into his left hand near his wrist.
Ellis called 911 for help, then brought his uncle into the Shark Key boat ramp where paramedics were waiting. Kefauver was taken to Lower Keys Hospital, then airlifted to Miami. Although the injury was not reportedly life threatening, the damage to his hand was extensive and the local hospital was not equipped to handle its treatment.
June 3, 2013
Man arrested after attack on driver
Marathon – 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 ehe 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.
Marina on Long Key targeted by thieves
Long Key – 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.
Stock Island teen arrested for robbery
Stock Island – A 17 year old Stock Island boy was arrested after he violently attacked and robbed a man in the early morning hours today.
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.