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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August 29, 2017

Key Largo woman arrested for aggravated assault with a knife

A Key Largo woman was arrested Monday afternoon. She is accused of hitting a man with a walking stick and then chasing him with a kitchen knife.

The victim called the Sheriff’s Office at 10:20 a.m. He told Deputies Gil Gonzalez and Dave Campbell a friend of his, 42 year old Christina Cunningham, had attacked him. He said she used to live with him at his home in Key Largo Trailer Village but his landlord had kicked her off the property. He said she still keeps her belongings there and came to the house to get ready for work. He said after getting ready, she walked to a neighbor’s house, whom she works for. She returned a short time later yelling about not being paid for days she had worked. When he asked her not to be so loud, he said she went crazy.

The victim said she attacked him with a large black wooden walking stick, hitting him in the arm with it. He said she punched him in the head, then went next door, returning with a large kitchen knife, chasing him with it. He said at one point she picked up a large concrete block and threw it at him as well.

When he called the Sheriff’s Office for help, she left the area. She was found Monday afternoon at Boardwalk Pizza in Key Largo. She was arrested and charged with aggravated battery, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and battery. She was booked into jail.

August 28, 2017

Woman arrested for leaving baby in car

A Key Largo woman was arrested Sunday evening for leaving a baby in a vehicle while she went grocery shopping.

The one year old child was left sleeping in the running vehicle for 36 minutes while 30 year old Yanese Tejada went into Publix in Key Largo. She told Deputy Ignacio Molina she left the motor running and the air conditioning on. She said she didn’t want to wake the child, who was sleeping in a car seat. She said she was not concerned about leaving the child alone because “This is Key Largo. Nothing happens in Key Largo”.

A Good Samaritan spotted the child in the car and, after waiting for about ten minutes, he called the Sheriff’s Office to report the incident at about 6:19 p.m.

Tejada was charged with child neglect and she was booked into jail.

Teen charged with contributing to delinquency of a minor

An 18 year old from Key Largo was arrested early today for contributing to the delinquency of a 16 year old girl.

Deputy Christopher Kilmurray was checking the area around Tavernier Towne Center at 1 a.m. when he saw a black Ford truck with the engine running in the parking lot. In the truck was a male driver identified as Ryan Spillman.  A 16 year old female was in the passenger seat.

As the deputy approached the truck, he could smell the odor of marijuana coming from inside. Spillman told the deputy he and the girl were “hanging out and talking”.

Deputy Ignacio Molina arrived to assist. The deputies asked Spillman where the marijuana was; he told them it was in the center console. He also admitted to having a smoking device for the marijuana in the vehicle. A search turned up 15 grams of marijuana, two bongs, a grinder and other drug paraphernalia. Spillman was also in possession of an altered driver’s license which indicated his age was 21.

The girl’s mother was called to pick her up. Spillman was arrested. He was charged with possessing a fake driver’s license, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He was booked into jail.

August 26, 2017

Cutler Bay man charged with raping, torturing and threatening to kill woman

A man from Cutler Bay is in jail today accused of raping, torturing and threatening to kill a woman  at an Islamorada resort.

The suspect, 34 year old Jorge Moreno and the 28 year old victim were staying at the Amara Cay Resort Thursday when the incident took place. She told Major Crimes Detective Bob Dosh she and  Moreno checked in at about 5 p.m. Thursday. She said as they entered their room, he demanded she give him her cell phone. When she refused, he became violent.

She said over the next several hours he beat her and repeatedly raped her. She said he threatened to kill her and her child. He reportedly held a towel over her mouth and nose so she could not breathe, at one point taking her into the bathroom and running water over the towel covering her face so she said she felt like she was drowning.

She said he poured a bottle of tequila over her and threatened to set her on fire. She said when he couldn’t find a lighter, he made her lay beside him on the bed and he went to sleep. She said she was terrified she was going to die.

She told Detective Dosh she begged him to let her see her child. She said at about 1 a.m. Friday, he drove her northbound, continuing his threats to kill her, the child and her parents. She said he stopped his car on the Card Sound Bridge and told her he was going to push her off the bridge, then kill her family and himself.

He finally dropped her off at her parent’s home in Cutler Bay, then he returned to Islamorada. After she called to report the attack, a notice to be on the lookout for his white Kia was issued to law enforcement officers. The Kia was stopped by a Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officer at the 92 mile marker northbound Friday afternoon. Deputies Eric Viergutz and Ben Elmore responded to the traffic stop and took Moreno into custody just before 2 p.m.

Moreno was charged with attempted murder, false imprisonment, sexual battery and battery. He was booked into jail.

August 20, 2017

Woman arrested for pointing gun in road rage incident

A 29 year old Miami woman was arrested Saturday night after she reportedly pointed a gun at a family in a car during what appears to be a road rage incident.

The other driver, a 44 year old North Miami resident, called the Sheriff’s Office just after 11 p.m. to report a woman had pointed a handgun at him, his wife and child. He said she was driving a car that passed his vehicle at the 90 mile marker northbound in Key Largo. He described the vehicle as a white sedan with some type of specialized Navy tag on it.

The victim said he and his family were traveling north on U.S. One and the suspect, Christina Bonner, was tailgating him and flashing her headlights at him. He said she finally passed his vehicle on the right hand side and, as she passed, she pointed a black handgun at him.

Bonner’s vehicle was stopped at the 99 mile marker of the highway by Deputy Titus Hodges. There was another woman and a child in the vehicle with Bonner. A search of the vehicle turned up two handguns, one in the center console and one in the glove compartment. Marijuana and drug paraphernalia were also found in the vehicle.

Bonner was arrested. She was charged with improper exhibition of a firearm and with possession of the two illegal substances. She was booked into jail.

August 19, 2017

Man charged with shooting, killing another man

A Winter Springs, Florida man is under arrest today charged with shooting and killing another man in connection with a landlord/tenant dispute on Duck Key.

The incident took place at 162 North Indies Drive on Duck Key at 6:20 p.m. The suspect, 32 year old Ryan Wilder, and his girlfriend, Amber Gray went to a home owned by his parents to illegally evict the tenant living on the premises. The tenants, 47 year old Kenneth Palicki and 25 year old Colleen Lyons, had been served with eviction papers which required them to be out of the house by August 23rd.

When Wilder arrived, Lyons was home but Palicki, was not there. Wilder walked in the house and reportedly began to remove the tenants’ property from the home and take it outside. As Wilder was removing the possessions from the residence, Palicki returned home. Wilder and Palicki began to argue. Palicki told Lyons to call the Sheriff’s Office, which she did. While she was on the phone with Sheriff’s dispatchers, they asked her about weapons. She told them Wilder had a gun in a holster on his hip. During the call, Wilder shot Palicki multiple times. Lyons then saw Wilder walk out to his truck, gun still in his hand, and get in. She gave dispatchers a description of the truck and its direction of travel as Wilder drove away.

The truck was stopped a short distance away by Sgt. Joel Slough. The gun was found in the vehicle. Wilder was taken into custody. Palicki was transported to Fisherman’s Hospital in Marathon where he was pronounced dead. An examination of his body revealed four gunshot wounds to his left forearm, neck, mid-back and upper thigh. Major Crimes Detective Matthew Pitcher responded and conducted an investigation into the incident.

Wilder was arrested and charged unpremeditated murder for shooting and killing Palicki. He was booked into jail.

August 17, 2017

Man arrested after DNA identification

A Stock Island man was arrested for a 2016 vehicle burglary after DNA left at the scene was identified as his.

31 year old Ira Kawzinsky was charged Thursday with burglary of a car belonging to his girlfriend’s mother. The incident took place the night of November 2, 2016. The victim found her 1997 Ford Escort the next day with the driver’s side window smashed and trunk pried open. The trunk contained a lock box with cash, jewelry and hydrocodone inside. All the items in the lock box were stolen. The hammer used to commit the crime was found discarded nearby.

Blood was found on the front seat of the vehicle. It was sent to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for examination and identification. In June, results were returned to the Sheriff’s Office. The blood was identified as Kawzinsky’s.

Detective David Fernandez obtained a warrant for his arrest and on Thursday he was arrested and booked into jail, charged with grand theft, burglary and criminal mischief.

August 16, 2017

Second Garbage Service employee charged

A second employee has been charged in thefts totaling thousands of dollars from Marathon Garbage Service.

Liordan Castaneda, 32 years of age who resides in Marathon, was charged Monday with 14 felony counts of grand theft and one misdemeanor count of providing false information to a law enforcement officer.

Former office manager Michelle Ludwig had been previously charged with 111 counts each of grand theft, forgery and uttering forged checks totaling $99,380.09. During the follow up investigation, information surfaced indicating Castaneda cashed 14 of the checks forged by and provided to him by Ludwig. The fourteen checks, cashed between April and July 2017 at various Marathon banks, totaled $8,128.77. When initially questioned about his part in the crime he gave Detective Rosary Ponce false information. Subsequent investigation revealed the falsehoods.

Based on this information, Detective Ponce obtained a warrant for Castaneda’s arrest. He was charged with 14 counts of grand theft and one count of obstruction and he was booked into jail on Tuesday. Bond is set at $22,500.

August 15, 2017

Key West man steals truck, flees from officers

A Key West man who stole a truck from the city of Key West drove recklessly northbound, failing to stop for deputies. He finally crashed his vehicle into two other vehicles, fled on foot from the truck and was apprehended after a short search on Big Pine Key.

38 year old Troy Curtis stole the 2004 Ford F150 and was reported as a reckless driver at 3:20 p.m. as he traveled at a high rate of speed through Big Coppitt Key. As the caller was reporting his dangerous driving, the Key West Police Department was also notifying Sheriff’s dispatchers that deputies should be on the lookout for the stolen truck.

Sgt. Linda Mixon attempted to stop the truck at the 27 mile marker of the highway. Curtis refused to stop. On Big Pine Key, Curtis stuck another vehicle and came to a stop, bailing out of the truck and fleeing on foot.

A search of the area ensued with the assistance of Sheriff Rick Ramsay, Sheriff’s deputies and detectives and Fish and Wildlife Officers. Curtis was located swimming in the water near the Spanish Harbor boat ramp and was taken into custody.

Key West Police are investigating the vehicle theft; Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the vehicle crash.

Curtis has been booked into the Monroe County Detention Center where he faces numerous charges including reckless driving, fleeing from police and driving with his license suspended – habitual offender. More charges are pending.

August 14, 2017

Tavernier business robbed at gunpoint

A Tavernier business was robbed at gunpoint Sunday night. Detectives are investigating the case..

At 10:40 p.m. there were four employees working at the Tavernier Dairy Queen when the incident took place. The victims all said two armed men entered and forced them to lay on the floor. They then took one employee in to the office where they removed cash from the safe. The two suspects took all the employee’s cell phones with them when they left in an unknown direction.

Both men were young black males, aged 18 – 24. They were dressed all in black and had black shirts wrapped around their faces. Each of them had a handgun which they used to threaten the victims.

Anyone with information about this crime should contact the Sheriff's Office at 305-853-3211. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys. If a Crimestoppers tip leads to an arrest, the caller would be eligible for a cash reward. The Crimestoppers hot line number is 1-800-346-TIPS. Tips may be made anonymously on line at www.tipsubmit.com or via a text message to 274637 using the keyword TIP136.

Texas man dies while diving

A 58 year old man from Amarillo, Texas died after beginning a dive offshore of Key Largo at French Reef Sunday morning.

Oswald Regueira was on his first dive of the day when the incident took place. He was diving from the commercial dive vessel Tropical Legend out of the Rainbow Reef Dive Shop.

According to the boat’s captain, Regueira surfaced from his dive in apparent distress. All other divers were recalled to the vessel and Regueira was pulled on board. As the vessel made its way to shore at the Port Largo Homeowner’s Park in Key Largo, CPR was performed. Paramedics transported Regueira to Mariner’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Major Crimes Detective Bernardo Barrios will be investigating the case.

Reckless driver charged after drugs, alcohol found in truck

A Key Largo man went to jail after a deputy spotted him driving recklessly and pulled him over. Drugs and alcohol were found inside the truck he was driving. He also had an active warrant and a suspended driver’s license.

Deputy Dyllon Hansen was at the 106 mile marker of highway U.S. One at 4:30 p.m. Saturday when he saw a black colored pickup truck traveling at a high rate of speed on a dirt road between the highway and Largo Road. The truck then turned onto the highway, still speeding at approximately 60 miles per hour in a 45 mile per hour zone. As the deputy caught up with the truck, driver 39 year old Steven Bennett took a sharp turn onto Paradise Drive and stopped at the intersection of Coral Way and South Blackwater Lane.

As Deputy Hansen approached the truck, he saw Bennett take a pair of black gloves off and throw them onto the dash of the truck. The deputy could smell marijuana as he approached the truck. When he asked Bennett for his driver’s license, Bennett could not produce one.

Bennett was detained. A search of his truck turned up methamphetamine and heroin underneath the gloves on the dashboard. Drug paraphernalia was also found. In a pocket behind the passenger seat, deputies found a still cold bottle of Mike’s Hard Lemonade and a bottle of Seagram’s 7 whiskey.

Bennett was arrested. He was charged with reckless driving, two counts possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He was cited for possession of an open container and driving with his license suspended. He was also charged with an outstanding warrant for violation of probation with an underlying charge of battery.

August 12, 2017

Deputies stop stolen vehicle, find cocaine

Sheriff’s deputies in Islamorada stopped a stolen vehicle Friday night. They arrested two people after 36 grams of cocaine were recovered from the driver of the car.

Deputies stopped the 2017 Nissan Versa southbound at the 90 mile marker  just before 10 p.m. after running the license tag and finding it was reported stolen out of Key West. After removing the driver and front seat passenger from the vehicle, deputies approached and found a third person hiding on the floorboards in the back seat.

The driver was identified as 22 year old Megan Fedock of Key West. She had no driver’s license. Deputies searched the vehicle, finding a small amount of marijuana inside. They then asked Fedock if she had any contraband on her person. She pulled a green bag out of her pants. Inside the green bag were multiple small bags, some with a white powdery substance inside and others with a green leafy substance inside. The substances tested positive as cocaine and marijuana.

Fedock told Deputy Addison Lapradd the man hiding in the back seat, 40 year old Laquenton Cade of Florida City, had approached she and her boyfriend earlier in the day on Stock Island. He asked them if they wanted to go to Miami for the day, and they agreed to go. She said he asked her to drive on the way back because he was tired. She said when they were being pulled over, Cade told her to hide the bag of drugs in her pants.

Cade denied knowing anything about the stolen vehicle or the drugs. Two cigars stuffed with marijuana were found in the back seat with Cade. He was placed under arrest and charged with possessing marijuana. As he was being arrested, he lay down on the ground and refused orders to get into a patrol car for transport to jail. Deputies eventually got him into the vehicle for transport.

Fedock was arrested and charged with grand theft auto, trafficking in cocaine, possession of marijuana, and driving without a license.

The third person in the vehicle, identified as 45 year old Cory Baker of Miami, was not arrested and was released at the scene.

August 10, 2017

Home burns in Marathon

Fire extensively damaged a home in Marathon overnight.

The fire was reported to Sheriff’s dispatchers at 10:49 p.m. Wednesday. Deputies responded and found all occupants had gotten out safely.  Firefighters arrived and the fire was extinguished by 11:20 p.m. The house, at  7546 Gulfstream Boulevard in Marathon, sustained severe damage.

A fire marshal responded and will be investigating the cause of the blaze. The Red Cross responded as well to assist the affected family.

August 7, 2017

Human bones found by lobster divers

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A man and a woman diving for lobster underneath the Card Sound Bridge Sunday found more than they bargained for when they found human bones.

The two witnesses told Deputy David Minor they traveled to the Keys from Naples for the day to go lobstering. While under the bridge just before noon, they spotted the skull and several other bones which  appeared to them to be human. They exited the water and waved down Fish and Wildlife Officer Schroth, who was patrolling for illegal activity in the area. Schroth, in turn, called the Sheriff’s Office.

Major Crimes Detective Bob Dosh has been assigned to investigate. The bones were turned over to the Medical Examiner. So far, detectives say an initial examination of the bones do not reveal any details about who they may have belonged to, how long they have been there or what may have caused the person’s death.

Anyone with information should contact the Sheriff's Office Major Crimes Unit at 305-289-2410. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys. If a Crime Stoppers tip leads to a related arrest, the caller would be eligible for a cash reward. The Crime Stoppers hot line number is 1-800-346-TIPS. Tips may be made anonymously on line at www.tipsubmit.com or via a text message to 274637 using the keyword TIP136.

August 6, 2017

Woman airlifted after violent domestic

A woman was airlifted to a Miami hospital and her boyfriend went to jail for aggravated battery after a violent domestic dispute on Cudjoe Key Saturday night.

Deputies responded to a home on John Avery Lane at 6:40 p.m. to reports of an argument between 36 year old Anthony Velez and 32 year old Anelle Hernandez. The two are boyfriend and girlfriend and live with Hernandez’ parents.

Hernandez’ mother called to report the two were arguing and pushing each other. She said she tried to break them up but couldn’t. She called back a few minutes later to say her daughter was bleeding from her head.

When Deputy Wendy Negron arrived, she followed Hernandez’ father to a bedroom of the house. As she walked in, she heard the suspect say “she pushed me, I pushed her back” .She then saw Hernandez on the floor of a bedroom, unconscious and bleeding from a head wound. Kneeling over her was Velez.

According to the mother, the two had been at Marvin Key earlier in the day. When they returned, the argument started in the driveway of the house and then moved to the bedroom. She said the two were yelling and kept closing the door to the room. She said she kept opening it so she could see what was happening. At one point she saw them screaming and grabbing each other. That is when she called the Sheriff’s Office.

After calling she said she heard a “bang” sound. When she opened the door, she saw her daughter on the floor with blood around her head  and Velez on top of her.

 Velez was arrested. He was charged with aggravated battery and he was taken to jail. Hernandez was transported to the Ryder Trauma Center in Miami where she is reportedly in stable condition.

Two charged with undersized lobster out of season

Two Miami men were arrested Saturday for having 44 speared lobster out of season, some of which were very small.

Deputy Wilfredo Guerra was on patrol when he spotted the two men just offshore of the 60 mile marker. They were in the water diving with no dive flag. As he watched, he saw them swim back to shore several times, holding spear guns, and place something in the rocks on the shore.

He confronted the men, asking if they had caught anything. They said no. Deputy Guerra then went to the area on shore where he’d seen the men swim to and he found a red bag. In the bag where 44 speared spiny lobster.

Both men were arrested. 28 year old Jesus Molinet-Salinas and 29 year old Julio Turino Borroto were charged with possession of undersized lobster, possession of lobster over the limit, possession of speared lobster, possession of lobster out of season and having no measuring device while harvesting lobster.

August 5, 2017

Man arrested after shooting another man on Stock Island

One man is under arrest and another is in critical condition at a Miami hospital after a shooting incident on Stock Island.

The suspect is identified as 63 year old Dwight Engelhardt. The man he shot is 55 year old Charles Whitaker. The incident took place at 7:20 p.m. at the Hog Fish Marina, where the suspect lives on board a sailboat.

The victim and a male  friend, 46 year old Dirk Giagu, reportedly went to the Hog Fish Restaurant to have a few drinks. They brought Giagu’s dog with them. They arrived there in a dinghy, which they tied up next to the suspect’s sailboat. After having a beer and some Patron tequila, the two men and the dog got back onto the dinghy to return to the 3D Marina on Shrimp Road, where they both live.

Before they left, Whitaker got into an argument with a woman at the bar about the dog. She told Major Crimes Detective Bernardo Barrios she made a joking remark about stealing the dog and Whitaker took her seriously and got angry. He began to yell and swear at her.

At that point, Engelhardt became involved in the argument. He told Whitaker to leave because he was trespassing. A witness told Detective Barrios the suspect threatened several times to “kill” Whitaker. He then went into the cabin of his sailboat, returned with a .380 caliber handgun and began shooting.

Whitaker was struck three times in the area of his groin; the dog was struck once in the leg. The two men and the dog left the area and returned to the 3D Marina. The victim was later airlifted to Kendall Regional Hospital where he is in critical but stable condition. The dog was treated for its injury which was reportedly not life threatening.

The incident was called in to Sheriff’s dispatchers as shots fired and Deputy John Allen and Detective David Fernandez were first to arrive on the scene. They found the suspect still on his sailboat and took him into custody. The gun he used was also still on the boat. Several witnesses were on scene and gave statements to Detective Barrios about what took place.

Engelhardt was charged with attempted murder and he was booked into jail.

August 3, 2017

Employee of garbage company faces more charges

Further investigation into the theft of funds from Marathon Garbage Services by an employee has resulted in more charges against her.

34 year old Michelle Ludwig worked as office manager for the company. Last week she was charged with systematically stealing more than $80,000 from the company between February and July of this year. During that time period, she forged and cashed 69 checks written to herself and signed with a digital signature she was not given permission to use for this purpose.

Following her initial arrest, Detective Rosary Ponce continued with  her investigation and discovered 42 additional checks forged and cashed by Ludwig for a total of $15,396.00. On Wednesday, she was charged with 42 more counts of grand theft, forgery and uttering a forged instrument. Additional bond added was $63,000.00 for a total bond of $270,00.00.

The investigation is continuing.

Man arrested for gun threats

A man from Seattle was arrested early today for threatening his uncle with a gun.

The two men were staying at the Sugarloaf Lodge. According to the victim, they were drinking at the bar when he noticed his nephew, 48 year old David Storms, was becoming very intoxicated. The uncle tried to get Storms to go back to their room and he refused. The uncle left, but returned to the bar a short time later and again urged Storms to return to the room.

He said as they approached the door to the room, Storms became belligerent and began yelling. He then pulled out a handgun and put it to the victim’s head. He described the weapon as a .22 caliber “blued metal” handgun with wooden grips.

When Deputies Shannon Jones and Jenna Mueller arrived on scene at midnight, they heard yelling from the east side of the property, then spotted Storms walking toward them. They detained him. He was unarmed, but a .22 caliber handgun with wooden grips was found in the grassy area where he was located when the deputies arrived.

Storms was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and with improper exhibition of a firearm. He was booked into jail.

Search warrant leads to drug arrest

A search warrant served in Marathon early today resulted in the arrest of one man on drug and weapons charges.

Detectives with the Sheriff’s Special Investigations Unit assisted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Homeland Security Investigations and Sheriff’s road patrol served the warrant just before 6 a.m. at 240 Sombrero Road, Apartment 11H. When they entered the residence, they found a man holding a bedroom door closed, refusing to allow them to enter. They forced the door open, finding 33 year old Davaus McCown behind the door. He had something in his hand, which he dropped to the floor. He was escorted to the floor and detained. Detectives found a black Ruger .380 handgun underneath him; also located was a holster and a loaded magazine for the weapon. It appears he may have been attempting to place the magazine into the weapon just before he was detained.

Powdered and crack cocaine were both found in the residence along with drug paraphernalia and a significant amount of cash.

McCown was arrested. He was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to sell, possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon and with neglect of a child because there were two children in the apartment at the time the search warrant was served.

Man charged with undersized, out of season lobster

A Marathon man was arrested Wednesday evening after he was caught with a large bucket full of lobster.

Deputy Vince Pacifico responded to a report of illegal lobster harvesting at the north end of the Kemp Channel Bridge at the 24 mile marker at 7 p.m. When he arrived, he found 79 year old Adalberto Garcia of Marathon walking along the highway with a five gallon bucket full of lobster. Deputy Jenna Moeller arrived to assist. Further investigation revealed 29 lobster in the bucket. Eight of them were undersized.

Garcia was arrested. He was cited for 29 counts of possession lobster out of season, 23 counts of being over the limit of lobster and 8 counts of possessing undersized lobster. He was booked into jail.

August 2, 2017

Couple arrested for stalking

A Big Pine Key couple was arrested today for stalking another couple and sending them threatening text and voice mail messages.

The male victim called the Sheriff’s Office on July 26th. He told Deputy Alexandra Davis he used to rent a room from Enrique Valdes, Jr. and Omitsu Cervantes.  He said the harassment from the couple started after he moved out at the beginning of June. He said they began asking him for more money; he paid them some extra money and they kept asking for more. He said since then, they have been sending he and his girlfriend threatening text and voice mail messages. He said at one point, Valdes threw something heavy at his car window when he was driving on Rockland Key.

The victims kept copies of the messages and turned them over to Deputy Davis for her investigation. Based on the evidence and information, warrants were issued for the arrest of Valdes and Cervantes. They were booked into jail today on stalking charges.