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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March 31, 2017

Man arrested for domestic battery, child abuse

A Key Largo man was arrested Thursday evening for domestic battery and child abuse.

The victim called the Sheriff’s Office at 8:20 p.m. She told dispatchers she was in a van northbound in Key Largo with her ex-boyfriend, 42 year old David Saletta of Key Largo. She said he was yelling at her in the van and causing a disturbance. She said she had two children in the car with her.

Deputy Cody Kerns located the van at the 106 mile marker in the parking lot of the Circle K convenience store. The victim was there with the two children. Saletta was not on the scene. She said Saletta was intoxicated. She said he was sitting in the back seat behind her as she was driving. She said he got upset, slapped her, bashed her head against the steering wheel, hit her a few more times and then bit her on the cheek. She became even more afraid when he began putting his hands over her eyes while she was driving, so she pulled over and called the Sheriff’s office. She said she originally stopped at the 99 mile marker and got out of the van with the kids. She said he got out of the car too, and she got back in with the kids and left quickly, leaving him behind.

Deputies responded to that location and found Saletta walking on the bike path. He had a beer in his hand. When he saw Deputy Kerns, he began screaming at him. He refused to comply with commands until he was threatened with a Taser; he was then taken into custody.

He began yelling and screaming again in the patrol car on the way to the jail. A second warning about the Taser calmed him down again. Once at the jail, Deputy Kerns checked Saletta’s record and found a previous arrest and conviction in Nevada for domestic battery. He was booked into jail on charges of domestic battery second or subsequent offense (a felony crime), with child abuse and with violation of the open container ordinance.

Update on Marathon wallet theft case: Wallet theft suspect arrested

A woman who stole a wallet from a marina bathhouse in Marathon two weeks ago was arrested Thursday.

Lucinda Dennison was identified by Sgt. Nicholas Whiteman from surveillance video obtained from stores where she used two credit cards from the stolen wallet. Sgt. Whiteman spotted her at the Fairway Market in Marathon and recognized her from video and still photos he’d seen. Detective Leon Bourcier, the lead detective on the case, obtained a warrant for her arrest.

She was arrested Thursday and charged with six counts of fraudulent use of a credit card – she used the cards at the Tom Thumb, Walgreens two times, Marathon Liquors and Deli and Bealls twice. All the locations she used the card were in the Marathon area. She was also charged with five counts of theft.

Dennison was booked into jail.

March 30, 2017

Two men arrested on drug charges

Detectives from the Sheriff’s Special Investigations Unit arrested two men on multiple drug counts Wednesday.

Detectives had outstanding warrants on file for 23 year old Jack Cantres so they went to his house on Avenue D, Big Coppitt Key to serve those warrants just before 4 p.m. When they arrived, they  first watched the house to see who was there. They saw 24 year old Harold Cantres loading something into a white Nissan in front of the residence. He also removed a duffel bag from the car and took it inside. While detectives continued to watch, a woman drove up in a Mercedes and entered the house. She then walked back out accompanied by Jack Cantres.

The detectives then approached the house. Jack Cantres spotted the detectives as they drove up and he walked rapidly into his house, where his brother was. The woman remained outside. The two men refused to open the door when detectives knocked and detectives could hear the two men moving around inside. They finally forced open the door. When they entered, they found a clogged toilet with marijuana floating on top of the water. Jack Cantres admitted to trying to flush the marijuana down the toilet. He told detectives the marijuana was combined with Spice.

A police K-9 alerted to the presence of drugs in both cars parked out front. A search of Harold Cantres vehicle turned up 95 grams of Heroin packaged in individual packages in the pocket of a red jacket. Over $3,000 in cash was found in Harold Cantres’ pants pocket. In the other car, detectives found a small amount of marijuana and 45 grams of what appeared to be Spice.

Jack Cantres was charged with resisting arrest and tampering with evidence. He was also charged with two outstanding warrants for possession of marijuana, cocaine and drug paraphernalia within 1000 feet of a church and for possession of cocaine and marijuana. Harold Cantres was charged with trafficking in Heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both men were booked into jail. More charges may be pending in the case.

Man dies while snorkeling

A man from Garden City, New York died while snorkeling offshore of the Upper Keys yesterday.

70 year old John Kollar was snorkeling from the commercial vessel Reef Roamer when crewmembers noticed he was face down in the water and unresponsive. They pulled Kollar onto the boat. He was not breathing so they performed CPR as they returned to shore. Paramedics met the vessel at Port Largo homeowners park. Kollar was transported by ambulance to Mariner’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

An autopsy will be done to determine the cause of his death.

Man arrested for shooting firearm while intoxicated

A report of shots fired this morning led to the arrest of a Key Largo man for shooting guns while intoxicated.

Sheriff’s dispatchers received a report just after 4 a.m. The caller reported hearing two sets of six gunshots in the vicinity of Glendale Drive. When Deputy Christopher Kilmurray arrived in the area, he heard more gunshots. Deputies Annette Simo and Cody Kerns arrived to assist.

They began searching the area at the end of Glendale Drive when they saw a man walking out of a wooded area; they then saw a second person hiding in some bushes nearby. They confronted the men, asking what they were doing there. One of the men, 26 year old Lucas Confer, admitted to having two guns in his pockets. They were not loaded, but he admitted to shooting the guns in the woods. A pipe with the odor of marijuana was also found in his pocket; he admitted to smoking marijuana and to drinking alcohol.

Confer was arrested. He was charged with discharging a firearm while intoxicated and possession of drug paraphernalia. Once at the jail, a small bag of marijuana was found in his pocket so he was further charged with introduction of contraband into a jail facility.

The other man was not arrested.

March 29, 2017

Marathon man charged with multiple cocaine sales

A 58 year old Marathon man was arrested Tuesday on six outstanding warrants for selling cocaine.

The warrants were issued after detectives with the Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit used an undercover operative to purchase cocaine from Fidel Gutuerrel Gonzales Gutierrez on six occasions between late February and early March.

Gonzales Gutierrez was charged with six counts sale of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a place of worship and four counts use of a two way communications device to facilitate a felony.

March 28, 2017

Update on Big Pine Key stabbing case:

At 4:20 p.m. today, 26 year old Heather Evans was charged with second degree murder and commission of a first degree felony offense with a weapon.

Evans is accused of stabbing her fiancé, 33 year old Clifford Cease, at their home on Key Deer Boulevard, Big Pine Key on Sunday night. Cease died of his injuries on Monday at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami.

Sunday night was Cease’s birthday and the family, including Cease’s parents, planned to have a birthday celebration. According to reports, Heather went shopping for items for the party. When she returned, Cease and his mother were angry with her for taking so long and an argument ensued. Heather and the mother fought and the mother was injured. She later received stitches at Fishermen’s Hospital for a head injury.

After the parents left the residence and went home, an altercation between Evans and Cease resulted in Cease being stabbed in the side. Evans claims Cease was choking her so she stabbed him. Evans called 911 afterward to report the incident. When deputies arrived, they found Cease unresponsive. He was airlifted to Miami for his injuries. Evans told responding deputies several different versions of what happened. Deputies recovered the knife Evans used to stab Cease; she had cleaned it and thrown it outside the house, into the woods.

At the time of the stabbing there were four children inside the residence, all under the age of nine. The children did not witness the incident.

Bond on the second degree murder warrant was set at $1,000,000. The lead detective on the case is Major Crimes Detective Matthew Pitcher.

March 27, 2017

Family dispute leads to stabbing

A 26 year old Big Pine Key woman was arrested early today, charged with stabbing her fiancé.

Sheriff’s deputies were first called by the victim’s parents just before 10 p.m. They told Deputy Austin Hopp they were at their son’s house on Key Deer Boulevard when there was an altercation at the house. They said they saw Heather Evans punch their son, Clifford Cease, in the face. When the two parents tried to intervene, Evans attacked them. They left the scene, went home, and called the Sheriff’s Office for assistance. Cease’s mother received multiple stitches for a head wound she sustained during the attack.

As Deputy Hopp was interviewing the parents, Sheriff’s Office dispatchers received a call from Evans; she reported she had just stabbed Cease after they got into a fight.

Deputy Hopp responded to the house where the stabbing occurred. He found Evans outside the house. He found Cease inside with a knife wound on his side; he was unresponsive. During an interview, Evans claimed she stabbed Cease as he was holding her down and choking her. Her story about how the incident took place was inconsistent and she changed her story several times. The knife Evans said she used was recovered from outside; she said she threw it there because she didn’t want to get in trouble.

Evans was arrested and charged with battery, aggravated battery and tampering with evidence. Cease was airlifted to the Ryder Trauma Center in Miami for treatment of his injuries.

March 24, 2017

Key Largo man charged with burglary

A Key Largo man was arrested today, charged with burglarizing a the business he works for.

37 year old Jerry Duckworth works for All American Towing and Tires in Key Largo. On Wednesday the owner of the business called the Sheriff’s Office to report an electric drill valued at $660 missing from his business. He told Deputy Bryan Branco he had surveillance cameras on his property. He said he’d reviewed the video and it showed his employee, Duckworth, jumping the fence on the property at 2:40 a.m. Wednesday and stealing the drill.

Deputy Branco reviewed the video and identified Duckworth as the theft suspect. A warrant was issued for his arrest and on Friday morning, he was charged with burglary and grand theft and he was booked into jail.

March 20, 2017

Man arrested for throwing axe at father

A Stock Island man was arrested today, charged with throwing an axe at his father, injuring his wrist.

The incident took place at 10 a.m. at 6475 2nd Street on Stock Island. The 47 year old victim told Sgt. David Lariz he asked his son, 26 year old Austin Odom, for some money to buy food. He said his son became angry. He slapped a $100 bill  onto the counter, grabbed an axe and chopped the bill in half. He then allegedly threw the axe at his father, who reportedly ducked and put his hand up to protect his head; he was subsequently hit by the axe on the wrist.

A witness who was across the street said he heard the victim screaming for help. He walked over to see what was happening. He saw the victim holding his wrist. The witness confronted the suspect and talked him into handing over the axe. When deputies arrived, the witness turned over the axe and directed them upstairs in the building, where the suspect was located.

The victim was taken to Lower Keys Hospital where he is being treated for serious injuries to his wrist. The suspect told Deputy Matt Dowling his father was bothering him about money. He said he refused to give him money and his father called him names. He said he became enraged and threw the axe at his father.

The suspect was arrested, charged with battery with a deadly weapon and he was booked into jail.

March 16, 2017

Need to identify woman suspected of wallet theft, credit card fraud

Sheriff’s detectives are investigating the theft of a wallet and subsequent use of credit cards in the wallet by a woman captured on surveillance video using the cards.

The victim reported the theft of his wallet on March 13th from the Marathon City Marina. He said he left the wallet in one of the shower stalls. And by the time he realized it, the wallet was gone. He had a total of 11 fraudulent charges on the card, all in the Marathon area.

Video obtained from Walgreen’s in Marathon shows a white female with shoulder length blond hair, medium build, wearing dark pants and a low cut V-neck tank top with stripes. She was holding a black purse.

Detective Leon Bourcier, who is assigned to investigate, says she may be a resident of Boot Key Harbor because the bathhouse the victim used requires a key code to gain entry.

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 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.

March 15, 2017

A Pompano Beach man is under arrest, charged with burglary.

The victim, a Marathon woman, got a call from her alarm company just after 1 p.m. Tuesday that someone had opened the door to the tool room at her home on 51st Street. She drove home to see what was happening and found 57 year old Donald Ahee standing in her yard. He was putting something inside his bag. As he was leaving her property on his bike, she took a picture of him. She then called the Sheriff’s Office and began to follow him as he headed toward U.S. One.

Deputy Wilfredo Guerra was in the area and spotted the suspect at the Post Office on 53rd Street. The victim was also there and identified Ahee as the man who had been on her property. A knife belonging to the victim was found in the suspect’s bag. Ahee was arrested. He was charged with burglary and theft and he was booked into jail.

Man arrested for masturbating near children’s playground

A Marathon man is in jail today charged with masturbating as he looked at children playing at a playground.

63 year old David Banfield was sitting in his 1994 BMW sedan, parked at Sombrero Beach facing the children’s playground when off-duty Detective Tony Conde saw him at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Banfield was looking at the children playing; he had his pants down to his knees and was masturbating. Detective Conde identified himself as a law enforcement officer, showing Banfield his badge and asking him to get out of his car. Banfield refused to follow the detective’s orders, but with the assistance of bystanders, he was detained as other officers who were on duty responded to assist.

Banfield was arrested. He was charged with lewd and lascivious exhibition and resisting arrest. He was booked into jail.

March 10, 2017

Drunk man steals forklift from Marathon marina

A drunk man from Rhode Island stole a forklift from a marina because he couldn’t find the keys to his car.

The Sheriff’s Office received a call at 9 p.m. that someone was breaking down the fence with a forklift at Marina Junction in Marathon. When Deputy George Zakariadze arrived on the scene, he saw the entrance gates to the marina broken. The reporting person was there and said he’d seen a white male with blue shorts, a tank top and flip flops breaking out of the marina property on a forklift.. He said he saw the forklift heading toward the Sandal Factory on Ocean Terrance.

Sgt. Juan Martin-Reyes called over the radio that he had the person on the forklift detained near 51st Street.

The suspect, identified as 44 year old Edward Quinton of Greenwich, Rhode Island, told the officers he was in the Keys helping friends to move here. He said he lost the keys to his car and needed something to drive. He said he knows how to drive a forklift, so he took it from the marina.

When the officers asked about the damage to the marina gates, Quinton said it was OK. He said he would be able to fix the gates because he “was a genius”.

Quinton appeared to be intoxicated; he was given a breathalyzer test and blood alcohol level tested at more than twice the legal limit. He was charged with DUI with property damage, criminal mischief, burglary and grand theft. He was booked into jail.

Three arrested on multiple drug warrants

Detectives with the Sheriff’s Special Investigations Unit arrested three people on multiple drug related warrants Thursday.

31 year old Shontel Ferretti was driving a vehicle on Truman Avenue in Key West just before noon when detectives pulled her over. They knew she had outstanding warrants and knew her license was suspended. They found drug paraphernalia in the car as well. She was booked into jail for driving with her license suspended and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was also charged with outstanding warrants for selling heroin to an undercover operative twice in early February.

40 year old Ernest Goodman was spotted walking out of a trailer on Maloney Avenue and getting in to a car just before 5 p.m. Thursday. He was pulled over as he drove away because detectives knew he had outstanding warrants. When he was arrested, he was found to have 26 grams of powdered cocaine, 50 grams of crack cocaine and 5.4 grams of heroin in his possession and in the car. $20,000 in cash was also located in his pockets and in a jacket in the car. He was arrested for possession of the illegal substances. He was also charged with selling heroin and cocaine to an undercover operative three times in early February.

28 year old Kiara James was spotted on a motor scooter on Maloney Avenue just after 4 p.m. Detectives knew she had an outstanding warrant. She was pulled over. A search turned up several pills of Alprazolam in her wallet which she did not have a prescription for. She was charged for possession a controlled substance. She was also charged with a warrant for selling ecstasy to an undercover operative in late January.

Assisting with the narcotics operations: Key West Police, Drug Enforcement Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

March 9, 2017

Man faces drug charges after traffic stop

A 21 year old Cape Coral man, on his way to Key West for a vacation with friends, was arrested on drug charges Tuesday night after being stopped for speeding in Marathon.

Deputies Matthew Cory and Seth Hopp were at the south end of Marathon monitoring traffic when Tyler Doidge sped past them doing 64 miles per hour in a 35 mile per hour zone in a 2008 Buick Lacrosse. Deputy Cory pulled him over at 7:40 p.m. using his emergency lights and siren.

When Deputy Cory approached the open window of the vehicle, he could smell the distinct odor of fresh marijuana coming from inside. He told Doidge of his intention to search the car due to the clearly detectable odor.

Sgt. Nick Whiteman arrived to assist. Doidge was removed from the car. The search turned up 84 grams of marijuana in four separate packages. Hidden in the wheel well of the car, Deputy Cory found 318 Ecstasy pills.

Doidge said his friends were in Key West already and had forgotten to bring the drugs with them. He said they offered to pay for his entire trip if he would drive the drugs down from Coral Springs.

He was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana, trafficking in ecstasy and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Marathon man arrested for stealing guitars

A Marathon man was arrested Wednesday morning, charging with breaking into a residence and stealing two guitars.

The victim called the Sheriff’s Office just after midnight Wednesday to report his residence on 23rd Street in Marathon had been burglarized. He said his two guitars – a Stratocaster and a Telecaster – had been taken from inside.

He told Detective Leon Bourcier he believe two men named Hans and “Tony” were responsible. He said they’d been to his home the day before. A black baseball hat was found outside the residence. The victim said “Tony” had been wearing the same hat when he was there earlier.

Investigations revealed “Tony” was actually Antonio Lourenco, 47 years old, from Marathon.

Detective Bourcier located “Hans” on Wednesday and spoke with him. Hans Landis told the detective Lourenco came to his Tuesday night with two guitar cases he recognized as belonging to the victim.

Lourenco was located on Yellowtail Drive in Marathon. He was arrested and charged with burglary and grand theft. The two guitars were recovered and returned to the victim.

Four arrested on multiple drug warrants

Detectives with the Sheriff’s Special Investigations Unit arrested four people on multiple drug related warrants Wednesday afternoon.

Detectives using an undercover operative purchased cocaine and ecstasy Tuesday afternoon from three of the wanted suspects; arrested them for the drug sales and then additionally charged them all with the outstanding drug related warrants . The warrants are the result of undercover drug operations in January of this year in Key West and on Stock Island.

Assisting with the narcotics operations: Key West Police, Drug Enforcement Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

March 8, 2017

Man arrested for attempted murder, sexual battery

A man who lives on a boat in Key West Harbor is under arrest, charged with choking and raping a woman.

The 27 year old victim told Major Crimes Detective Rosa DiGiovanni that 46 year old Jeffrey Sundwall invited her to his boat Sunday night. Sundwall’s boat is a 34 foot cabin trawler named “Today” which is anchored in Key West Harbor near Christmas Tree Island. She said while she was on the boat, he came up behind her and put a “sexual restraint collar” around her neck and choked her with it until she was unconscious.

She said she woke from unconsciousness to find him raping her. She said he put a gag in her mouth so she could not make noise. She said he held her for hours and continued to torture her. At one point, she says she was begging for her life and he told her if she struggled she would die.

According to a witness in this case, Sundwall operates a water taxi service to and from Christmas Tree Island. The witness said he called Sundwall for a ride to the island Monday morning. When Sundwall arrived to pick him up, the victim was with him. She told the witness she’d been raped and asked to use his phone. She used the phone to call the Key West Police Department for help.

When Key West Police arrived on the scene, both the victim and Sundwall were there. Sundwall was in possession of crack cocaine, so he was arrested by Key West Police and booked for possession of the illegal drug.

The Sheriff’s Office has jurisdiction over criminal incidents which take place in the harbor so Major Crimes detectives responded. Their investigations led to a warrant for Sundwall’s arrest. Today, Sundwall, who was still in jail, was charged with attempted murder, false imprisonment and sexual assault with a weapon or with force. There is no bond allowed on the warrant.

March 7, 2017

Miami man arrested for fleeing deputies

A Miami man refused to stop his car and fled from deputies in the Upper Keys Monday night.

Sgt. Scott Ward was at the 102 mile marker when he saw a gray Toyota Camry northbound. The car was speeding, traveling 70 mile per hour.

Sgt. Ward pulled behind the vehicle and attempted to stop it with his lights and siren. Instead, the car kept traveling at the same rate of speed without stopping.

When the car reached the intersection of U.S. One and County Road 905, it turned off the highway and headed toward the Ocean Reef community with Sgt. Ward behind, still attempting to stop it. The car’s speeds continued between 70 and 75 miles per hour.

Sgt. Ward radioed ahead for assistance from deputies at Ocean Reef. The car drove through the three way stop at State Road 905 and Card Sound Road and headed for the front gate of Ocean Reef. Ocean Reef Public Safety quickly raised the gate as the car approached. The vehicle traveled through the gate at 60 miles per hour; ran through two more stop signs before coming to a stop.

The driver, identified as 21 year old Eduardo Fernandez of Miami, was taken into custody. As he was being handcuffed, he said “I saw your lights when you first turned them on. I am drunk and I am scared.” He was arrested and charged with fleeing and eluding police.

When Fernandez was removed from his vehicle, he left his car in reverse and it went backwards a short distance hitting Sgt. Ward’s patrol car, causing minor damage.

Florida Highway Patrol responded to the scene and conducted an investigation into the crash and into Fernandez driving under the influence of alcohol. Fernandez was subsequently additionally charged with DUI.

March 5, 2017

Two charged with burglary, battery

A man and a woman were arrested in Key Largo Saturday night after they forced their way into an apartment and battered the occupants over a $42 debt.

39 year old Renee Szczudlik and 34 year old Adam Halenza knocked on the door of the Hammock Trail apartment just before 8 p.m. When the 68 year old victim answered the door, they forced their way inside and pushed the victim to the floor. The victim recognized the suspects and knew his 27 year old godson owed them $42. He went into his room to get the money for them as they began knocking on his godson’s bedroom door.

His godson opened the bedroom door and Szczudlik grabbed him by the hair, dragging him out of bed. Halenza then joined in, sitting on him, punching him and shoving his face into a closet door. The 68 year old victim and his wife attempted to defend their godson. The two suspects finally grabbed the money from the 68 year old victim and left the house.

Deputy Gil Gonzalez responded to the Hammock Trail apartment. He interviewed all the victims and observed the numerous minor injuries they all sustained in the attack.

The godson was able to give the deputy the address where the two suspects live on Sonny Road in Islamorada. Deputie went there and spoke to the suspects and they were both placed under arrest.

Both suspects were charged with burglary to an occupied dwelling with battery on the occupant. Halenza was additionally charged with battery on a person over 65 years of age and aggravated battery. Szczudlik was additionally charged with two counts of battery and with criminal mischief after she damaged the inside of Deputy Titus Hodges’ patrol car by kicking the camera in the back seat.

March 4, 2017

Hallendale man charged with fleeing on motorcycle

A Hallendale man who fled on his motorcycle at high speeds, weaving in and out of traffic, was finally apprehended Friday afternoon and booked into jail.

Deputy Nelson Sanchez was northbound at the 88.3 mile marker in heavy traffic at 2:45 p.m. He looked in his rearview mirror and saw a motorcyclist also northbound, passing cars on the shoulder of the road. He turned on his lights and siren to stop the motorcycle. The driver passed the patrol car, stopped momentarily, shrugged his shoulders, then took off at a high rate of speed, weaving through cars.

Deputy Sanchez attempted to follow, keeping an eye on the motorcycle and calling to deputies north of his location to be on the lookout for the vehicle. He also warned deputies at the school zone just ahead to keep kids from crossing due to the dangerous driving of the motorcyclist.

The motorcycle sped through the school zone at Coral Shores High School at a high rate of speed; he continued north as several deputies tried to stop him. He continued refusing to stop and Sgt. Tom Kiffney, who was monitoring the pursuit, finally called it off due to the dangerous speeds and heavy traffic.

Deputies who were parked at the 99 mile marker reported the motorcycle never passed their location, so Deputy Matt Koval began driving through neighborhoods south of the 99 mile marker in an attempt to locate the motorcyclist. He found the man who had been driving the motorcycle standing in the yard at 21 Drury Drive in Key Largo. He had changed his clothes in an attempt to disguise himself.

The man – identified as 35 year old John Vega – said “I’m the guy, you got me.” He told Deputy Koval he fled because his driver’s license was suspended. Vega was arrested. He was charged with reckless driving, fleeing and eluding police, driving with his license suspended and resisting arrest. He was booked into jail.

March 3, 2017

Vehicle owner finds burglar asleep in his car

The owner of a 1995 Chevy Blazer parked his car overnight near the CVS Pharmacy on Stock Island. When he checked the vehicle the next morning, he found someone had broken into it and was sleeping inside.

Deputy Jon Riggs responded to the area at 7 a.m. Thursday. When he arrived, the owner was on scene and 39 year old Donald Geib was still sleeping in the vehicle’s passenger seat. Geib had broken a window to gain access. A wrench was jammed in the vehicle’s ignition as if someone had tried to start it.

When the deputy woke him up, Geib said he had permission to be sleeping inside. He said he didn’t know who owned the vehicle, but he had permission.

The owner denied giving anyone permission to break into his vehicle and sleep inside. The vehicle was in disarray; it appeard Geib had ransacked it and a pipe used for smoking drugs was found on the floorboard.

Geib was arrested. He was charged with criminal mischief, burglary, theft and possession of drug paraphernalia.

March 1, 2017

Man arrested for child abuse

A 23 year old man from Miami Gardens was arrested in Key Largo today for child abuse.

Tevin Gamble was driving southbound through the upper Keys with the 7 month old baby in a car seat in the back and the baby’s mother in the front passenger seat. The two adults had an argument which caused Gamble to turn the car around, with the intention of returning home to Miami Gardens.

The mother called the Sheriff’s Office from the car to report Gamble was driving recklessly northbound at a high rate of speed. She told dispatchers he was turning off the car’s lights to avoid being seen by law enforcement officers. Gamble finally pulled the car over to the side of the road in a parking lot at the 97 mile marker of the highway. That is where deputies met with the mother.

The mother said after stopping the car, Gamble tried to take the baby and the car seat from the back of the car. She blocked his efforts. She said he shook the car seat violently multiple times trying to free it from the back seat.  When he was unsuccessful, Gamble finally fled from the car on foot.

Deputies apprehended him at the 102 mile marker. He had changed his clothes in an effort to avoid capture.

Gamble was charged with child abuse and obstruction by disguise. He was booked into jail. Paramedics checked the baby to make sure he was not injured when he was shaken. He appeared to be fine.