Monroe County Sheriff’s Office
Daily Crime and Information Report

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



November 27, 2003

Wisconsin man wounded during armed robbery

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Shark Key – A man who recently arrived in the Keys from Wisconsin drove himself to the hospital early today (Thursday) after being shot during an apparent armed robbery attempt.

The victim told Deputy Tom Walker he had parked his motorcycle just north of the Shark Key boat ramp at 5 a.m. when a small, dark colored car pulled up beside him. Thinking the occupants might want directions, the victim approached the passenger side of the car and bent down to see inside the window. The driver, described as a man with a “Latin accent” demanded the victim’s wallet and motorcycle keys. The victim said when he protested, he saw the passenger make a motion, and heard an explosion sounding like a gun shot. He then realized he’d been wounded. The car fled northbound on the highway. The only further description the victim could give was the car had a loud muffler and a Florida tag from Dade County.

The victim drove himself to the hospital, where he reported the incident to a Key West Police Officer working a detail at the Emergency Room. The case was then turned over to Deputy Walker from the Sheriff’s Office for further investigation. The victim was treated for a gunshot wound on the left side of his neck and he was released.

Anyone with information about this case should contact the Sheriff’s Office immediately. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys. If a tip leads to an arrest, the caller would be eligible for a cash reward. The Crime Stoppers hot line number is 1-800-346-TIPS.

Teen charged with burglary to business

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Little Torch Key – A 17 year old Little Torch Key boy has been charged with burglarizing the store at the Dolphin Marina in October.

The victim, who manages the store, discovered the break in October 28th at 7 a.m. and called the Sheriff’s Office. According to reports by Deputy David Chavka, someone broke in through a window and stole cigarettes, cigarette lighters and three cans of a Nestle Chocolate drink.

Detective Manny Cuervo and Crime Scene Investigator Gary McCullough were assigned to the case. Investigations revealed that 17 year old Kevin Doyle was a possible suspect. Doyle’s bicycle was found in bushes near the store, and three empty Nestle Chocolate cans were found next to the bike. It was later discovered that he had several lighters in his bedroom matching those stolen during the burglary. Detective Cuervo also found a witness who told him Doyle had bragged about breaking in to the Marina and stealing cigarettes.

Detective Cuervo obtained a warrant for the arrest of Doyle, who was picked up Wednesday and charged with burglary. He was booked at the Monroe County Detention Center and turned over to the custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice.

Stock Island man charged with burglary of a restaurant freezer

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Stock Island – A Stock Island man was arrested Wednesday, charged with stealing a box of frozen Conch from the freezer of a Stock Island Restaurant.

Deputy Mark Long was called to the Rusty Anchor Restaurant November 19th to a report of someone stealing a box of Conch. He met with a witness who told him she went to the walk in freezer in back of the restaurant to get some pies and she saw a man leaving, carrying a box of Conch. When he saw her, she said he began to run. She reported the incident to the restaurant owner.

The box of Conch was found a short distance away, hidden in some bushes. The value of the Conch is reported to be $250.00.

Detective Donald Catala was assigned to investigate the case. During the course of  his investigation, he received information that 52 year old Larry Wells might be the suspect in the case. He showed the witness a photo line-up which included a picture of Wells. The witness identified Wells as the man she saw stealing the Conch.

On Wednesday, Detective Catala found Wells, who was incarcerated at the Monroe County Detention Center. Wells was in jail after being arrested Tuesday on trespassing and weapon possession charges. Wells was further charged with burglary of the restaurant.

November 26, 2003

Search warrant leads to drug arrest

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Stock Island – A search warrant, executed at a Stock Island residence Tuesday night, led to the arrest of a man for possessing crack cocaine.

At 7:15 p.m., Detectives from the Sheriff’s Special Investigations Division served the search warrant at a residence on 3rd Avenue, at the Wilson Apartments on Stock Island. The warrant was obtained after numerous complaints were received by the Sheriff’s Office about possible drug activity at that location, and after an investigation of those complaints.

41 year old Thomas Yeatts, was arrested after detectives found crack cocaine in his hat and drug paraphernalia inside his residence. Yeatts was booked into the Monroe County Detention Center.

Teen charged with auto burglary

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Stock Island – A 17 year old Stock Island boy was arrested on a warrant after a man caught him burglarizing his truck.

According to reports by Deputy Tom Walker, the victim walked out of his home on 6th Avenue at 5 a.m. November 13th and caught 17 year old Martin Martinez going through his truck. When he confronted Martinez, the boy threw coins in his face, then ran.

The victim told Deputy Walker he recognized the boy and had seen him hanging around the area before. He was able to identify him from photographs.

A warrant was obtained for Martinez’ arrest. He was taken into custody on burglary charges Tuesday afternoon. He was booked at the Monroe County Detention Center.

November 25, 2003

Sugarloaf Middle School student charged with making false bomb threat

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Sugarloaf Key – A 13 year old Big Pine boy was arrested Monday, charged with writing a false bomb threat on the wall of the boy’s bathroom in the Sugarloaf Middle School building.

The bomb threat was discovered Friday afternoon. Students of the school were evacuated and the school was searched. No bomb was found. On Monday, interviews were done with several students who said they heard 13 year old Mark Thompson say he was going to make a bomb threat because he didn’t want to take a test in fourth period. Another student said Thompson admitted to him that he made the bomb threat.

Thompson was arrested and charged with making a false bomb threat Monday and he was booked at the Monroe County Detention Center.

Dive gear found; believed to belong to missing Massachusetts diver

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Islamorada – Dive gear believed to belong to a missing Massachusetts diver was recovered by a lobster fisherman Saturday.

28 year old Osmani Cuellar was fishing off shore of Islamorada Saturday when he found a buoyancy compensator, regulator, scuba tanks and a dive computer. He brought them to shore and took them home. He was beginning to clean them when he remembered the missing diver and decided to call the Sheriff’s Office.

Detective James Norman called the husband of 29 year old Tatyana Smirnov of Farmingham, Massachusetts. He described her dive equipment in detail, and, based on the husband’s descriptions, it appears the dive equipment found Saturday does match hers.

Smirnov disappeared November 9th after a dive at Crocker Reef. She was one of 13 divers on board the dive boat “Tropic Vista”. She was diving with a buddy at the time of her disappearance. The dive buddy, 35 year old Alexei Elinson, also of Massachusetts, said the two of them were diving in approximately 40 feet of water late in the afternoon. He said they surfaced to check the location of the dive boat, and realized it was time to return to the boat. He said they began swimming back and he got a little ahead of Smirnov. He looked back to check on her and could not locate her. He then realized he was too far from the boat to make it back on his own.

Shortly before 6 p.m., the dive boat reported the two missing divers. The Coast Guard responded, along with officers from the Fish and Wildlife Commission and the Sheriff’s Night Star helicopter. Elinson was found floating, in good condition a short time later. There was no sign of Smirnov. Her body has still not been recovered.

November 21, 2003

Search warrant leads to drug arrest

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Marathon – A search warrant served at a Marathon residence early today (Friday) led to the arrest of a Marathon man.

Sheriff’s detectives from the Special Investigations Division say the investigation into drug activity at the 96th Street residence has been a lengthy one. On Friday morning at 4:41 a.m., a search warrant was served at #292 on the Oceanside of that street. Inside the house, detectives found a felony amount of marijuana. They also seized drug paraphernalia and almost $5,000.00 in cash.

31 year old Guillermo Aryan was arrested for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He was booked into the Monroe County Detention Center.

Assisting with service of the search warrant was the Sheriff’s Criminal Investigative Unit and a K-9 team from U.S. Border Patrol.

Man charged with making a destructive device

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Key Largo – A man, arrested November 9th for aggravated assault and discharging a firearm in public has been further charged with making destructive devices.

34 year old David Gilliland, of Islamorada, was arrested after he and his son discharged a handgun and a shotgun during a dispute with four teenagers over money. The dispute took place the night of November 9th in the vicinity of the 99 mile marker of Highway U.S. One.

Detective Mark Coleman said at the time of that arrest, they found several beer bottles filled with a flammable liquid with a piece of rag stuffed in the top. Devices such as this are sometimes called Molotov Cocktails. Further investigation revealed that Gilliland, Sr. was the one who manufactured these devices.

A warrant was obtained for his arrest and he was charged with the warrant today (Friday). He was booked into the Monroe County Detention Center.

November 20, 2003

Big Coppitt Key man arrested for kidnapping, aggravated assault

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Big Coppitt Key – A Big Coppitt Key man was arrested early today (Thursday), charged with kidnapping a woman at gunpoint.

The victim told Deputy John Gabay she and a friend were drinking beer with 30 year old Alexei Sanchez at 12:45 a.m. in the vicinity of Barcelona Drive on Big Coppitt Key. She said they ran out of beer, so they all got into Sanchez’ car to get some more. As they were driving to the store, Sanchez told the victim, “You are my new girlfriend now.” The comment made the victim uncomfortable, so when they returned to Barcelona Drive, the two women walked away from him, joining another group of people down the street.

Sanchez drove up to the group the two women were with. He asked one person in the group, “How come she doesn’t want to be with me?” He then pulled out a gun and pointed at the victim, ordering her into the car. She said she complied because she was afraid he’d kill her if she didn’t. Sanchez drove away with her. Her friend then called the Sheriff’s Office to report the incident.

Deputy Gabay arrived and the friend showed him Sanchez’ residence, on Avenue C, Big Coppitt Key. The deputy walked around the house and looked in a French door. He saw the victim, naked on a bed with the suspect. She told the deputy he forced her to get undressed at gunpoint.

Sanchez was arrested, charged with kidnapping and aggravated assault. The gun he allegedly threatened her with was found in his car. It turned out to be a BB gun which looked just like a real handgun.

Big Pine Key man charged with drug possession

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Big Pine Key – Deputies responding to an attempted suicide call found drugs in plain view in a Big Pine Key home. A search later revealed more illegal drugs.

Deputy Jennifer LaScala responded to the Cedar Lane residence to reports that a woman had attempted suicide by taking pills. When she arrived, she saw a white powder resembling cocaine on the dining room table. A test revealed it was, indeed, cocaine. Deputy LaScala called for a medical unit to check on the woman’s condition and she called for assistance from Sheriff’s Special Investigations detectives, who responded to the scene.

The detectives asked 48 year old Ivan Eaton for permission to search the residence. Eaton gave written consent to search. The search revealed cocaine, marijuana, and a variety of pills including methadone, Oxycontin, Ambien and Xanex. Also found was drug paraphernalia and almost $10,000 in cash.

Eaton was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was booked into the Monroe County Detention Center. The woman was checked out by paramedics, but refused further medical treatment.

November 18, 2003

Search warrant leads to cocaine arrest

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Stock Island – A Stock Island man was arrested Monday afternoon after 30 grams of powdered cocaine were found in his apartment.

Detectives from the Sheriff’s Special Investigation Division received information that 54 year old Antonio Morales was in possession of illegal narcotics. They obtained a search warrant for his apartment, located on 6th Street, Stock Island. At 5:40 p.m., the warrant was served with the assistance of the Sheriff’s Special Weapons and Tactics Team. A search of the residence turned up 30 grams of cocaine in the bedroom.

Morales was arrested and charged with trafficking in cocaine. He was booked into the Monroe County Detention Center.

Key Largo man charged with burglary, aggravated battery

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Plantation Key – A Key Largo man who broke into a house and a car and ran into a woman with his car was arrested by Sheriff’s deputies Friday.

According to the victim, she was staying with a friend at a house in Venetian Shores when 44 year old Steven Wozeniak called her and said he was coming over. According to Deputy David Minor she and Wozeniak have a child together, but are not married and have never lived together. The victim told him not to come to the house, but he showed up anyway. She refused to open the door, so he forced his way in through a sliding glass door, breaking the lock in the process. The two argued, and Wozeniak refused to leave when ordered to do so.

The owner of the property then showed up and also ordered him out of the house, but he refused to go. He finally left the house and broke into a car belonging to the victim. He took her backpack and a child seat that was in the car and put them in his vehicle. He got into his car to leave and the victim stood in front of it, attempting to retrieve her belongings. Wozeniak ran into her leg with the car as he was driving away.

Deputies stopped him at the 96 mile marker of the highway. Wozeniak was arrested and charged with two counts of burglary, theft and aggravated battery. He was taken to jail.

Theft of custom made French doors leads to arrest

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Tavernier - A Tavernier man was arrested Friday, charged with stealing two sets of custom made French doors from a construction site on Burton Drive in Tavernier.

The theft took place October 16th. When workers showed up at the site to install the doors, they realized they were missing, along with some scaffolding. According to Deputy Eric Christensen, the doors were distinctive – they were eight feet tall with unusual green glass in them. They are valued at $6,000.00.

On November 2nd, Deputy Don Dalton received information from the site’s contractor that the doors had been located behind a house at the end of Ocean Drive and were being installed at that house. Detective David Carey was assigned to the case and contacted the Islamorada Building Department and discovered no building permit had been issued for that home. He went with a building inspector to the house and located the doors there.

The owner of the house said he bought the doors from 35 year old Sergio Yero for $1,500.00.

A warrant was obtained for Yero and on November 14th, he was arrested. He was booked into the Monroe County Detention Center on charges of burglary, grand theft and dealing in stolen property.

 

November 13, 2003

Two men arrested for drugs after search of Key Largo residence

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Key Largo – Detectives from the Sheriff’s Special Investigations Division arrested two men after a search of a Key Largo residence turned up large amounts of marijuana.

Undercover operatives purchased marijuana four times from 23 year old Steve Walters prior to obtaining the search warrant. On Wednesday evening, another purchase of the drug was arranged, and when Walters went into the house on Buttonwood Avenue in Key Largo to retrieve the marijuana he was going to sell, they served the warrant at the residence.

The owner of the home, 40 year old Richard Marr was also present inside when the warrant was served. Marijuana was found all over the house, as well as in the pockets of both men. A total of 122 grams of marijuana were found, along with various items of drug paraphernalia, including smoking pipes, a scale, empty plastic bags and a grinder with marijuana residue inside and rolling papers.

Walters was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and with four warrants for sale of marijuana. Marr was arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to sell and with possession of drug paraphernalia. They were booked into the Monroe County Detention Center.

November 10, 2003

Diver missing off of Islamorada

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Islamorada – A diver is missing off the upper Keys after going out on a commercial dive vessel Sunday off of Islamorada.

29 year old Tatyana Smirnov of Farmingham, Massachusetts was one of 13 divers on board the dive boat “Tropic Vista” Sunday afternoon. She was diving with a buddy at the time of her disappearance. The dive buddy, 35 year old Alexei Elinson, also of Massachusetts said the two of them were diving in approximately 40 feet of water late in the afternoon Sunday at Crocker Reef. He said they surfaced to check the location of the dive boat, and realized it was time to return to the boat. He said they began swimming back and he got a little ahead of Smirnov. He looked back to check on her and could not locate her. He then realized he was too far from the boat to make it back on his own.

Shortly before 6 p.m., the dive boat reported two missing divers. The Coast Guard responded, along with officers from the Fish and Wildlife Commission and the Sheriff’s Night Star helicopter. Elinson was found floating, in good condition. There was no sign of Smirnov. Searchers have returned to the area today, but so far have not found her.

Restaurant employee robbed, tied up

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Key Largo – An employee at Arby’s Restaurant in Key Largo told detectives she was robbed at gunpoint Sunday morning when she opened the restaurant just after 6 a.m.

The victim said she walked in the restaurant, and turned on the lights. She said suddenly, she felt the gun against her cheek and a person behind her. He ordered her to open the safe, ordered her to lie on the ground, then tied her hands and feet. He stole items from the safe, along with her keys to the restaurant, then fled.

When Deputies Andrew Leird and Luis Garcia arrived, they saw the employee inside the restaurant, hopping around with her arms and legs still tied. They found the back door of the building unlocked, entered and untied her. A search of the area failed to find the suspect.

The victim said the man who robbed her was a black male, approximately five feet ten inches tall, 160 pounds wearing a dark long sleeved shirt, pants and gloves.

Detective Larry O’Neill is investigating. Anyone with information about this case should contact the Sheriff’s Office immediately at 853-3211. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys. If a tip leads to an arrest, the caller would be eligible for a cash reward. The Crime Stoppers hot line number is 1-800-346-TIPS.

Father and son arrested for shooting guns during possible drug dispute

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Key Largo – A father and son from Islamorada have been arrested, charged with shooting guns at four teens during an argument about drugs.

According to the four victims, they went to the area behind Ganim’s Restaurant at the 99 mile marker Sunday night at 9 p.m. to meet with 34 year old David Gilliland and his 16 year old son, David, Jr. The victims said they thought they were just going to talk about a dispute they were having over money the Gilliland’s claim is owed to them. The money had something to do with a drug dispute, but the victims would not be more specific about the details of the dispute.

When the victim’s arrived for the meeting, they said Gilliland Sr. pulled out a shotgun and began shooting into the air. The son reportedly pulled out a handgun and began firing it at a car belonging to one of the victims.

Residents in the area heard the shots fired and called Sheriff’s Office dispatchers to report it. When Deputies Jim Ford and Luis Garcia arrived, they found the victims and some witnesses still on the scene. A search of the area failed to turn up the suspects, but investigations did reveal evidence that guns had been fired and witnesses corroborated the victim’s story about what happened.

The case was turned over to Detective Mark Coleman for further investigation. He was able to contact Gilliland, Sr. and convinced him to come to the Plantation Key Substation for an interview on Sunday afternoon. After that interview, Gilliland was arrested. His son turned himself in Monday morning.

Both the father and son were charged with four counts of aggravated assault, discharging a firearm in public and improper exhibition of a firearm. The father was also charged with furnishing a firearm to a minor and with an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court reference driving with license suspended. The father was booked in to jail and the son was turned over to the custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice.

Investigations are continuing.

Tavernier woman reports robbery

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Key Largo – A Tavernier woman told deputies she was robbed Saturday evening as she was walking home from the vicinity of the Holiday Inn in Key Largo.

The victim said she got into an argument with her boyfriend at about 7 p.m. and decided to walk home. As she was walking near the 98.9 mile marker of the highway, she said she was hit in the head and knocked to the ground by two men who stole a bag she was carrying with a credit card and cash inside.

The victim said her attackers were a Hispanic male and a Black male. She was unable to give any further description. Detectives are investigating.

November 6, 2003

Three upper Keys teens charged with beating Islamorada man

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Islamorada – Three upper Keys teens have bee arrested, charged with beating an Islamorada man and sending him to the hospital with a broken arm and head injuries.

The 39 year old victim said on October 16th, he heard glass breaking outside his apartment in Islamorada. When he walked outside to check on it, he was attacked by three teenagers, one of whom had a baseball bat. The three boys hit him repeatedly, including hitting him several times with the bat. They then fled the area.

When Deputy Joe Moran and Sgt. Tim Hurd arrived, they found the victim outside, bleeding from a head wound and with several other injuries in evidence on his body. There was also blood drops leading into his apartment, and blood on the wall of the apartment as well. The victim was transported to Mariner’s Hospital where x-rays revealed a broken left arm, a severely sprained right arm and several injuries to his head. He was able to tell deputies who the boys were who attacked him. He said he thought they might have attacked him because he owed money to the mother of one of them.

After extensive investigation, Detective David Carey obtained warrants for the arrest of the three teens. 18 year old Donald Jones, 16 year old Andrew Jones and 17 year old Zachary McKeown were all placed under arrest Wednesday for Aggravated Battery. The two Jones brothers received a second charge of principle in the first degree ref. aggravated battery. Donald Jones was booked into the Monroe County Detention Center and the other two were turned over to the custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice.

Detectives looking for information about business burglaries

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Key Largo – Detectives are looking for information about two business burglaries which have taken place recently in the upper Keys.

On October 23rd the Family Dollar Store in Key Largo was burglarized. The manager of the store said he locked up the store as usual on the night of the 22nd. When he returned the following day, he found someone had broken into the safe, stealing the contents. They also ransacked the office and damaged the alarm box in the business.

On October 31st, deputies responded to the South West Discount Store in Key Largo to reports of a break in. When they arrived, they found someone had removed the rear door of the business and had stolen the safe from inside, as well as numerous cartons of cigarettes and other items.

Detectives do not believe the two crimes are connected. They do need help from anyone with information about the two incidents. Anyone who knows anything which might be related to these two burglaries can call the Sheriff’s Office at 853-3211. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys. If a tip leads to an arrest, the caller would be eligible for a cash reward. The Crime Stoppers hot line number is 1-800-346-TIPS.

 

November 5, 2003

Woman found dead of apparent self inflicted gunshot wound

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Big Coppitt Key – A Big Coppitt Key woman was found dead this morning of what appears to be a self inflicted gun shot would to her chest.

46 year old Nancy Rossell was found dead in her car at 9:20 a.m. The car was parked in front of her apartment on Big Coppitt Key. A suicide note was found with her body. She appeared to have only been dead for a short time.

An autopsy will be done tomorrow to determine the exact cause of her death, but detectives say there is nothing immediately obvious at the scene which would indicate the death is anything but suicide.

The investigation is continuing.

November 4, 2003

Marathon teen arrested for knife threats

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Marathon – An 18 year old Marathon man was arrested Monday on an outstanding warrant for aggravated assault. He’s accused of threatening another teen with a knife at a football game in Marathon October 23rd.

18 year old Keino Segree was arrested on the outstanding warrant at Marathon High School Monday morning. At the time of his arrest, he was found to be armed with a pocket knife, located in the front pocket of his shorts. He was booked into the Monroe County Detention Center for aggravated assault and for possessing a knife on school grounds.

According to the victim, a 16 year old student at the school, Segree threatened to cut him with a knife when he asked Segree to move his leg so he could get by him in the bleachers at the game. The victim said over the course of at least 15 minutes, Segree repeatedly threatened him, at one point removing a knife from his pocket, opening it and telling the victim he would cut him with it.

Witnesses corroborated the victim’s statements about the threats.

Bond on the outstanding warrant is set at $10,000.00.

Fort Lauderdale man charged with gun threats

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Key Largo – A Fort Lauderdale man is in jail charged with threatening to kill two women on board his boat, docked at a Key Largo marina.

80 year old Sam Rhodes is accused of threatening to kill the two women, then shooting a gun into the air to emphasize the threats. One of the victim’s told Deputy Greg LaRochelle she and her girlfriend met Rhodes at the Tiki Bar at Gilbert’s Marina. He reportedly invited them back to his yacht at 10:30 p.m. Monday. Once on board the vessel, she said he “went crazy”, took out a gun and threatened them, then fired the gun into the air.

When Deputies LaRochelle and Lyle Agins arrived, one of the women was still on the boat, hysterically screaming for help. The other woman had fled the area. After repeated commands to come out of the boat with his hands in the air, Rhodes finally complied. A search of the boat turned up a .38 caliber revolver in the cabin with one spent shell inside.

Rhodes was charged with aggravated assault and he was taken to jail.

Road rage leads to arrest

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Summerland Key – A Big Pine Key man is under arrest today, charged with ramming the back of a woman’s car in what appears to be a road rage incident.

According to the victim, she was driving southbound on U.S. One on Summerland Key at 11:15 a.m. behind a pickup truck full of yard debris. She said the truck was traveling slowly, and was about to turn off the highway onto a side road when she passed the truck on the right hand side. As she passed, she and the driver of the truck both reportedly made obscene gestures to each other. At that point, he stopped turning off the highway and pursued her southbound instead.

She said they both traveled a short distance farther southbound, when she was forced to stop behind another car. At that point, she claims he rammed her car repeatedly from behind with his truck. He then left the area and she called 911 to report the incident.

Deputy Freddy Rodriguez, with assistance from Detective Manny Cuervo and Lt. Mitch Snider, stopped the truck at the 22.5 mile marker of the highway. There was evidence on the truck and on the car indicating the incident had, indeed, occurred. The driver, 44 year old Daniel Kelsey, was arrested. He was charged with aggravated battery and he was taken to jail.

November 3, 2003

Building inspector beaten by Key Largo man

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Key Largo – A Monroe County building inspector was allegedly beaten with a metal broom handle Saturday afternoon. The man accused of beating him was taken to jail.

The victim, 54 year old Stephen Sullivan, said he was passing by a home on Mahogany Drive in Key Largo at 5:30 p.m. when he decided to stop and check on a project going on at a residence on that street. He said he got out of his vehicle and began walking toward the house. He said he realized the project was not against code, so he began walking back toward his truck when the homeowner, 41 year old Jose Garcia, accosted him. Sullivan said Garcia began yelling at him, then began hitting him with a metal broom handle. He sustained bruises to his head, face and body.

Sullivan fled to his truck and got in to escape the attack. He called the Sheriff’s Office to report what happened. Deputy Sever Hustad responded. After conducting an investigation, the deputy arrested Garcia, charging him with aggravated battery. Garcia was booked into the Monroe County Detention Center.