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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May 31, 2006

Diving death

The county medical examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death of diver found floating near Islamorada Tuesday afternoon. The victim, identified as 72-year old George Sipp, of Jacksonville, was scuba diving with friends and family in about 20 feet of water near Alligator Reef. Sipp, who reportedly had over 20 years of diving experience, failed to surface. His body was found floating face down about an hour later by boaters in the area. Sheriff’s detective Mark Coleman, who is investigating the case, said that Sipp’s dive tank was empty and that his weight belt was missing indicating that he experienced an emergency situation underwater.

May 30, 2006

Memorial Weekend

A violent disturbance at the Holiday Isle Resort in Islamorada Saturday afternoon resulted in four arrests. Security guards at Kokomo’s Lounge on the resort grounds called for help, reporting that over twenty people were fighting and throwing beer bottles. Sheriff’s deputies and security personnel were able to quell the disturbance, but deputies had to use pepper spray to break up a fight involving several young men. Medics on the scene treated several of the suspects for exposure to pepper spray. One of the suspects who was pepper sprayed by a deputy was able to escape apprehension by running into the crowd of people gathered at the scene. Deputies arrested four suspects identified as 27-year old Christopher Jovellar of Miami, 21-year old Fred Melendez, of Miami, 24-year old Modesto Espinoza of Miami and 24-year old Landert Griggs of Homestead on charges of affray. All four were booked into the jail at Plantation Key. No serious injuries were reported as a result of the melee.

Sheriff’s deputies Saturday evening responded to reports that four motorcycle drivers were speeding and weaving in and out of heavy traffic on U.S. One near the 95-mile marker. Deputies spotted the suspects and one of the motorcycles was clocked at speeds of over 80 miles per hour in a 45 mile per hour zone. Deputies tracked two of the drivers to the 105-mile marker where the suspects pulled off the road in an attempt to hide. One of the motorcycle drivers sped off again after being spotted by the deputies. The other suspect could not start his motorcycle and he was taken into custody. 20-year old Daniel Robleto of Miami was booked into the Plantation Key jail on charges of reckless driving and high speed fleeing and eluding police officers.

Sheriff’s deputies, during the three-day Memorial Day weekend, arrested eight people for driving while intoxicated and one person for boating while intoxicated.

May 29, 2006

Man arrested for drunk boating

Islamorada - A Fort Lauderdale man was arrested Friday for drunk boating and refusing to comply with a deputies orders.\

Deputy Luis Blasco responded to the boat ramp at the end of Blackwater Drive in Islamorada at 6:30 p.m. Friday to reports of a suspicious person who appeared to be very drunk. When he arrived, he spoke with witnesses who pointed out a man just climbing onto a boat. They said he had been stumbling, had fallen to the ground and was making grunting noises before boarding the boat.

Deputy Blasco ordered 58 year old Robert Roy to turn off the boat's engine and return to shore. Roy refused and said he was leaving to return to his vessel anchored off shore. As Roy left the area, Deputy Blasco called for backup from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, who was patrolling on the water nearby.

Officers from FWC picked up Deputy Blasco and they went to Roy's boat, anchored offshore. They boarded and ordered Roy to exit the cabin. He refused. They went below and attempted to escort him to the upper deck. Roy had trouble standing, told them a pirate and began grunting. He then urinated on himself.

Roy was taken into custody, charged with fleeing and eluding police, boating under the influence of alcohol. He refused to sign his BUI citation, so he was further charged with resisting an officer without violence. He was booked into the Monroe County Detention Center.

Accident wrap up from Friday to Monday a.m.

There were three accidents involving injuries reported:

5/28 at 6:17 a.m. at the 81.8 mile marker, vehicle versus pedestrian, hit and run. The pedestrian was taken to Mariner's then flown to Miami via Air Rescue. Accident investigation turned over to FHP.

5/28 at 8:44 p.m., 5mm on Stock Island. Two vehicles and three injuries. Only one transported to the hospital. One person arrested for DUI. Road open by 9:13 p.m. Accident investigation turned over to FHP.

5/29 at 3:17 a.m., 88.5 mile marker. Two vehicles with a rollover. Three injured and transported to the hospital. One in cust(unknown charges). Road clear by 4:46 a.m. Accident investigation turned over to FHP.

May 26, 2006

Teen charged with possessing large amount of marijuana

Big Pine Key - An 19 year old Big Pine boy was arrested Thursday night, charged with possessing more than 400 grams of marijuana.

Deputies Andrew Ensminger and Marc Maison were on patrol at 9:30 p.m. in the area of Sands Subdivision when they spotted a 1993 Chevrolet pickup truck with windows tinted so dark they could not see inside. They pulled the truck over for having illegal window tinting. When the driver, 19 year old Aaron Hunter, got out they saw a large bulge in his pocket. They asked him if he had any weapons or illegal substances in his possession. He told them the bulge in his pocket was just money, and he pulled out $1,600 in cash. As he pulled the cash out of his pocket, the deputies also saw a plastic bag with white pills in it. The pills turned out to be hydrocodone so Deputy Ensminger began to place Hunter under arrest. As he was attempting to handcuff Hunter, Hunter turned to run away and ran right into Deputy Maison. He then fell to the ground and the deputies were able to take him into custody without any further incident.

Further investigation revealed a small red and white cooler in the back of the truck. Inside the cooler was a plastic bag with 420 grams of marijuana inside.

The marijuana, cash and the truck were seized for possible forfeiture. Hunter was charged with possession of marijuana and a controlled substance, as well as resisting arrest and he was booked into the Monroe County Detention Center.

Detectives apprehend wanted man; find evidence of other possible crimes

Big Pine Key - A Big Pine Key man was apprehended today after a short lived stand off with Sheriff's detectives.

Detectives Jeremy Davy and Paul Schultz, along with Deputy Dave Chavka, responded to a home on Avenue D, Big Pine Key in the Sands Subdivision just before 10 a.m. They had a tip they would find 26 year old Andrew McClain, who was wanted on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court. When they arrived, they knocked on the door and McClain answered. That's when it began to get complicated.

McClain slammed the door shut when he realized it was the Sheriff's Office. He refused orders to come out and, since detectives had information he might be armed, they backed off and called for assistance. They knew his girlfriend was inside with him, but they didn't know if she was there willingly, or being held against her will. Deputy Chavka, while waiting for assistance from Sheriff's Hostage Negotiators, attempted to convince McClain to come outside peacefully, but he still refused.

Trained Negotiators and Special Weapons and Tactics members arrived at the scene and surrounded the residence.Sgt. Jim Wirth convinced McClain to open the door and talk to him. When McClain opened the door, his girlfriend was standing in front of him. Behind her, McClain held a piece of broken glass at his own throat. He agreed to surrender shortly before 11 a.m. He was taken into custody, charged with the warrant and with obstructing a law enforcement officer. He is being held without bond at the Monroe County Detention Center.

The detectives received permission to search the residence from the owner. Inside, they found items they believe may be stolen property from crimes committed recently in the area of Sands Subdivision. They also found an airsoft pellet gun. The investigation into this case is continuing and more charges are pending.

May 25, 2006

Community Notification of Sexual Predator

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Click here for information from the Florida Department of Corrections about Lowe

Key Largo - A man designated by the courts as a Sexual Predator has moved into a Key Largo neighborhood. Law Enforcement agencies are required by law to notify the public when a Sexual Predator locates or relocates to a particular area.

Detectives from the Sheriff's Crimes Against Women and Children's Unit will be going door to door in the area of Adobe Casa Court in Key Largo, near the 94.5 mile marker of Highway U.S. One, to notify residents that 42 year old Raymond Allen Lowe has moved into that area. Lowe has given 135 Adobe Casa Court as his current place of residence, according to his official registration information and according to Detective Linda Mixon who has checked with Lowe to verify the information.

Lowe committed sexual battery on a girl under the age of 12 in August of 1998. He was convicted and spent time in prison for the crime. He was subsequently released on probation. He reportedly violated the probation in February of this year. The violation reportedly consisted of his possession of photographs in his home which violated his probation terms. He was booked into jail for violation of probation on February 3rd. He was recently released again, and gave the above address as the place he would be residing.

 

May 22, 2006

Man charged with threats on fishing boat

Stock Island - A crew member on board a fishing boat out was arrested after he became violent on a fishing trip, threatening to kill the rest of those on board the boat.

Deputy Lisa Thibideau was called to Fishbusters on Shrimp Road, Stock Island Friday at 5:30 a.m. to reports from the Coast Guard that a fishing boat was coming in to the dock with a man detained who had become violent. The captain and crew members of the fishing vessel WJ III said 55 year old Craig Moore became argumentative on the fishing trip and was ordered to stay below on the boat by the captain. The following morning, everyone awoke to find Moore sitting on roof of the vessel. He had a knife, a gaff and other items with him which he was threatening to use as weapons. When crew members attempted to exit the wheelhouse, he would swing the knife and gaff at them, threatening to kill them. He also threatened to steal the boat.

The captain radioed for help from a sister ship, WJ II, and that boat headed to their location. Moore also threatened the captain and crew of that vessel when it arrived. As Moore was occupied with the arrival of the new vessel, the captain and crew of the boat were able to sneak up behind him and grab him, successfully disarming him. They held him in their custody until they arrived at the dock, where he was turned over to law enforcement officers.

Moore was taken to Lower Keys Hospital where he was treated for broken ribs and a cut above his eye. He was then booked into the Monroe County Detention Center on three counts of aggravated assault, three counts of kidnapping and with robbery.

Father and daughter caught smoking crack together; arrested

Marathon - A Marathon man and his daughter were arrested Friday at 1:15 a.m. after they were caught together, smoking crack cocaine.

Deputy Gregg Johnson was on patrol in the area of Coco Plum Road conducting a building check when he saw two people sitting in a black SUV in the parking lot. He stopped to see what they were doing. Deputy Derek Paul arrived as back up. The two were asked to exit the vehicle. Deputy Paul looked inside and saw, in plain view, a small bag of cocaine on the center console and more of the white powder substance was scattered on the dashboard.

The man, 62 year old Efrain Fernandez, of Marathon, said he and his daughter, 32 year old Olga Gomez, were sitting in the parking lot waiting for a friend. He said the cocaine in the car all belonged to him and she had nothing to do with it. Gomez told the deputies she and her father were sitting in the lot smoking crack cocaine together and waiting for a friend. She had more cocaine in her possession, along with a crack pipe, which she turned over to the deputies.

Both were taken into custody. Fernandez was charged with possession of cocaine and Gomez with possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia. They were both booked into jail.

May 15,2006

Burglaries on Big Pine Key

Big Pine Key - Sheriff's detectives are looking for help solving a string of burglaries to occupied homes on Big Pine Key.

Over the weekend, deputies took six home burglary reports and one report of a burglarized vehicle in the Sands Subdivision of Big Pine Key. The suspect forced entry to all the homes, and in every burglary, victims were at home sleeping when it happened. In several cases, he forced his way through the front door; one one occasion he forced his way through a sliding glass door that was secured with a piece of wood on the inside; another burglary involved cutting a hole through a screen and reaching through to unlock a door. The suspect primarily steals items sitting in plain view - purses, wallets, identification and cash.

One woman reported that she heard noises outside her house. When she looked through her window, she saw the suspect trying to force his way into her house. When he saw her looking, he walked away. She described him as a white male, in his mid 20s with short black hair. He was wearing a black shirt, long black shorts and black high top shoes.

Other information gathered during the investigation of these crimes: the suspect may be with a young white female, in a white Mazda four door with a sunshine tag and possible damage on the driver's door; he may also be with a young white male in a green Cadillac with large chrome wheels and a loud muffler. The suspect is also believed to be armed with a handgun.

Anyone with information about this case can report that information, remain completely anonymous and may be eligible for a substantial reward. Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys will pay a $500 reward for information leading to an arrest in this case. The Crime Stoppers hot line is 1-800-346-TIPS. Anonymous email tips may be submitted at www.tipsubmit.com.

May 11, 2006

Miami man arrested for driving recklessly

Key Largo - A Miami man, traveling southbound at a high rate of speed early today, was arrested for reckless driving.

34 year old Jorge Ignacio Perez was spotted in his black Chevrolet Corvette southbound at the 104 mile marker of the highway by Detective Lyle Agins just before 3 a.m. The detective radioed ahead, to notify deputies farther south that the car was speeding and driving recklessly. Deputy Gustavo Helago was sitting in his patrol car at the 101 when the Corvette passed him going an estimated 100 miles per hour. He pulled behind the car with his lights and siren on, attempting to pull it over. Perez initially refused to stop. He finally pulled over at the 92 mile marker of the highway. When he got out of his car, Deputy Helago said he showed evidence of intoxication. He had trouble maintaining his balance and it smelled like he'd been drinking alcohol.

Perez was arrested and charged with reckless driving, fleeing and eluding police, driving under the influence of alcohol and speeding. He was booked into the Monroe County Detention Center.

May 8, 2006
 

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Employees from Hot Arc Welding in Marathon rushed to the scene
of the plane crash, pulling two men from the plane.

Plane crash in Marathon
 
Marathon - A plane crashed into a Marathon canal this morning, injuring the two people on board.
 
The plane was landing at the Marathon airport just before 8 a.m. and reportedly had trouble. The plane hit two utility poles near 109th Street and 5th Avenue, snapping the tops off, then crashed nose down into a canal off of 5th Avenue in Marathon. Neighbors in the area jumped into the water, pulling the two people out of the plane. Both men are being taken to Fishermen's Hospital. Both men were air lifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami.
 

The type of plane is unknown at this time although it is reportedly a twin engine and the names of the two men are currently unavailable. The Florida Highway Patrol will be investigating the crash, along with the National Transportation Safety Board. Please call those two agencies for further information and more details.

Orlando man flees from deputies; is apprehended

Marathon - An Orlando man driving a stolen car fled from Sheriff's deputies Friday evening, eventually crashing into a light pole.

Deputy William Guerra was on patrol in the area of 41st and Louisa Streets at 6:15 p.m. when he saw a white Saturn drive by him slowly, then do a u-turn and drive back toward him. He ran a check on the vehicle's license tag and it returned as stolen from the Orlando area on May 3rd. The deputy turned on his lights and siren and pulled out into the car's path, stopping it.

As the deputy approached the car, warning the driver to keep his hands where he could see them, the driver suddenly accelerated toward him. Deputy Guerra had to jump out of the way to avoid being hit. The car then fled onto Highway U.S. One with Deputy Guerra and several other deputies close behind.

Traffic was relatively heavy at the time, and the fleeing car swerved several times, running a red light at U.S. One and 55th Street. The car swerved up onto a median strip, narrowly missing another car. He swerved again into oncoming traffic, traveling northbound in the southbound lanes, and lost control running head on into a light pole.

The driver, 21 year old Rhyan Stewart of Orlando, jumped out of the car and fled on foot. He was apprehended in a nearby parking lot and taken into custody. Stewart was booked into the Monroe County Detention Center on charges of reckless driving, aggravated fleeing and eluding police, aggravated assault, resisting arrest, grand theft auto and driving with his license suspended.

Inmate escapes while being taken for medical treatment; is apprehended

Stock Island - An inmate at the Monroe County Detention Center on Stock Island escaped from custody Saturday and was caught a short distance away, at a nearby marina.

On Saturday at 4:15 p.m., 20 year old Jorge Martinez was being taken by medical personnel to a clinic for treatment when he broke out a window of the car and jumped out as the car stopped at College Road. He fled into Sunset Marina where he was caught by Deputy Lisa Thibideau and Corrections Sgt. Patrick Major.

Martinez was brought back to the facility, where he struggled with officers, kicking one in the leg and another in the groin. He was charged with escape and two counts of battery on a law enforcement officer. Martinez was originally booked on a charge of retail theft.

May 4, 2006

Tavernier man arrested after search warrant

Tavernier - After a lengthy investigation into drug sales at a Tavernier residence, detectives from the Sheriff's Special Investigations Division arrested a Tavernier man and served a search warrant at the home Wednesday.

When they arrived at 147 Jo Jean Way at 3:25 p.m., detectives found 29 year old Kasey Szegeski sitting outside in front of the house. He was placed under arrest for four outstanding warrants for sale of cocaine. The warrants were the result of multiple drug purchases made from him by an undercover operative of the Sheriff's Office. Two of the drug transactions took place at the residence in February. One was a purchase of one gram of powdered cocaine; the other was two grams of the same substance. Two more took place in the parking lot of a nearby convenience store in April. On both of those occasions Szegeski sold the operative three grams of cocaine.

The search warrant served Wednesday turned up 29 grams of cocaine, eight grams of marijuana, three grams of hallucinogenic mushrooms, assorted pills and drug paraphernalia. Szegeski was additionally charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of a hallucinogen, trafficking in cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was booked at the Monroe County Detention Center.

His 1997 Chevrolet Tahoe was seized for possible forfeiture because it was used by Szegeski to deliver cocaine to the operative on one occasion in April.

May 3, 2006

Plane from Cuba causes stir at Key West airport

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The small aircraft caused in the photos a stir at the Key West Airport around noon today (Wednesday) when it landed. Monroe County Sheriff's Office Airport Security Director Jerome Fain said he received a call from U.S. Customs in Riverside, California who said the aircraft was en route to the Key West Airport from Cuba. They asked that the plane be detained when it landed. The plane, and the two pilots seen pushing it in the attached photos, were turned over to U.S. Customs officers. Please call U.S. Customs for details.
 
Note: A search on the internet turned up the following web site for "Wings for Earth", the logo featured on the side of the plane.
 
http://www.wingsforearth.org/index_fr.php

Marathon man charged with burglary

Marathon - A Marathon man was charged with burglary Tuesday evening after the victim saw him riding his bicycle, carrying her property.

According to a report by Deputy Jack Szymanski, at 6:45 p.m. he responded to reports from Sheriff's Captain Don Hiller that a residence on 122nd Street Ocean side in Marathon had been burglarized, Someone had taken tools, dive tanks and dive gear from the home. When the victims discovered the crime, they reported it to Captain Hiller.

One of the victims told the captain she'd just seen a man riding a bicycle carrying the two air tanks and a black tool case that she recognized as belonging to her. When she yelled at him and began to chase him, he dropped one of the tanks. She was able to give a detailed description of him and said she knows he goes by the name "Fritz". A search of the surrounding area turned up another dive tank and a tool box beside the road near the Vaca Cut Bridge.

Sgt. Jake Brady recognized the description and the nickname "Fritz" as being 39 year old Frederick Berndt, a homeless Marathon man. At 7:30 p.m., he spotted Berndt in a wooded area near the Vaca Cut Bridge. Berndt was taken into custody. He was positively identified by the victim and he was booked into the Monroe County Detention Center on charges of burglary and grand theft.

May 1, 2006

Detention Deputy arrested for battery and falsifying reports

Plantation Key - A Detention Deputy who improperly pepper sprayed two inmates and then lied in his reports of the incidents was arrested today.

32 year old Federico Perdomo was booked into the Plantation Key Detention Center for two counts of battery and two counts of falsifying an official document. Sheriff's Office policy requires that he be suspended from his duties pending a pre-termination hearing Wednesday.

Perdomo was working night shift on March 19 - 20 when the incidents occurred. During the course of the shift, 32 year old David Tyree was being held in cell and was reportedly being disruptive. A cell next door to his was occupied by 27 year old Jason Crofts. Perdomo, accompanied by Officers Celso Hernandez and Dahlgren Marks, opened the cell containing Crofts. According to Officer Marks, Crofts was lying on his cot and appeared to be sleeping. He said Perdomo walked into the cell and, as Crofts was rising from the bunk, Perdomo sprayed Crofts in the face with pepper spray. When Crofts sat up and asked what he'd done, Perdomo sprayed him a second time, saying replied, "You was bamming, you was bamming!" Dahlgren told investigators he knew immediately that Perdomo had made a mistake because Crofts was not causing a disturbance.

The officers then left Crofts cell. According to statements by Hernandez, Tyree was banging on his cell door as they walked past it. Officer Marks and Tyree both say Perdomo opened Tyree's cell door, leaned inside and sprayed pepper spray at Tyree without any warnings or conversation with Tyree. He then closed the door and walked away.

Crofts was finally allowed to clean the pepper spray off in a shower 28 minutes later. Tyree was allowed to clean up about an hour after he was sprayed. Sheriff's Office regulations say someone who is pepper sprayed should be assisted with cleaning themselves "as soon as possible" after being sprayed.

The Sheriff's Office requires a Use of Force report be completed whenever pepper spray is used. Perdomo completed a Use of Force report for both Tyree and Crofts. In both of those reports he claims to have given repeated warnings to both men to stop being disruptive. He claims to have ordered Croft to get up off of his bunk repeatedly so he could be moved to another cell and he says Crofts replied with an obscene phrase and refused to comply. He claims when he opened Tyree's cell door, Tyree blocked it so he couldn't close it and refused to step back. None of those claims are borne out by the statements given by the other two officers with him.

The information regarding Perdomo's actions was brought to the attention of his supervisors, Sgt. James Sheagren and Lt. Sharon Delossantos, the following day. They reviewed the information, and forwarded it to the Internal Affairs division for investigation. On March 26th, Perdomo was removed from performing any duties which would bring him into contact with inmates while the investigation was going on. An administrative investigation is still on-going regarding the actions of the other two officers involved.

Perdomo was hired in March of 2003 as a Detention Deputy trainee. He has worked as a Detention Deputy for the Sheriff's Office since he completed a corrections academy in June of that year.

Man charged with sexual battery on young girl

Islamorada - A Miami man, already in jail in Miami-Dade County for similar crimes, was charged in Monroe County for sexually molesting a young girl in 2002.

Detective Linda Mixon sent a copy of a signed warrant to the Miami-Dade County jail Friday charging 62 year old Jose Suris with two counts of sexual battery on an eleven year old girl. Detective Mixon was contacted April 10th by the victim's mother, who lives in Boca Raton. The detective met with the victim and interviewed her. She said the incidents occurred on two occasions in 2002 at Anne's Beach in Islamorada. She was visiting the beach with her grandmother when Suris molested her.

Miami-Dade detectives arrested Suris for similar crimes with the same victim involved. After facing the charges in Miami-Dade county, Suris will be returned to the Florida Keys to face charges here.

Man charged with auto theft, burglary

Stock Island - A Stock Island man was arrested for auto theft then charged with a burglary after his fingerprints matched those found at the burglary scene.

On April 25th, Deputy Matt Dowling responded to a call at 5 p.m. from a man who said he'd spotted his stolen truck on 4th Avenue on Stock Island. The truck had been reported stolen to Key West Police. Deputy Dowling and Deputy Robert Bulnes watched the stolen truck to see if the person who stole it would return. A short time later 40 year old Stephen Grant and 26 year old Anathea Clay got into the truck. Deputy Dowling followed them, attempting to pull the truck over but lost the truck in heavy afternoon traffic.

The following day, Detectives Donald Catala and Paul Shultz spotted the truck in the vicinity of Fifth Avenue on Stock Island.. Grant and Clay were nearby and were apprehended. Grant was charged with grand theft auto and Clay was charged with being an accessory after the fact. They were both booked into the MOnroe County jail.

Concurrent to this investigation, Detective Paul Schultz was investigating a burglary reported April 22nd at Florida Keys Construction Corporation on 2nd Street, Stock Island. The owner reported his business was broken into and a coin collection he kept in a box inside the business. When Detective Paul Schultz arrived to investigate, he found two distinct, full fingerprints on the box. Crime Scene investigator Gary McCullough took the fingerprints to Sheriff's Office fingerprint analyst Debra Ritchason, who ran them through the Sheriff's Office local fingerprint database called AFIX. The fingerprints were identified as belonging to Grant.

A warrant was obtained for Grant, who was still in jail and he was further charged with burglary, grand theft and criminal mischief.

Summerland Key man charged with brandishing gun

Summerland Key - A Summerland Key man has been charged with pointing a gun at another man Saturday afternoon during a dispute with a man who lives nearby.

According to witnesses, 40 year old Gregory Hart stopped his truck in front of a neighbor's house at 1:20 p.m. The two got into an argument during which Hart pointed a gun at the victim. Hart then drove away.

Deputy David Chavka and Sgt. Jim Wirth arrived and interviewed witnesses and the victim. They then spoke to Hart, who showed them his concealed weapons permit. Hart admitted to showing the gun during the argument, but despite witness statements to the contrary, denied pointing it at the victim.

Hart was charged with aggravated assault and he was booked at the Monroe County Detention Center.

Two brothers taken to jail after one burglarizes vehicle

Marathon - Two brothers ended up in jail Saturday after one was caught burglarizing a vehicle and the other one beat him up afterward.

Deputies responded to the Marathon City Park at 7 p.m. to reports of an auto burglary. When they arrived, they found the suspect, 21 year old Uris Gonzalez, being detained by the victim and witnesses. He was placed into the back of a patrol car pending further investigation. The witnesses, a Marathon family, said they pulled into the parking lot and saw Gonzalez rifling through a car belonging to a friend of theirs. They called their friend, who was also at the park, then they confronted Gonzalez.

Gonzalez began walking away but the victim arrived and he, along with the witnesses, detained him until deputies arrived.

As deputies were interviewing the victim and witnesses, Gonzalez' brother, 23 year old Felix Gonzalez, rode up on a bicycle. He began talking to his brother through the partially open patrol car window. As deputies ordered him away from the car, he reached down and opened the patrol car's door and began hitting his brother.

Deputies intervened, and took Felix Gonzalez into custody. As they were placing him in handcuffs, Uris Gonzalez got out of the car and attempted to escape. He was apprehended but fought violently with deputies. During the course of the struggle, two deputies were injured. One was treated at the scene and the other went to Fishermens Hospital for treatment.

Felix Gonzalez was charged with battery. Uris Gonzalez was charged with battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest with violence, burglary and grand theft. They were both booked into the Monroe County Detention Center.


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