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March 31, 2016
Key West man charged with Tavernier robbery
A Key West man was charged with a robbery at Tavernier convenience store earlier this month.
Detective Jaques Rozek is the lead investigator of a robbery March 7th at the Circle K convenience store at the 92.7 mm of Highway U.S. One. The clerk at the store called the Sheriff’s Office after a man wearing a mask over his face entered the store and demanded money. The suspect – 48 year old Gregory Wellet – told the clerk he had a weapon. He demanded money and, as the clerk was taking money from the register, Wellet reached over the counter and took money himself then left the store. Surveillance video showed him riding a bike and wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and tennis shoes.
Detective Rozek received a call from the Homestead Police Department. A detective with that agency had received a call from a confidential source who identified a man named “Greg” as the robber. The source said “Greg” drives a Jeep and gave the vehicle’s tag number. “Greg” was then identified as Wellet. Wellet also had an outstanding warrant for Grand Theft. Homestead Police located Wellet in Homestead, driving the Jeep. He was stopped and, since his driver’s license was suspended and he had the outstanding warrant, he was arrested. In the Jeep, detectives located a bike and clothing which matched that worn by the suspect in the surveillance video of the robbery.
A warrant was obtained for his arrest for robbery. On Wednesday, he was returned to Monroe County to face the robbery and the grand theft charges.
Miami man charged with two business burglaries
A Miami man has been charged with two burglaries that took place in Islamorada in December of 2013.
Detective Bob Dosh was lead investigator on the case. He responded to the two business burglaries on December 8th, 2013 just after noon. Both Innovative Technology Solutions and Blue Water Weddings in Islamorada had been broken into. Surveillance video at one of the businesses caught 57 year old Orlando Mora as he used some sort of prying tool to force his way in the front doors of the businesses. The video shows him entering the businesses and then leaving with a laptop stolen from one business and two televisions stolen from the other. The video showed Mora leaving the area in a white Ford pickup truck with the two stolen TVs in the back of the truck.
Detective Dosh was able to identify the truck, which led to Mora’s identification. Warrants were issued for his arrest. On Wednesday, Mora was booked into jail, charged with two counts each of burglary, possession of burglary tools, grand theft, and criminal mischief.
March 29, 2016
Arrests made in Tavernier double murder
The murder of a Tavernier couple in their home on Cuba Road in October was drug related, according to investigations by the Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit.
Detective Vince Weiner, working closely with Chief Assistant State Attorney Manny Madruga, arrested two Upper Keys men Monday night in connection with the shooting deaths of 26 year old Tara Rosado and her boyfriend 30 year old Carlos Ortiz. The two were shot to death the night of October 15th 2015 by 33 year old Jeremey Macauley of Tavernier. Macauley was assisted in the crime by 34 year old Adrian Demblans of Key Largo.
“This case involved meticulous investigation and tremendous teamwork by a large number of people,” said Sheriff Rick Ramsay. “In particular, we worked closely on this with our partners at the State Attorney’s Office. This case was a tough one and our thoughts are with the families of the victims – especially Tara Rosado’s children who have been deprived of their mother. We are just glad we were able to bring closure to this case with the arrest of these two men.”
Investigations by Detective Weiner revealed in the summer of 2015, Ortiz was in the process of opening a tattoo business. Macauley was a financial partner in the business with Ortiz.
Also in the summer of 2015, Macauley came into possession of a large amount of cocaine while fishing offshore of the Upper Keys. He distributed portions of the cocaine to Demblans and Ortiz.
At some point, Ortiz and Macauley had a disagreement concerning the tattoo business. Ortiz subsequently attempted to extort money from Macauley by threatening to expose his drug activities to authorities. Macauley told Demblans about the extortion attempts by Ortiz.
On October 15th, Macauley and Demblans drove to the home on Cuba Road. Macauley, who was the passenger in the vehicle, exited the vehicle and met with Ortiz. He followed Ortiz into the residence, where he stayed for several minutes. Demblans, who was driving, remained outside. Macauley then exited the residence alone, got into the vehicle with Demblans and they left the area.
The following day, Rosado’s three small children woke and found the bodies of their mother and Ortiz shot to death in their bedroom. The children left the residence and told a neighbor, who called 911.
Detectives working on the case put together many pieces of information during the course of investigation, eventually leading to the identification of Macauley and Demblans as the men responsible for the murders. They found text messages and video on cell phones used by Ortiz which revealed his attempts to extort Macauley; they acquired video from surveillance cameras near the Cuba Road residence that showed Macauley and Demblans arrive at the home on Cuba Road the night of the murders. The gun used to shoot Rosado and Ortiz was recovered from the water near Ocean Bay Drive Bridge. A witness later identified the firearm as belonging to Macauley. An IPhone belonging to Ortiz was also recovered from the water in the same vicinity.
Macauley was charged Monday night with two counts of first degree murder; Demblans was charged with being an accessory to murder. Both men were booked into the Monroe County Detention Center.
March 28, 2016
Man arrested for spear gun threats
A Marathon man was arrested Sunday night in Boot Key Harbor for threatening to shoot people with a spear gun.
Deputies Joshua Baer and Garrett Bragg responded to the area of Boot Key Harbor at 9:15 p.m. to reports a man was threatening several people with a spear gun. When they arrived at Fisherman’s Point, they could hear yelling and screaming from vessels in the harbor.
The U.S. Coast Guard assisted the deputies in reaching the altercation on the water. They found a woman, a man and a child on a boat. They said 53 year old Randy Sharp had been circling their boat in his kayak, threatening to shoot them with a spear gun.
Sharp was found on his nearby vessel. He was taken into custody. As deputies were handcuffing him, he attempted several times to pull away from them. The spear gun was found in the cabin of his vessel. Sharp was charged with three counts aggravated assault, disturbing the peace, resisting arrest and, after a metal pipe was found in his pocked with marijuana residue inside, he was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
March 24, 2016
Road rage incident involving firearm
A Sugarloaf man was arrested Wednesday evening after he pointed a gun at a Big Pine couple on a motorcycle.
The incident began at about 6:15 p.m. when 75 year old Matthew Ferro, in his cream colored Cadillac pickup truck, reportedly passed Christy and Robert Velasquez who were traveling southbound on a motorcycle on the Seven Mile Bridge.
When the two vehicles reached the Bahia Honda Bridge, the motorcycle reportedly passed the truck followed by the truck passing the motorcycle. Rude gestures were exchanged. The victims say when the truck passed them, they were forced off the road onto the shoulder, almost crashing their motorcycle.
Both vehicle continued south. At the intersection of Key Deer Boulevard and U.S. One, Ferro pulled up beside the couple on the motorcycle and another verbal confrontation took place. At that point, Ferro allegedly pulled out a gun and pointed it at them. At that point, the couple on the motorcycle called 911 for assistance.
Deputies Jorge Prince and David Lariz were northbound on their way to the call when they spotted the cream colored truck southbound at the 23 mile marker. They pulled it over, holding Ferro while they investigated the report. A fully loaded Ruger revolver was located on the floorboards of the truck. Deputy Prince then met with the victims, getting their account of events. After speaking with all parties involved, the deputies arrested Ferro. He was charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and he was taken to jail.
March 21, 2016
Burglary suspect arrested
A 19 year old Key Largo suspect was arrested after he tried to steal a bicycle from the front porch of a residence Sunday night.
The victim is an officer with Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. At 9:15 p.m. he saw 19 year old John Serrano on the front porch of his residence on Burton Drive in Tavernier, stealing his bicycle. The victim confronted Serrano and threw the bicycle at him before fleeing.
The victim pursued Serrano on foot, catching him a short distance away and holding him until Deputy Titus Hodges arrived on scene and took Serrano into custody.
A search of Serrano’s pockets turned up an unopened can of beer and a credit card and identification belonging to a Tavernier woman. When Deputy Hodges contacted the woman about her items, she said she last saw them in her car after going to Winn Dixie a short time before.
Serrano was transported to jail, charged with burglary, theft, resisting arrest without violence and possession of alcohol by a minor. Once at the jail, corrections deputies found he had marijuana and a glass smoking pipe in his possession. He was further charged with introduction of contraband into a detention facility.
March 20, 2-16
Sheriff stops reckless motorcycle
Sheriff Rick Ramsay stopped a man driving a motorcycle recklessly on Big Coppitt Key Saturday afternoon. The driver said he was trying to get ahead of his friends so he could video them with his Go-Pro Camera.
The sheriff spotted the motorcycle traveling at a high rate of speed – 72 mph in a 45 mph zone southbound on Big Coppitt Key. The motorcycle was passing a number of vehicles illegally on the right hand side. He said after the motorcycle passed his unmarked Sheriff’s Office vehicle, he turned on his lights and siren, but the motorcycle refused to stop and, in fact, accelerated away from him. Sheriff Ramsay called for backup units in the area. The motorcycle finally pulled over at the 9 mm of the highway. Deputy Joshua Gordon arrived after the stop was made.
The driver, 32 year old Julio Mendoza of Miami, said he was trying to get far enough ahead of his friends to video them with his Go-Pro video camera. Mendoza was arrested and his motorcycle was towed. He was charged with reckless driving, improper passing and failure to obey a traffic control device. He was taken to jail.
March 17, 2016
Detectives say man wanted for attempted murder
A man who stabbed another man with a broken bottle on Big Coppitt Key in February is wanted for attempted murder. Detectives say they need people’s help locating him.
On February 7th at 11:30 p.m., Deputies Alexandra Davis and Wendy Negron were dispatched to a medical emergency on Avenue D, Big Coppitt Key. When they arrived, they found 39 year old Oleimys Clemente bleeding from a large cut on his neck. Two women – his sister and his ex-girlfriend – were attempting to help him. He was taken to Lower Keys Hospital and then transported to Ryder Trauma Center due to the extent and severity of his injury.
After he was able to talk, he told Major Crimes Detective Patricia O’Keefe he’d been visiting his sister when he was attacked by two men who live on the same property as her. The two men, Yordan and Amaury Alvarez, are related to his sister’s husband.
The victim said he’d left his sister’s house to visit somewhere else. He was on his way back because he’d left his cell phone there. When he got close, he saw the two men. They were angry with him and accused him of “snitching” about something regarding Yordan’s girlfriend. Clemente told the detective he did not understand what they were talking about. He said Yordan Alvarez had a beer bottle in his hand and hit him on the head with it, breaking the bottle and causing a deep cut on his forehead. He then stabbed the victim in the neck with the broken bottle.
When the victim fell to the ground, both men began to hit and kick him. The victim’s sister saw what happened and went downstairs to check on her brother. She saw the two suspects clearly and was able to identify them. When she arrived on the scene, the two suspects ran away.
A warrant was obtained for the arrest of Yordan Alvarez for attempted murder.
Anyone with information about the location of Yordan Alvarez should contact the Sheriff's Office at 305-481-8060. 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.
Marathon man arrested for theft of fishing gear
A Marathon man is under arrest, charged with stealing fishing gear from friends of his who live in a Marathon trailer park.
The victims called the Sheriff’s Office on March 11th. They said they’d been gone for two weeks and had returned to their home at Galway Bay RV Park to find all their rods and reels stolen from their living room, along with two fishing belts and three fishing lures. Deputy Jamie Hughes Buxton responded to take a report.
The victims had cameras installed on their property. The video showed a friend of theirs, 30 year old Michael Tiziani of Marathon, breaking into the home through the front door and taking all the equipment from inside.
Sgt. Nick Whiteman and Deputy Seth Hopp went to Tizani’s home the following day. They confronted Tiziani with the information they had. He admitted to taking the fishing equipment. He handed over all the stolen items, which were returned to the owners.
A warrant was issued for Tiziani’s arrest. On Wednesday, he was charged with burglary and grand theft and he was booked into jail.
Now is a good time to make sure all of your fishing and diving equipment and electronics are stored in a secure location; don’t leave items out in the open and don’t leave them overnight on your vessel. It is also a good idea to catalogue your equipment. Write down serial numbers and take photos of each item so we are able to identify anything that is stolen and recovered. Video surveillance equipment can be very effective in catching criminals that prey on you or your home. Make sure the equipment is functional, is pointed in the most effective direction to catch usable video and that you know how to use the equipment.
March 16, 2016
Man who fled from deputies turns himself in
A man wanted for leaving a small child in a car as he fled from pursuing deputies turned himself in Monday.
38 year old Robb Moore was booked into jail on charges of fleeing and eluding police, driving with a suspended license and cruelty toward a child.
On March 9th, sheriff’s deputies were looking for Moore after his wife reported to Key West Police she was concerned because he’d picked their child up at daycare hours earlier and she’d not heard from him since. Deputies located him on Shrimp Road, but he fled in his truck. They chased him north on the highway. He turned off at NAS Boca Chica and drove to the bayside of the base, hear the firing range. He continued to the end of a dirt road and jumped from the vehicle, leaving the small child in the truck. The child was recovered safe and uninjured.
Deputies who searched the area failed to find Moore, but a warrant was issued for his arrest. He was booked at the jail Monday.
Inmate charged with attack on corrections deputy
An inmate at the Monroe County Detention Center on Stock Island has been charged with attacking a corrections deputy.
The attack took place March 10th as Deputy Leonard Alonzo was working in one of the jail’s housing units. Inmates are supposed to wear identification tags and when Deputy Alonzo noticed 31 year old Darvin Cano-Murillo was not wearing his, he told him to go get it. Murillo refused to comply and refused the deputy’s order to return to his bunk. Deputy Alonzo called for assistance. As he was waiting for other officers to arrive, Murillo attacked him. He wrapped the cord from Deputy Alonzo’s microphone around his neck in an attempt to choke the deputy. Two other inmates who are in the housing unit came to Deputy Alonzo’s assistance until backup officers arrived.
Murillo was charged with aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer. Deputy Alonzo escaped serious injury because his uniform shirt partially protected his neck.
March 14, 2016
Woman beaten, raped in Tavernier
A 39 year old Tavernier woman was dragged into the bushes, beaten and raped Sunday night as she walked from her home to a nearby bar to meet a friend.
She told deputies and detectives she was walking to Dillon’s Irish Pub and Grille at the 91 mile marker of the highway just after 9 p.m. She said a black male came out of the bushes, grabbing her and dragging her into the wooded area behind the Tavernier Towne Shopping Center.
The victim said he beat her and raped her. She suffered a broken bone in her face, multiple broken ribs and other injuries to her face, head, neck and back. She was taken to Mariner’s Hospital for treatment.
The victim could give little description except the fact that her attacker was a black male with afro style hair and spoke with no noticeable accent.
Major Crimes Detective Manny Cuervo responded to the scene and will be the lead investigator in the case.
Key Largo man arrested for gun threats
A Key Largo man was arrested Sunday after he threatened a construction crew working on a boat near his house.
Deputy Cody Kerns arrived at 30 1st East in Key Largo at 6:45 p.m. to investigate reports of an armed man making threats to a construction crew. The deputy found a man on the scene in a red shirt who turned out to be the suspect. The man, later identified as 56 year old Bryan Tully, had a firearm obviously sticking out of the waistband of his pants and a bottle of beer in his hand.
After Deputy Kerns safely disarmed, Tully, he discovered the firearm was fully loaded with a round in the chamber.
A construction crew working on a boat nearby told the deputy Tully had come out of his house earlier in the day with a rifle in his hands. They said he was acting strangely, walking around his yard and mumbling to himself. They said he made them nervous, so they left for a while. When they returned to finish their work, they said Tully came out of his house with a handgun in his waistband and a beer in his hand. They said he began yelling at them, telling them to leave and at the same time lifting up his shirt and brandishing the gun at them.
Tully was arrested. He was charged with aggravated assault and he was taken to jail.
March 10, 2016
Man flees from deputies, abandons child
A man fled on foot from deputies, abandoning a small child in his car Wednesday night.
Key West Police got a call around 10 p.m. from a woman asking them to check on her husband and small child. She said her husband picked up their one year old son from the Lighthouse Academy that afternoon. She said she hadn’t heard from him since between 5 and 5:30 p.m. She said he’d never done that before and she was worried.
Deputy David Lariz met with Key West Police officer Alexandre Gaufillet and they went to the Sea Lobster company on Fifth Avenue to look for 38 year old Rob Moore . As they were looking for him there, he pulled into the property in his black Chevy S-10 truck. The officers attempted to make contact with Moore but he drove around their patrol cars, refusing to stop for them. They followed him with lights and siren activated in an attempt to stop him, but Moore continued to flee from them.
He turned onto Highway U.S. One northbound with officers following. When he reached the exit for NAS Boca Chica, Moore exited the highway. He drove toward the bayside of the NAS property, finally abandoning the truck at the dead end of a dirt road and running into the bushes.
The child was found in the car and was reunited with his mother. Officers searched for the Moore, but did not find him. They will be seeking an arrest warrant for him with possible charges to include driving with a suspended license, fleeing and eluding law enforcement officers and child endangerment.
Charges mount against Key West man in multiple cases
A Key West man faces numerous charges on numerous separate cases including operating a chop shop, burglary, grand theft, fleeing and eluding police and assaulting law enforcement officers.
The cases began to mount against 18 year old Adrian Diaz on February 8th, when a Key West Police detective asked the Sheriff’s Office to help transport Diaz to jail. He was being arrested by that agency at his residence on Verde Drive, Big Coppitt Key, on charges of burglary, criminal mischief and possession of burglary tools. During the arrest, he resisted being handcuffed, fighting with officers and making threats toward them. He was additionally charged at that time with assault on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest. He spent three days in jail and was released on February 11th.
While at that residence, officers saw numerous scooters and scooter parts in the yard. Investigations revealed a number of the scooters to be stolen. Warrants were obtained and Diaz was arrested on February 16th and charged with two counts of vehicle theft and operating a chop shop. He was released from jail the following day.
While at the Diaz residence on February 8th, officers saw other property at the residence including two hover boards. Later that day, a woman who lives on Rockland Key reported two hover boards, seven spear guns and a charger for a go cart stolen from under her home. Officers who took the report remembered seeing the hover boards at Diaz’ residence when they arrested him. They returned to the Diaz residence and found the hover boards still there, along with the charger. The stolen spear guns were also found, in a shed on the Diaz property. A warrant was obtained for Diaz for grand theft.
On March 3rd, Key West Police asked for assistance. They were following a silver Nissan Versa being driven by Diaz. Diaz was a possible suspect in two reports of shots fired on March 2nd, on Seidenberg Avenue in Key West and on Big Coppitt Key. In both instances, a car fitting the description of the Versa was described by witnesses. Police had followed him to the triangle and Diaz was headed out of the city of Key West. They wanted assistance continuing to follow Diaz.
Deputy Austin Hopp responded. He began to follow Diaz, who was traveling at a high rate of speed northbound on the highway. Diaz turned onto Cross Street on Stock Island. He then made a number of evasive maneuvers around the Stock Island area, running stop signs and speeding in an effort to lose Deputy Hopp. Hopp turned on his lights and siren in an attempt to stop Diaz, who did not stop. Diaz turned north onto Highway U.S. One, fleeing from the deputy.
Deputy Hopp followed Diaz, who traveled north to the exit for NAS Boca Chica. He exited the highway and then re-emerged onto the highway traveling southbound, followed by the deputy. Diaz continued at a very high rate of speed; Deputy Hopp lost sight of him near the neighborhood of Key Haven. The Versa was later found in Key Haven, abandoned, with the key broken off in the ignition. Six grams of cocaine were found inside the car. Diaz was not found. A warrant was obtained for his arrest in the incident. Charges included reckless driving, fleeing and eluding police, driving with his license suspended, driving with no headlights, running numerous stop signs, driving the wrong way on the on-ramp for the naval air station and driving too fast for conditions. Possession of cocaine charges are pending.
On the night of March 6th, Diaz was found at his home on Verde Drive on Big Coppitt Key. He was arrested and charged with all of the outstanding warrants. He is currently being held at the Stock Island Detention Center. His bond is set at $25,000.00.
March 9, 2016
Kitchen worker charged with introducing contraband to jail facility
A contract worker at the Stock Island Detention Center has been arrested. She is charged with sending letters to an inmate being held in the facility, which constitutes introducing contraband to the facility, a third degree felony crime.
A sergeant at the jail received information in early March that a male inmate, 34 year old Daniel Rodriguez, was receiving letters and photos from the Aramark Food Service Director, 43 year old Donna Launer. The two had reportedly developed a relationship while he was working as an inmate trusty in the kitchen at the jail. He said they “expressed feelings” for each other and “kissed and rubbed” each other but never had sexual relations. After Rodriguez was removed from kitchen duty, Launer began writing him letters and sending the photos. The letters and photos were delivered to Rodriguez by another inmate, 20 year old Kristofer Jovany Lluis. According to reports on the case, the letters included sexually explicit content, but the photos did not.
Both Launder and Lluis were charged with introduction of contraband to a jail facility. Both of them were booked on the charges.
Lluis was in jail after being arrested in April of 2014 for multiple counts of burglary, grand theft and criminal mischief including many marine related thefts in the Upper Keys. Rodriguez was arrested in July of 2015 and is in jail for burglary, grand theft and multiple fraud charges.
Scam alert – Marathon area
A company that calls itself “Sports Media” is reportedly attempting to sell advertisements to businesses in the Marathon area for a “Marathon High School 2016 Spring Sports Poster”. This is a scam and this company is not affiliated in any way with our local schools.
The internet lists many complaints about this company in various areas of the country. The Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that Marathon High School has not hired this company to perform any services, nor do they support this effort in any way.
An event in Key Largo is expected to disrupt traffic in the area of the 104 mile marker on Saturday.
The Key Largo Saint Patrick’s Day parade will be taking place at 1 p.m. on Saturday. It will travel through the Largo Sound Village subdivision and then cross Highway U.S. One at the 104 mm to the Caribbean Club where there will be an event held afterward. The parade, and the subsequent traffic disruption, is expected to last approximately 40 minutes. Sheriff’s deputies will be on hand to ensure safety of those participating and to ensure the traffic interruption is kept to a minimum.
March 7, 2016
Man airlifted after being jumped, beaten in Key West
A Big Pine Key man was airlifted to Miami for treatment of head injuries after he was jumped by someone in the city of Key West and beaten.
Deputy Tyler Blanton responded to Fisherman’s Hospital in Marathon early Sunday morning. The 26 year old victim told the deputy he and his friend were on Duval Street in the early morning hours. They were walking back to their car around 4 a.m. when they got separated. As the victim reached the car, which was parked in a parking lot off of Fleming Street on Babcock Lane, he was jumped by a white male who began beating him. The victim’s friend arrived as he was being beaten and a second suspect hit the friend several times in the face as well.
The suspects then left the scene and the two men began to drive back home to Big Pine Key. During the drive, they realized the victim needed medical treatment so they went to Fishermen’s Hospital.
The victim told Deputy Blanton the name of the suspect who jumped him is “Ryan”. He described him as a white male, possibly in his early 20s with curly brown hair, 5’7” tall, approximately 120-130 pounds. He was wearing a white tank top and blue jeans. The second suspect is a white male in his mid 20s with a crew cut, approximately 5’7” tall, 160 pounds wearing a dark colored t-shirt.
The Key West Police Department was notified of the incident.
March 4, 2016
Stolen truck recovered on Big Pine Key
A truck reported stolen from the parking lot of a Marathon bar early today was recovered, crashed into a utility pole on Big Pine Key.
The 30 year old man who owns the 2006 black Chevy Silverado called the Sheriff’s Office at 2 a.m. to report the truck gone from the parking lot of the Brass Monkey bar. He said he left the truck unlocked and the keys inside.
At 4 a.m., deputies responded to reports of a black truck crashed into a utility pole on Bay Shore Drive, Big Pine Key. There was no one in the truck. According to reports, the truck ran over a mailbox, several large coral boulders and then ran into the pole which toppled over onto a water pipe; the pipe broke, and water was pouring into the street.
No one who lives in the area saw or heard what happened; one man said he thought he might have heard a loud noise around 3 a.m.
Detectives will be investigating both the theft of the truck and the crash itself.