Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Crime and Information Report

Oct. 1, 2018

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Man arrested for DUI after fleeing from deputy

A 38-year-old Key Largo man was arrested early Monday morning after a brief pursuit on U.S. 1 in the Upper Keys.

Melvin Terral Dean was charged with fleeing and eluding and DUI.

The incident began about 2 a.m. at the Circle K, 99810 Overseas Highway, in Key Largo. Deputy Ignacio Molina was on patrol and stopped at the gas station. Deputy Molina noticed a man, later identified as Dean, in the parking lot. Dean appeared to be stumbling and otherwise having a difficult time walking. Deputy Molina saw Dean walk toward a vehicle with a beer in his hand. Deputy Molina warned Dean not to drive. Dean opened the driver’s side door to a white, 2007 Dodge Charger, got behind the wheel, and drove away. Deputy Molina ran back to his patrol car, turned on his lights and siren and followed the Dodge Charger on U.S. 1.

Dean stopped after about 1.5 miles.

Dean was taken in custody without further incident at that time and taken to jail.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Crime and Information Report

Oct. 4, 2018

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Man found dead in Boot Key mangroves identified

The 58-year-old man found dead in the mangroves on Boot Key on Sept. 28 as part of an investigation into an attack on a nearby sailboat has been identified as Boot Key Harbor liveaboard Gustavo Torna Aguado.

Torna Aguado is the suspect in the machete attack the previous night in which Crystal Marie Young, 45, was seriously injured aboard her 27-foot sailboat anchored near Boot Key Bridge. Young remains in stable condition at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami.

Torna Aguado’s name was not immediately released after the incident pending notification of next-of-kin. His cause of death remains under investigation. Autopsy results are pending.

Young and Torna Aguado knew each other and may have been romantically linked at one time, however, they did not live on the same boat. They were not married.

There are no other suspects in this case.

No charges have been filed.

The case remains under investigation.

Woman arrested for stealing $50K

A 40-year-old Tavernier woman was arrested Thursday for stealing $50,161.27 from a physician at Mariners Hospital.

Mary Ellen Mitchell-Irizarry was charged with larceny and fraud/obtaining more than $50,000.

The Sheriff’s Office began investigating the case in May after a doctor with an office at the hospital reported that a former clerk had been taking money.

The doctor told the Sheriff’s Office that Mitchell-Irizarry’s job included making deposits to the bank and reviewing bills. Mitchell-Irizarry had been employed at the doctors’ office since 2009. Mitchell-Irizarry has not worked at the medical office since her termination in March 2018 when deposit slip discrepancies were first noticed by the doctor and other staff.

In summary: Sometimes the doctors’ patients would pay their co-pays in cash. The office would then have to produce a deposit slip showing all the co-pays for the day, which in turn is shown to the billing company. That deposit slip included all the payment transactions such as those made with credit cards, checks as well as cash. The job of producing this deposit slip was done by Mitchell-Irizarry. The deposit slips that were generated for the billing company did not match the deposits made to the bank. The doctor thought only one deposit slip was being made each day, but in reality Mitchell-Irizarry was creating two deposit slips ‐ one for the billing company and one for the bank. The billing company’s deposit slip showed cash was to be deposited at the bank, however there was no cash listed on the bank deposit slip.

The erroneous deposits were made from January 2013 through March 2018.

The lengthy investigation included interviews with others at the medical office and bank officials as well as a review of more than 1,000 financial transactions involving the deposit slips.

A warrant was issued for Mitchell-Irizarry.

She was booked into jail on Thursday.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Crime and Information Report

Oct. 4, 2018

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Update on Boot Key Harbor case

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office does not expect to file any criminal charges as part of its investigation into a violent machete attack against a female liveaboard in Boot Key Harbor in the early morning hours of Sept. 28.

The case appears to be one of self-defense. The State Attorney’s Office will also review the facts of the case.

Crystal Marie Young, 45, was seriously injured by a man with a machete who boarded her boat and cut her on the head, arms, hands and other parts of her body. Young was released from Jackson South Medical Center in Miami Wednesday afternoon. Detectives interviewed Young. Young stated that a man, Gustavo Torna Aguado, 58, also a liveaboard in Boot Key Harbor, entered, without her permission, her 27-foot sailboat anchored near Boot Key Bridge, and attacked her with a machete. Young stated she was able to grab a knife and stab Torna Aguado in self-defense.

Torna Aguado was found dead in the mangroves of Boot Key the following morning after an extended search by the Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The wounds suffered by Young and those wounds suffered by Torna Aguado were consistent with Young’s version of events. In other words: Young’s wounds are consistent with those suffered during an attack. Torna Aguado’s wounds are consistent with those inflicted by someone attempting to defend themselves.

Autopsy results for Torna Aguado are pending.

There are no other suspects in this case.

Young and Torna Aguado knew each other and may have been romantically linked at one time, however, they did not live on the same boat. They were not married.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Press Release

Oct. 4, 2018

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Monroe County Sheriff’s Office receives accreditation honors

This week, both the law enforcement and corrections bureaus of the Sheriff’s Office once again received accreditation from the Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission and the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditations.

The Sheriff’s Office is professionally accredited by five separate accreditation agencies:

The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (national law enforcement accreditation)

The American Correctional Association (national corrections accreditation)

The Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditations

The Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission

The National Commission on Correctional Health Care

The process for any professional accreditation is extremely difficult and requires extensive preparation, many inspections ‐ both internal and by the accreditation agency itself ‐ and a level of professionalism that is not easily achieved. Accreditation requires an agency to adhere to exacting standards in hundreds of different areas, including operations, record keeping, finance, equipment, training and many others.

And it doesn’t stop with accreditation being awarded. The agency must be re-accredited every two to three years by each organization. This entails more inspections and more close examination to ensure the agency continues to live up to required standards.

“I am proud that our agency continues to comply with the most stringent standards in both law enforcement and corrections,” said Sheriff Rick Ramsay. “Being accredited shows, beyond any doubt, that we operate at the highest level of professionalism.”

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Press Release

Oct. 5, 2018

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Marathon/run this weekend in Key West/Lower Keys

The annual Southernmost Marathon & Half is at 5:30 a.m. to 12: 30 p.m., tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 6.

The run starts on Simonton Street in Key West. Those running the full marathon will run to Geiger Key Marina, where they will turn around and run back to Key West.

The Sheriff’s Office is aware is not expecting any major traffic issues on U.S. 1 with this event, if history is any guide, however, motorists should take care, use more caution and be more patient while traveling through the Lower Keys on Saturday morning.

For more information, visit: www.somomarathon.com

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Daily Crime and Information Report/Press Release

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Man on probation for drug sales arrested for DUI/possessing multiple guns

A 37-year-old Big Pine Key man was arrested Friday night for DUI and multiple firearms violations after the Sheriff’s Office received reports that gunshots were fired from a van in Marathon while it was stopped at a stoplight.

There were no injuries reported, however, Dusty Ray Clark was charged with DUI, carrying a concealed firearm without a license, possession of a firearm or ammunition by a convicted felon, making a false police report and driving without a valid license. More charges may be filed in the case.

Clark is currently on probation following a conviction for selling narcotics.

The following were found in the van Clark was driving:

• One loaded 9mm Glock handgun;

• One loaded .22-caliber Shockwave rifle;

• One .22-caliber handgun hidden inside a book with the pages removed so as to specifically conceal the firearm;

• One .40-caliber Glock handgun case;

• One clear container near the driver’s seat that smelled of vodka.

The incident began when multiple deputies received a 11:20 p.m. be-on-the-lookout alert for a reckless driver leaving the Brass Monkey bar in a white, Chevrolet van with a utility rack on top. 911 Communication Specialists advised deputies that the van was headed south on U.S. 1, but added that while it was waiting to turn left onto the highway the driver or people inside the van, “popped off rounds,” from a firearm. Whether or not any guns were actually fired remains under investigation.

Deputy Daniel Hill spotted the van south of that location on U.S.1 and got behind it with Sgt. Lissette Quintero providing back-up. The van was driving 70 mph in a 55 mph zone and almost struck a barrier wall on the Seven Mile Bridge. Deputies stopped the van and took the driver, identified as Clark, off the bridge for safety reasons to conduct field sobriety tests as he was slurring his words, stumbling and couldn’t stand up without using a vehicle for balance. The van was towed from the bridge.

Clark failed sobriety tests.

While waiting for transport to jail, Clark claimed Deputy Hill sexually assaulted him. Clark failed to provide details as to how that assault occurred, but due to the claim, he was taken to Fisherman’s Hospital to be medically examined. He was medically cleared at the hospital and then taken to jail.

A search of the van was conducted by Sgt. Quintero in which the listed items were found while Deputy Hill was conducting the field sobriety exercises. Clark denied there were any illegal weapons in the vehicle prior to its search.

There was a passenger in the van who has not been charged with any crimes.

The incident remains under investigation.

Man found dead in Marathon

Deputies responded to 15th Street at 6:47 p.m. Saturday in reference to an unconscious man in the water.

The medical examiner was called to the scene. The man was pronounced deceased. There does not appear to be any signs of foul play.

The release of the man’s name is pending notification of next-of-kin.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Press Release

Oct. 8, 2018

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Man found dead in Marathon identified

Deputies responded to 15th Street at 6:47 p.m. Saturday in reference to an unconscious man in the water near a sailboat he had staying on.

The man was identified as Marek Jarnutowski, 60, of New Jersey. He was found near 890 15th Street, slip 12.

The medical examiner was called to the scene and found no signs of foul play. Autopsy reports are pending.

A neighbor reported seeing Jarnutowski swimming earlier in the day about 11 a.m. and he did not appear to be in distress at that time.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Crime and Information Report

Oct. 10, 2018

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Upper Keys man arrested for video voyeurism

A 33-year-old Tavernier store clerk was arrested Tuesday night following an investigation after a teenager found a cell phone in a gas station restroom.

Alex Joel Rodriguez was charged with video voyeurism.

The investigation began on Oct. 7 after Sheriff’s Office Deputy Kyle Page was called to the reporting teen’s house about 1:20 a.m. The teen was with her parents when she told Deputy Page that she had been with friends earlier. She stated they stopped at the Circle K, 92720 Overseas Highway, Tavernier at Mile Marker 92. The teen stated she went inside the ladies’ restroom where she washed her hands. She added that she did not disrobe and that she only went to the restroom to wash her hands. The teen retrieved some toilet paper from the dispenser. A cell phone fell out of the dispenser and onto the floor.

The teen took it to the clerk thinking someone may have left it on accident. The teen told Deputy Page that the clerk, later identified as Rodriguez, took the phone abruptly. The teen described the clerk’s behavior as “strange” and “sketchy” when she gave him the phone. Sgt. Orlando Alvarez and Deputies Jamie Miller and Joel Torres went to the Circle K where they found Rodriguez. Deputy Page, the teen and her parents sent to the Circle K. The teen identified Rodriguez as the clerk. She identified the phone he had as the phone she found in the restroom.

Deputies questioned Rodriguez. His story changed several times. He stated it was his phone. He then stated it wasn’t his phone. He stated it wasn’t his phone, but his phone looked similar. He stated he gave the phone that was turned in by the teen to a woman who had claimed it, but he couldn’t provide details of the exchange. Deputy Miller went to the ladies’ restroom while it was vacant and noted that his cell phone fit in the paper dispenser and was able to record video of much of the room. The cell phone in question was taken into evidence. Detective Edward Askins was assigned to investigate further.

A review of security footage showed Rodriguez entering the ladies’ restroom on the day in question with the phone and exiting without it.

Rodriguez was questioned by Detective Edward Askins on Tuesday. Rodriguez admitted to entering the ladies’ restroom on the day in question. He admitted that he placed his personal cell phone in the paper dispenser to record certain female subjects whom he found attractive. Rodriguez stated he would notice them outside first and place his phone in the restroom prior to their entry to the store. Rodriguez stated he had been recording female patrons for several weeks in the hopes that they “would take their clothes off.” Rodriguez stated he only recorded the ladies’ restroom and not the men’s. Rodriguez stated he would erase the content from his phone after viewing it.

Rodriguez was taken to jail.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Crime and Information Report

Oct. 10, 2018

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Men arrested after fight at commercial fishing dock

Two commercial fishermen were arrested Tuesday following an altercation on the docks.

Richard John Stiglitz, 40, of Marathon, was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon ‐ a bat.

Jesse Douglas Woodward, 39, also of Marathon, was charged with battery.

The row has reportedly been festering for months only to escalate Tuesday over the marine radio.

Sheriff’s Office deputies and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers were called to Keys Fisheries about 3 p.m. after multiple people reported seeing an altercation on the docks. The Sheriff’s Office is the investigating agency.

A 22-year-old Marathon commercial fisherman was there with a bruised and swollen eye he said he suffered from Woodward. The victim stated when he pulled his boat up to the dock, Woodward and Stiglitz were there. Woodward and Stiglitz work together as Stiglitz owns a commercial fishing business and Woodward is a boat captain in that business.

The victim said he had previously bought a lobster business and boat from Stiglitz’s father. The victim also stated he was in a relationship with a woman of whom Stiglitz likely did not approve. The victim stated that Stiglitz had been threatening him since the start of the lobster season. The victim stated that day Stiglitz said he was going to beat him up while both were at sea on their radios.

Deputies and the FWC also found another victim on dock. The second victim showed a dark bruise on his leg he said he suffered when a baseball bat swung by Stiglitz struck him. The second victim stated he was trying to separate Woodward and the first victim when he was struck by the bat.

Both Stiglitz and Woodward were taken to jail.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Press Release

Oct. 10, 2018

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Light smoke/odor under investigation at Stock Island jail

No injuries were reported and no evacuation was ordered after light smoke and the odor thereof were reported about 12:20 p.m. Wednesday at the Monroe County Detention Center on Stock Island.

Light smoke was reported near the recreational yard hallway near a Detention Sergeant’s desk. The Key West Fire Department, Monroe County Fire Rescue and Monroe County officials as well as additional Sheriff’s Office staff all responded.

The source of the smoke and odor remains under investigation, but fire officials determined there was no immediate threat to inmates, jail workers or Sheriff’s Office staff. The Sheriff’s Office is working with the county ‐ the county owns and maintains the jail building ‐ as part of the ongoing investigation.

Sheriff Rick Ramsay ordered all deputies and detectives in the Lower Keys to report to the jail as a precaution, but they were ultimately not needed on-scene. Sheriff Ramsay also ordered a lockdown inside the jail as a precaution. That lockdown has since been lifted.

All inmates remain safe. There were no injuries reported.

The jail remained secure throughout the incident.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Press Release

Oct. 11, 2018

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U.S. 1 lane closure Monday on Boca Chica Key

Road repair crews will be closing the southbound, right, lane on U.S. 1 at Mile Marker 6 on the Boca Chica Bridge from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 4.

See correction.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Press Release

Oct. 11, 2018

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U.S. 1 lane closure Monday on Boca Chica Key

Road repair crews will be closing the southbound, right, lane on U.S. 1 at Mile Marker 6 on the Boca Chica Bridge from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Press Release

Oct. 11, 2018

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Marathon Parade to slow traffic today

The Marathon High School Homecoming Parade is expected to impact northbound traffic on U.S. 1 today from Knights Key (roughly the north end of the Seven Mile Bridge) to Sombrero Beach Road where the High School is located.

The traffic issues typically arise from approximately 1 p.m. to approximately 2:30 p.m.

Please be patient as the high school conducts its annual festivities.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Press Release

Oct. 11, 2018

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Authorized/controlled burn in Big Pine Key underway

There is a prescribed burn underway on Big Pine Key at Grimal Grove off of Cunningham Lane on Big Pine Key. The burn is being done by wildlife/fire professionals and it is authorized until 4 p.m.

911 Communications Specialists are receiving multiple calls from concerned citizens. The fire is under control. There are no reported issues.

For more information contact the Florida Forest Service on Big Pine Key.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Press Release

Oct. 11, 2018

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Real estate scam reminder

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office has been notified of a new scam hitting one of the Florida Keys’ most lucrative markets ‐ real estate.

Scammers are electronically hacking or otherwise finding ways to convincingly pose as actual real estate agents. The criminals convince their victims, typically people in the property market, that the victim’s real offer has been accepted and to wire sizeable amounts of money in order to close the deal. Tens of thousands of dollars or more can be lost to such fraud. In one case reported to the Sheriff’s Office, one potential victim narrowly escaped being ripped off given their bank was closed at the time and their actual real estate agent called back. The actual real estate agent reported that multiple clients had reported getting fraudulent calls over the course of a weekend.

If you are in the property market, protect yourself by always calling your real estate agent to confirm any deal, especially any closing details you might receive via email.

One scheme involves thieves emailing new wire instructions to close a real estate transaction.

Always be wary and very suspicious of emails or phone calls with supposed new, updated, revised or “corrected” money transfer instructions. Always double-check with your real estate agent before moving money.

This fraud comes at a time when scammers are posing as legitimate local law enforcement officers and using real police station phone numbers. In those scams, the thieves are falsely telling residents they either missed jury duty or have a warrant for their arrest or some other fake story. In those cases, residents were told to buy prepaid gift cards and to give the numbers over the phone. They were falsely told that if they paid the scammers using the prepaid gift cards their made-up legal troubles would be over.

All these cases are indicative of the savviness displayed by modern criminals. If you know a real estate agent or someone who is currently looking to buy property in Monroe County, please share this notice.

ALWAYS DOUBLE CHECK WITH ACTUAL BUSINESSES, POLICE, UTILTIES, INSURERS ‐ ANYONE ‐ WHEN SENDING MONEY, PARICULARLY WHEN YOU ARE REACHED BY EMAIL OR PHONE!

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Crime and Information Report

Oct. 16, 2018

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Two teenagers charged in large THC cartridge case

A traffic stop on U.S. 1 at Mile Marker 82.5 in Islamorada Monday night resulted in the seizure of nearly $10,000 in cash and 54 vape/THC oil cartridges which field-tested positive for marijuana.

Luis Octavio Alvarez, 18, of Hollywood, Florida, was charged with 39 counts of possession of marijuana with intent to sell, 44 counts of possession of marijuana over 20 grams, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also issued a traffic citation for passing in a no-passing zone.

A 17-year-old girl in the vehicle was charged with 15 counts of possession of marijuana over 20 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Sgt. Mark Coleman was on patrol just north of Mile Marker 82 when he saw a Honda Civic driving north in the center turn lane, passing a truck. Deputy Nestor Argote was already pursuing the Civic and both conducted the traffic stop. There were six occupants in the car. All were teenagers. Alvarez was the driver. The odor of marijuana was present in the car. Deputies Ana Coello and Eric Viergutz arrived on scene to assist.

The 17-year-old girl who was charged claimed ownership of a backpack that was in the car. Inside the backpack, deputies found 15 THC cartridges and a vaporizer pen.

Elsewhere in the car the following was found in which Alvarez claimed ownership:

• 39 THC cartridges

• 22.3 grams of leaf marijuana

• $9,437 in cash

• One pipe

• Four vapor pen batteries

• a scale

Alvarez was taken to jail. That girl’s parents were notified as well as the Department of Juvenile Justice.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Press Release

Oct. 16, 2018

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Sunbelt Rentals donates forklift to Sheriff’s Office Aviation Division

Sunbelt Rentals, a longtime friend and community partner of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, announced Tuesday they were donating the forklift seen in the attached pictures to our Aviation Division where it will be put to great use in support of our Trauma Star medical aircraft.

The Sheriff’s Office would like to specifically thank Russ Brown, Duane Francis and Ivar Jorgensen over at Sunbelt Rentals, 7603 Overseas Highway, in Marathon, for their continued support.

“I know I say it a lot, but it really is true: We here at the Sheriff’s Office could never complete our mission without the support of residents and business leaders like those at Sunbelt Rentals,” said Sheriff Rick Ramsay. “Thank you to Mr. Brown, Francis and Jorgensen for this gift!”

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Crime and Information Report

Oct. 18, 2018

See attached photos of lobsters

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Man arrested on cocaine charges

A 32-year-old Summerland Key man was arrested Wednesday night after he was found to be in possession of a trafficking amount of cocaine.

James Raymond Wells was charged with trafficking in cocaine.

Deputy Anthony Lopez was on U.S. 1 at Mile Marker 39 at 11:10 p.m. when he saw a Chevrolet pickup truck following a car too closely. Deputy Lopez also noticed the required light over the license plate was not operating properly. Deputy Lopez stopped the vehicle. There were three passengers in the vehicle as well as the driver who was identified as Wells.

The truck was searched. A plastic bag containing a white powdery substance that field-tested positive for cocaine was located under the driver’s seat. It weighed approximately 60 grams.

Wells was taken to jail.

The three passengers were not charged.

Man arrested for burglary/theft at construction site

A 48-year-old Marathon construction worker was charged Wednesday for stealing about $700 in tools from a work site earlier this month.

Christopher Saccente was charged with burglary and grand theft.

The case began on Oct. 1 when the Sheriff’s Office responded to 101st Street where a residence was under construction regarding the theft. The owner of the tools told detectives the missing tools were marked with his initials. Two other construction workers reported seeing a white male suspect, who they identified as “Chris,” park a white sport-utility-vehicle where the theft occurred. “Chris” was later identified as Saccente. When interviewed, Saccente said he did not take any tools from the site.

On Monday, Detective Mario Benedetti went to a motel in Marathon where Saccente had once been employed. The motel owner said Saccente stayed at trailer he owned on 74th Street from time to time, but wasn’t a permanent resident. Detectives went to that location. They found a rear door to the trailer was open and in plain view were several power tools laying on the floor. The property owner already gave the detectives consent to search the trailer. Several tools with the victim’s initials on them were found.


Warrants were issued for Saccente’s arrest.

He was booked into jail on Wednesday.

Mainland man cited for undersized lobsters

A 26-year-old Broward County man was cited Wednesday for possessing very small lobsters.

Nicholas Calderon of Margate, Florida was issued a mandatory notice-to-appear in court for possession of undersized lobsters and failure to have a measuring device.

Upper Keys Marine Deputy Nelson Sanchez was on patrol near Founders Park in Islamorada when he stopped Calderon to check his catch. Calderon had three very small/undersized lobsters in a catch bag. Calderon stated they were small, because he did not have a measuring gauge with him in the water as required by law.

He was cited and the lobsters were returned to the sea alive.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Crime and Information Report

Oct. 19, 2018

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Woman arrested for DUI after leaving crash on Seven Mile Bridge

A 61-year-old Big Pine Key woman was arrested early Friday morning after hitting a car on the Seven Mile Bridge and then failing to stop.

Yvonne Victoria Fassett was charged with hit and run, DUI and DUI causing damage to property.

There were no serious injuries reported in the incident that began about 3 a.m.

Deputy Ryan Chlebanowski received information that a stopped car at Mile Marker 43 on the bridge had been struck and that the suspect vehicle, a white minivan, continued southbound without stopping. The driver of the stopped car was helping another motorist change a tire. Debris from the white minivan was left in the road. Deputy Shawn Steele spotted the van turning onto County Road on Big Pine Key. He caught up to the van as it was pulling into a driveway at a residence on Croton Lane. Deputy Steele noted the minivan had extensive damage to its passenger side. He further noted the front passenger tire was gone and the vehicle was being driven on the rim. Also missing were the side view mirror and sliding door handle.

Fassett admitted to having knowledge that she hit something, but stated she was scared to pull over due to the darkness.

She failed field sobriety exercises.

Fassett was taken to jail.

Construction worker arrested for jewelry theft

A 30-year-old Cutler Bay man was arrested Thursday for stealing two rings ‐ one valued at $6,000 ‐ from an Islamorada home where he was doing Irma-related construction repairs.

Michael Joseph Gibson was charged with grand theft, larceny and fraud by pawning items he knew to be stolen.

The victim told Deputy Addison LaPradd on Oct. 8 that two rings were stolen from a room in the house earlier in the month. One gold ring was valued at $200 and the other gold ring, containing a diamond, was worth approximately $6,000.

Detective Ben Elmore investigated. The construction company owner gave him the names of the workers at the job site. Detective Elmore found that one the men on the list provided, Michael Gibson, had recently pawned rings in the Miami area. The victim positively identified pictures of the pawned rings as her jewelry. Warrants were issued for Gibson’s arrest.

He was booked into jail Thursday.

Please see the updated information.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Crime and Information Report

Oct. 19, 2018

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UPDATE: Detectives have found a litany of other construction tools not directly related to this case, but may have also been stolen. The brands include: Porter Cable, Paslode, Ryobi, Milwaukee, Rigid, DeWalt and Dremel. Detectives are researching other burglary cases to see if these other tools are linked to those cases. In the meantime, the Sheriff’s Office is holding these tools as found property for safekeeping. If you believe your tools have been stolen, please file a report at the Sheriff’s Office substation in Marathon, 3103 Overseas Highway. The phone number is 305-289-2430. Ask to speak with Detective Mario Benedetti. In addition to the tools, detectives also located a hotel room-size/style safe. The safe has a keypad that the rightful owner would presumably be able to open. Again, please contact Detective Mario Benedetti.

Man arrested for burglary/theft at construction site

A 48-year-old Marathon construction worker was charged Wednesday for stealing about $700 in tools from a work site earlier this month.

Christopher Saccente was charged with burglary and grand theft.

The case began on Oct. 1 when the Sheriff’s Office responded to 101st Street where a residence was under construction regarding the theft. The owner of the tools told detectives the missing tools were marked with his initials. Two other construction workers reported seeing a white male suspect, who they identified as “Chris,” park a white sport-utility-vehicle where the theft occurred. “Chris” was later identified as Saccente. When interviewed, Saccente said he did not take any tools from the site.

On Monday, Detective Mario Benedetti went to a motel in Marathon where Saccente had once been employed. The motel owner said Saccente stayed at trailer he owned on 74th Street from time to time, but wasn’t a permanent resident. Detectives went to that location. They found a rear door to the trailer was open and in plain view were several power tools laying on the floor. The property owner already gave the detectives consent to search the trailer. Several tools with the victim’s initials on them were found.


Warrants were issued for Saccente’s arrest.

He was booked into jail on Wednesday.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Crime and Information Report

Oct. 21, 2018

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Two women arrested for nearly $400 theft from store

Midelys Rodriguez, 46, and Odekys Naranjo, 47, both of Miami, were charged with grand theft.

The Sheriff’s Office was notified by security at the Key Largo Bealls Outlet store on Saturday that a theft was in progress. Security staff stated two women, both later identified as Rodriguez and Naranjo, were putting items in a bag and concealing them as they walked through the store. Sheriff’s Office deputies waited outside for the suspects and detained them when they exited.

Forty-six stolen items were found to be in their possession worth a total of $384.34. The items included jewelry, hair care products and perfume as well as a few items of clothing.

It was determined Rodriguez and Naranjo took empty bags from behind a register, located a theft prevention tag removal tool and used it to remove theft prevention tags from the merchandise. They then concealed the merchandise in the bags without making an attempt to pay.

Both women were taken to jail.

If the headline in the previous press release was confusing, please see the clarification below.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Crime and Information Report

Oct. 21, 2018

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Two women arrested for $384 theft from store

Midelys Rodriguez, 46, and Odekys Naranjo, 47, both of Miami, were charged with grand theft.

The Sheriff’s Office was notified by security at the Key Largo Bealls Outlet store on Saturday that a theft was in progress. Security staff stated two women, both later identified as Rodriguez and Naranjo, were putting items in a bag and concealing them as they walked through the store. Sheriff’s Office deputies waited outside for the suspects and detained them when they exited.

Forty-six stolen items were found to be in their possession worth a total of $384.34. The items included jewelry, hair care products and perfume as well as a few items of clothing.

It was determined Rodriguez and Naranjo took empty bags from behind a register, located a theft prevention tag removal tool and used it to remove theft prevention tags from the merchandise. They then concealed the merchandise in the bags without making an attempt to pay.

Both women were taken to jail.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Crime and Information Report

Oct. 2, 2018

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Update on Boot Key Harbor/machete incident

A 45-year-old Marathon liveaboard who was seriously hurt after she told investigators she was attacked by a machete-wielding man Thursday night remained in stable condition at a Miami hospital on Tuesday.

Crystal Marie Young was airlifted shortly after she was found on a 27-foot sailboat anchored in Boot Key Harbor near Boot Key Bridge about 9 p.m. with serious injuries, including many deep cuts to her hands, arms, head, chest and elsewhere. Her eyes were swollen shut. Young was found by a neighboring liveaboard who took her to his boat and called 911. A machete was found on Young’s boat. They also found a large amount of blood in multiple areas of Young’s boat.

Deputies, along with the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, began searching for a male suspect. Deputies searched several boats in Boot Key Harbor in an attempt to find the suspect. A dinghy with blood on it was found in the mangroves on Boot Key. The dinghy was later confirmed to be the suspect’s dinghy. The suspect is also a liveaboard in Boot Key Harbor.

The suspect was found dead, floating in the mangroves on Boot Key about 10:30 a.m. Friday. The suspect’s identity is being withheld pending notification of his next-of-kin. Detectives say the deceased suspect and Young knew each other prior to the incident and may have dated at one time. They were not married. The suspect did not live on Young’s boat.

The case remains under investigation. No charges have been filed.

More information about the case will be released as it becomes available.

Please see correction in red.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Crime and Information Report

Oct. 2, 2018

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Search warrant leads to drug arrest

A 22-year-old Key Largo man was arrested Friday following a search warrant by the Sheriff’s Office and federal agents that netted cocaine, marijuana, suspected painkillers without a prescription, suspected LSD and more than $3,000 in cash.

Noah Grey Hattendorf was charged with multiple counts of cocaine possession, cocaine possession with intent to sell, marijuana possession and marijuana possession with intent to sell, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Members of the Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit with assistance from the Drug Enforcement Administration and Homeland Security Investigations executed the search warrant at 39 Pompano Avenue. Hattendorf and another person were inside the residence. Haffendorf admitted all the drugs in the residence were his. The other person was not arrested.

The following were found in various locations in the residence:

• About five ounces of marijuana;

• Six grams of cocaine;

• Less than a gram of suspected LSD that will be sent to a lab for testing;

• More than 30 assorted pills and partial pills that will be sent to a lab for testing;

• $3,169 in cash

• Miscellaneous drug paraphernalia such as grinders, a scale and a pipe.

Hattendorf was taken to jail.

Monroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsay

Monroe County Tax Collector Danise Henriquez

Monroe County Clerk of Court Kevin Madok

Monroe County Property Appraiser Scott Russell

For Immediate Release

Oct. 22, 2018

Monroe County’s elected constitutional officers discuss Amendment 10

The constitutional officers of the Florida Keys ‐ Monroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsay, Monroe County Tax Collector Danise Henriquez, Monroe County Clerk of Court Kevin Madok and Monroe County Property Appraiser Scott Russell ‐ jointly wish to educate citizens of the upcoming state Constitutional amendment that will appear on November election ballot as Amendment 10.

The amendment safeguards the interests of Floridians by protecting our right to vote. Amendment 10 keeps, and in some cases returns, the power into the hands of the people, by ensuring voters have the power to choose their sheriff, clerk of the court, property appraiser, tax collector and supervisor of elections.

Thus, the purpose of Amendment 10, which is also called the Protection Amendment, aims to improve state and local government by protecting:

• Our right to vote by ensuring all constitutional officers in your county are elected (sheriff, tax collector, property appraiser, clerk of court and supervisor of elections).

• Our families by creating the Office of Domestic Security and Counterterrorism within the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

• Our tax dollars by improving state budgeting by starting the Legislature’s annual session in January of even-numbered years.

• Our veterans by preserving the structure and governance of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to support the changing needs of Florida’s military members.

Amendment 10 ensures county constitutional officers are elected by the people they serve. Not all constitutional officers are elected or held accountable to the people they serve. Most counties are fortunate to have elected constitutional officers. Everyone should care about protecting their right to vote. Even though citizens of Monroe County are among the fortunate citizens who have the right to vote for their constitutional officers, charter counties have the capability to take over the constitutional offices, which may not be in the best interest of the public.

In other words: Amendment 10 ensures that home rule is not abused. Constitutional officers create a much-needed bridge between the State of Florida and all 67 counties. This provides transparency and accountability. The “home” should be ruled by its citizens.

Monroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsay, Tax Collector Danise Henriquez, Clerk of Court Kevin Madok and Property Appraiser Scott Russell urge all Florida Keys residents to educate themselves on Amendment 10.

For more information about Amendment 10, visit www.amendment10.org

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Press Release

Oct. 23, 2018

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The Sheriff’s Office Animal Farm is open this Sunday (the second and fourth Sunday each month) from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. It is free, parking is available and donations are always appreciated!

Sheriff’s Office Animal Farm’s big reveal!

The Sheriff’s Office Animal Farm welcomed the newest member of our Animal Farm on Friday!

Say hello to Jack the Ostrich!

Farmer Jeanne Selander said Jack came from a farm in central Florida where his home situation just didn’t work out. Jack has a bad eye and cannot see well. He’s only 2-years-old, but when he’s fully grown he will weigh about 300 pounds and possibly reach nine feet tall! Right now Jack is in the living space rented by Kramer the Emu, but Farmer Jeanne has turned the area into a split condominium of sorts.

“We have to give them time to get to know one another,” said Farmer Jeanne.

While Jack the Ostrich was peeking, poking and pecking around his new home, just across the way two additional two members joined our animal family: Kinx the Kinkajou and King Julien the Ring-Tailed Lemur!

Kinx’s family in Ohio wanted her to live on our Animal Farm and Kinx flew in last week. Kinx, a female with three legs, is settling in well and will eventually join our other longtime resident kinkajou, Tucker.

And last, but not least, is King Julien the Ring-Tailed Lemur. King Julien, a male, lost his place with his other Lemur family and found a new home at our Animal Farm!

“I couldn’t be happier to have these animals at our Animal Farm,” said Sheriff Rick Ramsay. “They will have a wonderful home here under the watchful and caring eye of our Farmer Jeanne. And I know residents, especially the children of our community, will love them as well.”

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Crime and Information Report

Oct. 23. 2018

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Man arrested with loaded gun/one pound of marijuana candy edibles

A 23-year-old Broward County man was charged with possessing two handguns and a 28 packages of gummy marijuana candies.

Anthony Diaz of Miramar was charged with 28 counts of possessing a controlled substance, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of marijuana and carrying a concealed firearm without a license.

Upper Keys Deputy Joel Rios was on patrol about 11 p.m. Monday on U.S. 1 at Mile Marker 83 when he spotted a black sport-utility-vehicle northbound pulling a boat trailer with no tag. Deputy Rios made a traffic stop. Deputy Rios detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the SUV. Deputy Rios asked the driver, later identified as Diaz, if there were any weapons inside the SUV. Diaz said no. Sgt. Robert Dosh and Deputy Addison LaPradd arrived on scene.

Deputy Rios told Diaz he could smell marijuana. Diaz produced a plastic container containing what appeared to be a Ziploc bag containing loose-leaf, marijuana. Deputy Rios asked Diaz and the passenger to exit the vehicle. They obliged. Deputy Rios asked Diaz specifically if there were any guns in the SUV. Diaz stated there was. Diaz stated he did not have a concealed weapons permit.

Deputy Rios found a loaded 9mm handgun by the driver’s seat where Diaz had been sitting. The gun had previously been covered by Diaz’s shirt. A second gun, a 40-caliber handgun, was found in a bookbag on the floor behind the driver’s seat. Diaz stated the bookbag was his.

Also found were three, large Ziploc bags. The first bag contained 11 prepackaged, 300 milligram, gummy-candy bags labeled, “Deadhead.” The other two bags contained similar items with one bag containing nine gummy packages and the other had eight gummy packages. The total weight of the candies when removed from all the packaging was approximately one pound.

All field-tested positive for marijuana.

Diaz was taken to jail.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Crime and Information Report

Oct. 24, 2018

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Former restaurant server arrested for theft

A 28-year-old Tavernier woman was arrested Tuesday for stealing more than $4,500 from an Upper Keys restaurant.

Emily Slayton Bullard was charged with grand theft and fraud.

The investigation began in May when managers at Snappers restaurant in Key Largo contacted the Sheriff’s Office. Managers reported they were doing routine bookkeeping for the business the month prior when they noticed that on one night Bullard made about $300 in tips for $600 in sales or about 50 percent when servers generally make 15 percent to 18 percent. Detective Ian Barnett investigated further. Detective Barnett, with help from the business, found that Bullard was voiding items on a check, classifying them as a kitchen error, food waste, testing, or some other similar designation, but still serve items to the customer. Bullard would not lower the bill, but apply the voided amount to her tip.

Bullard worked at the restaurant seasonally from 2013 to 2015 and full-time from 2016 to April 2018, when she was fired for suspicion of theft from the business. Managers at the business told the Sheriff’s Office that Bullard was a former manager and knew the computer and sales systems well.

The investigation continued as Detective Barnett, with counsel from the State Attorney’s Office and further help from the business managers, combed over myriad transactions performed by Bullard. It was determined that Bullard stole $4,629.80 from the restaurant from July 2017 to April 2018.

A warrant was obtained on Monday.

Bullard was arrested on Tuesday.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Crime and Information Report

Oct. 24, 2018

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Man charged with burglary in attempted gun theft

A 19-year-old Stock Island man was arrested Wednesday morning after he was caught trying to burglarize a family member’s house on Stock Island.

Zackary Allan Evans was charged with burglary while armed and unarmed, possession of burglary tools, criminal mischief causing property damage and possession of drug paraphernalia.

An alert neighbor on the 6800 block of Maloney Avenue reported seeing a suspicious person in a neighbor’s house. Deputy Lazaro Valdes responded. Deputy Valdes found Evans inside the house holding a crowbar and a hammer. Evans put the crowbar and hammer in a bedroom and closed the door.

Evans told Deputy Valdes the house belonged to a family member. Evan stated had lived at the house and was attempting to get his belongings. Deputy Valdes contacted the family member who stated Evans did not have permission to be in his house.

The family member responded to the house as did Lower Keys Detective Sgt. David Smith.

Deputy Valdes and Detective Sgt. David Smith found a marijuana water pipe in the house. The family member found his bedroom in disarray and his .38-caliber revolver on the bed. Also on the bed were boxes of ammunition, a crowbar and a hammer. There was a large, standing gun safe in the bedroom. The gun safe had numerous pry marks suggesting someone tried to forcefully open the safe. The gun safe was not opened.

Outside there was a shed with a lock that was broken.

Evans admitted to the burglary. Evans admitted the water pipe was his. Evans admitted to handling the revolver while inside the bedroom. Evans admitted to attempting to break the gun safe and to breaking the lock on the outside shed.

Evans was taken to jail.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Crime and Information Report

Oct. 25, 2018

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Man arrested with handgun/cocaine/marijuana after traffic stop on U.S. 1

A 34-year-old St. Cloud, Florida man was arrested Thursday morning after a traffic stop on U.S. 1 in which a handgun, cocaine and marijuana were found.

Dylan Paul Johnson was charged with illegal possession of a weapon during the commission of a felony, cocaine possession and marijuana possession.

A southbound Toyota Camry was spotted by a deputy in an unmarked vehicle at Mile Marker 64 at 11:20 a.m. following other cars too closely. He radioed Traffic Enforcement Unit Deputy Shaun Lones, who spotted and stopped the car near Mile Marker 54.

A female was driving the car and Johnson was the passenger. A K9 Unit was with Deputy Lones and the K9 alerted to the presence of drugs in the car.

Other deputies arrived and searched the vehicle. The following were found:

• A loaded .380-caliber Glock magazine in the storage bin on the driver’s door;

• A .380-caliber Glock handgun under the driver’s seat;

• A vacuum-sealed bag located in plastic paneling on the center console containing 15.5 grams (that included the packaging weight) of a white, powdery substance that field-tested positive for cocaine;

• A vacuum-sealed bag also located behind paneling on the center console containing 112.5 grams (or nearly four ounces that included the packaging weight) of a green, leafy substance that field-tested positive for marijuana;

• A vacuum-sealed bag containing seven vape cartridges containing suspected marijuana resin.

Johnson stated all the above items were his. Johnson stated it was all for personal use during Fantasy Fest in Key West.

Johnson was taken to jail.

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Daily Crime and Information Report

Oct. 26, 2018

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Man arrested for credit card fraud

A 51-year-old Marathon man was arrested Thursday for using someone else’s credit cards at area businesses.

Oreste Medina was charged with larceny and illegal use of credit cards.

The investigation began on Sept. 28 when the victim went to the Sheriff’s Office Marathon substation to report losing his wallet along U.S. 1 sometime in the immediate days prior. The wallet contained two credit cards.

Detectives Amanda Coleman and Mario Benedetti were assigned to investigate. The detectives used bank information provided by the victim, an array of security camera footage at local businesses and a tip from a cashier to ultimately identify Medina as the suspect in this case.

Most of the illegal transactions were alcohol and cigarette purchases at gas stations and pharmacies.

A warrant was issued for Medina’s arrest.

Medina was booked into jail on Thursday.

Man arrested for steroid possession

A 54-year-old Key Largo man was arrested early Friday morning for possessing steroids without a prescription and nearly $900 in cash.

Victor Hugo Calderon was charged with possession of a steroids without a prescription, providing law enforcement with a false identification and violation of probation for drug-related offenses.

Upper Keys Deputy Joel Torres was called at 1:48 a.m. to 103650 Overseas Highway regarding a trespassing issue. Deputy Torres found a Chevrolet Malibu on the property with a man, later identified as Calderon, sleeping in the driver’s seat. Calderon stated he was waiting for a friend who had yet to arrive. Calderon gave Deputy Torres a false name of “Alvaro.” He then proceeded to give a false date of birth and social security number. Calderon’s driver’s license had the proper identifying information. Another check with 911 communications specialists revealed he had an active warrant for his arrest. Calderon was detained and the car was searched.

There were three grocery bags with assorted drug/narcotics and drug paraphernalia in the trunk. There was 13 total items located, included vials of testosterone enanthate, testosterone cypionate and human growth hormone. There were two bindles of a white crystalline powdery substance located underneath the driver seat, which are pending chemical identification by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement lab. Calderon stated the bindles contained creatine for his workouts. Deputy Torres noted the quantity in the bindles was not consistent with the amount of creatine regularly used for the athletic purposes Calderon so claimed.

There was $874 in cash found in the front cabin.

Calderon told Deputy Torres the drugs belonged to a woman who was not present. Deputy Torres noted many of the bottles indeed had that woman’s name on them, however the anabolic steroids for which Calderon was charged did not have prescription labels attached.

Calderon was taken to jail.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Crime and Information Report

Oct. 27, 2018

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Man arrested for knife threats/fleeing into the water

A 27-year-old Marathon man was arrested Friday night after cutting a man’s hand with a beer bottle, threatening multiple people with a kitchen knife and then fleeing from law enforcement.

Yordany Rodriguez Marmol was charged with aggravated battery, battery causing bodily harm, battery on a law enforcement officer, two counts of resisting arrest and tampering with evidence.

There were no life-threatening injuries reported.

Middle Keys Deputy Corbin Hradecky was called to 1655 Overseas Highway in Marathon at 10 p.m. regarding a fight involving a knife. Upon arrival, two people told Deputy Hradecky that a man had “gone crazy and was fighting with people outside the apartment complex.” Deputy Hradecky approached the apartment complex and saw the suspect, identified as Rodriguez Marmol, with blood stains on his shirt. Rodriguez Marmol saw Deputy Hradecky and fled. Deputy Hradecky gave loud, verbal commands for Rodriguez Marmol to stop. Rodriguez Marmol ran up the stairs of the apartment complex and continued to flee on the upper deck of the complex. Deputy Hradecky gave chase as Rodriguez Marmol leaped from the deck and into the water below. Rodriguez Marmol then began swimming under nearby docks. Deputy Hradecky kept a visual of Rodriguez Marmol as Deputy William Daniels arrived on scene as well as Sgt. John Jones.

Deputy Hradecky continued to order Rodriguez Marmol to come out of the water. Deputy Hradecky pepper sprayed Rodriguez Marmol, hitting him the face with the spray. Rodriguez Marmol then began swimming back toward the apartment complex while submerging himself in the water. Rodriguez Marmol emerged in shallow water near a cement walkway near the apartment complex. Deputy Hradecky shocked Rodriguez Marmol with his Taser. Deputy Hradecky grabbed Rodriguez Marmol, but Rodriguez Marmol began flailing his legs, striking Deputy Hradecky in the ankles. Deputy Hradecky then slipped on some algae and went into the water. Deputy Hradecky attempted to keep hold of Rodriguez Marmol, but Rodriguez Marmol was able to break free.

By this time, Key Colony Beach Police, Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Joel Slough, U.S. Border Patrol and multiple Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers arrived on scene and formed a perimeter around Rodriguez Marmol. Rodriguez Marmol was holding onto a piling and refusing to exit the water. The Coast Guard was also notified.

While the Coast Guard was en route, Deputy Hradecky found the kitchen knife that Rodriguez Marmol threw under a porch. Several witnesses identified it as the knife used in the incident.

Sgt. Jones and Border Patrol agents translated witnesses statements. Multiple witnesses stated the incident began as a group of people were celebrating a birthday at the apartment complex. A woman with whom Rodriguez Marmol has romantic ties walked over to the group and was given a beer. This upset Rodriguez Marmol. Rodriguez Marmol grabbed the women, shook the woman and slapped her. Rodriguez Marmol poured out the beer while splashing it all over the group. A man in the group confronted Rodriguez Marmol. A physical fight ensued between the man and Rodriguez Marmol. The fight was broken up, but Rodriguez Marmol ran inside an apartment unit and exited with a kitchen knife and a beer bottle. Rodriguez Marmol threw the beer bottle at the man’s hand, cutting it. Rodriguez Marmol then approached the man with the knife, but the man was pulled inside the apartment by others. The door was locked and 911 was called. Rodriguez Marmol ran around outside the apartment complex while screaming and wielding the knife in a rage. It was about that time Deputy Hradecky arrived and the subsequent chase began.

While Sgt. Jones was collecting those witness statements, Rodriguez Marmol surrendered to the Coast Guard and the FWC. Rodriguez Marmol was pulled from the water by FWC Capt. David Dipre. Rodriguez Marmol was detained.

Rodriguez Marmol stated, “take me to prison,” and refused to speak further to law enforcement.

Rodriguez Marmol was taken to jail.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Crime and Information Report

Oct. 28, 2018

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Couple arrested for attacking tourists on Wisteria Island

A 43-year-old man and a 35-year-old woman were arrested Saturday for attacking two men on Wisteria Island.

Christopher Thomas John Yarema was charged with aggravated assault and causing property damage.

Stephanie Lynn Burnham was charged with battery and causing property damage.

There were no serious injuries reported in the incident.

Lower Keys Deputy Anthony Lopez was called to Coast Guard Station Key West at 6 p.m. regarding an assault on the island. Upon arrival, he met both victims ‐ a man and his male partner, both from West Hollywood, California ‐ who had rented a large boat from a local charter business. The large boat included a dinghy.

The first victim told Deputy Lopez that he and his partner anchored the rental boat near Wisteria Island. They then utilized the included dinghy to travel to Wisteria Island about 12 p.m. Once there, the men spent the day snorkeling and walking along the beach. They prepared to leave the island about 4:30 p.m. when they noticed a small skiff approaching. The man told Deputy Lopez that as the approaching skiff got near, it’s two occupants ‐ identified as Yarema and Burnham ‐ were yelling at them. The suspects yelled sexual slurs at the men as well as expletives. The suspects told the men to, “get the (deleted) off our island.” The tourists attempted to pack their things as the skiff got nearer. The first victim told Deputy Lopez that Burnham yelled, “You have five seconds to get off, or I will kill you.”

The first victim told Deputy Lopez that as he was untying the dinghy to leave, Burnham struck him the face with a closed fist, damaging his $800 sunglasses. Burnham then struck him on the head with a boat oar. The first victim told Deputy Lopez he pushed her away in an attempt to create distance between them when Yarema said, “You knocked down my wife, I’m going to kill you.” Yarema approached him with a four-inch blade, swung, but missed the first victim. The first victim was able to put the dinghy between himself and Yarema. Yarema came at him again with the knife, missing again, but punctured the dinghy. Yarema swung and stabbed the dinghy a second time.

The first victim told Deputy Lopez at he and his partner were able to get on the dinghy and make it back to the bigger rental boat where they radioed for help. The Coast Guard arrived and found the dinghy out of air.

The second victim gave Deputy Lopez the same version of events.

The charter boat company stated they wished to press charges for the damage to the dinghy, which is estimated to be between $2,000 and $5,000.

Deputy Lopez arrested Yarema and Burnham.

Yarema and Burnham were taken to jail.

Man arrested for stealing $500 in wine

A 64-year-old Miami man was arrested Saturday afternoon for stealing more than $500 in wine from the Marathon Publix grocery store.

Roberto Larias-De Leon was charged with grand theft and theft.

Middle Keys Deputy Ian Douthirt was called to the store at 5401 Overseas Highway about 3 p.m. regarding a shoplifting call. Deputy Douthirt spoke to the store manager, who told him a customer told him they witnessed another customer stealing wine. The manager reviewed security camera footage. The footage showed the suspect, later identified as Larias-De Leon enter the store four separate times and each time conceal two bottles of wine in his clothing. A description of the suspect as well as the vehicle he was driving was provided. The manager stated he advised all other store managers of the incident.

While Deputy Douthirt was still on scene, the Key Largo Publix store manager reported the suspect vehicle was in their parking lot. Upper Keys Sgt. Sydney Whitehouse and Deputy Dyllon Hansen responded. They interviewed Larias-De Leon and he admitted to stealing the wine.

Eight bottles of wine were found in his vehicle totaling $508.35.

Larias-De was taken to jail.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Press Release

Oct. 30, 2018

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Note: A 30-second audio public service announcement is attached.

Halloween is a special time for children, but children don’t always know what is and is not safe.

“As Halloween approaches, let’s enjoy the day and make it the best Halloween possible for the kids in our community,” said Sheriff Rick Ramsay. “If you’re driving, be patient! Drive slowly and take more care than usual while watching for children. Popular trick-or-treating hours are generally from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., so please be especially alert during those times. Be safe and Happy Halloween, everyone!”

If your children are going trick or treating on Halloween, there are several tips to follow for their safety.

Tips for people driving on Halloween:

And a few tips for pet owners:

Holiday Animal Farm schedule

Note: Please see attached flyer

Due to the upcoming holidays, the Sheriff’s Office Animal Farm will be open only on Sunday, Nov. 11 and closed on Thanksgiving weekend.

Our annual Christmas on the Farm event is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 9.

We will resume our regular scheduled of 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on the second and fourth Sundays of every month on Sunday, Jan. 13.

Hope to see soon!

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Crime and Information Report

Oct. 31, 2018

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Two men arrested for illegal gun possession

Two Homestead men were arrested Tuesday night after two handguns were found during an Upper Keys traffic stop.

Al Salazar, 27, and Gabriel Martinez, 22, both were charged with carrying a concealed weapon without a license. Martinez was also charged with driving with a suspended license.

Upper Keys Deputy Joel Torres and Sgt. Orlando Alvarez stopped a Honda Civic at Mile Marker 103 at 7:45 p.m. after running the tags and finding the owner of the vehicle has a suspended license. The owner, Martinez, was driving the car.

The odor of marijuana was present in the car. Martinez stated his license was suspended for failure to pay tickets. Salazar stated there was a small amount of marijuana in a Tupperware™ container behind the driver’s seat. Deputy Torres searched the vehicle.

• A loaded 9mm handgun was found under the passenger front floor mat.

• A loaded .357 Magnum revolver was found in the front driver’s side floor mat.

A small amount of marijuana was found in a Tupperware™ container under the driver’s seat.

Martinez and Salazar were taken to jail.