Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Crime and Information Report

Sept. 1, 2018

 

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Man arrested following brief Upper Keys pursuit

 

A 40-year-old Islamorada man was arrested early Saturday morning following a brief pursuit on U.S. 1.

 

Paul Vincent Pecor was charged with fleeing and eluding and driving with a suspended license.

 

Deputy Jose Hernandez was on patrol at 12:20 a.m. when he saw a red pickup truck leaving Tavernier Towne Plaza. He attempted to make a traffic stop at Mile Marker 91, because the license plate was unreadable due to being dented and scratched. The truck fled and Deputy Hernandez followed. Speeds reached about 6o mph. There was little to no traffic on the highway at the time. Deputy Hernandez noted the driver had ample places to safely stop and pull over. The truck eventually turned on Thompsonville Road. The truck pulled into a residence and the driver, later identified as Pecor, exited the truck. Deputy Hernandez also exited and drew his service gun. Deputy Hernandez approached, holstered his weapon and handcuffed Pecor without further incident.

 

Pecor told Deputy Hernandez that he saw his lights and heard his sirens, but stated his license was suspended and he wanted to go home.

 

Pecor was taken to jail.

 

 

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Crime and Information Report

Sept. 2, 2018

 

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Fleeing DUI suspect pulled from water

 

Note to media: Photos and offense report are attached

 

A 31-year-old Marathon man was arrested early Sunday after crashing a pickup truck and jumping into the ocean in an attempt to flee from law enforcement.

 

Nicholas James Tralka was charged with hit-and-run, fleeing and eluding, DUI, DUI with property damage and resisting arrest.

 

Middle Keys Deputy Corbin Hradecky was on patrol at 3:52 a.m. when he saw a pickup truck exit a bar parking lot near 105th Street and U.S. 1 in Marathon at a high rate of speed. The pickup truck struck the concrete median separating the north and southbound lanes of U.S. 1. Deputy Hradecky attempted to make a traffic stop. The truck initially appeared to be stopping before taking off at a high rate of speed, northbound. The pickup truck was swerving erratically between both northbound lanes. The driver, later identified as Tralka, nearly lost control of the pickup truck while traveling in excess of 100 mph. Deputy Hradecky kept a visual on the truck and radioed Deputies Shaun Lones and Darrel Walraven to prepare tire spikes.

 

The pickup truck ran over tire spikes near Mile Marker 60.5. The pickup truck continued northbound before crashing into a light post, a palm tree and the Duck Key entrance sign. Tralka, the sole occupant of the pickup truck, ran away from the crash, jumped over a seawall and into the water. Deputies ordered Tralka to stop. Tralka did not stop. Tralka began swimming south toward Toms Harbor Channel Bridge. A good Samaritan told Deputy Hradecky that a man was hiding underneath the bridge and holding onto a piling. Key Colony Beach Police and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission arrived on scene.  

 

Tralka stated he was giving up. Key Colony Beach Police threw Tralka a rope from a FWC boat. Tralka was pulled aboard the FWC boat by Key Colony Beach Police and detained. Tralka was taken to Duck Key Marina. Tralka told Deputy Hradecky that he had been drinking and got scared.

 

Deputy Edward Swogger searched the truck and found three empty 100-ml Fireball© whiskey bottles and one full bottle inside the vehicle.  

 

Tralka was taken to jail where his blood-alcohol level was recorded at .214. The legal limit in Florida is .08.

 

The Sheriff’s Office and law enforcement partners remains out in-force this three-day weekend as part of nationwide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” operations.   

 

 

 

 

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Press Release

Sept. 2, 2018

 

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Note to media: This incident is being investigated by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The Sheriff’s Office does not have an incident report immediately available at this time. Additional details and information, such as the boy's name, will have to be confirmed by the FWC.

 

Fort Myers teenager dies after being struck by boat propeller

 

A 15-year-old Fort Myers boy was pronounced dead at Lower Keys Medical Center on Stock Island Sunday afternoon after he was struck by a boat propeller in Lower Keys waters.

 

The Sheriff’s Office was notified of the incident about 12:30 p.m.

 

The boy was struck in the head by a boat propeller.

 

The incident occurred in or near Kemp Channel on the bayside. Kemp Channel is the body of water separating Cudjoe Key and Summerland Key.

 

The boy was taken to Venture Out Resort on Cudjoe Key to waiting paramedics.  

 

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Monroe County Sheriff’s Office officers were also on scene.

 

The Sheriff’s Office Trauma Star helicopter was called and then cancelled due to the boy going into cardiac arrest. The helicopter was placed on stand-by.

 

The boy was taken to the hospital on Stock Island.

 

The boy was pronounced dead at the hospital.  

 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in investigating the incident.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Press Release

Sept. 4, 2018

 

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Traffic alerts for the coming week

 

The Florida Department of Transportation informed the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office of construction-related, scheduled U.S. 1 lane closures starting tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 5, and Thursday, Sept. 6, for the following areas:  

 

• Wednesday – One northbound lane will be closed at Mile Marker 7.5  between 10 p.m. and 5:30 a.m.

• Thursday – The northbound lane at Mile Marker 19.6 will be closed between 10 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. Drivers will be flagged around the work zones.

• Thursday – One northbound lane on will be closed near Mile Marker 106  between 10 p.m. and 5:30 a.m.

• Thursday – Southbound traffic will be shifted toward the median shoulder near Mile Marker 113 between 10 p.m. and 5:30 a.m.

 

Please note that this schedule may change due to bad weather or other unexpected conditions. For more information, visit www.fdotmiamidade.com. Drivers are encouraged to call 511 before they travel or log on to www.fl511.com to get real-time traffic and lane closure information. FDOT reminds motorists to please drive cautiously in construction zones.

 

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Crime and Information Report

Sept. 4, 2018

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Note to media: The incident report is still being written as of Tuesday afternoon. More information will follow soon.

Sheriff and deputy conduct felony traffic stop

Sheriff Rick Ramsay and a deputy arrested a suspected car thief Tuesday afternoon near the Seven Mile Bridge.

Sheriff Ramsay was northbound on U.S. 1 about 2:30 p.m. when a be-on-the-lookout was issued for a red, Ford Focus, reported stolen out of Iowa.

Sheriff Ramsay saw a car matching that description traveling southbound on the Seven Mile Bridge. Sheriff Ramsay made a U-Turn as soon as he could, radioed updated information and was soon joined by Traffic Enforcement Deputy Andrew Leird. The two made a felony traffic stop at the south end of the Seven Mile Bridge.

The driver – his name, age and address will be released as soon as they are confirmed – was arrested without further incident. The driver was the sole occupant of the vehicle.

The vehicle was towed from the scene and will be returned to its proper owner.

Sheriff Ramsay was on his way to a county meeting regarding affordable housing in the Upper Keys when the incident began.

“This was a classic case of being at the right place at the right time,” Sheriff Ramsay said. “I continue to remind deputies – as it's a part of our training – to always stay alert and keep your head on a swivel throughout your shift, because you never know what's coming your way. That being said, I'm very grateful that we were able to make a quick arrest and that this vehicle will be returned to its rightful owner.”

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Crime and Information Report

Sept. 5, 2018

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Note to media: Pictures attached of lobsters

Man caught with nearly 200 illegal lobsters

A man stopped by the Sheriff’s Office for a traffic infraction Tuesday night was arrested after nearly 200 illegally harvested lobster tails were found in the car.

Yordy Escalante Carrillo, 25, of Marathon, was cited for possession of 191 speared lobsters, possession of 150 undersized lobsters and possession of 185 over-the-limit lobsters.

Middle Keys Deputy Michael Maleta was on patrol in Marathon about 10:30 p.m. when he saw a Dodge car with an unreadable tag. Deputy Maleta made a traffic stop. Deputy Maleta told the driver, later identified as Carrillo, that he could smell burnt marijuana emitting from the car, but there was a English/Spanish language barrier. Sgt. Lisette Quintero arrived to translate. Sgt. Quintero informed Carrillo that he had been stopped because his license plate was unreadable. She added the odor of marijuana was present inside the car. Carrillo denied having anything illegal in the car, but admitted that he works with people who smoke marijuana.

Deputy Maleta searched the car. Deputy Maleta found a Rubbermaid© container filled with wrung lobster tails. No other illegal contraband was found inside the vehicle.

Carrillo agreed to talk to deputies. Carrillo admitted the lobsters were his. Carrillo admitted to catching all the lobsters that night. Carrillo admitted to spearing the lobsters. Carrillo stated he did not have a commercial fishing license.

Carrillo was taken to jail.

A total of 191 wrung lobster tails were found. All were speared. Of those 191 tails, 150 were undersized.

The legal limit for legally-sized, harvested lobsters in Monroe County is six-per-person-per-day.

For more information about lobster regulations in the Florida Keys, go to: nmsfloridakeys.blob.core.windows.net/floridakeys-prod/media/archive/regs/mc_lobster.pdf

Note to media: The suspect below was identified as Jefrey (sic) Andres Ferrez, 19, of Des Moines, Iowa. Ferrez was charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle and booked into jail.

Sheriff and deputy conduct felony traffic stop

Sheriff Rick Ramsay and a deputy arrested a suspected car thief Tuesday afternoon near the Seven Mile Bridge.

Sheriff Ramsay was northbound on U.S. 1 about 2:30 p.m. when a be-on-the-lookout was issued for a red, Ford Focus, reported stolen out of Iowa.

Sheriff Ramsay saw a car matching that description traveling southbound on the Seven Mile Bridge. Sheriff Ramsay made a U-Turn as soon as he could, radioed updated information and was soon joined by Traffic Enforcement Deputy Andrew Leird. The two made a felony traffic stop at the south end of the Seven Mile Bridge.

The driver was the sole occupant of the vehicle. The vehicle was towed from the scene and will be returned to its proper owner.

Sheriff Ramsay was on his way to a county meeting regarding affordable housing in the Upper Keys when the incident began.

“This was a classic case of being at the right place at the right time,” Sheriff Ramsay said. “I continue to remind deputies – as it's a part of our training – to always stay alert and keep your head on a swivel throughout your shift, because you never know what's coming your way. That being said, I'm very grateful that we were able to make a quick arrest and that this vehicle will be returned to its rightful owner.”

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Crime and Information Report

Sept. 5, 2018

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Note to media: Pictures attached of lobsters

Man caught with nearly 200 illegal lobsters

A man stopped by the Sheriff’s Office for a traffic infraction Tuesday night was arrested after nearly 200 illegally harvested lobster tails were found in the car.

Yordy Escalante Carrillo, 25, of Marathon, was cited for possession of 191 speared lobsters, possession of 150 undersized lobsters and possession of 185 over-the-limit lobsters.

Middle Keys Deputy Michael Maleta was on patrol in Marathon about 10:30 p.m. when he saw a Dodge car with an unreadable tag. Deputy Maleta made a traffic stop. Deputy Maleta told the driver, later identified as Carrillo, that he could smell burnt marijuana emitting from the car, but there was a English/Spanish language barrier. Sgt. Lisette Quintero arrived to translate. Sgt. Quintero informed Carrillo that he had been stopped because his license plate was unreadable. She added the odor of marijuana was present inside the car. Carrillo denied having anything illegal in the car, but admitted that he works with people who smoke marijuana.

Deputy Maleta searched the car. Deputy Maleta found a Rubbermaid© container filled with wrung lobster tails. No other illegal contraband was found inside the vehicle.

Carrillo agreed to talk to deputies. Carrillo admitted the lobsters were his. Carrillo admitted to catching all the lobsters that night. Carrillo admitted to spearing the lobsters. Carrillo stated he did not have a commercial fishing license.

Carrillo was taken to jail.

A total of 191 wrung lobster tails were found. All were speared. Of those 191 tails, 150 were undersized.

The legal limit for legally-sized, harvested lobsters in Monroe County is six-per-person-per-day.

For more information about lobster regulations in the Florida Keys, go to: nmsfloridakeys.blob.core.windows.net/floridakeys-prod/media/archive/regs/mc_lobster.pdf

Note to media: The suspect below was identified as Jefrey (sic) Andres Ferrez, 19, of Des Moines, Iowa. Ferrez was charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle and booked into jail.

Sheriff and deputy conduct felony traffic stop

Sheriff Rick Ramsay and a deputy arrested a suspected car thief Tuesday afternoon near the Seven Mile Bridge.

Sheriff Ramsay was northbound on U.S. 1 about 2:30 p.m. when a be-on-the-lookout was issued for a red, Ford Focus, reported stolen out of Iowa.

Sheriff Ramsay saw a car matching that description traveling southbound on the Seven Mile Bridge. Sheriff Ramsay made a U-Turn as soon as he could, radioed updated information and was soon joined by Traffic Enforcement Deputy Andrew Leird. The two made a felony traffic stop at the south end of the Seven Mile Bridge.

The driver was the sole occupant of the vehicle. The vehicle was towed from the scene and will be returned to its proper owner.

Sheriff Ramsay was on his way to a county meeting regarding affordable housing in the Upper Keys when the incident began.

“This was a classic case of being at the right place at the right time,” Sheriff Ramsay said. “I continue to remind deputies – as it's a part of our training – to always stay alert and keep your head on a swivel throughout your shift, because you never know what's coming your way. That being said, I'm very grateful that we were able to make a quick arrest and that this vehicle will be returned to its rightful owner.”

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Crime and Information Report

Sept. 5, 2018

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Second man arrested in 2017 Dairy Queen robbery

Both men accused of robbing the Tavernier Dairy Queen at gunpoint on the night of Aug. 23 have now been arrested.

Samuel James Murray was charged on Tuesday with robbery with a firearm, burglary while armed and kidnapping.

In March, co-defendant Raheim Whitney, 21, was also charged with robbery with a firearm, kidnapping and burglary while armed.

Both men were found in Miami-Dade County and transported to Monroe County by law enforcement on the mainland on warrants related to the Dairy Queen robbery.

There were four employees working at the business at 92661 Overseas Highway about 10:30 p.m. when the robbery occurred. The said two armed entered and forced them to lay on the floor. They then took one employee in to the office where they removed cash from the safe. The two suspects took all the employee's cell phones with them when they left in an unknown direction.

They were dressed all in black and had black shirts wrapped around their faces. Each of them had a handgun which they used to threaten the victims.

Murray remained in jail Wednesday on a $35,000 bail. Whitney remained jail in lieu of $270,000 bail.

Woman arrested in ax attack

A 25-year-old Marathon woman who attacked another woman with an ax was arrested Wednesday morning.

Jeanette Alexandra Suarez was charged with aggravated assault, battery and property damage.

The Sheriff’s Office was called to 42nd Street in Marathon at 9:45 a.m. regarding a fight in progress. Deputy Antonio Guieb arrived to find three deputies already on the scene with two woman detained. Detective Leon Bourcier stated he arrived to find a woman, identified as Suarez, on top of the other woman. Suarez was punching the other woman multiple times with a closed fist. Suarez invoked her right to a lawyer and did not speak.

The other woman stated the following: She was attempting to end a relationship with Suarez when Suarez became angry, began screaming and refused to leave. Suarez began destroying items in the kitchen. Suarez began throwing items at the other woman. The other man went outside and Suarez followed whereupon the fisticuffs ensued. At some point the other woman called 911. While that was transpiring, Suarez went inside and came outside armed with an ax with a 12-inch handle. Suarez began swinging the ax. She struck a pipe outside the residence. She struck the rear taillight of a van parked at the residence, breaking it. The other woman ran in the opposite direction. Suarez walked toward the neighbor's house with the ax. Suarez returned without the ax and again punched the victim in the face multiple times.

Suarez was taken to jail.

See correction in red.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Crime and Information Report

Sept. 5, 2018

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Second man arrested in 2017 Dairy Queen robbery

Both men accused of robbing the Tavernier Dairy Queen at gunpoint on the night of Aug. 23 have now been arrested.

Samuel James Murray was charged on Tuesday with robbery with a firearm, burglary while armed and kidnapping.

In March, co-defendant Raheim Whitney, 21, was also charged with robbery with a firearm, kidnapping and burglary while armed.

Both men were found in Miami-Dade County and transported to Monroe County by law enforcement on the mainland on warrants related to the Dairy Queen robbery.

There were four employees working at the business at 92661 Overseas Highway about 10:30 p.m. when the robbery occurred. The said two armed entered and forced them to lay on the floor. They then took one employee in to the office where they removed cash from the safe. The two suspects took all the employee's cell phones with them when they left in an unknown direction.

They were dressed all in black and had black shirts wrapped around their faces. Each of them had a handgun which they used to threaten the victims.

Murray remained in jail Wednesday on a $35,000 bail. Whitney remained jail in lieu of $270,000 bail.

Woman arrested in ax attack

A 25-year-old Marathon woman who attacked another woman with an ax was arrested Wednesday morning.

Jeanette Alexandra Suarez was charged with aggravated assault, battery and property damage.

The Sheriff’s Office was called to 42nd Street in Marathon at 9:45 a.m. regarding a fight in progress. Deputy Antonio Guieb arrived to find three deputies already on the scene with two woman detained. Detective Leon Bourcier stated he arrived to find a woman, identified as Suarez, on top of the other woman. Suarez was punching the other woman multiple times with a closed fist. Suarez invoked her right to a lawyer and did not speak.

The other woman stated the following: She was attempting to end a relationship with Suarez when Suarez became angry, began screaming and refused to leave. Suarez began destroying items in the kitchen. Suarez began throwing items at the other woman. The other woman went outside and Suarez followed whereupon the fisticuffs ensued. At some point the other woman called 911. While that was transpiring, Suarez went inside and came outside armed with an ax with a 12-inch handle. Suarez began swinging the ax. She struck a pipe outside the residence. She struck the rear taillight of a van parked at the residence, breaking it. The other woman ran in the opposite direction. Suarez walked toward the neighbor's house with the ax. Suarez returned without the ax and again punched the victim in the face multiple times.

Suarez was taken to jail.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Press Release

Sept. 7, 2018

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Sheriff’s Office rolls out new website

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office is preparing to unveil its new website in the coming days.

We studied how residents use our website and analyzed the most visited pages. We hope the new website provides better and more efficient access to all those pages residents use most, which includes our inmate pages as well as pages about the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Animal Farm and more.

The Sheriff’s Office mobile phone app that provides traffic/hurricane and other updates remains unchanged. Similarly, the inmate page may look slightly different, but all the information contained therein remains unchanged.

The new website was built with Americans with Disabilities Act compliance in mind and it is much more mobile-friendly. It also provides a way to let us know how we're doing – directly to our command staff in your specific community

There's also some new features, such as tip lines advising where deputies can find graffiti. (Note: Though we hope residents find these sort of new features useful, they should not be used to report serious crimes or dangerous driving. Always call 911.)

All that being said, the new website is still evolving. The improvements will continue in the coming months ahead.

“Providing our residents with quick and accurate information remains one of my top priorities,” said Sheriff Rick Ramsay. “Our goal with the new website is to further enhance this agency's transparency and accountability.”

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Crime and Information Report

Sept. 7, 2018

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Man charged with hitting child

A 37-year-old man was charged with child abuse Friday.

Timothy Kunitz Byrd of Marathon was arrested.

Teachers at a school notified the Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday regarding a large bruise on the child. The teachers stated when they asked the child, the child stated they were kicked and thrown against a window by the suspect. Authorities allowed medical experts to examine the child thereafter. It was their medical opinion the case represented child physical abuse. A warrant was issued for Byrd's arrest.

Byrd was booked into jail on Friday on a $10,000 bail.

Construction workers charged with beating boss

Two construction workers were charged Thursday with kicking and punching a foreman.

Juan Miguel Torna Rojas, 35, and William Padron Perez, 48, both of Marathon, were both charged with battery causing bodily harm.

Deputy Christopher Aguanno was at the Sheriff’s Office substation in Marathon where he met with the victim at 8:30 a.m. The victim stated that earlier in the morning, Torna Rojas told him he didn't want to work on his crew. The victim told Torna Rojas that he could either work for the crew he was assigned or be fired. Torna Rojas became angry. Torna Rojas punched his boss in the face and continued to hit him with closed fists. The victim fell to the ground whereupon Torna Rojas began kicking him. Paron Perz also began kicking the victim.


Other members of the crew pulled Rojas and Padron Perez away from the victim. More interviews were completed. The issue began on Wednesday when orders were given to pick up the work pace on the Seven Mile Bridge project.

Tornas Rojas and Padron Perez were arrested.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Crime and Information Report

Sept. 8, 2018

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Woman arrested for child neglect

A 28-year-old Big Pine Key woman was arrested Friday after the Sheriff’s Office found a young child in her care left unattended.

Anita Roxanne Brown was charged with child neglect, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Lower Keys Deputy Ken Fricke responded at 9:30 a.m. to a squatters-related complaint at 37 West Sandy Circle on Big Pine Key. Deputy Fricke noted the property appeared to a storage area, not intended as a residence. Deputy Fricke found two dogs and a child under one of the storage trailers. The child was filthy and had a bruise on its cheek. Deputy Fricke noted the child appeared to be alert and happy to see him. Deputy Fricke called paramedics to medically examine the child. Deputy Fricke continued his search of the property.

Deputy Fricke found a woman, later identified as Brown, asleep on a couch inside the same storage trailer. Deputy Fricke continued looking around for other adults who may have been supervising the child. Deputy Fricke did not find any other adults. Deputy Fricke noted there was an aluminum pipe on the couch next to Brown. Brown eventually awoke, put the pipe in her purse and asked where the child was. A small amount of marijuana was found inside Brown's purse after a search.

Brown was taken to jail.

The Florida Department of Children and Families was called and DCF took custody of the child.

Clarification: The child left unattended is 2-years-old. My apologies for the omission.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Crime and Information Report

Sept. 8, 2018

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Woman arrested for child neglect

A 28-year-old Big Pine Key woman was arrested Friday after the Sheriff’s Office found a young child in her care left unattended.

Anita Roxanne Brown was charged with child neglect, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Lower Keys Deputy Ken Fricke responded at 9:30 a.m. to a squatters-related complaint at 37 West Sandy Circle on Big Pine Key. Deputy Fricke noted the property appeared to a storage area, not intended as a residence. Deputy Fricke found two dogs and a child under one of the storage trailers. The child was filthy and had a bruise on its cheek. Deputy Fricke noted the child appeared to be alert and happy to see him. Deputy Fricke called paramedics to medically examine the child. Deputy Fricke continued his search of the property.

Deputy Fricke found a woman, later identified as Brown, asleep on a couch inside the same storage trailer. Deputy Fricke continued looking around for other adults who may have been supervising the child. Deputy Fricke did not find any other adults. Deputy Fricke noted there was an aluminum pipe on the couch next to Brown. Brown eventually awoke, put the pipe in her purse and asked where the child was. A small amount of marijuana was found inside Brown's purse after a search.

Brown was taken to jail.

The Florida Department of Children and Families was called and DCF took custody of the child.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Crime Reports/Press Release

Sept. 10, 2018

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Photos of pickup truck/boat attached

Man cited for driving on beach during turtle nesting season

A 39-year-old Hialeah man was cited by the Sheriff’s Office Sunday evening for driving a pickup truck on Sombrero Beach during sea turtle nesting season.

Middle Keys Sgt. Joel Slough cited Julio Mario Silva Clemow for violating a Marathon ordinance meant to protect sea turtles.

Silva Clemow told Sgt. Slough about 5 p.m. that he was having engine trouble with his boat and decided to drive onto the beach to pull the boat out of the water.

The pickup truck, boat and trailer were towed from the scene.

Construction this week on Bahia Honda Bridge

Construction crews will doing work on the Bahia Honda Bridge Monday through Thursday this week.

Beginning today, Monday, Sept. 10, and Tuesday, Sept. 11, crews will be closing the right lane on the northbound side from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

On Wednesday and Thursday, crews will be closing the right lane on the southbound side from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Crime and Information Report

Sept. 10, 2018

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Burglar arrested in February hit with more charges

A 25-year-old Fort Lauderdale man arrested in February for burglarizing the Key Lime Products in Key Largo in December is now facing more burglary-related charges.

Edward Joseph Chestnut was additionally charged with burglary, theft and possession of burglary tools. In February, he was also charged with burglary, theft and possession of burglary tools.

Co-defendant, Brandon George Margerelli, 29, of Boynton Beach, was also charged with burglary and theft and theft back in February. Margerelli has no new charges against him.

The new charges against Chestnut stem from the burglary of a shed at 95321 Overseas Highway and the theft of a $210 bicycle on Dec. 18.

That same night, both men also burglarized a storage shed at Key Lime Products. Their initial arrest back in February stems from that incident.

A surveillance system captured images of both men. Detective Lance Hernandez was contacted by a citizen who wished to remain anonymous who said he knew one of the suspects in the case. He identified one of the men as Margerelli after seeing surveillance photos posted on the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page. The tip helped widen the case for Detective Hernandez who was then able to identify Margerelli and Chestnut from body cam footage captured by Deputy Tommy Durham. Deputy Durham arrested Chestnut and Margerelli for theft at yet a different business previously. Chestnut and Margerelli were wearing the same clothes in the body cam footage and in the images captured at Key Lime Products.

Chestnut remains in jail on $45,000 bail. Margerelli remains in jail under no bail.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Crime and Information Report

Sept. 12, 2018

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Note: Photo of the cocaine attached

Man arrested for cocaine trafficking

A 42-year-old Stock Island man was arrested Tuesday after more than three ounces of cocaine were found in a vehicle he was driving.

Alexey Verges was charged with cocaine trafficking.

Verges was arrested as part of an joint investigation by the Sheriff’s Office High Intensity Drug Trafficking Task Force (HIDTA), which included assistance U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Border Patrol and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conversation. HIDTA contains elements from local, state and federal law enforcement partners.

Verges was driving a silver Toyota Camry at 3:20 p.m. near Mile Marker 54 at the Sadowski Causeway in Marathon when it was stopped by CBP and FWC officers.

A U.S. Border Patrol K9 alerted to the presence of drugs in the car. A secret compartment was found hidden in the armrest of the back seat. A package weighing 99.6 grams was found in the compartment. The package contained cocaine.

Verges was taken to jail.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Crime and Information Report

Sept. 13, 2018

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Search warrant leads to drug arrests

Members of the Sheriff’s Office as well as federal agents raided a Stock Island home shortly before 6 a.m. Thursday, leading to the arrest of two people.


Cocaine, ammunition, pills and drug paraphernalia were found in the residence.

• Jerneen Nicole Green, 43, was charged with possession of pills without a prescription, a weapon or ammunition by a felon, cocaine and drug paraphernalia.

• Luis A. Soto Santiago, 35, was charged with failure to appear in court, resisting arrest and possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia.

Soto Santiago was found hiding within a hole in a bedroom closet ceiling and only agreed to come out after deputies threatened to use a Taser in order for him to comply.

Sheriff’s Office SWAT deputies, detectives and road patrol deputies as well as Homeland Security Investigations and Drug Enforcement Administration agents executed the search warrant at 26E 12th Ave.

They announced themselves as law enforcement numerous times with no response before breaching a door to the residence. Three people inside were immediately detained, including Green. A search of the residence and the three people began shortly thereafter. Green was found to be in possession of .3 grams of crack cocaine.

A DEA K9 was used to help search the residence.

• Forty-eight pills, multiple marijuana pipes and grinders and 31 rounds of handgun ammunition were found in the first bedroom. None of the pills had prescription labels.

• Three small bags with trace amounts of cocaine and two pipes were found in the second bedroom.

The second bedroom closet ceiling is where officers found Soto Santiago hiding.

Green and Santiago were taken to jail.

The other two people at the residence were not arrested.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Crime and Information Report

Sept. 15, 2018

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Man arrested for cocaine possession after fleeing from deputies

A 47-year-old Key Largo man was arrested early Saturday morning after a traffic stop in which he fled from a deputy on foot and dropped a container that contained five grams of cocaine.

Derek Wayne McKinley was charged with resisting arrest and possession of cocaine.

Upper Keys Deputy Ignacio Molina stopped McKinley near Mile Marker 100 on U.S. 1 after spotting the truck he was driving failing to maintain a lane and not using blinkers to switch lanes. McKinley claimed Deputy Jackson had no valid reason for the stop and demanded to speak to a supervisor. Deputy Molina called Deputy Cody Jackson to respond. McKinley rolled up the window and began reaching under the seat. Deputy Molina opened the door, drew his Taser and ordered McKinley out of the truck.

McKinley resisted as Deputy Molina attempted to pull McKinley from the vehicle. Deputy Molina lost his grip on McKinley. McKinley fled on foot to a wooded area, dropping a plastic container along the way. Deputy Jackson and other deputies arrived.

McKinley was found shortly thereafter.

The plastic container contained 10 small plastic baggies, each with a white powder that tested positive for cocaine. In total, all the baggies weighed five grams.

McKinley was taken to jail.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Crime and Information Report

Sept. 15, 2018

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Sheriff arrests reckless motorcyclist

Monroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsay stopped a motorcyclist for felony fleeing and eluding law enforcement early Saturday evening in the Middle Keys.

Yusnier Perera Bazan, 35, of Miami, was arrested.

Sheriff Ramsay was northbound on the Seven Mile Bridge about 4:30 p.m. when he saw a motorcyclist speeding and passing recklessly behind him. Sheriff Ramsay activated his lights and sirens. The motorcyclist, later identified as Bazan, continued.

Bazan drove by Sheriff Ramsay's well-lit vehicle. Sheriff Ramsay estimated Bazan was traveling in excess of 130 mph.

Sheriff Ramsay radioed other officers as well as 911 communicators while keeping a visual on the motorcycle. Sheriff Ramsay noted Bazan was passing illegally - passing in the opposite lane and at one point driving down the center, double-yellow lines. Sheriff Ramsay continued to follow while updating other officers and 911 operators of the situation.

Traffic became heavy just north of the Seven Mile Bridge near Knights Key, forcing Bazan to stop.

Sheriff Ramsay used that opportunity to detain Bazan immediately. Sheriff Ramsay arrested Bazan at that time.

Bazan was taken to jail.

No one was injured in the incident.

“That no one was hurt or killed because of this man's actions is a blessing,” Sheriff Ramsay said. “I say and will continue to say: This sort of behavior will never be tolerated in the Florida Keys. Anyone who visits Monroe County and believes they can drive or ride however they want regardless of the law is mistaken.”

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Crime and Information Report

Sept. 16, 2018

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Man arrested for sexual battery

A 49-year-old Stock Island man was arrested Saturday for sexual battery on a woman the previous night.

Oscar Danilo Acevedo was arrested.

The Sheriff’s Office repsonded to the Lower Keys Medical Center on Stock Island where deputies found the 32-year-old victim. She stated Acevedo had been drinking prior to the incident. She stated she awoke to find Acevedo had entered her bed. The victim stated Acevedo had sex with her while she repeatedly asked him to stop.

Acevedo was found at the residence. Acevedo's story as to what occurred changed during questioning.

Acevedo was taken to jail.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Press Release

Sept. 17, 2018

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Sheriff’s Office Aviation Division targets aggressive driving

Sheriff Rick Ramsay recently ordered the agency's Aviation Division to address aggressive driving specifically along U.S. 1 during the 2018 motorcycle Poker Run.

Starting Friday, the Sheriff’s Office launched its small helicopter along with a law enforcement officer. Note: This is not one of the Trauma Star medical emergency helicopters, which are separate aircraft.

The helicopter patrol focused on aggressive drivers in the Islamorada area and teamed up with marked and unmarked traffic enforcement cars strategically located throughout the area. The helicopter spotted violators and followed the violators while radioing ahead to waiting patrol cars. Those patrol cars would then conduct the traffic stop.

The effort led to eight drivers being stopped and ticketed – seven of those were passing in no-passing zones and one person drove past a stopped school bus.

Although traffic was light in comparison to recent years, Sheriff Ramsay and the Sheriff’s Office is committed to curbing illegal activity. That includes those who don't follow traffic laws.

“Every stop we performed during this new operation could have prevented a potential crash and loss of life,” Sheriff Ramsay said. “This is just one of multiple steps I am taking when it comes to stopping aggressive driving.”

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Crime and Information Report

Sept. 18, 2018

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Man arrested for shoplifting cart full of Home Depot items

A 56-year-old Key West man was arrested Monday night for stealing more than $1,000 worth of goods from the Home Depot in Marathon.

Kevin Parks Skinner was charged with grand theft, possession of stolen property and possession of a pill without a prescription.

Deputy Michael Maleta responded to the Kmart in Marathon about 7:30 p.m. regarding reports of suspicious activity. He arrived to learn that a man, later identified as Skinner, had arrived at the Kmart pushing a shopping cart full of merchandise from Home Depot. None of the Home Depot merchandise was bagged or otherwise appeared to have been purchased legally. Skinner attempted to take a shopping cart from Kmart, but was stopped by an employee. Skinner then left the Home Depot cart and the merchandise therein in front of the Kmart and walked away. Home Depot was notified and an employee from that store arrived to retrieve the cart.

Deputy Maleta then located Skinner. Deputy Maleta stopped and asked Skinner where he was headed. Skinner stated he was en route to Home Depot to retrieve his belongings. Skinner stated his boss told him to pick up tools from the Home Depot. Skinner stated his boss gave him money to purchase tools. Skinner stated he purchased the tools about two hours prior. Skinner was unable to produce a receipt.

The Home Depot manager confirmed the items had been stolen. The Home Depot found the items cost a total of $1,052.47.

An Adderall pill was found in Skinner's possession.


Skinner was taken to jail.

Man arrested for $6K cash theft

A 46-year-old man was arrested Monday on a warrant stemming from a March theft in Key Largo.

Christopher Todd Kehler, formerly of Michigan, was charged with burglary and grand theft.

The case began on March 15 when the Sheriff’s Office was notified of a theft at a residence on Jolly Roger Drive in Key Largo. A person there reported their “handyman” had stolen more than $6,000 from a bedroom dresser drawer. The person reported that Kehler was left alone at the residence during the time the money went missing.

Kehler was later hospitalized in Miami and then his whereabouts became unknown thereafter. Warrants for his arrest were issued.

On Monday, Key West Police arrested Kehler.

Kehler was taken to jail.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Photo/Cutline

Sept. 20, 2018

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See attached photo/Cutline: The U.S. Coast Guard pulls a man aboard a USCG Station Marathon Response Boat in Boot Key Harbor about 3:30 a.m. Thursday.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office was notified about 3:20 a.m. Thursday that a man was yelling for help in Boot Key Harbor. Sgt. James Hager and Deputies Jennifer Schmitt and Edward Swogger responded to 20th Street and the surrounding area to search. The man was found and taken to Burdines Waterfront, 1015 15th St., to waiting Marathon Fire Rescue paramedics. It was unclear Thursday morning how the man ended up in the water or how long he had been in the water. He was not seriously hurt. His name and age was not immediately available.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Crime and Information Report

Sept. 21, 2018

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Sheriff's Office seeks help in theft case

Detectives are asking for the public's help in identifying some people of interest regarding the Sept. 11, 2018 theft of $1,300 in cash as well as credit cards from a home on the 10000 block of 3rd Avenue in Marathon.

A witness saw two males exit the victim's house and get into a white van seen in the attached picture. It is a construction van with the letters TRS and an image of a palm tree on its side.

The van went to a nearby Walgreens pharmacy and one of the two occupants entered the liquor store as seen in the other attached picture.

Both men were described as young, Hispanic and wearing tool belts.

Anyone with information about this crime should contact the Sheriff's Office Det. Leon Bourcier at 305-292-7000. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-471-8477. Tipsters can remain anonymous and if a tip leads to an arrest in the case, the caller may be eligible for a cash reward. Tips may also be submitted online at www.floridakeyscrimestoppers.com or via a text message using the smartphone app called P3 Phone. Tips can also be submitted via social media such as Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using the @CrimeStoppers305 hashtag.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Crime and Information Report

Sept. 22, 2018

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Man arrested for choking/threatening woman with knife

A 27-year-old Key Largo man was arrested Friday afternoon for choking a woman and threatening to kill her with a knife.

Donald Curtis Brigman was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, battery and obstructing justice.

Brigman's probation officer contacted the Sheriff’s Office about 1 p.m. Friday. The probation officer said he received an email from the woman stating Brigman had beaten her and that she feared for her life. She added that she needed help urgently.

The Sheriff’s Office responded to the home on the 500 block of Plante Street where deputies met the victim. She stated she and Brigman had been at a bar earlier where she shunned Brigman's advances. Brigman began cursing at the woman. Brigman began grabbing and pulling on the woman while en route to their residence. Once home, the woman stated Brigman began punching her. Brigman pushed her to the floor. Brigman pulled out a knife. Brigman held the knife to her neck and stated he was going to kill her. At some point, the woman was able to send text messages to a family member seeking help. Brigman smashed the woman's cell phone. The woman tried to open a window and yell for help, but Brigman began choking her and covered her mouth, so she was unable to yell for help.

The family member who received the texts arrived sometime thereafter. Brigman then left.


The family member spoke to deputies and substantiated the woman's story. The woman showed deputies bruises on her body. The woman showed deputies her broken cell phone. The knife was found at the residence.

Brigman was found near Mile Marker 99.

Brigman was taken to jail.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Crime and Information Report

Sept. 24, 2018

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Man arrested for cocaine possession

A 32-year-old Miami man was arrested Friday night for possessing more than 13 grams of cocaine and more than twice that amount of marijuana.

Mervin Terentius Jackson was charged with possession of cocaine and possession of marijuana.

Traffic Enforcement Unit Deputy Andrew Leird was on patrol at 5:47 p.m. near 5th Street and 5th Avenue on Stock Island. He saw a bicyclist, later identified as Jackson, pass a stop sign without stopping. Deputy Leird conducted a traffic stop. Deputy Leird learned shortly thereafter that Jackson had two warrants for his arrest. Deputy Leird placed Jackson under arrest.


Jackson was searched. His backpack was searched. A plastic baggy containing 13.2 grams of cocaine was found in the backpack. Another plastic baggy in the backpack was found. It contained 29.2 grams of marijuana.

Jackson was taken to jail.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Press Release

Sept. 25, 2018

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Car falls on man in Key Largo

A man was injured Tuesday afternoon after a car reportedly fell on him at 9 Mockingbird Road in Key Largo.

The incident was reported to Monroe County 911 at 3:42 p.m. The man was taken to Mariners Hospital in Tavernier.

The man's name, age and address was not immediately available.

The specifics of the incident were not immediately clear as of late Tuesday afternoon, although the initial reports were that the man was attempting to raise a vehicle with a jack when the incident occurred.