Monroe County Sheriff’s Office
Daily Crime and Information Report

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Public Information Officer Deputy Becky Herrin

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December 31, 2017

Couple charged with illegal shrimp sale

Facebook posts offering shrimp for sale led to charges against a Key West couple for selling shrimp without a license Saturday.

Deputy Seth Hopp saw the Facebook posts offering five pound bags of shrimp for $40. The Facebook accounts belonged to 41 year old Iliecer Noa and his wife, 37 year old Carolina Aviles, both of Key West. Deputy Hopp checked with the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to see if either person had the proper license to sell saltwater products. Neither one had any commercial fishing licenses.

Deputy Hopp went to their residence on North Roosevelt Boulevard in Key West and confronted them. The couple said they bought a 70 pound bag of shrimp for $80 from a guy riding a bicycle on Stock Island. They made a total of $300 selling the shrimp. They said they had planned to return to Stock Island and buy more so they could keep selling shrimp.

Deputy Hopp issued both Noa and Aviles citations for having no saltwater dealer license and failing to keep required records when selling saltwater products.

December 27, 2017

Three charged with burglary thanks to alert neighbor

Thanks to an alert neighbor who heard suspicious noises, deputies caught three men who’d broken into a Stock Island residence Tuesday night.

The neighbor told Deputy Vince Pacifico she heard the men breaking into the residence next to hers on Miriam Street, Stock Island just before midnight. She knew no one was at home, so she called the Sheriff’s Office.

When Deputy Pacifico arrived, he found signs of a break in, including plywood shutters which had been forced open and a broken window. He heard voices inside an outbuilding on the property and saw flashlights shining inside. When he announced his presence, the lights were turned off and the men stopped talking.

The deputy ordered the men outside and they eventually complied. They were identified as 28 year old Steven Solstad, 18 year old Raymond Leto and a 16 year old boy, all Stock Island residents. All three were taken into custody and charged with burglary and criminal mischief.

December 26, 2017

Missouri man dies snorkeling

A Missouri man died while snorkeling Monday.

69 year old Owen Holmes of Ozark, Missouri was visiting the Keys with family. He was on board a boat operated by Starfish Snorkeling in Marathon. They were in the water offshore of Marathon when Holmes began to have problems. He was brought on board the boat where the crew began administering CPR. The U.S. Coast Guard responded to their location and transported Holmes to shore. He was taken to Fishermen’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Holmes had a number of medical conditions. There was no sign of trauma or injury visible. An autopsy will be done to determine the cause of his death. Major Crimes Detective Bernardo Barrios has been assigned to the case.

Detective asks for help IDing suspects

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Sheriff’s Detective Lance Hernandez is asking for the public’s assistance identifying two burglary suspects.

The burglary took place  at approximately 7:15 p.m. on December 18th at Key Lime Products in Key Largo. Two suspects forced their way into a storage shed, taking several small items from inside. A surveillance system captured images of the suspects. Detective Hernandez is hopeful someone will recognize the two men.

Anyone with information about this crime should contact the Sheriff's Office at 305-853-3211. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys. If a Crimestoppers tip leads to an arrest, the caller would be eligible for a cash reward. The Crimestoppers hot line number is 1-800-346-TIPS. Tips may be made anonymously on line at

December 21, 2017

Detectives ask for help identifying stolen vehicle suspects

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Sheriff’s detectives in the Middle Keys are investigating the theft of a car from a Conch Key residence in the early morning hours Wednesday.

The owner of the purple 2017 Kia Sorento said he returned home from work at 9 p.m., parking his car in his driveway on Conch Avenue. He left the car unlocked with the key fob inside. He went inside the house and went he went back outside at 1 a.m. his car was gone.

He reported the theft to the Sheriff’s Office and a notice to be on the lookout for the car was put out to other police agencies. An officer in Boca Raton spotted the car at a gas station. It had not been reported stolen yet, but the officer ran the tag on the vehicle for unrelated reasons. After the BOLO was issued, he heard it and remembered the vehicle.

Photos of two suspects were obtained from that gas station.

Anyone with information about this crime should contact the Sheriff's Office at 305-289-2430. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys. If a Crimestoppers tip leads to an arrest, the caller would be eligible for a cash reward. The Crimestoppers hot line number is 1-800-346-TIPS. Tips may be made anonymously on line at

December 20, 2017

Nine vehicle burglaries overnight in Marathon

Sheriff’s detectives in Marathon are investigating nine vehicle burglaries which took place overnight on 50th Street and 50th Court.

All the vehicles were unlocked when they were entered. Three cell phones and two flashlights were the only things of significance taken from the vehicles aside from some miscellaneous change.

Detective Leon Bourcier is assigned to investigate. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 305-289-2430 or Crime stoppers of the Florida Keys at 1-800-346-TIPS.

December 18, 2017

Key West man charged with large amount of marijuana

A Key West man was arrested for felony possession of marijuana after a traffic stop on Saturday.

Traffic Enforcement Deputy David Brummer was on patrol at the 7 mile marker of the highway at 9:20 a.m. when he spotted a silver sport utility vehicle speeding southbound. He measured the vehicle’s speed at 72 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone.

Deputy Brummer pulled the vehicle over and identified the driver as 26 year old Matthew Elswick of Key West. When Elswick rolled down his driver’s side window the deputy could smell the odor of marijuana coming from inside. When he asked Elswick about it,  Elswick admitted to having the drug in the vehicle’s back seat. Upon investigation, Deputy Brummer found a half pound of the illegal substance in the back seat. He also found drug paraphernalia.

A check on Elswick’s name through computers also revealed a suspended driver’s license. He was placed under arrest. He was charged with driving with a suspended license, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Traffic stop leads to drug arrest

A traffic stop Sunday afternoon in Key Largo resulted in the arrest of  man for possessing drugs.

Deputy Ben Elmore was on patrol at 1:45 p.m. near Key Largo Community Park when he spotted a dark green scooter which looked like it had no license tag. He stopped the scooter and discovered it had a license tag, but it had been painted over so it was unreadable.

The scooter driver was identified as Jesus Giovanni Ginjauma. Ginjauma had a driver’s license that had been suspended four times. In his shorts pocket, Deputy Elmore found six plastic bags containing a white powder that tested positive as cocaine. He also found another bag with an unknown tan crystalline substance inside. That substance tested positive for Methamphetamine. In the seat compartment Deputy Elmore found a controlled substance called Promethazine Hydrochloride and several items of drug paraphernalia. Ginjauma did not have a prescription for the substance. Hidden in the gas cap of the scooter was another plastic bag of cocaine bringing the total amount of cocaine found to 27.5 grams.

Ginjauma was charged with driving with license suspended, possession of cocaine, two counts of possession of a controlled substance and three counts possession of drug paraphernalia.

Man reported missing flees from deputies

A man reported missing and possibly endangered from Brooksville, Florida fled from deputies who tried to stop his vehicle Sunday.

Deputies received information at 10:45 a.m. that 28 year old Benjamin Manhoff of Sarasota, Florida was traveling southbound through Key Largo. They knew he was reported missing and might be suicidal so they began to watch for his white Hyundai.

Deputy Dyllon Hansen spotted the car at Atlantic Boulevard and U.S. One. He pulled behind it and turned on his lights and siren. The car continued to travel at or below the speed limit, but refused to stop. Deputy Hansen could see a man in the driver’s seat.

Deputies attempted to deploy stinger spike strips twice, but Manhoff was able to drive around them and avoid puncturing his tires. With the assistance of a marked patrol truck from the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the car was finally stopped at the 84 mile marker. Deputies had to break the vehicle’s window to remove Mannoff because he refused to open the locked door when ordered to do so.

Manhoff was mentally evaluated and it was determined he was not a danger to himself. He was then placed under arrest. He was charged with fleeing and eluding police and he was booked into jail.

December 15, 2017

Detectives investigating stabbing incident

Update, 3:15 p.m.:

The suspect in this case is in custody, charged with aggravated battery with  a deadly weapon. He is 30 year old Sergio Rivero from Miami. The victim is 43 year old Manuel Lopez, also of Miami.

The victim said he  and the suspect were driving to work from Miami. They are working construction at La Siesta Resort. The victim complained about the suspect’s driving. The suspect stopped the car and both men got out of the vehicle. The suspect then stabbed the victim in the chest with a knife.

Original story:

Detectives with the Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit are investigating a stabbing incident that took place at the entrance to the La Siesta Resort in Islamorada at 6:15 a.m. today.

The victim indicated he and the suspect argued in a vehicle as they were on their way to work. The two men work construction together. The argument led to the stabbing, which took place outside the entrance to the resort. The victim asked for assistance from the manager of a construction company working at that location.

When deputies arrived, they found the victim and suspect still on the scene. The victim was airlifted to Ryder Trauma Center in Miami for treatment of a chest wound. The investigation into the incident is continuing.

Hialeah man arrested for stealing aluminum door

A Hialeah man is in jail today charged with stealing an aluminum door from underneath a house on Bogie Drive, Big Pine Key.

The victim called the Sheriff’s Office at 3 p.m. Thursday after he found 38 year old Yoannys Jose Rosa Placeres in front of his home. Placeres was driving a truck pulling a trailer. In the trailer, the victim could see an aluminum door that had been underneath his house. He confronted Placeres. Placeres claimed the door had been on the street.

When the victim picked up his phone to call the Sheriff’s Office, Placeres threw the door into the yard and took off in his truck with the victim following.

Sgt. Linda Mixon heard the call from Sheriff’s dispatchers and responded toward Bogie Drive. She intercepted the suspect’s vehicle, stopping him at Avenue B and Palm Drive.

Placeres continued to deny stealing the door. A check on his name revealed a suspended driver’s license and the temporary tag on his vehicle was expired. The victim has surveillance cameras on his property which clearly showed the suspect coming onto the property and taking the door.

Placeres was arrested. He was charged with burglary and grand theft. His truck and trailer were towed.

December 14, 2017

Woman arrested for child neglect

A Marathon woman was arrested for leaving a six year old child guarding her parking spot at her housing complex while she went to the store.

The incident took place at approximately 10 p.m. on December  7th in the parking lot of the 240 Sombrero Road housing complex in Marathon. According to detectives who investigated the case, 47 year old Elda Solis left the small child sitting on a chair to guard her parking spot while she went to Publix. The Sheriff’s Office received information about the incident the following day. When they confronted Solis, she admitted it was true.

When investigators interviewed the child, the child said it was not the first time Solis had her hold her parking spot. Detectives obtained a warrant for the woman’s arrest. Solis was arrested today on the warrant and was booked into jail.

Florida law prohibits the Sheriff’s Office from releasing any details which might identify the child victim in this case.

Detective asks for help identifying burglary suspect

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Sheriff’s Detective Rosary Ponce is asking for the public’s assistance identifying the suspect in a vehicle burglary which took place in Marathon Tuesday night.

Deputies working night shift spotted a man riding his bike with no lights near 47th Street at 1:30 a.m. They attempted to stop him, but he dropped the bike and fled on foot. He left behind a sweatshirt. In the pockets of the sweatshirt deputies found a camera, company gas card, keys and a vehicle registration which came back to a Ford truck belonging to Keys Air Conditioning.

The deputies went to the business in question and found one of their company trucks with a broken passenger side window. All the property had been stolen from the truck.

Upon further investigation, Deputy Ponce discovered the bike the suspect had been riding was stolen from a home on 49th Street and the sweatshirt he left behind was also stolen from a second vehicle burglary.

Detective Ponce located video which depicts the person she believes to be the suspect in these crimes. She is asking anyone who recognizes the person in the video, or who knows anything about these crimes crime contact the Sheriff's Office at 305-289-2430. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys. If a Crimestoppers tip leads to an arrest, the caller would be eligible for a cash reward. The Crimestoppers hot line number is 1-800-346-TIPS. Tips may be made anonymously on line at

Tavernier man charged with threats with a gun

A 19 year old from Tavernier was arrested today, charged with pointing a gun at another man.

The victim called the Sheriff’s Office at 8:15 a.m. to report he was driving in his car in Key Largo when a man in another car pointed a gun at him. He said he’d just dropped his child off at Key Largo School when the incident took place.

Deputy Gil Gonzalez was on patrol in Key Largo when he heard a notice to be on the lookout for a black Dodge Charger southbound from the school. He began to look for the vehicle. A short time later, Sgt. Syd Whitehouse spotted the car at the 101 mile marker. The sergeant pulled the vehicle over and Deputy Gonzalez responded to back him up.

There were three people in the car. 19 year old Douglas Keashawn Mills was in the back seat and matched the description of the person who pointed the gun. Near where he was sitting in the car, the officers found a black and tan backpack. Inside was a black semi-automatic pistol. It was not loaded, but a live round was on the back seat. The two other people in the car with Mills said the bag belonged to him, but they didn’t know he had a gun.

Mills was arrested. He was charged with aggravated assault, improper exhibition of a firearm and displaying a weapon while committing a felony. He was booked into jail.

December 2, 2017

Two charged with felony illegal dumping

Two men  from Key Largo were arrested today, charged with dumping a large amount of debris beside the highway on Grassy Key.

The Sheriff’s Office received a report of someone dumping debris beside the highway at the 58 mile marker. When Depuities Jose Hernandez and Jamie Buxton arrived, they found a truck and trailer beside the road. The trailer was empty, but was stuck in the sand immediately adjacent to a large pile of tree limbs, leaves and stumps that appeared to be freshly cut.

In the truck were two men. They were identified as 54 year old Brian Walker and 47 year old Erin Harbour of Key Largo. When the deputies spoke to them, they both denied dumping the debris. When Deputy Hernandez asked Walker to explain why his truck and trailer were alongside the road, stuck in the sand, Walker told several different stories about where he was going and what he was doing. At one point, he told Deputy Buxton he would help clean up the debris for a fee.

There were pieces of debris still in the trailer that matched the pile dumped alongside the highway. There were tire tracks from the trailer leading underneath the pile of debris. The pile of dumped debris measured 40 feet long by 12 feet wide by eight feet high and exceeded the felony amount of 500 pounds. Walker and Harbour were both placed under arrest for felony illegal dumping and they were booked into jail.