The Bizarre World of Florida

Woman, 39, got involved in physical all-girls fight November 19, 2014

A 39-year-old Fort Walton Beach woman is charged with participating in a fight between teenage girls in front of a drug store.

patria-delois-holmanOkaloosa County Sheriff’s deputies were called for a large crowd of juveniles fighting in the parking lot of CVS on Nov. 9, according to the arrest report.

One of the participants said she and her cousins were at McDonalds when another woman and her daughters pulled up at CVS.

An argument started in the parking lot, after which a fight broke out, the report said. One of the youths said she heard Patria Delois Holman screaming, “send her to the hospital,” encouraging one of the girls to continue striking another.

While one of the girls was “on the ground,” Holman “kicked (the victim) in the face and in the stomach,” according to the report. A witness reported seeing Holman kick the girl and yell encouragement at another girl.

Holman said she went to the Beal Parkway pharmacy to pick up medicine when a group of girls began taunting a relative, the report said. Holman told deputies that she was just “a mother” who didn’t want to see a child hurt and that the “situation is terrible.”

She denied striking anyone, according to the report. The girl had injuries to her face, arm and leg.

Holman is charged with child abuse without great bodily harm and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.


Armed robbers drag victims through store, order them to remove pants November 13, 2014

Filed under: Abuse,Amazing,Bizzarre,Controversy,Robbers,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:37 pm

Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies are searching for two armed robbers who stormed into a Rite Way Food Market in Pompano Beach and forced the victims to remove their pants Sunday night.

ROBBERY-2-jpgThe robbery is very similar to at least a half-dozen cases throughout Broward County in which two masked men wearing gloves robbed businesses at gunpoint and forced their victims to remove their clothing while they flee the scene.

In the latest case, two men entered the market, and one jumped over the counter and forced a clerk to the ground while holding a gun at his back. Deputies said the second man locked the front door and ordered a customer to lie facedown on the ground before dragging him toward the back of the store.

Deputies said the robbers then ordered both of the victims to take off their pants while they ran from the store with an undisclosed amount of valuables.

Another similar robbery happened Oct. 28 at a Subway restaurant in Tamarac.

Surveillance video from the business showed two masked men, who were wearing gloves, enter the restaurant at about 10:30 p.m. through a side door.

One of the robbers pressed a handgun to an employee’s cheek while the other robber told another employee to give them the money from the cash register.

After taking the money, the robbers ordered the victims to the back of the store and told them to take off their clothes.

On Oct. 31, a Pick & Go convenience store was also robbed.

The men, who were again wearing masks and gloves, went inside the store and demanded money from an employee. That victim was also ordered to remove his clothes and was struck with a gun.

Deputies said the men ransacked the business and shot the victim in the leg because they felt he was lying and hiding the money.

Anyone with information about any of these robberies is urged to call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.


Man left girl, 3, at gym to go boozing

A man and woman are accused of dropping a child off at a gym so they could go drinking, according to a Palm Beach Gardens Police arrest report.

sfl-flduh-girl-gym-drinking-20141112-001Thomas Kern, 57, and Rossana Alvarez, 40, both of Palm Beach Gardens, both face child neglect charges and were held in Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $3,000 bail.

The incident happened Monday at the L.A. Fitness, 7070 Fairway Drive. A gym employee said she was opening the “Kids Klub,” an area where gymgoers can drop their kids off as they work out, when she found a 3-year-old girl inside.

The girl said she hadn’t eaten all day and despite the gym’s policy that kids can’t be left at the “Klub” for more than 2 hours, or leave the gym without the child, the girl’s parents weren’t around, according to the report. The employee told police the girl had been there for four hours and after trying numerous times to call the person who dropped the girl off, later identified as Kern, no one answered.

Kern and Alvarez eventually showed, police said. An officer said he questioned Kern about dropping the girl off and said, “Their plan was to do so with the intention of drinking,” according to the report.

Police did not specify the relationship of Kern and Alvarez to the girl.

Florida Department of Children and Families spokeswoman Paige Patterson-Hughes, said the girl is staying with a relative.


Man headbutted parishioner at church November 7, 2014

sfl-flduh-headbutted-church-20141105-001A transient Melbourne man headbutted a parishioner and pushed another outside of Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church after he became agitated during church services Sunday, Brevard County Sheriff’s Office records show.

Patrick Rimides, 33, was arrested and charged with two counts of battery shortly after the alleged attacks, which were reported shortly after noon.

Rimides had been asked to leave the church service after he had repeated outbursts with cursing and obscenities, an arrest report shows.

Monday, Brevard County Judge Stephen Koons barred Rimides from returning to the church or contacting either victim. Koons set his bond at $500 for each count, and Rimides was still listed as a Brevard County Jail Complex inmate Wednesday morning.


Asshole charged with robbing his grandmother November 6, 2014

Filed under: Abuse,Bizzarre,Disgusting,Disrespectful,Really Dumb,Robbers,Sick,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:58 pm

Police have arrested a Panama City man for allegedly snatching his grandmother’s money as she went to pay bills, Panama City Police Department officials announced Tuesday.

sfl-flduh-robbed-grandma-sudden-snatching-2014-001Police arrested Farriel Lee Moore Jr., 21, after responding to a robbery complaint at a home in the 800 block of East 12th Court. The victim told officers she was preparing to leave so she could pay her bills and was standing by her front door counting her money, when someone came up from behind her and snatched the money from her. She stated the suspect ran through her home and she did not see him leave, police reported.

She suspected her grandson, Moore, as he has taken money from her in the past, she told police. Later that day, other family members found Moore and called the police.

Moore was located at a residence in the 1400 block of Palo Alto Avenue and taken to the Panama City Police station for questioning. His family members reported finding a sum of money on Moore, and told police he does not have a job or any other source of income.

Moore was interviewed, subsequently charged with robbery by sudden snatching and taken to the Bay County Jail to await first appearance.


Joshua Ortiz Charged In The Strangulation Death Of His Own Mother November 5, 2014

Seminole County deputies released the arrest warrant for the man accused of killing his mother, detailing how she died.

Joshua-OrtizJoshua Ortiz disappeared after his mother’s body was found inside of her Oviedo-area home. Investigators said he was found with his mother’s car in Maryland and has been charged with second-degree murder in her death.

According to the arrest warrant, Ortiz’s mother, Jacqueline, was strangled.

Deputies said Ortiz had gotten into a fight with one of his brothers earlier in the day because Ortiz had not eaten in three days. After another brother had broken up the fight, Ortiz was spotted hiding in the bushes by a family friend, according to the arrest warrant.

The two other brothers left to get a haircut and when they arrived back home, Ortiz was gone and they found their mother dead.

“My mother’s not breathing and she does not have a pulse,” the brothers told 911 dispatchers. “She’s just on the floor right next to the pantry, when we got back. She has bruises on her face that would indicate that she was (expletive) struck or something.”

The brothers also told the dispatcher that their mother was cold and her fingers were injured as well.


Dog fight lands woman in the Big Dog House

A Bradenton woman was charged with battery on a pregnant person, according to the Bradenton Police Department.

aq37R.AuSt.69Chelse R. Potter, 18, was arrested at 12:15 p.m. Sunday in the 400 block of 4th Ave. E., Bradenton. According to a report, Potter’s dog ran into the victim’s front yard and began to attack the victim’s dog. The victim’s husband, who was outside, defended his dog from Potter’s dog. Police said Potter became upset when the victim’s husband hit her dog and she then began to fight both the victim and her husband.

According to a report, the victim’s husband and multiple witnesses yelled to Potter that the victim was pregnant. The victim and witnesses told police that Potter pushed the victim, causing her to fall on the concrete driveway and hit the back of her head. Police said the victim was taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital for precaution because she was pregnant.

According to the Manatee County Sheriff’s website, Potter was being held in Manatee County jail on $1,000 bond.



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