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Man Slit Girl’s Throat After She Convinced Mom To Break Up With Him July 25, 2014

A South Florida man accused of slashing the throat of an 11-year-old girl after the child allegedly convinced her mother to break up with him is scheduled to appear in bond court Tuesday.

Miguel-Ruiz-LoboOn Monday, City of Miami Police announced they had arrested 42-year-old Miguel Ruiz Lobo, the former-live-in boyfriend of Little Havana resident Amauria Alvarenga, after he allegedly killed her daughter, Marta Guzman, and attempted to make it look like a suicide.

On June 22, City of Miami Police responded to reports of an 11-year-old-girl found with her neck slashed at 834 N.W. Fourth St. Guzman was transported to the hospital but would not survive.

The death was originally believed to be a suicide since the young girl had a history of cutting. However, autopsy results revealed the manner of death was homicide.

Speaking with reporters Monday evening, Alvarenga said Ruiz never abused her daughter physically. Instead, she said, the abuse was more emotional in nature, and the sixth-grader convinced her to end her relationship with the suspect.

Friends consoled a tearful Alvarenga as she sat in her apartment and wiped away her tears. Not far from her, the walls of Marta Guzman’s bedroom were peppered with the straight-A student’s framed achievement certificates.

Alvarenga, who has been separated from husband Jose Guzman for five years, said she is grateful the man police said is responsible for her daughter’s murder has been apprehended. “I feel better that they arrested him because that’s what I needed,” she said through a translator. “From the moment I found her, I never thought she committed suicide because I know my daughter.”

Ruiz stated he had no contact with the victim in over a week, but a neighbor’s surveillance camera showed Ruiz entering the victim’s residence and leaving 32 minutes later. In the video, no one else is seen entering the apartment until the girl’s mother arrives and discovers the victim at around 2:28 p.m.

During the investigation, police also noted Ruiz had visible, fresh scratches on his arms and face. Police then submitted Ruiz’s DNA swabs along with the victim’s fingernail scrapings to a lab for testing. Results showed the DNA from the victim’s fingernail scrapings matched Ruiz’s DNA.

Police said Ruiz attempted to use the girl’s history of self-mutilating as a cover up for the murder. They also said he was not allowed at the girl’s residence but used a key to enter the apartment and slit the child’s throat as revenge after she allegedly convinced her mother to break up with him. The mother immediately believed Ruiz was responsible for the girl’s death.

Miami Police Chief Manuel Orosa said, “It all stems from the little girl and her mother did not get along with Mr. Ruiz, who was the boyfriend of the mother, and eventually the little girl convinced mom to break up with Mr. Ruiz. Mr. Ruiz was not happy about it. He returned to the house when the girl was alone. He used a key that he knew the whereabouts of the key, and we believe he entered and killed the young lady.”

Police said Marta Guzman fought back, but was unsuccessful with her assailant standing 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighing 210 pounds. “It’s unspeakable,” said Orosa. “We believe that he subdued her quickly, and during that time is when she was able to get in a few scratches on his face and on his arms. He’s such a huge monster of a man that could control her easily, and eventually he did and killed her. There were other signals of multiple puncture wounds that she had. He knew that she had cut herself previously.”

Alvarenga said she knew in her heart her ex- was the killer. She just needed investigators to prove it.

Alvarenga added her daughter’s death is not only a huge loss for her family, but for the community where she lives, many of whom are from Honduras. “I would have given my life for her,” she said.

The 11-year-old’s father said he is devastated. “It’s not easy. I cry every night, every day, anytime,” said Jose Guzman, who added he wants the maximum sentence handed down to Ruiz.

Ruiz has been charged with first-degree murder.

 

Man had violent tantrum when told store didn’t sell booze July 23, 2014

Police say a 54-year-old Ocala man upset that a Walgreens did not sell alcoholic beverages was arrested after causing a disturbance.

sfl-flduh-tantrum-walgreens-booze-20140722-001Officer Jared Forsyth went to the store at 807 E. Silver Springs Boulevard in Ocala after a report of an intoxicated man causing a disturbance and refusing to leave the property.

Forsyth found the man, later identified as Joby Sullivan, standing on the sidewalk in front of the store, screaming and swinging his shirt at a Walgreens employee, according to an Ocala Police Department report. Sullivan cursed at the other employees, threatening to fight them.

The officer approached Sullivan from behind and arrested him. Sullivan then threatened the officer and a supervisor who showed up at the scene, the report states.

Employees said Sullivan had been digging through the garbage when an employee saw what he was doing and told him to leave, the report states. Sullivan then walked into the store, telling employees he was wanted to buy some alcohol.

When told the store didn’t sell alcoholic beverages, he began yelling at them, according to police.

As Sullivan was being put in a patrol car, he kicked Forsyth in the stomach, the report states. He was then detained without further incident and taken to the Marion County Jail.

He was charged with disorderly intoxication, battery on a law enforcement official and resisting arrest without violence.

 

77 year-old man attacked by …. a naked man

sfl-flduh-naked-man-attacked-20140722-001Collier County deputies say an elderly Naples resident was attacked and wrestled to the ground by a naked man Monday night.

The incident unfolded when the 77-year-old victim went to check on a disturbance he heard outside his apartment on Palm Street.

The victim said he heard loud thumping and banging next door, so he yelled: “Can I help you?” He told deputies that’s when the chaos began.

Almost immediately after stepping outside, the victim said a naked man punched him in the face and wrestled him to the ground without warning. The victim was able to run away and call deputies.

When deputies responded, they say the man was still naked and several liquour bottles were scattered through the apartment. Deputies say he was asked to put on clothes, but refused to do so. Deputies say the suspect cursed at them — at one point saying, “Stupid [expletive]! Don’t know why I’m here!”

The suspect — identified as 28-year-old Andrew Restrepo — appeared to be under the influence, deputies say.

Deputies continued to question the suspect, who they say became even more belligerent. Restrepo was then placed under arrest and taken to the Naples Jail Center.

According to the arrest report, the suspect is the boyfriend of the tenant who lives at the residence next to the victim.

 

Man Caught In The Act Of Molesting Child Gets Severe Beatdown July 21, 2014

A father who walked in on a man allegedly sexually assaulting his 11-year-old son beat the man to a pulp before calling police to say they could come collect him from a ‘bloody puddle’ on his floor.

Raymond-FrolanderThe 35-year-old man, who has not been identified, told a 911 dispatcher in the early hours of Friday: ‘I just walked in on a grown man molesting [name redacted]. And I got him in a bloody puddle for you right now, officer.’

Police arrived at the Daytona Beach home in Florida to find Raymond Frolander, 18, unconscious.

When the 911 responder asked the father if any weapons were involved, he said: ‘My foot and my fist’.

‘He is nice and knocked out on the floor for you, I dragged him into the living room,’ the father said. ‘Send an ambulance. He is going to need one.’

The dispatcher asked: ‘Is he still unconscious?’ to which the father responds: ‘Yes… I hit hard, sir.’

He said that Frolander was a ‘damn lucky boy that I love my God’.

The father added: ‘He stood up and his pants were around his ankles and nothing else needed to be said. I did whatever I got a right to do except I didn’t kill him.’

The father had left his home around 1am to pick up some food and when he returned, heard a strange noise coming from the bedroom, police said.

He pushed open the door and allegedly found Frolander with his pants down performing a sex act on the child.

The boy told investigators he had been playing video games with friends but when they left, Frolander took him to a back room and pulled down his pants. He also said Frolander had been abusing him for three years.

Daytona Beach police chief Michael Chitwood told MailOnline today that Frolander had a close family connection to the alleged victim.

The chief said the young boy was intimidated and told by Frolander that terrible things would happen if he revealed the abuse.

Chief Chitwood said: ‘He’s 11 years old, he should be running around outside and playing video games, not dealing with something like this.’

He earlier told the Daytona Beach News-Journal that the father was ‘just acting like a dad’.

The father was not charged in the suspect’s beating, police spokesman Jimmie Flynt said.

Frolander was taken to Halifax Heath Medical Center where he was treated for his injuries.

The arrest affidavit said that Frolander admitted the abuse.

The teen was charged with sexual battery on a child under 12 and is being held without bail. It was not known whether he’s hired a lawyer.

 

Joy McCall Gets 10 Years In Prison For Having Sex With 12-Year-Old Boy July 16, 2014

Joy L. McCall was arrested earlier this week after the 35-year-old was charged with having sex with a 12-year-old son of a family friend.

Joy-McCall1The victim’s mother called the Ocala Police Department to report she believed her son was in a sexual relationship with one of her friends. Her son supposedly told a friend at church about having a sexual  relationship with McCall, and that boy cock-blocked told his mother, who then contacted the victim’s mother to relay what she’d been told.

After learning of the possible relationship, the victim’s mother conducted her own investigation and found some disturbing text messages between McCall and her son that seemed to confirm the two had sex on multiple occasions. “She was able to see through the different text messaging that had occurred between McCall and the juvenile. And determine the dates that the incidents had occurred,’ said Sergeant Angy Scroble.

When police interviewed the boy, he confirmed his mother’s suspicions and told them he’d had sex with “Ms. Joy” on three occasions. The first was in January after he began receiving Facebook messages from McCall that “continued getting more heated.” After sending him pictures of herself in her underwear, she texted him to meet her at the Paddock Mall.

He did, and the two had sex in the backseat of McCall’s car. Five days later, she picked him up while he was riding his bicycle and the two had sex in some secluded woods. They met again in February and had sex in the same wooded area.

McCall, who has children the same age as the victim, was interviewed by police and admitted she’d had sex with the boy. Joy L. McCall was arrested and charged with three counts of lewd and lascivious battery. On Tuesday, Judge Jim McCune set McCall’s bond at $45,000.

McCall is currently on suicide watch at the Marion County Jail.

 

Man choked, robbed girlfriend after she invited him to party

 A man is in custody after deputies said he became enraged when his girlfriend invited him to a party, choked and robbed her before he robbed another man who tried to intervene early Tuesday.

sfl-flduh-chocked-girlfriend-party-20140715-001The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office said Chadwick Bush, 21, was sleeping on a bed at the Motel 6 at 660 67th St. Cir. E. when his 23-year-old girlfriend asked if he wanted to go to a party at about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Bush allegedly became enraged and pulled his girlfriend down by her hair and began to choke her and punch her in the ribs.

Another woman in the room told Bush she was calling law enforcement, but Bush did not stop. While on top of his girlfriend, he stole $40 from her front pocket.

The other woman called for her boyfriend, who was outside of the room.

The other man tried to get Bush off of Bush’s girlfriend by striking him in the side. Bush got off of his girlfriend and turned toward the other man, who told him deputies were called.

Bush then grabbed the other man’s cellphone and ran away from the area with his backpack.

Deputies saw Bush behind the nearby Comfort Inn. He ran after deputies saw him and told him to get down.

A deputy deployed a stun gun and struck Bush, who kept running.

A dog eventually found Bush hiding behind a trash bin behind iStorage, where he was taken into custody without incident.

Bush was charged with domestic battery with strangulation, strong-arm robbery and grand theft.

 

Charity begins at home — but can end up in court July 15, 2014

Filed under: Abuse,Amazing,Bizzarre,Disgusting,Dumb,OK Then .....,Sad Story,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:29 pm

Suzanne Keller-Becker says she offered an old friend a place to stay to help her get back on her feet. It was only supposed to be for a few days. But then the friend’s boyfriend, a convicted felon, showed up, and the pair refused to leave.

4205671_GKeller-Becker says they started using terms like “established residency” and claimed the Tampa home was now their home, too. The boyfriend whipped out an identification card with Keller-Becker’s address on it.

“It’s like living in hell in your own home,” Keller-Becker said.

She called Tampa Police but once they heard the couple’s story, they called this a civil matter and said Keller-Becker would have to take the matter to court in order to evict the unwanted guests.

But since Keller-Becker is renting the home, she called her landlord. No good news there either. The landlord said she was now in violation of her lease for having extra people in her home. The landlord said he could evict the squatters, but he would also evict Keller-Becker, who lives in the home with her husband and 15-month-old baby, because of the cost to evict.

So she tried to co-exist with the squatters and convince them to leave.

The pair stashed a few blankets and pillows, a basket of clothes, and their cat on the porch. They slept on the floor. They ate the family’s food – and worse. Keller-Becker says she tried various things to pressure the squatters out, including removing the toilet paper.But what did the squatters do? They started using the family’s coffee filters.

“It has been crazy,” Keller-Becker said. “I can’t believe this can happen.”

She was finally at the end of her rope. After nearly a month, she called 8 On Your Side.

When the female squatter, Erisan Seibert, came home last week, our cameras were there. She would say only she was not on the lease and her friend told her she could stay. When asked why she and boyfriend Kyle Cooke won’t leave now that she’s been asked to go, she ignored the question, grabbed her cat and left.

None of this is surprises Tampa real estate attorney Joseph Kalish.

“It’s the way it is,” he said. “If you don’t enforce your rights, they’re going to be able to stay.”

The way the law is written, if you let someone stay in your home, and they claim to have established residency, the only way out is to file for eviction.

Kalish says the law will help, but it takes time. Homeowners, or tenants, can force out unwanted guests by filing a lawsuit called an “unlawful detainer.” It’s similar to an eviction but different because squatters don’t have a lease. This court action would take at least 30 days, but probably longer.

In the meantime, you could be stuck with squatters. Kalish recommends being extra careful about who you allow inside your home. If they won’t leave, police likely won’t force them to go, especially if the guests are there longer than one week. Keller-Becker says police even told her that if she changed the locks, she could be forced to let her squatters back in.

This is the third high-profile squatter story reported by 8 On Your Side in recent months.

Often, law enforcement says their hands are tied because they must recognize verbal agreements. If it’s unclear whether someone is supposed to be in a home, police often say it’s a civil matter and let a judge figure it out.

Legislator Amanda Murphy represents Pasco County, where two of the squatters claimed residency. She says the law needs to be strengthened to prevent squatters from taking over.

“We’ve reached the point that something needs to be done,” she said. “This is a very complicated issue, but we have to come up with new legislation to protect people. This could happen to anyone that tries to help someone by opening their home.”

After questions from 8 On Your Side and a call to the boyfriend’s probation officer, there was a change of heart. Keller-Becker says the pair showed up Sunday night, packed up and left.

 

Women tried to run over ex; rammed three cars instead July 14, 2014

sfl-flduh-run-over-ex-rammed-20140713-001A woman’s anger turned into a rampage as she tried to run over her ex and instead rammed into three cars after he refused to restart their relationship, according to a Delray Beach police arrest report.

Police responded to the hectic situation on Sunday after a man reported the mother of his children, Dynesha Bonner, 22, of Delray Beach, was upset after he refused to get back with her.

The rejection triggered an outburst in which Bonner got in her car and tried and run him over. But when the victim dodged, she rammed a 1974 Chevrolet Impala, then backed up and rammed it several more times, according to the report.

The victim went inside, but said he was chased outside by a broom-wielding Bonner.

That’s when Bonner tried to run over the victim again. But this time, she hit a 1993 Toyota Camry and a 2004 Chevrolet Impala as a 71-year-old woman was trying to get out of the car, according to the report.

Police said Bonner then attacked another woman helping the 71-year-old woman before Bonner drove off.

She was arrested Thursday and faces aggravated assault, battery, hit-and-run and resisting arrest charges and is held in teh Palm Beach County Jail without bail.

 

Please don’t shoot the messenger — or his company July 11, 2014

Filed under: Abuse,Bad Temper,Bizzarre,Controversy,Disrespectful,Dumb,Florida Nut,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 12:59 pm

sfl-flduh-cable-guy-sex-offender-20140710-001Lynn Haven police have arrested a convicted sex offender for not registering a new address after bullying a cable technician and threatening to shoot all of the cable company employees, police reported Wednesday.

Richard Acton St. John, 66, called the cable company Monday because he was receiving more channels than he requested. When the cable guy showed up at his home on Maine Avenue , St. John confronted him and began cursing and screaming at him, according to police reports.

Police said the cable guy left after St. John told him to get off his property or he would shoot him. St. John later called the offices of the cable company and again became outraged, threatening to shoot everyone in the building.

When police investigated the threatening phone call, they discovered St. John was convicted in 1993 of molesting a minor in Alabama . He moved to Bay County , registered at an address on Sunset Avenue, but didn’t notify Bay County authorities of his relocation toMaine Avenue .

St. John was arrested and taken to Bay County Jail for failure to register. Additional charges of assault in connection with the cable confrontation were filed later.

 

Newlywed man, 79, tries to kill bride July 9, 2014

fl-hallandale-married-attempted-murder-jpg-20140708They were married just eight months, but police say a 79-year-old man tried to kill his wife, 73, after accusing her of stealing his checkbook.

Luis Ames, of Hallandale Beach, was arrested Monday after he struck his wife with the handle of a handgun, police said.

The woman, who police did not identify, was sleeping in their bedroom when Ames woke her up and made the theft allegation, Hallandale Beach Police Officer Josue Hernandez’s police report said.

She denied the accusation, and he took a firearm from a dresser drawer. While shouting, ‘I’m going to kill you,’ Ames struck the top of her head with the gun while it was still in its holster, police said.

The woman’s head was cut and “copious amounts” of blood flowed down her face, body and clothing, the report stated.

 

 
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