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Woman ransacks store and punches seven year old because the store owner wouldn’t exchange a jar of coins for bills April 24, 2014

93911e00-cb20-11e3-a77a-3dd86f1da60e_knockThis past Monday, a woman became furious with a storeowner when he declined to exchange dollar bills for her jar of coins. Surveillance video shows the woman aggressively pointing at the owner of the A Plus Food Mart in Mt. Dora, Florida before knocking items off the counter. As News 13 reports, the outburst only got worse from there.

The owner, who was not named, says that he tried explaining to the woman, also unnamed, that he didn’t have time to sort through her jar of change. She got frustrated and knocked items off his counter. He followed her outside his business and says the angry woman was screaming racial slurs and threatening to kill him. But that isn’t the worst thing that she did.

Danya Bennett was sitting outside the A Plus Food Mart at the time with her daughter, seven-year-old Kami. Kami told News 13, “We was just sitting here minding our own business and he told us to call the police,” and, “Her crazy.” Ms. Bennett told the station, “[The storeowner’s] saying she tore up my store, call 911, something’s wrong with her.” When the woman took a swinging punch at the owner, she missed and hit someone else. Little Kami says, “When she was trying to swing at him she hit me.” That’s right, the woman allegedly hit a seven-year-old.

News 13 writes that Kami has a bruise on her face and that she said she’s suffering from nightmares. Her mother told the station, “I’d like to see justice served, it’s aggravated assault and I’d like to see her behind bars.” Mt. Dora Police say they are reviewing the case and that the investigation remains open.

 

Road rage: Kidults attacked woman, 61, cops say

Two women were arrested Tuesday after police said they rammed another driver’s car, then pulled the driver out of the car and beat her in an apparent case of road rage.

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Police said Amber Lynn Beckwith, 26, and Ariel Young, 22, encountered Rose Lucarell as she was driving south on 34th Street S around 6:15 p.m. Tuesday. In the 3400 block of the street, Lucarell, 61, honked her horn at the women to prevent an accident, police said.

The women responded by pulling alongside Lucarell, yelling out their windows and showing her their middle fingers, police said. When she asked them to stop, Young threw a water bottle at her, police said.

Police gave this account: Beckwith, who was driving, hit the front of Lucarell’s car with her own. Lucarell stopped the car in the middle of the street. Beckwith backed into Lucarell’s car three times before she and Young got out of the car, opened Lucarell’s car doors, and hit her in the back of the head. They dragged her out and onto the ground, where she hit her head.

Witnesses found Lucarell in the road and she was transported to St. Anthony’s Hospital, where she was treated for her injuries. Beckwith and Young were both arrested and taken to the Pinellas County Jail.

Beckwith was charged with burglary with battery and aggravated assault with a motor vehicle. She was released Monday on a $60,000 bond. Young was charged with burglary with battery and remained in jail Wednesday in lieu of $50,000 bond.

 

Man flashed woman runner

sfl-flduh-man-flashed-runner-20140423-001A Port Charlotte man was arrested for exposing himself to a jogger Wednesday.

Police got a call from a 29-year-old woman who was running on the Gilchrist Bridge. She told officers as she passed John Edward Mielke, 62, he exposed his genitals.

Police found Mielke on the bridge, and say he matched the description given by the victim. Mielke went to the police department and voluntarily gave officers a statement about the incident, according to police.

Investigators say Mielke’s criminal past includes a number of arrests and convictions for indecent exposure dating back to the late 1960s.

Mielke was arrested and taken to the Charlotte County Jail.

 

Victoria’s Secret flasher spit on clothes

sfl-flduh-fasher-victorias-secret-20140423-001A Royal Palm Beach man is accused exposing himself to a Victoria’s Secret employee, according to a Boynton Beach Police arrest report.

It happened Tuesday at the Boynton Beach Mall at 801 N. Congress Ave. at about 6:30 p.m.

Police said Sean Maize, 27, was walking around the store, spitting on the floor and on several fixtures.

“This outraged the sense of the victim’s decency,” an officer wrote in the report.

An officer brought the employee to a bus stop, where she identified Maize as the man who exposed himself and spit in the store.

County court records show Maize was also arrested on March 25 on an indecent exposure charge.

He faces exposure of sexual organs and disorderly conduct charges and is held in Palm Beach County Jail without bail.

 

When questioned after his arrest for rape of 10-year-old, man explains, “I’m not the normal guy that everyone thinks I am” April 23, 2014

Michael-HelmickA Marion County man has been arrested on capital sexual battery charges after deputies say he sexually assaulted a 10-year-old and said during his interview that he has an addiction that needs mental help.

Michael Helmick, 38, was charged by Marion County Sheriff’s Office on Monday with two counts of sexual battery after two inappropriate contact incidents with the 10-year-old victim.

While Helmick was being interviewed by deputies, he said, “I’m not the normal guy that everyone thinks I am,” according to the report, and said he has been accused and/or arrested five separate times on sexual based offenses.

During those accusations, Helmick said he has asked for mental help for several years and has not received it, deputies said.

Helmick also said that he has an addiction to adult pornography and dates females “much younger” than he is, according to the report.

Helmick was taken to Marion County Jail.

 

Woman who says she’s not going to jail goes to jail

jailA 20-year-old woman seen arguing with her father April 13 was arrested and charged with resisting without violence after refusing to follow police officers’ orders, according to a Crestview Police Department arrest report.

Responding to an emergency call from a man on Riverwood Drive, police found the woman yelling and threatening her father. She became increasingly combative, punching her hands into the nearby railing, the report said.

Officers told her calm down and walk away but she refused, continuing to get in her father’s face. Officers told her she was under arrest and attempted to handcuff her, but she snatched her arm away and rushed to her car, saying, “I am not going to jail!” the report said.

Police officers took her to the Okaloosa County Jail where she continued to yell and curse while in custody.

 

Police arrest two parents who beat up a bus driver because he didn’t let their kids off fast enough April 22, 2014

Two of the three suspects accused of attacking a West Palm Beach elementary school bus driver when he didn’t let children off fast enough were arrested Saturday, according to a Palm Beach County School District Police arrest report.

The driver, Joseph Beauzile, 40, of Boca Raton, told police he was approaching a stop on April 14 when the children from Westwood Elementary tried to rush off the bus. Since he wanted them in a single file, he stopped them, closed the door, and made them get in line.

fl-west-palm-bus-beating-20140421-001The delay was apparently too much for Shacaurra Burns, 25, of West Palm Beach. Beauzile said Burns forced her way onto the bus and pulled the emergency brake release, according to the report.

A student told police Beauzile closed the door and tried to lock Burns in as he called police, the report said.

But with Burns on the bus, a man later identified as Ryan Beckford, 33, of West Palm Beach, ripped the door open and started punching Beauzile, according to the report.

Another rider told police Burns got on the bus because she was in a rush while another told police one of the men, who remains at large, grabbed the bus keys and threw them outside.

fl-west-palm-bus-beating-20140421-002The investigator talked with a guidance counselor who helped identify the woman as Burns.

The police investigator watched surveillance video of the beating and said children on the bus began crying with “terrified looks on their faces” as one of the men held the driver down while the other repeatedly punched him.

The attack caused one student to jump out of a bus window, according to the report.

The investigator said he could hear Beauzile yelling at one of the suspects to give him back his keys in the video.

Police later showed Beauzile a photo lineup where he identified Beckford as one of his attackers.

Days after the attack, Beauzile told Sun Sentinel news partner CBS12 that he was still in pain.

He said the attackers hit him in his ribs, head and other places and said the attack has left him shaken.

“That’s why I think the school district has to do something about that because it’s not only me, it’s about the school, security of my kids, and my security,” he said.

Burns faces trespassing, battery and child abuse charges and is held in Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $6,000 bail. Beckford is held on the same charges in lieu of $14,000 bail.

 

Jailed man exposed himself to officer, wanted sex act

A South Florida man is accused of being a nuisance and then making some pretty serious threats to the arresting officer.

sfl-flduh-exposed-himself-sex-act-20140421-002Charles Bolen, 53, of Pompano Beach, was arrested Friday in Palm Beach Gardens.

He’s accused of yelling at customers in front of a Walgreen’s store on Northlake Boulevard, and threatening to hurt them.

Bolen then took his act down the street to Pep Boys, where he “demanded money for beer,” according to his arrest report.

Once he was convinced to leave the store, he told officers to “wait until I get across the street and you will see what I am going to do,” the report said.

That’s when the officer started to arrest him, prompting Bolen to say “you are not taking me to jail.”

As he was being taken to jail, Bolen told the officer he was going to “****” the officer’s “wife in the ***,” according to the report.

And the final insult came when Bolen was in his holding cell, when he “unzipped his pants” and told the officer to perform a sex act on him, the report said.

Bolen is charged with disorderly conduct and exposure of sexual organs.

 

Pasta la vista, baby: Woman charged in pasta assault April 21, 2014

A woman described as a “crazy” acting “crackhead” got locked up after accusations she hurled pasta at a man, punched him in the mouth and busted a coffee cup, according to a recently released affidavit.

sfl-flduh-pasta-hurling-woman-20140418-001What could be called the case of the linguine launching lady began boiling late on April 5 as Port St. Lucie police went to an address in the 2400 block of Southeast Garden Terrace.

A man identified as the victim said he was expecting Jeri Rossello, 45, to drop by and get some of her stuff. She came in and walked to the kitchen. Rossello, he said, grabbed a pasta meal from the refrigerator and threw it at him.

Pasta is a general term for a variety of thin, dough-based foodstuffs of Italian origin sometimes served with meatballs. Available in a cornucopia of shapes and dimensions, pasta typically is rigid until boiled. It’s often served with a sauce, such as marinara, pesto, bolognese, alfredo or Fra Diavolo, with types of pasta including angel hair, linguine and elbow macaroni.

pasta2-thumb-500x366-15400Meanwhile, the victim said, Rossello smashed a coffee mug and pulled phone wires from the wall. He said she punched him in the mouth and took off in a U-Haul van.

He described Rossello as a “crack head” who acted “crazy,” telling police she may have gone to a different address where she’s staying with another dude.

Investigators eventually found Rossello, who said she tried some leftover linguine but put it back in the refrigerator. She said there was no physical or verbal altercation.

Asked about the victim’s injured lip, Rossello said he must have done that to himself.

Rossello, of the 1500 block of Southeast Balcourt Court in Port St. Lucie, was arrested on a misdemeanor battery charge.

 

Woman arrested for running an unlicensed botox clinic out of her garage April 18, 2014

garage18n-3-webAlejandra Tobon, 43, pumped Botox, filler and vitamin injections and offered plasma therapy and Carboxytherapy, a method of removing stretch marks after pregnancy, police said in a news release.

Cops cuffed Tobon on Wednesday after a patient came to police in December to report a bad reaction to the illegal Botox therapy.

The woman allegedly outfitted the garage, along a leafy street of residential rowhouses, to look like a medical office, police said.

Instead, Tobon was committing the crimes of unlicensed practice of health care profession and practicing medicine without a license, both third-degree felonies.

Online records show Tobon has been licensed in the state of Florida since 2003 as a massage therapist and since 2009 as an electrologist.

Cops believe there may be other victims.

Neighbors would see Tobon sporting medical scrubs and told WFOR-TV that women would frequently come and go from the tidy home.

“I’m in shock, you know, because sometimes you see the neighbors walking around, saying ‘Hi’ in the morning. But that’s it. So I’m in shock,” Dulce Lopez told the CBS affiliate.

 

 
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