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Man gets beatdown after refusing permission for marriage August 27, 2014

Sheriff’s deputies say an Ocalan beat an older man Monday who refused to give him permission to get married.

James Kane, 40, faces a charge of felony domestic battery on a person over 65, according to a Marion County Sheriff’s Office report.

sfl-flduh-beatdown-marriage-20140826-001Kane told Deputy Doreen Casolo he asked the 72-year-old man for permission to marry a girlfriend and the older man said no. That made him angry, Kane said, and he punched the man repeatedly.

The victim had cuts on his face, including his cheek and the middle of his forehead. His face was also red and bruised.

The older man told deputies he had fallen down the stairs and did not want to press any charges because Kane has bipolar disorder and had not been taking his medications, according to the report. The man said Kane did take his medicine on the day of the incident.

Kane was arrested and taken to the Marion County Jail.

Deputies did not explain the relationship between the two men.

 

To grandmother’s house we go to rob and assault August 14, 2014

sfl-flduh-grandma-stole-jewelry-20140813-001A Port Orange woman who wanted money for a hotel room to spend the night with her husband was arrested after police said the woman assaulted, burglarized and stole jewelry from her 84-year-old grandmother.

The husband did nothing to stop the wife from committing the crime, police said.

Brigitte Matzke, 25, and Alex Caldwell, 26, were each charged with burglary with assault/battery, battery on a person 65 years or older, false imprisonment, grand theft, possession of methamphetamine and intimidating or threatening a witness.

Matzke was being held Tuesday in the Volusia County Branch Jail on $56,500 bail while her husband had no bail allowed, arrest and jail records show.

According to Port Orange police, officers were called to an apartment at the Legacy At Crystal Lakes at 9:40 p.m. Monday by a neighbor who heard the commotion and saw the grandmother outside crying.

The neighbor reported hearing a loud argument, screaming, and loud banging sounds inside the apartment and decided to call authorities.

Investigators said Brigitte Matzke and her husband went to Aida Matzke’s Floral Springs Boulevard home Monday after being out all day, packed some of her belongings and demanded that her grandmother give her $80 so she and her husband could stay at a hotel.

When the grandmother said she didn’t have the money, Brigitte Matzke forced her way into her grandmother’s bedroom. The older woman tried to stop her granddaughter from entering the room but the younger woman grabbed her grandmother, ripped her bra off, twisted her wrists and stole jewelry, police said.

Brigitte took $1,900 of items including jewelry and a cellphone and ran out and left with Caldwell, police said.

 

77 year-old man attacked by …. a naked man July 23, 2014

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.

 

Fake Good Samaritan stole from woman, 89, after crash July 16, 2014

A woman pretended to assist an 89-year-old woman who was involved in a car accident but actually stole from her, police said.

sfl-flduh-stole-woman-crash-20140715-001Orlando Police Department detectives said that Rachel Murray, 30, stopped at the scene of an accident July 4. While the victim was stuck in her car awaiting the arrival of paramedics and police, Murray allegedly started reassuring the victim.

However, investigators said that Murray was actually searching the victim’s purse and stealing her credit cards, identification and Social Security cards.

Murray left when paramedics and police arrived on the scene and made multiple transactions totaling $2,000 with the victim’s credit cards at numerous local stores, police said.

Detectives followed up with the stores where the credit cards were used and were able to identify Murray during the investigation. Detectives said many of the items purchased with the victim’s credit cards were pawned.

Murray faced a host of charges, including vehicle burglary, burglary of conveyance, theft with a victim over age 65, credit card theft, fraudulent use of a credit card, scheme to defraud and violation of a pawn broker act.

Murray was arrested Monday and booked into the Orange County Jail.

She is being held on a total bond of $60,000.

 

Argument leads to ‘boxing match’ with 70-year-old woman July 1, 2014

sfl-flduh-boxing-match-20140630-001An argument between two women allegedly ended in a boxing match that got the younger woman arrested.

On June 21, Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a Mary Esther residence for a disturbance, according to the arrest report. Lorie A. Miller said she’d had a fight with the other woman.

Miller said she’d been in a “boxing match” with the 70-year-old woman, the report said. Miller, 40, said she didn’t remember touching the woman, “but probably did shove her out of my way.”

A witness told deputies that he’d seen Miller physically attack the woman and shove her around the living room, according to the report. The victim’s statement was similar.

The victim had injuries on her arms, the report said.

Miller is charged with battery on a person 65 years of age or older.

 

Florida … Where else would a teenager kill his nudist grandmother and drive her body around in her minivan? June 25, 2014

A teenager killed his grandmother in a bloody struggle inside her home at a nudist community and then drove around with her body in a minivan for nearly five hours, authorities said.

13f4a7e3a85c0118580f6a706700f283Brandon Machetto, 18, had been living with his grandmother, 74-year-old Sylvia Schmitt, for the past several weeks and they apparently fought frequently, said Pasco County sheriff’s spokeswoman Melanie Snow.

A neighbor called authorities after seeing Machetto drag a wrapped bag with feet dangling out into his grandmother’s minivan early Monday, police said.

Machetto drove around with his grandmother’s body in the back and when deputies tried to pull him over, he refused, police said. He eventually drove back to the Paradise Lakes community and was arrested.

Machetto was charged with first-degree murder and is being held in jail without bond. It’s unclear if he has an attorney.

Ronnie Hall, Machetto’s martial arts instructor for seven years, said Machetto nearly died a few years ago when he was attacked by a group of teens who hit him in the back of the head with a rock, the Tampa Bay Times (http://bittyurl.co/4nhz ) reported. Hall said Machetto suffered a brain injury, and that he was not aggressive.

Machetto and his grandmother apparently fought as she tried to get her grandson to take his medication. Deputies said Machetto had been accused of domestic violence against Schmitt in 2012, but she dropped the charge.

 

Apparently there was no brotherly love in the air at this fraternal organization’s bar June 10, 2014

sfl-flduh-bartender-dragged-20140609-001A female bartender is accused of pushing an 84-year-old woman to the ground and dragging her by the arm across a floor after the elderly woman complained of rude treatment, a New Port Richey Police Department arrest report said.

The incident occurred around 8:45 p.m. on June 2 at Eagles Club, 5446 Leisure Lane, New Port Richey, the report said.

After the victim’s boyfriend had complained to a live band that their music was too loud, bartender Patricia Darlene Smith, 57, of 10902 Leon St., New Port Richey, told the couple that all complaints go through the bartender “when trustees are not present,” the report said.

When the couple went to leave, the elderly woman uttered a profanity at Smith, implying that Smith was rude, the report said.

The elderly woman said that Smith met her at the exit door, and pushed her through it, the report said. Smith is then accused of grabbing the victim by the right arm and dragging her across the front lobby floor, causing large lacerations to both of the victim’s arms and possibly a shoulder injury, the report said.

The victim’s boyfriend separated the women, the report said.

Smith told investigators that she did not push or drag the victim, and that the elderly woman had slapped her in the face. Video surveillance footage supported the victim’s claims, the report said.

Smith was arrested Friday and charged with aggravated assault on a person over 65. She was released from the Land O’ Lakes Jail on Saturday after posting $5,000 bail, records show.

 

 
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