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Man, 26, punches 80-year-old during foul language feud October 1, 2014

A man was arrested on Sunday after deputies say he punched an elderly man who asked him to stop using foul language inside a Port Orange Applebee’s.

sfl-flduh-foul-language-feud-20140930-001Police said Mikie Dominic Sawyer, 26, was talking obscenities at the bar at the Dunlawton Avenue Applebees just before 80-year-old Harry Sander approached him and asked him politely to stop using the “F” word, and to stop talking so (in expletives) and loudly about body parts.

Sanders told police Sawyer said he didn’t have to stop cursing if he didn’t want to before punching Sanders in the face and pushing him to the ground.

A witness to the disturbance told police he also heard Sawyer cursing loudly and reiterated to police how Sanders had described the incident.

The witness said after Sanders asked Sawyer to stop, Sawyer told him, “I don’t care where you are from, whether it be Russian or Dutch, take your (expletive) to the other side of the bar,” before punching him.

Police said several other witnesses described the incident similarly. However, one man said he thought Sanders may have also pushed Sawyer.

Sawyer left the restaurant before police arrived, but was later pulled over after police got a description of his vehicle.

Sawyer told police that Sander was the one who actually punched him, but a police report stated that while Sawyer had no bruising to his face, he did have discoloration and bruising to his knuckles and fingers.

Police arrested Sawyer and was charged with battery on a person over 65 years of age and disorderly conduct.

Sawyer was taken to the Volusia County Branch Jail, where he is being held on a $2,500 bond.

 

Man hurled chair at granny during feud over dirty shoes September 22, 2014

A Deltona man who didn’t like his grandmother telling him to take off his shoes hit the woman with a kitchen chair, Volusia County deputies said.

sfl-flduh-chair-granny-dirty-shoes-20140919-001And when investigating deputies asked Justin Penner’s father, Mark Penner, what happened during the incident Thursday about 2:20 p.m., the dad said, “All he did was hit her with the chair,” deputies wrote in their report. The victim is Mark Penner’s mother.

Penner, 29, was charged with aggravated battery on a person 65 year of age or older. Penner is being held with no bail allowed in the Volusia County Branch Jail, records show.

Jean Penner, 77, flagged down deputies while in a parking lot on Saxon Boulevard and reported she had been battered in her Normandy Boulevard home, sheriff’s reports state.

Jean Penner said she lives in constant fear of her grandson who lives with her, investigators said.

The elderly woman reported she told Justin Penner not to walk in the residence with his shoes on because he was tracking in dirt. Justin Penner got upset and threw a kitchen chair at her, striking her in the left leg, deputies said.

After hurting his grandmother, Justin Penner left the home with his father but was arrested when he returned home, deputies said.

 

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.

 

 
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