The Bizarre World of Florida

Argument over women’s rights ends in the most Florida way possible, with a rabbit being punched July 2, 2014

BUNNYPUNCHER_17340Police say a Boynton Beach man argued with his girlfriend over women’s rights, then violently attacked her rabbit when she said she wanted to end the relationship.

Boynton Beach police responded to the 1000 block of Lake Terrace at 11:38 p.m. Friday for a report of a disturbance.

According to an arrest report, when the woman retreated to a bedroom to end the argument she heard a high-pitched screaming coming from the apartment’s living room. She told police she went to the living room and saw her boyfriend James W. Wertz, 28, abusing her pet rabbit by squeezing and punching it. She said he was hitting the rabbit so hard that blood was coming from its face.

When the woman tried to get Wertz to stop, she said he became enraged. She tried calling 9-1-1 and he threw her across the room, she said. He then grabbed a shirt and left, according to the report.

Police searched for Wertz but were unable to find him. The woman left the apartment for the night because she told police that Wertz has keys and she was afraid he would return after police left.

Police report the rabbit survived the beating and is recovering.

Wertz was located and arrested a few hours later. He remained jailed Tuesday on battery and animal cruelty charges.



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.


Omar Monserrate Accused Of Beating Up Teen For “Fooling Around” With His Daughter June 14, 2014

 An Altamonte Springs man is facing serious charges, accused of beating up a 14-year-old boy.

Omar-MonserrateInvestigators said Omar Monserrate punched and choked the teen because he was found with Monserrate’s 13-year-old daughter.

Detectives said the girl snuck out of her house to meet the boy, but was caught when she returned home.

According to reports, Monserrate and the girl’s mother went to the boy’s home, and Monserrate demanded to speak to him alone.

He drove the boy to Brantley Terrace, where he allegedly began yelling at the boy and choked him until he passed out.

When the boy regained consciousness they both got back in the car and went to the boy’s home, according to reports.

The boy’s mother came home, noticed bruises on his face and neck, and rushed the boy to the hospital.

Monserrate has a criminal history, including domestic violence.


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.


Condiment Fight Left Live-In Combatants Drenched In Ketchup, Maple Syrup June 9, 2014

syrupTwo condiment-armed 19-year-olds squared off against each in the Florida apartment they share, a confrontation that ended with them drenched in ketchup and maple syrup, according to police.

ketchupLorenzo Ramirez and his girlfriend Marisol Morales got into a verbal argument around 9:20 PM when “Marisol decided to drag the bed out into the living room to sleep separately from Lorenzo,” according to a probable cause affidavit.

When Ramirez refused to help move the furniture, Morales took a bottle of maple syrup from a nearby refrigerator and attempted to pour it on the bed. But Ramirez allegedly grabbed the syrup from Morales and “poured it over her head.”

Morales responded by grabbing a ketchup bottle and began squirting the contents on her beau. “Both parties then trashed the house and Marishe food fight.

lorenzoramirezmugSeen in the adjacent mug shot, Ramirez was charged with misdemeanor domestic battery and booked into the county jail, where bond has not been set.


Man attacked his brother with marijuana plants

Dude, take a hit of this.

sfl-flduh-brothers-pot-feud-20140609-001Polk County sheriff’s deputies say two brothers definitely were not sharing peaceful, mellow vibes as they got into an argument this weekend.

In response, deputies say, one brother grabbed several marijuana plants growing in the yard and began hitting his sibling.

According to the Polk County Sheriff’s office, the department received a domestic-disturbance call at about 6:20 p.m. Saturday. Deputies said Jackie Brown, 33, reported that he and his brother — Rodney J. Brown, 31 — had been involved in a verbal altercation which then turned physical.

Jackie Brown told deputies his brother hit him with plants “from the yard” of the residence where both brothers reside, according to the Sheriff’s Office report, which also stated that Rodney Brown uprooted several cannabis plants of various lengths to use in alleged assault.

Rodney Brown then used the hemp in a harsh manner by hitting his brother in the face, deputies said.

Deputies searched the home and found 10 marijuana plants, as well as drug paraphernalia.

Rodney Brown was arrested and charged with domestic battery, cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana over 20 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia.


Dispute over parking spaces ends with assault with a tasty weapon June 5, 2014

Julia Hinebaugh was arrested on Tuesday, June 3, after Fellsmere police obtained a warrant to arrest her for the charge of misdemeanor battery.

Police say Hinebaugh, 20, argued with a victim over his use of multiple parking spaces, denying her ability to park.

Investigators say Hinebaugh and the victim called each other names in the presence of each other’s children, allegedly prompting Hinebaugh to throw a half-eaten sandwich at the victim, striking him in the back of the head.

Hinebaugh was arrested and transported to the Indian River County jail without incident.


Bizarre incident features ‘feminine items,’ chocolate and two women May 29, 2014

The way Kristina Tetaz told it, the argument with Shelby Gestewitz at the gas station revolved around Tetaz not buying Gestewitz chocolate.

tetaz_mugTetaz explained to police May 11 that she asked the clerk at the BP station on South Oak Street in Fellsmere to call 911, according to recently released arrest affidavits.

“Tetaz informed me that Gestewitz was acting crazy in the parking lot and she informed her that they were not in the hood and she could not act that way at this store,” affidavits state.

In the end, both Tetaz, 29, and 24-year-old Gestewitz wound up behind bars.

When Fellsmere police arrived at the BP station, the officer saw “feminine items” scattered around the parking lot.

gestewitz_mugGestewitz was trying to gather the items, and said she was in a disturbance with a woman later identified as Tetaz, who was apprehended nearby.

Gestewitz said she and Tetaz rode to the store together and a verbal argument started in relation to disrespect and texting. She said the argument continued in the store, saying a physical confrontation happened outside.

Police reported catching Gestewitz being untruthful a number of times, noting her conduct was “very suspicious.”

Meanwhile, Tetaz said she “met Gestewitz and knew her as a new prostitute in town,” an affidavit states.

“According to Tetaz, Gestewitz asked her to show her around town so she could make money,” the affidavit states. “Tetaz later stated that Gestewitz slept with two men today thus far but she was not with her during those transactions.”

Tetaz said the brouhaha at BP related to her not purchasing chocolate for Gestewitz. Tetaz said she asked the clerk to call 911.

Two witnesses reported seeing a fight in the parking lot.

Tetaz and Gestewitz, both of Sebastian, each were arrested on a disorderly conduct on the premises of a licensed establishment charge. Tetaz also was arrested on a resisting officer without violence charge.


Woman attacked sister with knife over beer

A 29-year-old woman was arrested in Ocoee this weekend, accused of threatening her sister with a kitchen knife for refusing to help her get beer.

sfl-flduh-beer-feud-20140528-001Amber Michelle Orman faces charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and child abuse, records show.

According to an arrest affidavit, police arrived at her Old Winter Garden Road apartment Sunday night to find her screaming at her sister “and approaching her in a threatening manner.”

After separating the pair, an officer spoke to the sister, who said Orman had asked her for a ride to the store to pick up beer.

When the sister refused, Orman “said she was going to get a knife and stab me to death,” went to the kitchen and armed herself with a large knife, then “started swinging it at me screaming she was going to kill me,” Orman’s sister told authorities.

When Orman’s nephew called 911 to report the attack on his mother, Orman started pulling his hair in an attempt to take the phone from him, the arrest paperwork says.

According to the affidavit, Orman said her family had attacked her “for no reason,” and she’d grabbed the knife to defend herself. She was arrested and booked into the Orange County Jail early Monday.


Boozy woman allegedly tossed elderly mom out of wheelchair saying ‘for 52 years of shit’ May 28, 2014

wheelchair28n-2-webAn intoxicated Florida woman out celebrating her 52nd birthday allegedly dumped her 73-year-old mother out of her wheelchair while telling her, “for 52 years of s–t.”

Patricia Tavernier’s mother was found by a police officer lying in a fetal position in the street after Friday’s incident outside a Tavares restaurant, according to an arrest report obtained by the Smoking Gun.

A witness told police they saw the elderly woman — who said she had been living with Tavernier following hip surgery — fall and hit the cement head first.

Tavernier then went on to fight and hit her sister with a camera, breaking the lens, according to the restaurant employee’s statement to police.

When the officer arrived they reported finding the women’s elderly mother, identified as Karen Judge, injured in the street.

Tavernier was arrested and charged with aggravated battery on a person over 65, which is a felony.

She was also charged with misdemeanor battery for hitting her sister with the camera.

She was booked into the Lake County Jail before released Saturday on $20,500 bond.



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