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The Bizarre World of Florida

There apparently was no happy ending for this strip club customer August 24, 2014

A man who left the Shark Lounge in a huff early Thursday, upset with his strip club experience, returned with a gun and shot a hole in the building, police said.

sfl-flduh-strip-club-shot-20140821-001He then led police on a chase across town, according to a charging affidavit.

Just before 2 a.m. two men told police a gunshot fired from a red sport utility vehicle struck the Shark Lounge, 730 E. International Speedway Blvd., right above their heads. Neither man was hurt.

Employees of the club told police that Krishna Swamy left the bar’s VIP area upset then tried to leave the Shark Lounge carrying a beer.

When employee Rosemary Sandberg stopped Swamy, 48, at the door, he got more agitated.

According to his arrest affidavit, Swamy then flung his drink at Sandberg, got into his Ford Explorer, grabbed a .30-06 rifle equipped with a scope and fired above the heads of employees Evelyn Sinka and Peter Lutz, hitting the building just below the Shark Lounge sign.

Swamy — whom police said is mentally ill — then squealed his SUV’s wheels and headed west on ISB, police said.

Once over the Broadway Bridge, police started after him where the ride became more wild.

Swamy, who lives in Umatilla, tried to elude police with a U-turn on Ridgewood Avenue in Holly Hill.

He lost control at Second Street and hit two vehicles in a used car lot, police said.

When Swamy headed back into Daytona Beach, police threw down stop sticks at North Ridgewood Avenue and Bay Street.

Both of the SUV’s driver’s side tires were flattened but Swamy kept going, police said.

He headed west again on ISB and made it to Longhorn Steakhouse, not far from Interstate 95, where he crashed into a ditch.

Two officers and a police dog apprehended Swamy, who was taken to Halifax Health Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.

Police, who also found two shotguns and ammunition in Swamy’s SUV, say he admitted to shooting his weapon, the report states.

Police Chief Mike Chitwood said Swamy has a record, including an arrest for battery on a law enforcement officer.

Swamy is charged with discharging a firearm from a vehicle, using or throwing a destructive device for bodily harm or property damage, two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and fleeing and eluding.

 

Here’s a bad combination: tequila shots, gunshots, a humdinger of a big vehicle and tattoos done inside someone’s home. August 14, 2014

Filed under: Alcohol,Controversy,Dangerous Nut,Drunk,Guns,Shooting,Silly,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:29 pm

A man who reportedly tried to run over two other men with his Hummer after drinking tequila didn’t get very far, deputies said.

sfl-fldu-tequila-shots-gun-20140813-001That’s because one of the people Guilibaldo Gonzalez-Lopez, 37, tried to run over shot out two of his tires. And when deputies found Gonzalez-Lopez driving in Lake Worth, he was riding on his rims, they said.

Deputies said they got a call about a shooting at about 10:30 p.m. Monday in the 600 block of Strawberry Fields Way in Lake Worth, according to an arrest report. When they got there, they found two men, one of whom said he fired shots for his own protection against a driver who was trying to run them over.

One witness told deputies Gonzalez-Lopez had come to his house to get a tattoo done. He said throughout the day Gonzalez-Lopez had been drinking Jimador tequila, according to the report, and the witness told him he was concerned about him driving.

When Gonzalez-Lopez got into his black Hummer, he starting driving erratically all over the witness’ lawn and into his neighbor’s driveway. The neighbor came outside because he heard the witness screaming and went to grab his gun, according to the report.

The neighbor took one shot that hit Gonzalez-Lopez’s front passenger tire, according to the report. Gonzalez-Lopez backed up in the street, stopped for a moment and then started driving toward the neighbor and another man who had come out of his house, who were standing in the driveway.

The neighbor shot again, this time trying to shoot the rear passenger tire, and hit it. After that, Gonzalez-Lopez drove away from the scene and the two called deputies.

At the intersection of Lantana and Haverhill roads, deputies spotted the black Hummer with two deflated tires on the passenger side. The driver was identified as Gonzalez-Lopez.

Deputies asked Gonzalez-Lopez to perform field sobriety tests but he refused and started yelling at obscenities, according to the report. They also discovered Gonzalez-Lopez didn’t have a valid driver’s license.

Gonzalez-Lopez is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and driving under the influence, and is being held in the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $9,000 bail.

 

Sanford is quickly becoming the terrifying epicenter of Stand Your Ground assaults August 7, 2014

Filed under: Bizzarre,Controversy,Guns,OK Then .....,Scary,Shooting,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:35 pm

A man walked into Central Florida Regional Hospital with two gunshot wounds from a shooting at his Sanford home Tuesday night, officials said.

untitledSanford Police identified the victim as Terrance Perkins, 34.

Investigators are currently waiting outside his home in the 1400 block of Mara Court — near San Lanta Circle — for permission to search inside.

There were signs of forced entry through the front door, according to Shannon Cordingly, Sanford Police spokeswoman.

“We are waiting for a search warrant to be signed before we can enter the home,” Cordingly said.

Perkins was shot about 9:47 p.m.

A neighbor called 911 to report the gunfire.

Just as the 911 call came in, officials at Central Florida Regional Hospital alerted police that someone had just walked in with multiple gunshot wounds, Cordingly said.

Perkins was later transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center.

He is currently undergoing surgery for the wounds to his chest and arm.

“At this time, [Perkins] is not willing to talk to investigators,” Cordingly said.

No additional information has been released.

Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to call Crimeline at 800-423-8477.

 

Man frothing mad over the price of beer July 28, 2014

Filed under: Bad Temper,Bizzarre,Controversy,Dangerous Nut,Fraud,Guns,Robbers,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:29 pm

Police arrested a Boynton Beach man Thursday night after they said he became upset at the price of two Samuel Adams beers, shoved a clerk, and then returned with a handgun he used to rob the cash register.

sfl-flduh-frothing-mad-beer-20140727-001According to the arrest affidavit, Herbert Lindsey and another man went to the Kwik Stop on Gateway Boulevard to purchase beer.

When told the price was $3.75, police said Lindsey argued that it should only be $3, and shoved a clerk into a beer cooler.

Clerks told police Lindsey left and returned shortly with a handgun at his side, reached into the cash register and took an undisclosed amount of money.

Police viewed surveillance video of the robbery, and tracked down Lindsey nearby at a gas station, based on a description of his vehicle. While being questioned, they said Lindsey said he never meant to use the gun, and just wanted his two dollars back.

He remains in the Palm Beach County jail with no bond.

 

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.

 

Oh, shoot …. again …. Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it June 19, 2014

sfl-flduh-shot-himself-fib-20140618-001Sure, accidentally shooting yourself is embarrassing. Especially if you do it twice.

But it only gets worse for you if you blame it on someone else. Especially if you do that twice, too.

Peter James Bonfiglio, 27, of Port Charlotte, is charged with filing a false report of a robbery.

Deputies say Bonfiglio called deputies Monday morning to tell them a woman he knew and a man he didn’t know robbed him at gunpoint at his Kinderkemac Avenue home around 2:30 a.m.

He said they took jewelry from him and then shot him in the foot. He was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Deputies found the woman Bonfiglio said he knew. She told them Bonfiglio approached her about getting money for some jewelry he had.

The woman was able to show investigators several text messages that backed up her story.

She also told them she went to see Bonfiglio by herself, and he had the foot injury when she showed up.

Deputies also talked to a taxi driver who took the woman to Bonfiglio’s house. The driver said there wasn’t anyone with her on the trip.

Detectives determined Bonfiglio shot himself, most likely accidentally, and made up the story to cover his mistake.

He was arrested on charges of Filing a False Police Report and Violation of Probation and held at the Charlotte County Jail without bond.

The investigation also turned up a previous encounter with Bonfiglio – he was arrested less than a year ago on similar charges.

In October 2013, he allegedly shot himself and reported someone hiding in the woods had shot him.

 

“Yeah, my holster broke and I accidentally shot myself” June 17, 2014

A 70-year-old man accidentally shot himself in the foot in the parking lot of a Winn-Dixie store on West Colonial Drive on Friday afternoon, Orlando police said.

Police were called to the store around 12:30 p.m. and found the man sitting on the tailgate of his truck with a gunshot wound to his right foot. The man, L.C. Williams, said the holster recently broke and he was carrying his concealed weapon in his waistband.

As he was approaching his truck, the gun fell out of his waistband, hit his foot and discharged, according to Orlando police. The round also ricocheted into the front grill area of a 2009 beige Dodge Charger, causing about $500 in damage, police said.

The car was not occupied at the time.

The gun was returned to Williams, who was taken to the hospital, police said.

 

 
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