The Bizarre World of Florida

A fake rent-a-cop claimed to be collecting rent May 23, 2014

sfl-flduh-fake-cop-rent-20140522-001A 32-year-old Kissimmee man faces several charges after police said he impersonated an officer in order to collect rent money.

Officials said Abdiel Mendez went to a home late Wednesday night dressed in a suit and wearing a black earpiece. According to the victim, Mendez knocked on the door, called his name and identified himself as a police officer when the victim opened the door.

“I have a person here at my door and he told me that he is a police officer. And I wanted you guys to send me a patrol because I think that he is not a police officer,” the caller said. “He told me he has a gun and a badge.”

Mendez flashed the victim a gold badge inside a folding wallet when he was asked to show credentials, a news release said.

Police said the victim then invited Mendez into the home.

“When the suspect got into the apartment, he was acting very suspicious and nervous which, if you are a law enforcement officer, you would not be acting suspicious nor would you be nervous,” said Stacie Miller, Kissimmee Police Department spokeswoman. “Anytime you impersonate an officer it’s a bad decision.”

The victim again asked Mendez for his credentials, but police said he displayed a handgun and said, “Look, here’s my gun. I am a police officer.”

Mendez fled the area when the victim called police.

Kissimmee police said they found Mendez in the Chelsea Square complex as he was trying to flee. Mendez told officers he was trying to collect rent from the victim owed to his father, but police said that explanation was a lie.

According to a news release, a gun, and gold badge with “concealed weapon” and “permit” on it were found on Mendez. A two-way radio including an ear piece were also found.

Mendez is charged with falsely impersonating an officer and possession of a concealed weapon in the commission of a felony. He is being held on $3,500 bond.


Man says getting the wrong order at Burger King pushed him over the edge May 22, 2014

A Florida man was arrested Tuesday after authorities say he fatally shot a man , as well as article-0-1E15C04600000578-7_634x356Brandon Hawkins has a long history of problems with his girlfriend’s family, but according to investigators, what finally pushed him over the edge was a sandwich from a Port St. Lucie Burger King.

‘The wrong sandwich was just another stressor in an already tense situation,’ Port St. Lucie Police Chief John Bolduc told reporters on Wednesday.

Authorities say Hawkins’ relationship with Jamie Young has been strained recently, and the issues he’s had with her family has been equally problematic.

About a year ago, Young’s brother fired a gun at Hawkins, police say, and on Tuesday Hawkins had gone to Young’s home looking for her brother.

‘There’s a long history in the family of gunplay,’ Port St. Lucie Police Lt. Scott Beck told WPBF.

About 7 p.m. on Tuesday evening, police say Hawkins went to Young’s home with a plan to kill her brother and than take his own life.

Things didn’t go according to plan.

Rather than shooting Young’s brother, Hawkins ended up shooting her mother’s boyfriend, 69-year-old Levy Williams, and Young’s 7-year-old son, Emmanuel Morgan Jr. as he and his mother tried to run to a neighbor’s house to avoid the gunfire.

Williams died at a local hospital, and Morgan currently is in stable condition. Young was not injured in the attack.

According to detectives, Hawkins showed no remorse when he was told Williams was dead.

Neighbors and other witnesses described a chaotic scene at the home.

‘The first couple (of shots) sounded more like fireworks, then all of a sudden a few minutes later, I could hear, “Pow, pow, pow, pow,'” said a neighbor who preferred to remain anonymous.

Hawkins remained on the loose for several hours after the shooting, causing residents in the neighborhood to fear that he could attack them next.

‘When they said he was still on the loose, I said we better lock all our doors and windows because we don’t know where he’s hiding,’ neighbor Samori Williams told the local news station. ‘He could be in anybody’s backyard. It’s no joke; anybody can hide.’

Detectives tracked Hawkins down at another girlfriend’s house a few miles away from the crime scene at about 1 a.m.

Hawkins was booked into the St. Lucie County Jail about 5:30 a.m. on several felony charges, including first-degree murder.

He’s been ordered held without bail.


Here’s a story that just has too many facets to explain May 21, 2014

A Grand Bay teenager is charged with murder and armed robbery in Tallahasee, Florida.

amber-ward-18-soliciting-for-the-purpose-of-prostitution-297607b7af2abf23Police said 18-year-old Amber Ward shot and killed a man who responded to her escort ad on http://www.backpage.com.

According to court documents, Ward met up with the victim at a hotel in Tallahasee, where she provided her phone number and Grand Bay address when checking into room 213.

Investigators said Ward goes by the nickname “Chocolate Bunny” in her escort ads found on the website backpage.com.

Tallahasee Police said 29-year-old Isaac Grace responded to her advertisement, and the teen drove to Tallahasee to meet Grace at the EconoLodge Motel.

According to court records, Grace was found dead inside one of the rooms. Police believe Ward shot him several times and stole his cell phone.

“Ms. Ward is a known prostitute. She has had a previous arrest in Mobile for prostitution which stemmed from city of Mobile investigation. But we did find where she had advertised on backpage.com,” said Sgt. Joe Mahoney, Mobile County Sheriff’s Office spokesman. Mahoney said Ward was soliciting sex throughout the region.

“We’re finding ads from her from Montgomery all the way to Florida and Mississippi,” said Mahoney.

Detectives with the Sheriff’s Office helped Florida authorities track Ward down at her home on Jaimee Circle.

Court documents revealed that two spent 9 mm casings were found in her vehicle. The casings were consistent with the ones found at the murder scene.

“These backpage ads, there are several of them each day advertising sexual favors. But you never know. A lot of times these are women or even men posing as, setting up guys to show up at a remote location where they’re isolated and can be robbed,” said Mahoney.

A similar case in Mobile last year ended in the death of a U.S. Coast Guardsman.

Police said Robert Roberts was shot to death at the Baymont Inn and Suites last March after arranging a meeting with Shaniah Woods through backpage.com.


Gunshots heard as sheriff gathers the media to talk about how bad the gun violence is May 20, 2014

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 Something may finally be done to help residents in one of the worst communities in Orange County.

New_Picture_1Sheriff Jerry Demings stood in front of a pile of garbage at the Tymberskan Condos to say living conditions have deteriorated to the point that he fears for the safety of its residents.

“I really want to shine a spotlight on what I consider deplorable living conditions.”

As he spoke, what sounded like gunfire broke out.

“None of us should have to live like that. These are social isues that I’m talking about that end up being a crime problem.”

Later, we learned the shots were probably a warning to police, who know they are not safe when they respond to calls for service. They come, two or more at a time, when residents call for help.

There have been two murders and two thousands calls to police in the last year, according to Captain Al Rollins.

“At night there’s no street lights out here,” he explained.

County Commissioner Tiffany Moore Russell said the board of county commissioners will hear a report on the conditions at its first meeting in June. She said it’s a complicated mess.

“You have 20 occupied property owners, plus there are others who own four or five units who live in other states,” she said. Code enforcement violations are common here.

Demings said an exodus of residents is planned, since the complex is a mixture of owners and renters.

Some units are in major disrepair, others have been burned and trash is piling up on the roadside.


Suspected home invader popped in the ass by crack shooter May 13, 2014

sfl-flduh-home-invader-buttock-20140512-001Two home invasion robbery suspects were arrested — including a convicted felon who was nabbed at a local hospital after he was shot in the buttocks, according to Bradenton police.

About 11:21 p.m. Sunday, three armed men forced their way into a residence in the 800 block of Third Street East. After taking personal property, they fled on foot, according to a report.

One of the victims chased one of the suspects to a residence in the 600 block of 10th Avenue East, where shots were fired, police said.

“Several minutes later, it was learned that one of the suspects, identified as Kevon M. Melendez … was at Blake hospital with a gunshot wound to the buttocks,” the report states.

Melendez, 18, lives at the residence where the chase ended, police said.

Officers executed a search warrant at the house and found a shotgun used in the home invasion, police said. The weapon had been reported stolen in Manatee County.

Melendez faces charges of home invasion robbery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, police said. He was being held without bond at the Manatee County jail.

Arrested along with Melendez was Kedarius L. Smith, 17. He faces a charge of home invasion robbery.

The third suspect was not arrested.

Melendez was previously arrested March 5 on a drug-dealing charge — and on a warrant charging him with an armed robbery in his residence in December. Police said he used an AK-47 to rob a man of his cell phone and some money, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

On March 24, the state attorney’s office said it would not prosecute Melendez on the robbery charge, and on March 26 he was released from jail after posting $7,500 bond on the drug charge, which remains pending, according to court records.

According to the Florida Department of Corrections website, Melendez was released from prison in 2012, after serving 10 months of a 21-month sentence for burglary and grand theft auto.



‘Beer whiskey’ with a rifle chaser? May 8, 2014

Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s deputies were called to a Jernigan Road location to deal with a man who was carrying a “rifle” and chasing other people who were in a car, according to a report.

sfl-flduh-beer-whiskey-20140507-001The man, 30-year-old Stephen Anthony Swensen of Pensacola, was allegedly walking down Jensen Lane with a “beer whiskey” and a black rifle, the apparent victims told deputies. They said they had to go around him in their car, and when they did Swensen yelled at them and then started chasing them. They said he beat on the car windows several times.

They said at one point Swensen tried to get into their car, and while he was halfway in the car they did a “doughnut in a field” and during this process hit a pole. Swensen then left and went into a trailer park, they said.

Another witness said Swensen pointed the gun at them.

Two deputies found Swensen at a trailer and told him he was under arrest. Later, the deputies reported they had to Tase Swensen, according to the arrest report.

When they searched Swensen they found a pack of cigarettes that contained a plastic bag containing a substance that tested positive for methamphetamines, and several methadone pills.

Swensen was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill, obstruction without violence, and two counts of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription.


Man put his foot down by firing at wife’s feet May 7, 2014

A 30-year-old man was arrested Sunday night after firing a gun at his wife’s feet, according to the Walton County Sheriff’s Office.

sfl-flduh-fired-wifes-feet-20140506-001Matthew Lynch and his wife were arguing over the family car at their home on Lancelot Road, the sheriff’s office reported. After the wife refused to hand over the keys to the car, Lynch went into the bedroom to retrieve his Smith & Wesson.

He came outside and fired one .40-caliber round at the tire, but missed. Then, he walked towards his wife, pointed the gun at her feet and fired three to four rounds, striking the ground, according to the sheriff’s office.

Children were home at the time, but fled when Lynch walked out with the gun, the sheriff’s office reported.

Deputies found Lynch driving on U.S. Highway 90. He was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and firing a weapon in public.

At some point, Lynch had also disabled the phones at his home, so he faces an additional charge of obstructing justice by hindering communication to a law enforcement agent, according to the sheriff’s office.


If you’re going to manufacture crack in your home, don’t store the materials on the same shelf as the baby formula May 3, 2014

A couple is behind bars, accused of leaving cocaine powder near baby formula and a gun atop a board game in a child’s room, according to an arrest report read aloud in court.

sfl-pembroke-pines-drug-arrests-photo-20140501Farah Pierre-Louis, 30, and Nerlls Jonca, 31, were arrested Wednesday when police found an apparent drug lab in the couple’s home, the report stated.

Pierre-Louis is charged with cocaine trafficking, manufacturing and aggravated child abuse. Jonca is facing similar charges, plus possession of a weapon by a violent career criminal. Both were being held without bond, Broward jail records show.

At her first court appearance Thursday, Pierre-Louis said that she has three children, including a 1-month-old girl with Jonca.

“[The baby girl] lives in the residence with you and the items in the kitchen cabinet and counter used to manufacture crack cocaine were in the same vicinity as the baby’s formula,” Broward Judge John “Jay” Hurley said, reading from the arrest report.

A loaded handgun was found in her 10-year-old daughter’s bedroom closet on top of a children’s board game, Hurley said. “That’s extremely serious,” Hurley said.

At Jonca’s court appearance, Hurley pointed out the length and severity of Jonca’s criminal history and the seriousness of the new charges. “So you’re going to face double the punishment on all these matters,” the judge said.

The children were placed in protective custody with the state, officials said.


Police said the 8 year-old brought the loaded gun onto the bus so he could amaze his classmates at show and tell May 2, 2014

untitledAn 8-year-old boy took a loaded handgun on a school bus Thursday because he wanted to show it to classmates at Geneva Elementary School, according to the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office.

The agency is looking into how the youngster obtained his father’s .45-caliber Glock, and a misdemeanor charge for improper storage of a firearm may result from the investigation, said Chief Deputy Dennis Lemma.

The boy will face some form of discipline by the school district, but the possibility of a criminal charge appeared remote.

“We have an 8-year-old who is in the third grade,” said Lemma. He added that the sheriff’s office wants “what is best for the child” and described him as a good student and “remorseful and extremely emotional.”

Relieved that a potential tragedy was averted, Lemma stressed that the sheriff’s office wants to raise awareness about safe storage of firearms and is offering gun locks and advice to anyone contacting the agency.

Similar incidents have ended in deaths.

In 2006, a Seminole County student was shot and killed by a sheriff’s SWAT team member after bringing a realistic pellet pistol to Milwee Middle School. In 1995, a boy at Lake County middle school was shot to death by a classmate.

“I know we’re very fortunate in this situation that we had a school-bus monitor,” said Lemma, referring to a school district employee who noticed some of the nine children on the bus whispering. After questioning them, the monitor took a backpack holding the gun from the student while the driver used the bus radio to summon help.

The gun was discovered shortly before 8 a.m. when the bus carrying nine students drove from Sanford toward Geneva. The parents of all the children were notified. The incident is being investigated by the Brevard-Seminole State Attorney’s Office and Child Protective Services.


Pregnant woman shot …. after a Facebook argument April 26, 2014

A pregnant woman is in critical condition after being shot in an argument that started on Facebook, according to Jacksonville police.

30 million Facebook usersPolice were called to the shooting in the 9100 block of Castle Boulevard in Northwest Jacksonville about noon Wednesday.

They said two women got into an argument on the social media site Tuesday night, and the pregnant woman went to the other’s home Wednesday to discuss the disagreement.

Police said the dispute turned physical, and the other woman shot the pregnant woman, Local 6 sister station WJXT-TV reported.

“I know the victim was definitely shot in the abdomen. That’s the one gun shot that I know of. That’s why the consideration and concern for the unborn child’s health,” said Homicide Sgt. Michael Paul.

Lillian Jordan said she is the shooter’s mother. She said she is just as confused about the shooting at her family’s home as anyone else.

“My son called me and I was very disturbed about this because this is not the way I was raised, and they (were) not raised like this,” said Jordan. “Somebody had to provoke my child … to do what she (did). I don’t know if she was trying to defend herself, or if they (were) trying to jump on my child, I can’t say.”

The pregnant woman was taken to UF Health Jacksonville with life-threatening injuries, and police said she and her unborn child were in surgery.

Jim Fields, a neighbor who spoke with WJXT, says he’s shocked that this happened in the neighborhood he grew up in.

“Shocked to know that. We grew up amongst one another and something like this could actually happen,” said Fields. “We try to stay in communication with a lot of the people in the neighborhood. We come back regularly to visit the neighborhood, of course I do because my mom stays here. We definitely try and keep up with them to make sure things are OK though we can’t pinpoint everything but we do our best.”

Police said the other woman was in custody but has not yet been charged. Investigators said they would determine if the shooting was the result of self-defense.

“We’re going to interview the suspect and see what the situation is and see what we have. Not jumping to any conclusions at this point. We know she was here, she was involved in the shooting, but the circumstances, we don’t know at this time,” said Sgt. Paul.

“I pray that God continues to bless the families and everyone can learn to get along. Sometimes it’s best to just walk away from the problem than to try and solve it yourself. Looks like the enemy had his way today but I’m continuing to pray for the neighborhood and the family in their time of need,” said Fields.

Police said they have not found the weapon yet.



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