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Woman Set Boyfriend Ablaze, Claimed He Was Participating In “Fire Challenge” Stunt September 11, 2014

A Florida woman arrested for setting her boyfriend on fire after dousing him with rubbing alcohol claimed that the victim had been participating in the so-called fire challenge when “things went awry,” police report.

necoleandmarcosAccording to cops, Marcos Fuentes suffered burns to twenty percent of his body early Sunday morning in the Bradenton home he shares with Necole Stephens, 35.

As Fuentes was being loaded into an emergency medical helicopter, he told Manatee County Sheriff’s Officer deputies that Stephens became jealous when she saw him texting on his phone. Fuentes added that Stephens “threw ‘medical’ alcohol all over him before igniting his clothes on fire with a lighter.”

Stephens, who was not home when cops arrived, was later contacted by phone by deputies, who reported that Stephens claimed Fuentes “was participating in the ‘alcohol challenge’ and things went awry.” Stephens added that she left the residence because she was “scared.”

Stephens, investigators noted, declined repeated requests to return to the home and provide “proof that she did nothing wrong.” She was subsequently located at another Bradenton residence and arrested. Stephens is locked up in lieu of $15,000 on a felony aggravated assault charge.

Fuentes suffered second-degree burns “on his left side from his shoulder down past his waist,” reported deputies. Stephens and Fuentes are pictured above in a Facebook photo uploaded to her page in late-June.

The “fire challenge,” which has been popularized by Facebook and YouTube videos, involves a participant pouring rubbing alcohol on their skin and then setting the liquid on fire. The flames are then supposed to be quickly extinguished. However, many individuals have suffered serious burns as a result of the dangerous online trend.

 

Was this dude was thinking outside the bun when he focused his attention on a woman’s buns? September 3, 2014

sfl-flduh-groping-taco-bell-20140902-001A Bradenton man was charged with battery Saturday after grabbing a victim’s left butt check at a Taco Bell drive-thru window, according to the Bradenton Police Department.

Philip Neri Guerrero, 38, was arrested at 2 a.m. Saturday. According to a report, Guerrero went to the fast food location at 3710 Cortez Road, Bradenton. Once he drove up to the pick-up window, police say he got out of his car, reached inside the window and grabbed the victim’s left butt cheek.

Guerrero was released from Manatee County jail the same day on $500 bond.

 

Jury Rejects Man’s Claim He Was Sleeping When He Molested Girl August 28, 2014

Caleb-RuhCaleb Ruh, a 29-year-old Flagler County man accused two years ago of molesting a 7-year-old girl in his care, was found guilty of lewd and lascivious molestation in a jury trial that ended late this afternoon.

Ruh faces life in prison and will be designated a sexual predator. He will be sentenced on Sept. 29 by Flagler County Circuit Judge J. David Walsh.

Ruh was represented by public defender Regina Nunnally, who argued at trial that Ruh suffered from “sexsomnia” and committed the acts while asleep.

Susan Davis writing for WebMD summarizes the disorder this way: “Also called ‘sleep sex,’ sexsomnia is a type of parasomnia, where the brain is caught in transition between sleeping and waking states. As with other parasomnias — including sleepwalking, sleep talking, and, yes, sleep driving — someone who is sleep sexing can seem fully awake and aware, even as he or she is masturbating, or fondling, initiating intercourse with, or even sexually assaulting a bed partner. But he or she truly is asleep. In fact, a diagnosis of sexsomnia has been used as a defense in several rape and molestation cases in recent years.”

In Ruh’s case, a jury of five men and one women didn’t buy it. The jury issued the verdict before Walsh after deliberating 90 minutes.

Ruh, who lives in a part of southern Flagler County that has Ormond Beach addresses, was arrested on Aug. 31, 2012, following a Department of Children and Families investigation earlier into an incident that took place July 1.

Ruh, according to his arrest report at the time, had been left in charge of the 7 year old girl while her mother and a 1-year-old child went to the store. The girl told her mother that Ruh had fallen asleep on the couch, then at one point had called out the girl’s name, grabbed the girl, and tried to kiss and touch her. The girl tried to awaken Ruh, who would later say that he’d taken Xanax before falling asleep. Xanax is an anti-anxiety prescription.

The girl later confronted Ruh about it. He refused to talk about it and claimed that the incident couldn’t have happened. The girl would later tell her mother that on another occasion, Ruh had blindfolded her and put things in her mouth, with the object of the “game” being that she had to guess what it was. The child’s mother took both her children to Broward County, where, the report states, a Child Protective Team concluded that there had been “two acts of sexual violence.”

Ruh continued to insist that he did not remember what had taken place on July 1, as he did at trial.

He was initially booked on $200,000 bail. He did not have a good record while in jail, and faced additional charges, such as obstructing police and violating jail rules two or more times, a case still pending in county court, and a battery charge, what would have been a third-degree felony, though the charge was dismissed.

 

In today’s episode of “No Good Deed Goes Unpunished” August 14, 2014

A woman was kidnapped, beaten and robbed after volunteering for the needy with her church group, according to the Ocala Police Department.

Ocala-Kidnapping-weapon-photo2-pngTara Barnes, 69, told officers that she had just finished providing meals for people near Northwest 3rd Street and North Magnolia Avenue Monday night and was leaving in her car when a man appeared in the backseat and told her to drive, according to the incident report.

Apparently homeless himself, the attacker told Barnes, “You rich (expletive) think we need your help.”

A short time later, the assailant told her to stop on the side of the road, put a rope around her neck and dragged her out of the car, police said.

Police said the attacker, who Barnes described as a white man with a rancid odor, also held her at knifepoint, beat her with a leather club and yelled obscenities at her.

At one point, the assailant held his hand over Barnes’ mouth and when Barnes bit him, he removed her dentures and threw them out of the car window, according to the incident report.

The assailant then forced Barnes to park in the Kmart parking lot on State Road 40 where he robbed her and beat her again until she lost consciousness, police said.

A short time later, Barnes awoke alone in the car, went to a nearby cellphone store and called 911.

Barnes was transported to the Munroe Regional Medical Center where she was treated for several contusions and bruises to her face, arms and stomach.

Police searched the area but said they do not have any leads or suspects in this crime.

Barnes was discharged from the hospital around 9 p.m. Tuesday.

 

This woman found herself in a jam after attacking another women with jar of jelly

sfl-flduh-attack-jar-jelly-20140813-001A Florida woman faces a charge of aggravated assault after she used a full jar of jelly to attack another woman Monday, according to an arrest report.

Denisha Day, 20, of Belle Glade was arguing with another woman because the woman’s daughter poured out some of her shampoo. Day wanted to woman to pay for the shampoo and the argument turned into a physical fight, the report said.

After family members broke up the fight, Day charged at the woman with the jar of jelly, causing a large lump on the side of her face, the report said.

Day was released from Palm Beach County Jail on Tuesday afternoon on $2,000 bail.

 

 

Man Beats Girlfriend After Dreaming She Cheated August 11, 2014

carlos+gascon+mugA Florida Keys man was arrested after beating his girlfriend after he had a dream she cheated on him, according to police.

Carlos Gascon’s girlfriend told Monroe County Sheriff’s deputies that Gascon beat her all day Friday. She was able to call for help at 6:45 p.m. after Gascon passed out.

The woman accused Gascon of choking her, pouring hot coffee on her, cutting the back of her leg with a knife, and threatening to kill her while holding a knife to her throat. Gascon also allegedly picked her up and slammed her down on a glass table, breaking it.

Gascon’s girlfriend also alleges that he picked up his dog, slammed it on the ground and put his foot on the dog’s neck.

Gascon faces charges of aggravated battery, aggravated assault, domestic battery by strangulation, battery, false imprisonment and animal cruelty.

 

Mower choke control? Man, 71, strangles lawn guy over weeds August 8, 2014

 

An Englewood man has been arrested for battery over the lack of weeding by a lawn service.

 

sfl-flduh-chokes-lawn-guy-weeds-20140807-001According to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, deputies met with the victim, the owner of a lawn service business, at a residence in the 6400 block of Thorman Road around 4 p.m. Wednesday.

The victim told deputies he was hired to mow the lawn at the residence and was in the process of doing so, when 71-year-old Patrick Botelho approached him.

The victim said that Botelho asked him why he wasn’t trimming the weeds from the flower beds. The man said he was not hired to do so, that the home owners had contracted with him to only trim the lawn. Botelho told the victim that the weeds were getting into his lawn and told the victim he had better trim the flower beds.

When the victim declined, Botelho allegedly tried to pull the victim off the mower and grabbed him around the neck, choking him so that he was gasping for breath. Another worker who was nearby trimming around the house saw what was happening and ran toward the two. At that point, Botelho released the victim and went back to his own house

Botelho was arrested and transported to the Charlotte County Jail. He was being held on a $2,500 bond.

 

 
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