The Bizarre World of Florida

Expresso yourself: Man upset over java dragged manager with car April 1, 2014

A McDonald’s manager was dragged by a car after police say she chased a customer of the restaurant who claimed he had a bad cup of coffee.

sfl-flduh-coffee-mcdonalds-manager-20140331-001Gasuel Perez, 23, of 700 SW 62nd Blvd, Apt. M149, was at the McDonald’s on West Newberry Road around 4:48 a.m. and became upset about what he said was a poorly made cup of coffee, Gainesville Police Department Officer Ben Tobias said in an email.

Police said Perez then stole the business’s keys that were hanging from the lock on the door and ran to his car. As Perez was getting in his vehicle to drive away, the manager of the McDonald’s chased Perez and tried to stop him by holding the vehicle’s door jamb, Tobias said.

Witnesses said that as Perez drove off, he dragged the manager a short distance in the parking lot. The manager was taken to the hospital after receiving scrapes, scratches and bruises on her arms, legs and back, a police report said.

Police said Perez did not stop to help her and was found by police a short distance away, and he was arrested. Perez was charged with failing to remain at a crash that involved an injury, the report said. He was booked into the Alachua County jail at 6:42 a.m. and remained there Monday afternoon.


Mother made her children regurgitate food and then eat it again, held her children’s heads underwater and pretty much tortured them for 8 years March 29, 2014

A mother starved, beat and tortured her two-16-year-old children for more than eight years, police have said.

Jamie Marie Hicks, 43, allegedly inflicted cruelty on the two children at her home in North Tampa, Florida while their stepfather, 53-year-old Vernon Courtney Lovell, looked on and did nothing.

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Arrested: Jamie Hicks, left, has been accused of abusing her two 16-year-old children for more than eight years, while her husband Vernon Lovell, right, allegedly knew about the abuse but did nothing to help them

She hit them with various objects, choked them to the point of unconsciousness and held their heads under water, according to a police report reported in the Tampa Bay Times.

She also withheld food from them for up to three days at a time, they told police, and on other occasions, she fed them spoiled food or made them regurgitate food and then eat it again.

The alleged abuse came to light when the children went to Mary Lee’s House, a nonprofit child protection organization, where they told child advocates about what they had endured.

The children, whose genders have not been released, said their mother abused them while their stepfather failed to seek medical attention, even though he was aware of the abuse.

A pediatric nurse carried out a physical examination of the children on Thursday and found signs of severe malnutrition and both were hospitalized, according to police.

One of the children weighed 88 pounds and the other weighed 94 pounds, whereas a healthy weight for their age is 135 pounds.

Lovell has lived with Hicks and the children for 13 years, the report said.

Both are being held without bail.

Hicks, who worked as manager of her husband’s handyman services company, was being held in the Hillsborough County Jail on Friday on aggravated child abuse charges.

Lovell also remains in the jail and faces accusations of child neglect.


Man Vomits on Cell Phone. Follows Florida protocol by going on machete wielding rampage March 26, 2014

campbellAn intoxicated man angered after he vomited on his own cell phone took it out on his wife, holding a machete to her neck before firing a shotgun round over a responding officer’s head, police reported.

Port St. Lucie police responded to 1902 SE Hillmoor Drive at 10:15 p.m. Saturday. A woman told dispatchers she fled her apartment with her children after Trevor Campbell, 31, had come home drunk, vomited on his phone and argued with her, at one point holding a machete to her neck causing minor cuts.

According to a police report, she told police that he had a shotgun and was threatening to kill himself, at one point putting the muzzle in his mouth before she pulled it away. A round discharged and punched a hole through the ceiling.

The wife and daughter escaped from the home and ran.

“I located the female victim and her daughter behind the dumpster. They were hiding from him,” Sgt. Schichtel said.

Sgt. Richard Schichtel now became the negotiator. He had to get Campbell to surrender.

Police then called Campbell to get him to come out.

Campbell answered his cell phone.

“We had a good dialogue going with him, next thing I know the phone goes dead and a round is discharged,” Sgt. Schichtel said.

As officers were positioned around the house, Campbell, who was on the second floor of the apartment, fired a shotgun round at the officers.

Crime Scene Investigators trajectory showed the round exiting the window and was fired directly over the officers head.

A rifle round went out the window, passing within inches of another officer’s chest.

The police called Campbell again and asked him to surrender, promising if he left the rifle inside he would not be shot.

“I convinced him to empty his pockets, because they were full of ammunition,” Sgt. Schichtel said. “He emptied his pockets and come down the stairs and out the front door with his hands up.”

Police then took Campbell into custody.

At the jail Campbell complained of shoulder pain from an old football injury. He was taken to Lawnwood Medical Center, where police say he was initially combative with staff. En route to the hospital, Campbell had maneuvered his handcuffed arms in front of his body, forcing the officer to pull over and re-apply them behind his back.

While at the hospital, a detective attempted to interview Campbell but he refused, telling her he “pleaded the fifth,” invoking his 5th Amendment right not to incriminate himself.

He was released from the hospital and taken to the St. Lucie County Jail, where he is held under $250,000 bond on charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault and attempted murder of a police officer.


Mulch madness: woman slapped, kicked Lowe’s customer for ‘cutting in line,’

sfl-flduh-mulch-madness-lowes-20140325-001Cape Coral police today arrested a woman they say slapped and kicked another customer while in line at Lowe’s.

Autumn Kristina Glick, 32, is facing charges of battery on a person over 65.

Police say Glick was at the Lowe’s on Pine Island Road on Thursday when she accused another customer of cutting in line at a loading area.

Glick allegedly verbally assaulted the customer then jumped into the bed of the victim’s truck, where she began throwing bags of mulch out of the bed. Police say Glick slapped and kicked the victim before leaving the store.

Witnesses provided officers with clear cellphone video, which clearly identified the suspect.

Officers went to Glick’s home and spoke with her through a window. They say she refused to come out because “If I do, I’ll be going in the back of your car.” She also told them she had no one to care for her children until her husband returned home.

Officers returned to Glick’s home today and she was arrested without incident.


Culture clash: Religious demonstrator accused of hitting nightclub worker March 25, 2014

sfl-flduh-religious-demonstrator-20140324-001A religious demonstrator was arrested for attacking a man with his megaphone, according to Daytona Beach police.

Police said Arthur Fisher, 47, was demonstrating in front of Razzle’s Nightclub on Seabreeze Boulevard Friday night.

According to police, when a worker from Razzle’s approached Fisher, Fisher allegedly hit the man in the nose with his megaphone.

Fisher was charged with battery, according to a police report.


Police are seeking an attempted purse snatcher. He is white male in his mid-40s to 50s and has a woman’s shoe print on his testicles March 24, 2014

crimeratesiren---9645335Volusia County deputies are searching for the man in an attempted purse-snatching who they say was kicked in the privates by the woman he attacked.

The victim told deputies she was walking to her job at The House Next Door Counseling Center at 7 a.m. Friday when she was approached by a man who she says sleeps on the park bench in front of her office.

The man then asked for money, deputies said. According to the report, when the victim said she didn’t have any money to give, the man grabbed her arm and tried to take her purse.

The victim struggled with the man and kicked him in the testicles, deputies said. The man then ran toward Deltona Boulevard- without the woman’s purse.

The man was described by deputies as a white male in his mid-40s to 50s, 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall with a thin build. He was last seen wearing a plaid shirt and khaki pants.

Contact deputies if you have any information about the incident.


Man beat dad, 87, with sledgehammer in fight over vacuum March 20, 2014

allen-croskey-marion-031914A Marion County man has been arrested after Ocala police say he attacked his elderly father with a sledgehammer over a vacuum cleaner.

Detectives said Allen Croskey, 55, got in a fight Wednesday with his 87-year-old father because of a ruined vacuum.

Police said Croskey told detectives he had come home from eating at a soup kitchen Wednesday morning to find his father in the carport. His father yelled at him about breaking the vacuum cleaner and, while holding a sledgehammer in his hands, told Croskey to leave.

Detectives said Croskey then went to a neighbor’s house, took a piece of pipe from a chain-link fence, and struck his father in the head with the pipe.

Once his father was on the ground and knocked out, police said Croskey picked up the sledgehammer and hit him in the face with it twice.

Police said Croskey, believing his father to be dead, got rid of the pipe and sledgehammer, dragged his father’s body into some bushes and covered it with blankets.

The father remains in critical condition, police said.

As police took Croskey into custody, he told us his dad was a paranoid schizophrenic who, in his words, “went berserk.”

Croskey also said his father “deserves a couple years in the hospital” over the vacuum cleaner issue.

We asked Croskey what led up to the attack, but police closed the doors to their patrol car and drove him to the Marion County Jail before he could answer us.


ANOTHER man caught in-the-act having sex with a dog … come on man! March 19, 2014

os-james-guy-bull-20140319They heard the puppy yelping through the walls of their Daytona Beach apartment.

Witnesses called police, alleging their neighbor was raping his 8-month-old female dog on his porch.

The suspect, James Guy Bull, 61, remained in the Volusia County Branch Jail today, charged with two counts of animal cruelty, after his arrest Tuesday.

Two neighbors told police they saw Bull attacking the dog on several occasions.

“They heard the animal yelp and cry but [Bull] continued with the conduct,” police said in a report.

One of the witnesses told police about hearing a “dog in distress” at Bull’s residence on Magnolia Drive.

The witness told police Bull was attacking the dog.

When Bull saw the neighbor, he “pulled up his pants and put the dog down,” the report said.

“Both witnesses claim that they can hear the animal crying and yelping through the walls of the apartment but not when she is chained up on the porch,” the report added.

The dog was described as “a small light brown mix dog nearly 8 months old.”

It was chained to a post on the front porch.

“The chain was rather large and it was stuck in … the wood slats. She had about 8 inches of space from the post. There was no water or food, the report said. The dog was “clearly emaciated” and suffering from abuse, the report said.

“The female dog was transported to Halifax Humane Society for medical treatment,” the report said.


Man arrested for throwing dog poop at pregnant girlfriend and punching her

sfl-flduh-doggie-doodoo-girlfriend-20140318-001A Florida man was arrested on Monday and charged with aggravated battery after he allegedly punched his pregnant girlfriend in the head and threw dog poop at her.

Daniel Redding, 25, allegedly got upset when his girlfriend’s dog defecated on the floor of the car she was driving and flung feces in her direction. The mess hit the 20-year-old and got on her arms.

The Ocala man then reportedly hit the seven-months-pregnant woman in the head multiple times. She told Deputy William Blair II that she hit Redding back in self-defense, according to a Marion County Sheriff’s Office report.

When Redding began grabbing at the steering wheel, she stopped the car in the middle of the road. Redding hopped out but law enforcement officials were able to track him down at the Westwood Mobile Home Park.

Deputies arrested Redding and took him to the Marion County Jail.

The woman declined to go the hospital, but authorities did alert the Department of Children and Families about the incident.


Michael Jason Fields Accused Of Beating Girlfriend To Death With Cinder Block March 13, 2014

Release Number: 14-097

  • For Immediate Release:
  • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
  • March 12, 2014
  • Contact Person:
  • Public Information Office : piooffice@hcso.tampa.fl.us
  • 813/247-8060


Victim’s boyfriend was arrested for her murder.
  • Tuesday
  • March 11, 2014
  • Time: 2:20 PM
  • 2709 St. Cloud Oaks Drive
  • Valrico



Michael Jason Fields 03/03/1982 2707 St. Clouds Oaks Drive Valrico, Florida


  • 2nd degree murder with a weapon


Christina Mahzamani (deceased) DOB: 06/22/1981 1608 Loriana Street Brandon, Florida


The following information has been summarized in part from the Criminal Arrest Affidavit charging Fields with 2nd Degree Murder.
On March 11, 2014 at approximately 2:20 pm, Michael Fields called 9-1-1 and advised that he found a deceased woman outside his residence at 2709 St Cloud Oaks Drive in Valrico.
When deputies arrived, Michael Fields pointed out a deceased female lying on the ground between his house at 2707 and 2709 St Cloud Oaks Drive. Fields identified the victim to be Christina Mahzamani. Homicide detectives later confirmed her identity as Christina Mahzamani.
Crime scene technicians and homicide detectives responded to the scene and during their investigation discovered drag marks on the grass and leaves leading from the back yard of 2707 St Cloud Oaks Drive towards the middle of the two houses. A cinder block with what was identified as blood was discovered directly behind 2707 St. Cloud Oaks Drive. Also an area of dirt with what appeared to be blood and a partial shoe print was found behind 2707 Cloud Oaks Drive. The shoe impression was consistent with the sole of the shoes that Fields was wearing.
A search of the Fields’ bedroom inside his residence revealed a pair of pajama pants with what appeared to blood on the front of the pants. Fields lived at this location with the owners of the residence.
Detectives interviewed Fields at the crime scene and he stated he was the boyfriend of Mahzamani. Fields stated that on March 09, 2014 at approximately 11 p.m. Mahzamani came to visit him at his house and stayed for a short time before she drove away in her vehicle. He stated he had no further contact with her.
On March 10, 2014, at approximately 2 p.m., deputies responded to a report of an abandoned vehicle blocking a driveway at 511 Briar Meadows Drive in Valrico. When deputies arrived, the vehicle was identified as a 2013 Buick Enclave registered to Christina Mahzamani. This location is approximately 1/2 mile from 2707 St Cloud Oaks Drive. A neighborhood survey revealed that the vehicle was not there as of midnight on March 10, but was later spotted between 2:30 and 3:30 a.m. abandoned in front of the house. Mahzamani’s car keys and other personal items were found inside the car.
On March 10, 2014 at approximately 8:45 p.m., deputies responded to 2013 Elk Springs Drive in Brandon and met with Vali Mahzamani to take a missing persons report. Vali Mahzamani stated he received a call earlier that day from his son, who was out of state and said his son told him that his children ages 13, 9 and 7 years old had called and said their mother Christina Mahzamani left them at home on the evening of March 09, 2014 at approximately 9 p.m. and never returned home. Vali picked the kids up and brought them back to his house.
Homicide detectives arrested Fields while still at the crime scene and took him to the Criminal Investigation Division for further questioning. He was later booked into the Hillsborough County Jail earlier this morning with no bond.
On the evening of March 11, 2014, the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s Office conducted an autopsy on Christina Mahzamani and listed the cause of death as bludgeoning of her head and the manner of death Homicide.



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