The Bizarre World of Florida

Samurai sword-wielding, knife-throwing man lost it over missing can of shrimp August 21, 2013

A Samurai sword-wielding, knife-throwing Volusia County man attacked his mother’s boyfriend over a missing can of shrimp Saturday morning, an arrest report said.

sfl-flduh-can-of-shrimp-20130820-001Jayson Laughman, 34, of Deltona used a sword to break down a door and threw kitchen knives at family members after his mother’s boyfriend accused him of taking a can of shrimp, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

Laughman told deputies he didn’t remember everything that happened during the fight because he “went into code red and lost his temper,” the report said.

Michael Airhart, 52, and Laughman had a “heated verbal argument” before agreeing to go outside and “engage in a physical fight” at the home they share located in the 700 block of North Firewood Drive at 8:30 a.m. Saturday.

Laughman threatened Airhart with a statue, but the fight outside did not escalate past that, according to the report.

Thinking the fight was over, Airhart returned to his bedroom with Laughman’s mother.

The couple was watching television when Laughman started breaking through the bedroom door with a Samurai style metal sword, the report said.

Once inside the bedroom, Laughman made threats that he would use the sword to hurt Airhart, deputies say.

The couple was able to calm Laughman down and he left the room, but returned almost immediately and started throwing two kitchen knives at Airhart, deputies said.

Airhart was able to escape the bedroom through a sliding-glass door without being injured.

During the investigation, Laughman complained of chest pains. He was transported to Florida Fish Memorial Hospital, where deputies questioned him.

Although deputies arrested Laughman and charged him with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, he remains in the hospital.


Weird Crime: Domestic Mediation Is Not Mightier Than the Sword August 13, 2013

Osceola County, Florida
On the evening of August 9, 2013, 74-year-old Isabel Rego was having her granddaughter (along with her 4-year-old great-grandson) over to her place for dinner. Since her 44-year-old son Juan Lovine already shared the living space with her, Isabel’s home was set to have four generations of their family under one roof together.
But as beautiful as that may sound at first, there are many families that do not do well unless they are separated by large distances and generic Christmas cards. In this one’s case, Juan and his adult daughter were unable to break bread together before escalating the dinner conversation into an intense verbal altercation.
This is normally where most extended family drama ends (followed by lots of awkward stares and whispering), but things between these two quickly turned physical. It began with Juan grabbing his daughter and pushing her into the wall. She was then able to successfully counter with a devastating jab to his eye.
That’s when Juan decided to take things the next level by grabbing a 5-foot-long sword and stabbing his daughter in the right arm and chest.

As you might imagine, 911 was called…although none of the available reporting on this incident indicates who it was that actually dialed emergencies services. If it was Isabel, than she may have had a change of heart while waiting for the police to arrive; once the officers got there, she attempted to prevent the police from arresting her son.
In an interview with the Orlando Sentinel, Isabel decried the officers’ overreaction to the situation, explaining that Juan was just angry because his daughter’s punch (which it should be noted was in self defense) had caused his eye to bleed. She also claimed that Juan never intended to kill his daughter, but was only trying to “poke” her.
On the subject of why he had a sword in the first place, Isabel said that her son had bought the sword at Medieval Times as part of a collection that he keeps in the house (which helps explain why he is 44 years old and still lives with his mother).
Isabel also claimed that what the police interpreted as her trying to physically assault them was actually her just giving Juan a kiss goodbye. Considering the fact that she considers being stabbed twice with a 5-foot sword a “poke”, that potentially could be accurate.
And if Isabel really was trying to give her son a kiss goodbye as he was being hauled off to jail, than you really have to wonder just how much this woman hates her granddaughter. Not only had her son just tried to beat her granddaughter up, but he resorted to stabbing her with a sword after rightfully getting his ass handed to him…  …and that’s the way she sees him off? Even my own overprotective and loving mother would have sent me on my way with a well deserved kick to the nuts if I had tried something like that.
Jaun’s daughter (whose name is not being released) was listed as being in stable condition on Saturday with none of her injuries being life-threatening.
Isabel Rego was arrested and charged with resisting law enforcement. She paid $500 bond and was released from the Osceola County Jail.

Juan Lovine was arrested and charged with attempted felony murder, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and domestic violence. After being released from the Orlando Regional Medical Center, he will be held at the Osceola County Jail while awaiting trial.

…and he won’t have his precious sword collection.

Man tried to throw beer drinking bud in front of ambulance August 12, 2013

A Tavernier man was arrested Saturday afternoon for cutting another man on the hand with a box cutter, then trying to throw him in front of a moving vehicle.

Deputy Matt Koval responded to an area behind Mariner’s Hospital at 5:20 p.m. to reports of two men fighting. When he arrived, the two men were there along with a hospital security guard.
The victim told Deputy Koval he and 48 year old Mark Peto were drinking beer underneath the movie theater at Tavernier Towne when Peto suddenly attacked him, cutting his thumb with a box cutter. The victim said he was walking to the hospital to have his thumb treated when Peto attacked him again, grabbing him around the neck with his arm. Peto then tried to throw him in front of an ambulance. The ambulance swerved around them.
The security guard witnessed the part of the fight which took place near the hospital. He was able to intervene and get the two men separated before Deputy Koval arrived.
Peto was arrested. He was charged with aggravated battery, aggravated assault and battery.

Line Cutting Leads To Butt Stabbing At McDonald’s August 8, 2013

An argument over cutting in line at a fast food drive-thru ended with a man stabbed in the butt and a woman on her way to jail.

The Hillsborough Sheriff’s says it happened Wednesday morning at the McDonald’s on Highway 301 in Riverview. Investigators say Mohammad Abukhder was in the drive-thru lane when 45-year-old Rebecca Simmons tried to cut in line.


Abukhder shouted profanities at Simmons, who then got out of her vehicle and allegedly stabbed the hood of Abukhder’s car with a knife.

Abukhder then got out of his car and walked over to Simmons vehicle in an attempt to take her car keys so she would not leave the scene.  Deputies say that’s when Simmons stabbed him in the right buttocks, causing a small puncture wound.

Simmons was arrested at the scene and charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and criminal mischief with property damage.

Deputies say Abukhder’s injury was minor and did not require medical attention. Damage to his car is estimated to be $200


Radio rage: Man attacked roomie with machete after station was changed July 22, 2013

sfl-flduh-radio-rage-20130720-001Don’t change Josue Rodriguez’s radio station.

Rodriguez, 40, was showering early Thursday morning in the Lake Worth warehouse where he lived, when he heard his roommate moving the radio dial. He got out immediately and confronted him, nose to nose, Palm Beach County deputies reported.

The roommate anticipated Rodriguez would hit him, so he shoved him away. This only angered him more. Rodriguez went for a machete stashed under a table in the middle of the room, deputies said.

Rodriguez swung, but the roommate ducked in time. Then Rodriguez brought the handle down on the roommate’s cheek, bloodying it, deputies said. After that, they wrangled on the floor. The roommate knocked the machete away and ran outside, where he called 911.

Deputies asked Rodriguez what happened.


This guy fed his buddy …… who then stabbed him ….. huh??? July 19, 2013

Suspect stabs his friend.

  • Wednesday
  • July 17, 2013
  • Time: 2:25 PM
  • 1006 Pleasant Pine Court
  • Valrico, Florida


(Booking Photo from 2008 arrest)
David Rex
DOB: 12/19/62
1115 Myrtle Road Valrico, FL


  • Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon
  • Felon in Possession of Firearm


Alan Caise DOB: 2/18/57 1006 Pleasant Pine Ct Valrico, FL


On July 17, 2013 at approximately 2:25 p.m., deputies responded to a stabbing at 1006 Pleasant Pine Court in Valrico. The suspect and the victim have been friends for about five years. The suspect, David Rex came to the home of Alan Caise. While they were talking, Rex stated that he was hungry. Mr. Caise gave Rex something to eat. Shortly afterward, Rex goes over to the side of the house and when he returns he stabs Alan Caise in the chest and the back. David Rex then fled the scene.
Caise was transported to Tampa General Hospital.
David Rex was taken into custody at 1115 Myrtle Road in Valrico. Rex was transported to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office where he started to complain of chest pains. Rex was transported to Brandon Regional Hospital to be medically cleared.


Bamboo Flute Blanchard Stabs His Dad… But Not For Naming Him “Bamboo Flute” July 1, 2013

bVxfGdOAn 18-year old Gainesville man has been arrested and charged with attempted murder after deputies said he stabbed his 54-year-old father in the chest with a pocketknife because he wondered what it would be like to kill a person.

Bamboo Flute Blanchard was in his family home in the 2000 block of Southeast 49th Drive in Gainesville on Tuesday evening when, without warning, he attacked his father, who had been lying down in his bedroom, according to a report released by the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s deputies and Alachua County Fire Rescue responded to the scene of the stabbing, where they reported learning that Bamboo’s younger brother had been using the knife for another purpose before laying it down on his bed. Blanchard then picked up the knife and gazed at it while stating, “I wonder what it would be like to take a life,” deputies reported.

Blanchard then rubbed the knife on his chest near his heart and said he didn’t think he could “handle it,” the report said.

Blanchard then walked to his father’s bedroom while being trailed by his younger brother and suddenly stabbed his father in the chest, deputies reported.

Alachua County Fire Rescue transported the elder Blanchard to UF Health Shands Hospital, where he told law enforcement he initially thought his son had punched him in the chest but looked down and saw he had been stabbed, according to the report. The father then refused to give a sworn written statement regarding the events.

Bamboo Blanchard also refused to speak to deputies and only grunted during his interview, deputies said.


Man arrested on warrant stabbed himself with needle June 28, 2013

sfl-flduh-himself-with-needle-20130627-001A 21 year old Plantation Key man made threatening gestures at officers with a needle, then stabbed himself with it in the neck Wednesday night.

Detectives went to the house on Azalea Street at 7:45 p.m. to arrest Cole Peacock on charges of fraud and grand theft. He is accused of applying for a credit card through Citibank using a fictitious company name – Lockheed Martin IT. Once the card was issued, he charged $18,801.67 on the card. He then wrote three fraudulent checks and sent them to Citibank to cover the charges. The checks used the same fake business name he used to apply for the card, and listed Peacock’s address on them. Peacock also used his own cell phone number on the credit card application. Citibank conducted an investigation, and then reported the case to the Sheriff’s Office.
After reviewing the case, Detective Robert Dosh obtained warrants for Peacock. He and other detectives and deputies went to Peacock’s home on Azalea Street to arrest him on the warrants . When they go there, Peacock pulled a plastic tube with a needle on it out of his pocket. The device turned out to be an EpiPen, but at the time, it was unclear what it was. He pointed it at the officers as if he were going to stab them. He  was ordered to drop the device, but refused. He then stabbed himself in the neck with it.
Deputies grabbed him and knocked the device from his hand. Peacock pushed, kicked and struggled with the officers as they were attempting to take him into custody. During the struggle he grabbed Detective Dosh’s holster as if he were trying to take his gun from him.
Peacock was finally subdued. He was taken to Mariner’s Hospital to be checked out, then was transported to jail. He was charged with three counts of fraud, grand theft, resisting arrest and assault.

Woman accused of throwing knife at man …….. in front of a cop June 20, 2013

sfl-flduh-throwing-knife-at-man-20130617-001A Gainesville woman was arrested and charged with aggravated assault after police allege she threw a kitchen knife at her boyfriend in the presence of law enforcement early Monday morning.

Gainesville Police Officers Kelly Weaver and James Alford were conducting a criminal mischief investigation at 3 a.m. in the 400 block of Northwest Second Avenue and was interviewing the suspect in that case, Daniel Eli Hoffner of Gainesville, when 28-year old Rhawnlie Ann Brown approached and began saying repeatedly she would “stab him in the chest” if he wasn’t arrested, referring to Hoffner.

Ultimately, Brown reached into the basket of her bike and retrieved an item from it and walked toward Hoffner again. Brown then threw a small kitchen paring knife at Hoffner’s back from approximately 20 feet away. Weaver intervened, and the knife fell to the ground without touching Hoffner.

Officers also arrested Hoffner as a result of the original criminal mischief investigation, according to a separate report. Hoffner had entered Brown’s apartment at the same address and poured tea and milk on her property, police reported. During his investigation, Officer James Alford observed tea and milk all over Brown’s couch, laptop, pillows, mattress and bed sheets.

The estimated damage to Brown’s property is approximately $200. A search of Hoffner also revealed possession of approximately 2 grams of marijuana.


And …. more and more bizarre …. Boat captain grabbed machete; crew jumped overboard June 18, 2013

sfl-flduh-boat-captain-20130617-001A Sunday boating trip down the Ocklawaha River ended with four people abandoning ship after they said the vessel’s operator got upset and went for a machete.

It was unclear what set off Rex Crews, 51, but it was enough that the four passengers on the boat, including Crews’ daughter, decided it was safer in the water, according to Marion County Sheriff’s Office reports.

The four were picked up by a passing boat and the sheriff’s helicopter was able to spot Crews’ boat near Moss Bluff. Crews docked the boat and ran into the woods. He was eventually caught by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers and charged with boating under the influence.

Crews was booked into the Marion County Jail, from which he was released Monday morning after posting a $500 bond.



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