The Bizarre World of Florida

Anger over photo behind stabbing death of West Boca restaurant owner March 15, 2014

fl-tilus-lebron-first-appearance-a-jpg-20140314The horrific crime unfolded inside the packed dining room of a popular West Boca eatery. More than 20 terrified diners watched as a worker wielding a huge knife stabbed the restaurant owner and another worker during a dinnertime melee.

The reason for the rampage? Palm Beach deputies say the worker — 42-year-old Tilus Lebrun — was angry that his photo had been taken and posted online on March 2. So he attacked Dimitrios Karaloukas, owner of Jimmy the Greek Taverna, during Thursday’s supper rush.

Karaloukas died of his wounds a short while after being stabbed. The other worker, not yet identified by deputies, was taken to Delray Medical Center in critical condition.

In the aftermath of the crime, Karaloukas’s family was left in shock.

Joseph Scurto, who is Karaloukas’ stepbrother, described him as a family man who loved his wife, kids and grandkids. Scurto said Karaloukas, who lived in West Boca and was known by most as “Jimmy,” cared for his restaurant as he would a child — and that he treated his customers well.

“He loved what he did, he loved the people that he served,” Scurto said in a phone call from his home in New York on Friday. “If someone came in and they didn’t have money, he would take care of them”.

Lebrun’s cousin Markenson Augustin, 21, who lives with Lebrun in Pompano Beach, said he’s a “good guy” working two jobs to help send money back to his three children in Haiti. Augustin said Lebrun moved to the U.S. in 2005.

“We’re shocked because we didn’t expect something like this,” Augustin said in a phone call Friday. “He was working like crazy. I don’t see him too much because he’s always working.”

He didn’t know why Lebrun would get so upset about a photo.

Augustin said Lebrun worked at the Sun Sentinel Distribution Center in Deerfield Beach. Hired through a temporary staffing agency, he worked from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. He started working at Jimmy the Greek restaurant in January, Augustin said. His shift as a dishwasher started there at 3:30 p.m.

Augustin said Lebrun expressed frustration with the restaurant job. Augustin said he told Lebrun he should quit the dishwashing job.

State records show no arrests for Lebrun. Augustin described Lebrun as a normal person and said he and the rest of the family were stunned over his murder arrest.

Deputies say the attack happened at about 7:30 p.m. with the restaurant bustling with customers.

Employees told deputies Karaloukas, 61, was sitting near the front of the restaurant when walked up to him carrying a large knife and began stabbing him, three times in his left side and once in the back, for no apparent reason, the arrest report said.

Karaloukas died from his injuries at about 8:45 p.m., according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies found Lebrun wearing a black work apron and carrying a knife on the 8000 block of Glades Road near the Florida Turnpike shortly after the killing. Some witnesses told Sun Sentinel news partner CBS12 the weapon was a meat cleaver.

While sitting in a deputy’s cruiser, Lebrun asked the deputy if he was Haitian, and when the deputy said yes, Lebrun spoke to him in Creole saying: “I killed him because he took my photograph on March 2 and posted it on the Internet.”

In an interview at sheriff’s office headquarters, Lebrun told the deputy: “They need to learn how to respect people. I have three kids in Haiti. I know they will suffer, but they will survive,” according to the report.

The deputy said while driving to headquarters for the interview, Lebrun repeatedly said Karaloukas had taken his photo without permission.

Lebrun is being held in Palm Beach County Jail without bail on homicide and attempted homicide charges.


Man stole knife from one person, used it on another March 14, 2014

charles-edward-ferribee-iiA homeless man has been arrested after he allegedly stole a knife from one person and used it on another.

On Feb. 10 the man, 47-year-old Charles Edward Ferribee II, no address listed, stole a folding pocketknife from its owner, according to a Fort Walton Beach Police Department arrest report. No information about the theft victim was listed except his name, which will not be reported in this police blotter.

That night, Ferribee is accused of getting into an argument with a woman about her spending time with another man. He pulled out the pocketknife and tried to stab her in the ribcage area, the report said, but failed. So then he aimed for her face and neck. She suffered a minor stab wound to her left cheek and left neck area.


As If Enough Silliness Doesn’t Happen …. Fight over fishing spot ended in stabbing November 5, 2013

sfl-flduh-fishing-spot-20131104-001It started with a fight over where a man parked to go fishing. It ended with traumatic injuries and an arrest.                                          

David Christner, 58, is accused of stabbing a man Saturday with an ice pick near Siesta Bridge. Photo provided by the Sarasota Police Department

The altercation began with an exchange of words, then became physical, before the victim was stabbed once in the back and again in the right side, an arrest report states.

The victim managed to notify the bridge master, who called 911. Responders found the victim lying on Siesta Bridge. He was airlifted to the trauma unit at Blake Medical Center, where he underwent emergency surgery and a blood transfusion.

Christner is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.


Man stabbed in eye after rejecting girlfriend’s sex request October 9, 2013

sfl-flduh-threesome-romp-20131008-001A woman accused of stabbing her boyfriend in the eye after he rebuffed her amorous advances was arrested on an attempted murder charge, according to a recently released affidavit.

The boyfriend of La Crystal King-Woolfork, 28, told Indian River County Sheriff’s investigators he was sleeping about 4 a.m. Sept. 26 when King-Woolfork got home drunk and wanting sex.

The boyfriend said King-Woolfork got upset and stabbed him in the eye at their Vero Beach home after he said he wasn’t going to have sex with her. The boyfriend said he disarmed King-Woolfork and called another person for a ride to the hospital.

Investigators photographed the stab wound to the boyfriend’s left eye along with other wounds.

Meanwhile, King-Woolfork said that she and a friend were at the Shake Your Booty club “having a good time” and got home about 4 a.m.

(King-Woolfork) further stated that she and another female entered the bedroom where (the boyfriend) was sleeping and started performing oral sex on one another while (the boyfriend) watched,” the affidavit states.

King-Woolfork said she wanted her boyfriend to have sex with her and the other woman, but he declined.

When the other woman left, King-Woolfork said she picked up a knife, saying she knew her boyfriend was going to get mad. Still, she said he wasn’t upset when she got the knife.

She said her boyfriend got out of bed and they started struggling over the knife.

She said her boyfriend “stomped on her head” a number of times before she broke her cell phone on his head.

Although King-Woolfork denied stabbing her boyfriend, she did say she hit him in the face several times with a metal candle holder. She said her boyfriend punched her in the nose after she hit him with the candleholder.

King-Woolfork, of the 4400 block of 28th Court in Vero Beach, was arrested on an attempted murder charge.


Feud over pit bull ended in murder September 4, 2013

On Sunday, September 1, 2013, the Jacksonvlle Sheriff’s Office began investigating a murder at the Cedars of Baymeadows Apartments located at 9801 Old Baymeadows Rd.

sfl-flduh-pit-bull-20130903-001Patrol officers responding to the area regarding to assist the Jacksonville Fire Rescue Department with a man who was cut and bleeding found the victim, Joseph Micah Primo, who was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

One of the responding officers observed a subject that appeared to match the description of the suspect leaving the apartment complex in a Gator City Taxi Cab.  The suspect, Tyehimba Yazid Fort, was detained and interviewed by homicide detectives.

During the initial interview the suspect admitted to being in a fight with the victim but denied stabbing him.  In a subsequent interview the suspect admitted to leaving the apartment with the knife that he used to cut the victim multiple times.  Investigators were able to determine that the initial confrontation began over a dog.


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.


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