The Bizarre World of Florida

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.


Man stabbed brother over spilled beer, missing mac & cheese June 13, 2013

sfl-flduh-mac-cheese--20130612-001A 49-year-old man was arrested in Deltona late Tuesday on suspicion of stabbing his brother in a fight that started over some missing macaroni and cheese and spilled beer.

Randy Zipperer was arrested on charges of aggravated battery and obstructing an officer without violence.

[Warning, content may be graphic: 911 call

According to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, a witness said Zipperer was at his home on Danforth Avenue when he became upset because he couldn’t find his mac and cheese.

His 47-year-old brother went to help look for the food and accidentally knocked over Zipperer’s beer, the witness told deputies.

The brothers then got into an argument and Zipperper got a knife from the kitchen and stabbed his brother in the stomach, deputies said.

Deputies said the brother had a small puncture wound on his stomach and found blood leading from the kitchen to the bedroom.


Refused a drink, drunken man returned to bar, attacked four with knife May 21, 2013

Who: Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Operations Bureau Support Services Bureau -Crime Scene Investigation Unit


James  Klingbeil (Arrested) DOB: 1/21/1963 Address: 110 9th Street, Belleair Beach Arrested for Attempted Murder,  two-counts Aggravated Assault and one- count Battery

Rebecca D. Schaefer (Victim) DOB: 12/24/1980 Address: 712 1st Street, Indian Rocks Beach

Nicholaus Rees (Victim) DOB: 12/24/1977 Address: 303 Live Oak Lane, Largo

Michael W. Arnold (Victim) DOB: 04/03/1987 Address: 205 Orangeview Avenue, Clearwater

Gordon Rees (Victim) DOB: 10/21/1968 Address: Live Oak Lane, Largo

What: Deputies have arrested a man after he injured four people during an Indian Rocks Beach Bar stabbing incident. Bar patrons held suspect down until deputies arrived on scene.

When: Deputies responded to the incident at about 11:11 p.m. on Sunday, May 19, 2013.

Where: Deputies responded to the Red Lion Pub located at 1407 Gulf Boulevard in Indian Rocks Beach.

Why/How: Deputies initially responded to a disturbance at the Red Lion Pub in Indian Rocks Beach. Upon arrival, deputies discovered three victims with stab wounds and the suspect, later identified as 50-year-old James Klingbeil, being held down by patrons of the bar.

According to deputies, Klingbeil had been at the Red Lion earlier in the evening for a drink. The bartender refused to sell alcohol to him as he was already highly intoxicated. A verbal altercation ensued and Klingbeil then left the bar without further incident.

Deputies say Klingbeil then walked over to the USA Grocers located at 1211 Gulf Boulevard where he purchased a fillet knife. Klingbeil then returned to the Red Lion, where he got into a verbal altercation with 32-year-old Rebecca Shaeffer (a bartender).  At some point during the altercation, Klingbeil pulled out the knife and began attacking Schaeffer with it.

According to deputies, bar patrons 35-year-old Nicholaus Rees, 26-year-old Michael Arnold and 44-year-old Gordon Rees attempted to help Schaeffer and were injured in the process. Nicholaus Rees suffered a laceration to his right forearm, Michael Arnold suffered a laceration to his hand and Gordon Rees was punched in the face by the suspect.

Deputies say eventually patrons were able to take Klingbeil to the ground and get the knife away from him.

Schaeffer was transported by air to Bayfront Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. She sustained multiple lacerations. Nicholaus Rees was transported to Largo Medical Center by his brother Gordon Rees for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Michael Arnold transported himself to Bayfront Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Klingbeil was arrested for attempted murder, two-counts aggravated battery and battery and transported to the Pinellas County Jail without further incident.

The investigation continues.



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