The Bizarre World of Florida

Man arrested for prowling tried to fight a fire hydrant August 19, 2014

Filed under: Bizzarre,Controversy,Drunk,Fight,Funny,Interesting,Voyerism,WTF? — floridaduh @ 4:00 pm

St. Petersburg police recently arrested a prowler who they say tried to fight a fire hydrant before he was taken into custody.

http---Hidden-Past.com-Images-placeholderPolice said they arrested Jeffrey Paul McKenna, 34, after he was seen peeking into windows of homes in the 4800 block of Third Avenue N in St. Petersburg on Aug. 14.

Police were called and when officers arrived, McKenna told them he was looking for “Tony” and “wanted to go with the back up officer and smoke and be back in 20 minutes,” an officer wrote in an arrest report.

“He was also acting like he was going to fight the fire hydrant in front of him prior to being taken into custody,” the officer wrote.

The report does not indicate if McKenna — or the fire hydrant — landed any blows.


Man took photo up woman’s skirt at Wal-Mart, cops say July 20, 2014

handcuffs_generic_01-e1348525933359A 30-year-old man was arrested after he put his cellphone under a woman’s skirt at a Sanford Wal-Mart and took a photo, according to police.

Sanford police responded to the Wal-Mart on Rinehart Road around 11 a.m. Thursday for a report of a suspicious man. A Wal-Mart employee said he noticed the man, identified as John Henry Williams of Casselberry, following a woman and her young daughter.

“Williams looked around nervously, and then, with the use of his small black flip top Samsung phone, lunged low to the floor and placed the phone between the still unaware female’s legs (the victim was wearing an above the knee blue skirt),” the arrest affidavit stated.

He allegedly followed the woman to another aisle and did it again, police said. When an officer confronted Williams, he said it was a misunderstanding and had done nothing wrong. The victim said she noticed Williams following her but did not know what he was doing. Police say both incidents were caught on surveillance video. The cellphone was confiscated. Williams is charged with video voyeurism and is being held in the Seminole County jail.


Barber shop doubled as a strip club July 1, 2014

priceThe owner of an Orange County barbershop was arrested after Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation agents raided the business and said it was being used as a strip club.

Super Fades barbershop, which sits along Pine Hills Road, is closed following the raid that sent its owner, 42-year-old Derrick Price, to jail.

Agents said they found a 17-year-old girl stripping inside the business. But Price denies that he was using the shop as a strip club.

“It’s customer appreciation. I thank my customers for coming in and supporting me, that’s all it was,” Price said to Eyewitness News.

MBI investigator Lt. Mike Gibson said undercover agents visited the barbershop by day and learned that it quickly morphed into a liquor-selling strip club every Saturday night.

“On each and every occasion they were serving alcohol and they had strippers. And not strippers following local law, but strippers that went completely nude,” Gibson said.

Undercover agents said about 1:30 a.m. Sunday, they bought $20 worth of vodka at the business, where the 17-year-old was allegedly one of many women working as a stripper.

The underage girl was charged with lewd acts and adult entertainment crimes, but agents are investigating whether she was forced to work against her will.

“We had to speed up our investigation quite a bit to get the juvenile out, and in fact, we did,” Gibson said.

There was a $10 cover charge for patrons to get in during those times, authorities said. But Price denied that he was collecting a cover fee when he talked to Channel 9.

“I wasn’t taking money for anything, I take donations,” Price said.

Neighboring business owners told Channel 9 they didn’t know about the alleged extracurricular activities at Super Fade, but MBI agents said it was no surprise what was going on.

“Surely he could make $600-$700 a night as the owner running this strip club,” said Gibson.

Investigators said they removed a stripper pole permanently installed in the middle of the shop.

“That would have been a piece of equipment that was there even when they operated during the day while they acted as a barbershop,” Gibson said. “I’ve never gone to a barbershop that had a stripper pole.”

Investigators said a tipster prompted them to take in cameras, where they shot video so graphic WFTV chose not to air it.

Gibson said they expect to make more arrests in the case. Price was booked into the Orange County Jail, but he has since bonded out.


Jeepers, creepers, a nursing home peeper? May 30, 2014

Winter Haven police arrested a man who, they said, was naked and committing lewd acts in public on two different occasions.
Willie Washington_1401365985171_5376415_ver1.0_640_480 (1)Willie James Washington was arrested Wednesday and charged with two counts of Indecent Exposure, two counts of Intimidation / Wearing Mask to Conceal Identity, Burglary and Violation of Probation.
Police said the Winter Haven resident was seen around 9:00 p.m. on May 15, fully nude outside a nursing home, 904 Lake Martha Dr., NE, with a t-shirt over his head and peering into windows.
A worker inside saw the suspect masturbating while staring at the worker.  The worker didn’t immediately contact police, but called the next day after management learned of the incident.
Video of the incident was obtained from the nursing home, but a positive identification was unable to be made at the time.
On Wednesday around 7 a.m., a pedestrian walking near the Chain of Lakes Trail saw a man acting suspicious. The witness saw the man emerge from some bushes and then duck back in.  The witness continued walking and when she turned back around and approached the area again, the suspect jumped out completely naked, fondling himself.
He had something covering his face and was wearing gloves. The witness screamed at the man saying she was going to call police. He jumped back in the bushes, grabbed his clothes and ran off. The witness was able to provide a clothing description from when he first appeared out of the bushes as well as the direction the suspect ran.
As officers approached the area, they saw a male fitting the suspect’s description near a vehicle close to the parking lot of Home Depot (2000 8th St., NE). Officers made contact and ultimately the witness positively identified Washington as the one she saw on the trail.
Because of the similarities in the two incidents, Detectives went back to the video from the nursing home and ultimately were able to identify Washington as the suspect. Washington was charged with both incidents and booked into the Polk County Jail.
Washington, 62, has a long and violent criminal history across several states, including arrests for Armed Robbery (multiple times), Armed Burglary (multiple times), Fraud Impersonating an Officer, Trespassing, Shoplifting, Kidnapping, Grand Larceny, Multiple weapons charges, Agg. Assault with a Firearm, Poss. of Firearm by Convicted Felon, Dealing in Stolen Property, Resisting an Officer, Multiple Drug Offenses (Cocaine), Multiple Paraphernalia Offenses, Agg. Assault on a Police Officer, Fraudulent use of Credit Cards, Theft by Extortion, Terroristic Threats, and Disorderly

Argument over pornography doesn’t have happy ending May 27, 2014

A tiff involving pornography and domestic tidiness ended with a 32-year-old Port St. Lucie man getting sent to the slammer.

sfl-flduh-porn-watching-20140527-001The girlfriend of Geraldo Rodriguez told Port St. Lucie police May 8 that she and Rodriguez quarreled over Rodriguez’s “porn watching and the cleanliness of their home,” a recently released arrest affidavit states.

Rodriguez’s girlfriend said Rodriguez got upset and tossed a workboot at her, striking her thigh. She also accused Rodriguez of slapping her.

Meanwhile, Rodriguez said they argued about his viewing of pornography, or material that depicts graphic sex acts designed to elicit amorous excitement and/or appeal to those with prurient interests.

“Geraldo advised that (his girlfriend) called him gay for watching transgender porn and he became very angry,” the affidavit states.

That, Rodriguez said, is when he hurled the workboot. He denied slapping his girlfriend.

Rodriguez, of the 2400 block of Southwest Warwick Street in Port St. Lucie, was arrested on a misdemeanor battery charge.


Say ‘cheese?’ Man suspected of voyeurism at fondue eatery May 21, 2014

sfl-flduh-voyeurism-fondue-20140520-001A Hialeah man is accused of grabbing a portable telephone at a Cooper City restaurant, taking it into the ladies’ restroom and looking over the wall of an occupied stall.

According to a Broward Sheriff’s Office report, the incident happened about 11:30 p.m. Saturday at The Melting Pot at 5834 S. Flamingo Road.

The woman in the stall said “excuse me” to Jorge Francisco Pino, 42, who then said, “I need to go to the bathroom,” the report said.

When deputies arrived, Pino struggled with them and grabbed one of the deputies by his gun belt, investigators said.

He also began putting cocaine and marijuana in his mouth in an attempt to chew up any drug evidence, the report said. Deputies used a stun gun to subdue him, the report stated.

Pino is facing charges that include drug possession, evidence tampering, battery on a law enforcement officer, petit theft and voyeurism. Bond was set at $6,700, jail records show.


Accused Peeping Tom busted again for, well, the same thing May 13, 2014

A Deltona man who was arrested for peeping into a woman’s room last year was arrested again Saturday and as deputies took him into custody he yelled “he was on probation for doing the same thing,” arrest reports show.

bildeDaniel Bonano, 28, was charged with voyeurism, loitering and prowling and resisting an officer without violence, arrest reports show. Volusia County Branch Jail records show he is being held on $500 bail.

According to reports, a man returned home Saturday at 1:29 a.m. and saw Bonano run behind a garbage container and then an air-conditioning unit. When a deputy shined a light on him, Bonano took off running and after jumping some fences, was caught by the deputy, a report states.

As the deputy brought Bonano to the ground, he said he wanted to die, deputies said.

“I want to die! Please just shoot me,” Bonano told the arresting deputy.

When the deputy said he was not going to shoot him, Bonano said. “You don’t understand man! I’m on probation for doing the same thing,” according to the report.

Deputies said Bonano was arrested Nov. 26 for loitering and prowling. During that arrest Bonano admitted fondling himself while watching a woman through a window at 3 a.m.

Deputies found footprint’s outside the window of an 18-year-old girl’s room in Saturday’s incident. They took Bonano’s camera phone as evidence.


Caretaker charged with voyeurism at beach vacation rental property May 8, 2014

sfl-flduh-voyeurism-beach-rental-20140507-001The man accused of installing hidden cameras inside of a vacation home on Fort Myers Beach made his first appearance Wednesday morning. A Lee County judge denied bond for Robert Moore, who is facing nine felony charges. Moore was silent as the prosecution made the request.

Lee County Detective Paul Walsh was even called to testify about Moore being a potential flight risk.

Moore’s attorney says his client has cooperated in the investigation. He says he knew the arrest was coming and was planning for it.

“To represent to a court that he’s a flight risk is a flat out lie. We’re sick to our stomachs over this, and we’re going to fight this all day long,” said his attorney, Joe Viacava.

He says even though his client was found in Orlando, he was never running from law enforcement, he was just visiting family, but detectives say he was running.

“We believe he was tipped off. Based on that, we tracked his phone. It went from Lee County — he missed several appointments that day — then went to Arcadia and on to Orlando,” Walsh said

Viacava is asking for Moore’s bond to be set at $50,000. He is due back in court in June.

Additional victims

A family has hired a lawyer to protect their privacy after detectives say Moore recorded them on hidden cameras.

Lee County forensics were just able to recover 4,000 deleted videos on SD cards. On those cards were people changing clothes, using the restroom and having sex.

Attorney Scot Goldberg is representing the family of 15 who vacationed at a rental home on Fort Myers Beach. They say they met Moore, and called deputies after finding a hidden camera in an alarm clock in a bedroom where adults and children were staying.

“It’s tough on everybody, and this could be something that goes with the children for a very long time, and it’s nice that they’re separated by this, they haven’t been bombarded at a Lee County or Collier County or Charlotte County school or anything like that. But I think that’s the most difficult part, making sure there’s no long lasting affects on the kids,” Goldberg said.

The investigation is ongoing and constantly revealing other disturbing details — like separate videos found inside Moore’s home where he lived with his wife and her children. It’s possible more victims could come forward.

“The biggest thing that concerns me as an attorney and a residents of Lee County, is that somebody’s going to think that Southwest Florida is not a very good vacation spot with this kind of thing happening. The important thing to know is that we have law enforcement that’s all over this,” Goldberg said.


Man Pleads No Contest in County Jail Voyeurism Case April 30, 2014

A former jail worker has pleaded no contest to charges of unauthorized access of a video surveillance system at the South County Jail.

sfl-flduh-jailhouse-peeping-tom-20140429-001Joseph Berry, 60, had been working as a maintenance supervisor at the jail when he was arrested in February 2013, according to a Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrest report.

“The camera system has the capability to zoom into the shower area of the female dorm,” the report states. “This is the same camera system utilized by Berry, therefore giving him access to view the shower area.”

Deputies also accused Berry of taking air-conditioning filters, a battery backup and computer monitors that belonged to the county.

Berry pleaded no contest Friday to an offense against a computer user and grand theft. Each is a third-degree felony punishable by a maximum of five years in prison.

Without a plea deal in place, Berry’s sentence will be left to Circuit Judge John Stargel to decide. A sentencing hearing is set for June 20.


James Stanton Recorded His Female Coworkers For Years March 24, 2014

A man in Tampa has been charged with 123 counts of video voyeurism after a co-worker found videos on his computers, according to Tampa police.

James-Stanton_zpsc9c51102Police said James Stanton, 39, had been using a video recording device for several years to capture videos of at least five female victims using the bathroom and showering in the locker room at MaintenX, a maintenance service company in Tampa, where Stanton worked.

According to police, an IT employee for the company discovered the videos when servicing Stanton’s computer. Police said the employee notified management, then turned to police with information and the videos when he reportedly saw no action from management.

There are more than 200 videos dating back to 2010 and Stanton can be seen in some of them, handling the camera after the victims left the rooms.

Not all of the videos show victims’ faces, police said, so they are working to identify additional victims. They will also investigate to see if there are additional videos, if other employees were involved and if there are other charges Stanton could face.



Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 21,751 other followers