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Man hit Home Depot employee with faucet August 19, 2014

http---Hidden-Past.com-Images-placeholderA Pinellas Park man was arrested recently after police said he attacked a Home Depot employee with a faucet.

Pinellas Park police said Timothy S. Dexter, 54, entered the Home Depot, 4040 Park Blvd., on Thursday and asked an employee for help.

The employee told Dexter she was on break and turned to walk away.

Police said Dexter then grabbed the woman by the arm. The woman yelled “Don’t put your hands on me,” according to an arrest report.

“As the victim pulled away,” an officer wrote in the report, “the defendant then struck her in the left buttocks area with a boxed faucet.”

Dexter was arrested on a battery charge.

 

Here’s something you evidently don’t want to do: use Thomas Steffen’s favorite cup

THOMAS_STEFFEN_mug-208x300hat appears to be what sparked a confrontation that ultimately left Steffen’s brother with bruising and redness and Steffen in lock-up, according to statements in a recently released arrest affidavit.

Port St. Lucie police on Aug. 2 went to an address in the 1600 block of Southwest Tivan Lane and spoke to Steffen’s brother and his girlfriend.

They said Steffen, 25, came in while they were in bed naked and began “screaming at (Steffen’s brother) about him using his favorite drinking cup,” the affidavit states.

A cup is a flat-bottomed vessel designed to hold beverages for human consumption. Cup varieties include the mug, chalice, highball, cannikin, pilsener, cordial, tankard, demitasse, goblet, grail, stein, teacup and tumbler. There’s also the storied “pimp cup,” a highly-ornate drink receptacle famously toted by the rapper Snoop Dog.

A cup features prominently in the video for “Cups,” a popular song from the 2012 film “Picture Perfect,” and in the traditional magic trick known as “cups and balls.”

In measuring terms, a cup is equivalent to 8 ounces.

Meanwhile, Steffen’s brother told police that Steffen started pushing him then charged him and grabbed him in a bear hug.

Steffen’s brother said he was able to push Steffen off him. He hit Steffen in the eye after Steffen again charged him.

Steffen told police he went in his brother’s room, pushing and tackling him.

A description of Steffen’s favorite drinking cup wasn’t listed. It’s also unclear whether a straw was involved.

Steffen, of the 1600 block of Southwest Tivan Lane in Port St. Lucie, was arrested on a misdemeanor battery charge.

 

This momma apparently found herself in the hot seat with cops — the same place she apparently left her baby

Filed under: Abuse,Alcohol,Bad Mother,Child Abuse,Dangerous Nut,Dumb,WTF? — floridaduh @ 3:39 pm

A 34-year-old Lake County woman was arrested this weekend after leaving her baby in a car while she shopped for liquor and cigarettes, police said.

sfl-flduh-mom-booze-run-20140818-001Shannon Mixer of Umatilla faces child abuse charges after a witness said she left her 1-year-old daughter in her car for nearly 20 minutes Sunday afternoon.

Police said the temperature outside exceeded 90 degrees about 2 p.m. Sunday. The witness said he was walking through the parking lot of a Publix shopping center off U.S. Highway 441 when he saw the child. The unlocked car was still running and the air conditioning was on, so he waited several minutes before calling police.

Mixer came back to the car just as police arrived. The little girl was sweating and the car was “uncomfortably warm,” with the temperature inside wavering being 91 and 93 degrees, the report said.

Mixer told investigators that she didn’t think leaving the child in the car was a problem because she left the car running. She admitted to leaving the child in the car at least six times in the past, including once earlier that same day.

“I left Burger King and I wanted to go get me some liquor,” the report said Mixer told police. “So I went to L J’s [Lounge and Package liquor store] and she was sleeping so I ran in. I was in there two to three minutes, ran back out to check on her, she was fine then I ran into Publix for some cigarettes. Inside I noticed there was Gatorade on sale and bought that.”

She said she was in the store about seven minutes Sunday. The little girl’s father took her home after Mixer’s arrest.

 

You kill a guy and ask your girlfriend to help bury him. She refuses so you threaten to kill her too. BTW He wasn’t even dead, he just had a broken nose August 18, 2014

Filed under: Amazing,Bizzarre,Dangerous Nut,Dumb,Scary,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:43 pm

Police arrested a St. Petersburg man last week who, they say, beat another man unconscious with a BB gun and, believing the man to be dead, asked his girlfriend to help bury the body.

1604577Police said Nicholas M. Harris, 20, planned to kill the man Monday. He hit the victim in the face with a metal BB gun repeatedly, broke his nose and rendered him unconscious, authorities said.

Harris thought he’d killed the man, so he placed him in a car and drove home, police said. A witness and Harris’ girlfriend watched as he dragged the victim inside, according to police. Harris asked his girlfriend to help bury the body, and when she refused he threatened to kill her and the other witness with a knife, authorities said.

After a few hours, the victim woke. Harris’ mother and brother drove the man to the hospital, where doctors treated his broken nose. He also required stitches.

Harris was taken to the Pinellas County Jail and held on $260,000 bail.

He was charged with first-degree attempted murder and multiple counts of battery, assault, false imprisonment, possessing a firearm as a felon, and burglary.

 

When ‘love thy neighbor’ can be a double-edged sword

Filed under: Abuse,Bad Temper,Controversy,Dangerous Nut,Dispute,Fight,Knives,Scary,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:40 pm

A 43-year-old Fort Walton Beach man is charged with threatening a woman with a sword after an argument over him having sex with the neighbor.

sfl-flduh-neighbor-sex-sword-20140815-001Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputies were called to a West Sunset Boulevard residence for a disturbance, according to the arrest report. The victim told deputies that she and Michael Lee Young had gotten into an argument regarding Young having sex with the neighbor.

She said Young had struck her in the face and kicked her in the stomach before grabbing “a long sword,” the report said. Young waved the sword “in an aggressive manner” and pointed it at the victim as if he was going to stab her.

He then said, “Don’t make me do it! I will!” According to the report, the woman feared for her life and ran out of the house screaming for help.

Young said he picked up the sword and waved it while arguing with the woman, the report said.

He is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without the intention to kill.

 

Couple splurges $10,000 in fraud at Four Seasons Hotel on Palm Beach

Filed under: Amazing,Bizzarre,Controversy,Fraud,Interesting,Robbers,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:33 pm

A Hialeah couple reportedly spent over $10,000 fraudulently when they used fake names and spent a luxurious night at the Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach.

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Javier Roura, 25, and Joanna Sanchez, 28, walked into the Four Seasons Resort on July 3 without reservations or luggage. The couple insisted they were tired from traveling, so the receptionist expedited the check-in process, obtaining a minimal amount of personal information, according the Palm Beach Police Department.

They used the name Mr. and Mrs. Sebastian Spinel and gave a fake phone number and email. During the night, the couple ordered a movie, in-room dining and an $800 bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue Label Whiskey. They tried to order two more bottles of Johnnie Walker but they were never delivered.

The couple also spent more than $8,000 at the hotel’s boutique, Swell, where they indulged in clothing and accessories such as a bathing suit, a woven purse, a knit dress and jelly sandals, the report said.

Their stay clocked in at $10,353, the police report said.

A surveillance camera captured Roura and Sanchez as they left the hotel in a Dodge Charger. Police found the same car parked outside of their Hialeah residence, according to the report.

Former probation officers for both Roura and Sanchez helped identify the suspects in surveillance videos showing the couple in the lobby and shopping at the boutique. The offenses for which the suspects were on probation were not immediately known.

The credit card that Roura used was later determined to be have been issued by a French bank, La Banque Postale, in Paris.

Roura and Sanchez were arrested and booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on Wednesday and face charges of forgery, illegal use of credit cards, grand theft and impersonation. They were released Thursday after posting bail — $12,000 for Roura and $8,000 for Sanchez.

 

Played out? Bikini-clad mom found passed out; child left unattended

Filed under: Alcohol,Bad Mother,Bizzarre,Controversy,Dangerous Nut,Drunk,Scary,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:25 pm

sfl-flduh-bikini-mom-passed-out-20140815-001A bikini-clad mother who was found passed out at her apartment complex while her 6-year-old daughter played unsupervised at a nearby playground was arrested on a child neglect charge Wednesday, a Maitland police report states.

According to the report, Maitland police responded to the Grand Reserve Apartments about 6:30 p.m., after a neighbor spotted the girl playing alone. The girl’s mother Karen Gunderlach, 33, was found on a second-floor breezeway.

Officers woke Gunderlach and reported the “strong odor of an alcoholic beverage.” They said her speech was “slurred to the point where it was difficult to understand her.” When asked the date and time, she reportedly said it was 7 a.m. Thursday.

Gunderlach told police her daughter was with a baby sitter. A half-empty 12-pack of Miller Lite was found nearby, as were a beach towel and sandals. Gunderlach initially denied they were hers, but later said they might be, the report says.

Gunderlach was arrested on a charge of child neglect and booked into the Orange County Jail. The Florida Department of Children and Families was called in, and the 6-year-old’s uncle came to take custody of the girl, the police report says.

Reached by phone Friday, Gunderlach handed the call off to a man who said he was representing her. He said the child was “never not being supervised” by a baby sitter and “was never in any danger at all.”

 

 
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