The Bizarre World of Florida

Nude dude tried to carjack man offering him clothes April 24, 2015

A man was arrested Tuesday afternoon after he was accused of trying to steal a car while naked from a man who offered him clothes.


At 3:25 p.m., 32-year-old Ganzo Keith Haynes was in the buff and ambling along on the 2800 block Southwest 40th Avenue when he came upon a man beside a vehicle who offered him a chance to cover up. The man told Gainesville police officers he reached into his car for some clothing and Haynes grabbed his neck and began to choke him, according to a jail booking report.

Haynes told the man to get on the ground and hand over the keys to the car, according to the report. Haynes’ grip eventually forced the man down, and then he told him he no longer wanted the keys.

Haynes then ran away, and GPD officers eventually caught up with him. He told them he was naked because he had been drinking and that he grabbed the man in an attempt to get away after the man tried to unbuckle his own pants, the report states.

Haynes was arrested on a charge of carjacking and booked into the Alachua County jail, where he remained Wednesday awaiting a bond hearing.


Man accused of shooting grandma’s car

A man was arrested after he shot a hole in his grandmother’s car, police said.

imagesBoynton Beach police arrested James Frederick, 23, on Wednesday.

Police said Frederick and his mother got into an argument while she was sitting inside of his grandmother’s car. He told her to get out of the car and then let off five shots, according to the arrest report. One of the bullets hit the car near the right rear door.

His mother said she was not afraid nor did Frederick at anytime point the gun at her. The grandmother said she did not want charges filed.

Frederick has been convicted of four felonies previously, according to records.

He was arrested Wednesday after officers caught him driving a stolen vehicle. After a brief chase, he was apprehended.

He is charged with discharging a firearm in public, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of ammunition by a convicted felon. Additionally, he faces charges of grand theft auto, driving without a license and resisting arrest.

He is being held at the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $3,000 bail.


Spider-face tattoo gang member stabs neighbor

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A known Volusia County gang member with a long criminal history as prominent as the face tattoo he flaunts of a spider and fly trapped in a web is in trouble with the law again.

spyderDeLand police arrested Eric Ortiz, 25, on Wednesday and charged him with principal to aggravated battery with a deadly weapon causing bodily harm. Ortiz remained held Thursday on $10,000 bail.

Police said Ortiz, in a jealous rage, stabbed his neighbor, Brandon Bonneville, 28, whom he suspected was sleeping with his girlfriend, a DeLand police report states.

Police were called to the Garfield Place Apartments at 500 Harrison Place at 1:11 p.m. Wednesday where Bonneville’s father said his son had been stabbed, a report shows.

Bonneville was taken to Florida Hospital DeLand before police got to the scene but investigators visited Bonneville at the hospital where they found him with a 1-inch puncture wound to his left thigh.

Ortiz claimed he stabbed Bonneville with a pair of tweezers over an affair but Bonneville said he saw a 7-inch knife hanging from his left thigh before Ortiz pulled it out and ran with it, police said.

Bonneville reported that Ortiz has been accusing him of having an affair with Ortiz’s girlfriend, Brandy Canales, 20.

On Wednesday, Bonneville went to Ortiz’s apartment to tell him he had been questioned about his children by investigators from the Department of Children & Families. Bonneville said Ortiz slammed the door in his face, police said.

After Bonneville left, he said Ortiz came out of his apartment and ran at him, stabbing him in the thigh.

Police searched a wooded area where a witness said Ortiz threw an object. Officers found a 7-inch knife with blood on it, said DeLand police Sgt. Chris Estes.

Ortiz claimed Bonneville threatened him with a firearm and told police Canales was a witness. Canales said she heard Bonneville say he had a concealed weapons permit and was going to kill Ortiz but she did not see a weapon, reports said.

Police said Ortiz is a known gang member with an extensive criminal history.

Court records show Ortiz has been arrested multiple times since 2007 for offenses including marijuana possession, obstructing an officer without violence, DUI, for habitually driving with a suspended license and violating an injunction for protection against domestic violence.

On March 1, 2014, Ortiz was accused of entering an ex-girlfriend’s Altamonte Springs apartment and holding a box cutter to the woman’s neck, Volusia County sheriff’s investigators said.

Ortiz threatened to cut the woman’s throat and leave her in a ditch if she didn’t drop felony aggravated charges filed in February 2014.

Ortiz was charged with kidnapping, battery, false imprisonment, attempted sexual battery without force, tampering with a witness, robbery by sudden snatching and preventing someone from calling 9-1-1. The latest charges March 1, 2014, stem from an incident when Ortiz sought out his ex-girlfriend, who was in hiding after breaking up with him.

Prosecutors dropped all the other charges except false imprisonment, assault and battery, to which Ortiz pleaded no contest and spent 122 days in jail, records show.


Wife sent hubby a message by setting his clothes afire

It’s all fun and games until the house catches on fire.

That’s what some might say following an apparent flaming feud that on April 15 sparked a law enforcement response and caused about $10,000 in damage.

MAILBRITT_CANTERBURYAnother man told police he was renting a bedroom there. He said his landlady fought with her husband before lighting his closet on fire and taking off on a bicycle.Port St. Lucie police went to an address in the 2300 block of Southeast Rock Springs Drive where firefighters were extinguishing a blaze, according to records. A 47-year-old man identified as the victim said he thought his wife, Maibritt Canterbury, 39, set the house on fire.

Police spoke to Canterbury at St. Lucie Medical Center. She said she tried to light some of the victim’s clothes on fire that were on the floor of his closet.

“She did this because of the ongoing back and forth of lighting each other’s property on fire over the last few days,” an affidavit states.

Records didn’t state whether Canterbury is a fan of “Burning Down the House,” a Talking Heads single from 1983, or of Def Leppard’s “Pyromania” album from the same year.

Canterbury said she used a lighter and noticed “a small flame but did not think the fire lit.” She left the room, not intending for the house to catch on fire.

It could be said that the victim fanned the flames by saying that over the past few days they’d been torching each other’s stuff in the backyard.

Asked whether he thought Canterbury meant to catch the house on fire, the victim said, “No, she was probably just trying to burn my stuff.”

A fire investigator determined the blaze started in the victim’s closet, and that there was about $10,000 in damages.

Police held Canterbury’s feet to the fire as they arrested her on an arson charge.


Sheriff’s deputy arrested for DUI April 23, 2015


An Orange County sheriff’s deputy was arrested on charges of driving under the influence, according to authorities.

Florida Highway Patrol said Deputy Gregory Popp was arrested early Sunday morning on State Road 528 near Dallas Boulevard driving home from a Jimmy Buffett concert in Tampa.

Troopers said Popp told them that he had been drinking since 10 a.m. at the concert, which was at 8 p.m. He told troopers that he was trying to get everyone home.

According to the report, Popp’s passenger had nothing to drink for several hours, and her blood-alcohol level was zero.

Popp has since been relieved of his law enforcement duties, credentials and firearms, pending an internal investigation.

Popp has been with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office since 2007 and was assigned to the Agricultural Marine Unit, the Sheriff’s Office said.

He was released from jail on Monday morning.


Synthetic-drug suspect head-butted police officer

An Orlando man suspected of consuming synthetic drugs is also accused of head-butting an Orlando police officer after defecating in a police interview room, authorities said.

os-robert-steven-ortiz-jr-20150420Robert Steven Ortiz Jr., remains in the Orange County Jail after his arrest Friday.

Ortiz was among a group of roughly 40 people who gathered at outside in the 40 block of North Magnolia Avenue after 5 p.m. Friday, police said.

Many were yelling and starting fights, so police began to clear out some of the participants.

Officer Mark Levy recognized one of them, Ortiz, from previous police encounters.

Ortiz appeared to be rolling a joint, the report said.

“Ortiz looked up at me and attempted to conceal the joint in his right hand. I reached for his right hand and ordered Ortiz to ‘stop,’ ” Levy’s report said. “I grasped his right wrist and Ortiz pulled his arm away from me and threw the joint on a grated vent in the sidewalk attempting to destroy it. Ortiz then attempted to get around me and walk east on Wall Street.”

Levy detected the odor of synthetic drugs, possibly the fake marijuana commonly known as “K2″ or the synthetic drugs called bath salts.

He ordered Ortiz to stop and the suspect resisted.

“I directed Ortiz to the ground and ordered him to ‘stop resisting’ and ‘put your arms behind your back’ numerous times,” Levy wrote.

A short time later, he placed handcuffs on Ortiz.

But he “suddenly and unexpectedly pulled his arms over his head and in front of his body” and threw a plastic container containing suspected synthetic drugs into the street.

As officers restrained Ortiz, he threatened Levy, saying he was going to head-butt the officer.

Ortiz was arrested and brought to the downtown office for the bike patrol, where he urinated and defecated on the floor, a report said.

Then Ortiz fell and hit his head as he was being taken to the Orange County Jail, according to a report.

The fire department took to Ortiz a local hospital.

Hours later, as Levy was trying to put Ortiz into his vehicle at the hospital, “Ortiz suddenly and aggressively delivered a head butt to the right side temple,” Levy said in a report.

“Ortiz came at me trying to head butt me a second time,” his report said.

Hospital security officers helped Levy secure Ortiz in the vehicle.

Ortiz was charged with battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting an officer with violence and resisting an officer without violence.

He was also charged with tampering with physical evidence and nuisances injurious to health.


Mom used Facebook to setup fight between teens

A Pasco County mother is under arrest, accused of being caught on video instigating a fight between two teenagers while being armed with a knife.

635651204672401433-TABITHA-ANNE-BENNETT33-year-old Tabitha Anne Bennett is charged with child abuse, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and simple battery. She is currently free on $10,500 bond.

The Pasco Sheriff’s Office says on the evening of April 12, Bennett drove her 13-year-old daughter to the area of Moog Road and Colonial Hills Drive so the child could fight with a 14-year-old girl. Bennett allegedly sent a Facebook message to the 14-year-old telling her where to meet for the fight.

Once there, deputies say Bennett got out of her vehicle while holding a folding knife, and told the crowd that had been gathering she would not allow anyone to join in the fight.

At least two cell phones recorded the fight, and were posted to social media. In the video, Bennett is allegedly seen yelling and encouraging her daughter to “get on top” of the 14-year-old. At one point, Bennett is seen kicking the 14-year-old in the side and pulling her to the ground by her hair, allowing her daughter to get on top of her and continue the fight.

According to her arrest report, Bennett said she admitted to encouraging the fight, because she felt her daughter was being bullied and needed to fight back.

The Sheriff’s Office has not released the video, because it is a child abuse case.



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