The Bizarre World of Florida

Thief thwarted by next-door self-defense studio May 12, 2015

A Wesley Chapel man is accused of trying to steal $15,000 worth of bikes from a local store.

Unfortunately for the alleged thief, he didn’t notice the self-defense studio located next door.

david-menzies-0508“Who would rob a store that has Hammerfist next door and they’re there?” said Bruce McCarthy, co-owner of Kona Swim Bike Run.

According to the Pasco County Sheriff Office, the person who would rob that store is 30-year-old David Menzies.

Investigators said Menzies broke into the bike store Thursday evening. At the time, people were training next door at Hammerfist Krav Maga, a self-defense and jiu-jitsu studio.

“Immediately me and a couple of other guys, we went outside and we did notice the glass and there was some noise going on,” said Jason Carrio, co-owner of Hammerfist Krav Maga.

During those few minutes, deputies say Menzies was next door grabbing clothes and expensive bikes. That’s not all; investigators say he even took a Jeep for a test ride and parked it out back to load up.

When he was out back, Carrio and other instructors ran around to stop him.

“We started yelling to him, you know, ‘Hey, is that your stuff? Are those your bikes? What are you doing?’ ” said Carrio.

Carrio says Menzies kept loading the bikes even after the confrontation. Carrio says he told Menzies he called police. Menzies then said he’d wait in the car.

“I knew as soon as he got into that car he was going to try and take off and the car was running,” Carrio said.

So the self-defense instructor took matters into his own hands and took the suspect out of the car and held onto him with jiu-jitsu moves.

“I just reacted, to be quite honest with you,” he said. “I just reacted. I just felt like this is the right thing to do.”

McCarthy says he recognized Menzies because he checked out the store Wednesday and acted like a customer.

In the end, it was perhaps a big lesson learned for the suspect.

“Clearly he didn’t read or he doesn’t know what Krav Maga and jiu-jitsu is but definitely a bad environment to come and try to break the law,” said Carrio.

Investigators say Menzies admitted to trying to steal the bikes and the Jeep.


Police arrest man accused of exposing himself at hotel

Filed under: Bizarre,Nudity,Sexual Exposure — floridaduh @ 9:08 pm
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sfl-flduh-tourist-exposing-hotel-20150508-001Naples police have arrested a tourist accused of exposing himself to another man on Thursday at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club.

Police reports say the suspect asked another man where the bathrooms were, then exposed himself and asked the other man, who is disabled, to perform a sex act on him.

Officers say they worked with a security team at the hotel to identify a suspect, 75-year-old Vito Evola, who admitted to talking with the disabled man. Evola, who is from Ontario, Canada, faces a charge of lewd or lascivious act on a disabled person.


Naples police are looking for a man who they say dropped his pants and exposed himself to another man at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club yesterday.

Reports show the suspect asked the victim where the bathrooms were. The victim told him, then asked where the suspect was visiting from.

“Italy,” the suspect replied, before exposing himself and asking the victim to perform a sex act on him.

The suspect went to the bathrooms then left the scene shortly after.

He is described as a a white male between 50 and 60 with black hair. He is about six feet tall and 200 pounds. At the time, he was wearing a white shirt, red shorts, black sunglasses and sandals.


Stupid Theives Tried to Steal a Dump Truck …. Problem? They Couldn’t Drive It!

Filed under: Bizarre Florida,Stupid,Thief,WTF? — floridaduh @ 9:05 pm
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A plot to steal a dump truck in Lake Worth stalled out after the two suspected thieves realized they couldn’t drive the vehicle..

fl-lake-worth-dump-truck-brief-20150507-001The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office was called out to a home in the 2200 block of Park Street in Lake Worth just before 10 p.m. on Wednesday. Two men that lived at the house said Moya Cardenas and an unidentified man tried to steal their dump truck.

They were alerted to the theft after they heard the dump truck “rumble past” the house, according to the arrest report. The dump truck was stored at a storage facility about 1/3 of a mile north of the house.

Moya Cardenas and the man made it about 100 feet past the house before the dump truck stalled out. The men were able to grab Moya Cardenas and hold him down while the other man in the truck managed to escape with the CB radio system, deputies said.

Moya Cardenas is charged with “grand theft dump truck,” according to the arrest report, as well as burglary.

He is being held at the Palm Beach County Jail on $10,000 bail.


Brandon woman gets three DUI’s in 6 days May 11, 2015

Filed under: Alcohol,Bizarre,Drunk,DUI,Scary,Sick — floridaduh @ 1:05 pm
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It took three strikes, but a Brandon woman is finally off the roads after she was arrested three times in six days for DUI this past week.

635665962091076907-Jennifer-Yi-Bk-15016886Jennifer Yi, 31, was first arrested by Hillsborough Sheriff’s deputies on April 30 around 5 p.m. on Brandon Boulevard. She refused to take a BAC and urine tests and was released on May 1 at 8 a.m. on $500 bond.

She was out only a few hours when she was arrested again on Brandon Boulevard for DUI and, again, refused to take a BAC and urine test. She was released the next morning at 3:37 a.m. on $500 surety bond.

Then, on May 5, she was pulled over again a few doors from her home on Camella Dr. E. around 12:45 a.m. and arrested for DUI with property damage. For a third time, she refused a BAC and urine test.

She is currently being held without bond.

Yi works as a pricing coordinator for Coca-Cola.


Smug-looking man took bathroom break in patrol car

Filed under: Bizarre Florida,Dumb,Stupid — floridaduh @ 1:01 pm
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A criminal charge of “dumping untreated human or dangerous waste” conjures up thoughts of someone discarding hazardous human waste in the environment perhaps at the peril of an entire community or endangerment of wildlife.

urineIn this case, however, it was a puddle of urine left behind in the backseat of the patrol car of a Volusia County deputy who believes his prisoner may have done it as payback for getting arrested in the first place, an arrest report shows.

Tracy Chapman, a 49-year-old man who lives near DeLand and is the caretaker for his 86-year-old father, was arrested earlier this week for failing to appear in court on a misdemeanor charge, an arrest report shows.

Chapman was placed in the backseat of Deputy Morris Froscher’s squad car and Froscher began the 17-minute drive from Chapman’s residence on Rolling Acres Drive to the Volusia County Branch Jail on Red John Road. The arrest occurred just before 2 a.m. Wednesday.

When Froscher arrived at the jail and removed Chapman from his patrol car, he noticed liquid in the backseat. The floorboards of the car also were wet, as were Chapman’s pants, the report shows.

Froscher thought Chapman looked smug.

“Deputy Froscher after Chapman was outside the vehicle observed that Chapman had a look of satisfaction on his face as if he had paid Deputy Froscher back for arresting him,” Froscher wrote in the narrative of the report.

“It should be noted that Deputy Froscher was attired in his department issued uniform replete with all badges and accoutrements. The patrol vehicle had the distinctive Sheriff’s Office logo on it,” the deputy wrote.

Froscher also duly noted that Chapman did not have a medical issue that would “force him to discharge potentially dangerous and harmful urine in the backseat of Deputy Froscher’s vehicle.”

While the charge is a misdemeanor, Froscher called it a “nefarious act.”

Chapman, who posted $750 bail, could not be reached for comment Thursday.


Mom ankle deep in trouble after throwing shoe at daughter

Some people may not want to be in Linda Morgan’s shoes.

linda_morganThat’s because she got booted into jail after being accused April 22 of throwing a shoe at her 20-year-old daughter in Vero Beach.

Investigators determined Morgan got in a verbal altercation with her daughter. Morgan tossed the shoe, an article of clothing worn on a foot, at her daughter while a deputy was there.Indian River County Sheriff’s officials arrested Morgan, 50, following the flying footwear flap at an address in the 3900 block of 46th Street, records state.

The footwear flinging allegations against Morgan recall the Eddie Murphy stand-up routine known as “Shoe Throwin’ Mothers” in which Murphy explains his mother’s skill at throwing and hitting him with a shoe following perceived infractions.

“She would carry that (expletive) like a gun,” Murphy said in the “Delirious” video from 1983. “By the time I was like 10, my mother was like Clint Eastwood with a shoe.”

Meanwhile, Indian River sheriff’s investigators found the spat between Morgan and her daughter happened when Morgan locked her daughter out of the home. The daughter forced her way in, angering Morgan.

Some might not describe Morgan as a goody two-shoes or straight-laced because the report states she made “several threatening statements” towards her daughter. The report doesn’t indicate whether the statements caused anyone to be shaking in their boots.

Morgan, of the 3900 block of 46th Street in Vero Beach, was jailed on an assault/domestic violence charge.


Naked man peered into apartment windows May 8, 2015

Jesus Ruiz Aguirre_1430940525804_17945520_ver1.0_640_480A Zephyrhills man was arrested after he was found running around a neighborhood naked, peering into apartment windows.

Jesus Ruiz Aguirre, 22, was charged with loitering and prowling. He is listed in the arrest affidavit as a groundskeeper at Wild Things zoo in Dade City.

Zephyrhills police said Aguirre could not provide a reason for being in the area naked.

He was found near Oak Run Circle standing near an apartment without any clothes.



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