The Bizarre World of Florida

Employees at a tattoo store didn’t take an robbery attempt lying down. January 31, 2012

According the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, on Jan. 28 around 8:05 p.m., 44-year-old David Pereira entered the Addiction Ink tattoo store and demanded for the owner and his sister’s money back.

Four employees struggled with Pereira and held him down until police came.

Police say the weapon Pereira was pointing at the employees was made up of three D batteries wrapped in electrical tape with white cardboard and furniture stuffing around the bottom, along with a piece of metal that could resemble a trigger guard.

Everyone there told police they thought he had some sort of gun or taser.

Pereira was charged with Attempted Robbery with a Weapon and is being held on $20,000 bond until his court date on Feb. 21.


Here’s another upstanding Floridian! Fight over dog poop ends in arrest

A fight that started over dog droppings ended with a Port Richey girl in handcuffs Sunday.

According to the police report, around 2:47 a.m., 28-year-old Jessica White approached the 19-year-old girl after the girl’s dog pooped in her yard on Sudbury Drive.

Police say White punched the girl on the forehead during the fight. The girl was taken to the hospital for treatment of her injuries and White was taken to jail.

On the way to the jail, White said she did not start the fight, but she ended it.

White was charged with Simple Battery and released later that day on $150 bond.


Car-theft victim sees stolen car from bus

Filed under: Bad Luck,Bizzarre,Florida Nut,Really Dumb,Robbers,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 3:55 pm

A central Florida woman forced to take the bus when her car was stolen. The interesting thing about this case is that she was able to help authorities capture the suspected thieves after watching her car drive past the bus.

According to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, the woman reported her car stolen Friday from her Deltona home. But as she was sitting on a bus six hours later, she called 911 to report seeing her black 2002 Saturn in Orange City.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports that a responding deputy spotted the car and eventually pulled it over. The vehicle’s occupants, 29-year-old Aaron Hosack and 20-year-old Amber Jones, were both arrested and charged with multiple counts, including grand theft and burglary.


2 more fake cops placed in real jail cells.

Filed under: Bizzarre,Controversy,Florida Nut,Fraud,Really Dumb,WTF? — floridaduh @ 3:47 pm

Richard Jackson Sleeper had cut off a 75-year-old man near a gated community in New Port Richey and told him he’d have to issue the man a citation for having an obscured license tag, reports the Tampa Bay Times in St. Petersburg.

But there was a problem: Sleeper is not a law enforcement office.

When the man’s passenger called real cops, Sleeper tried to flee but the 75-year-old man followed him, according to the arrest report.

And in Siesta Key, near Sarasota,  Jordan Alexander Letschert, 29, allegedly posed as a federal marshal while at a nightclub, where he flashed a badge at a manager and told him he was there to make an arrest, reports the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

When the club’s manager inquired about the arrest, Letschert said, “It has to be serious to cross my desk,” according to the arrest report.


Want to get arressted? Simply shoot your gun in front of an officer. No problem!

Filed under: Bizzarre,Dangerous Nut,Drunk,Florida Nut,Guns,Really Dumb,Shooting,WTF? — floridaduh @ 3:43 pm

Shooting a pistol in front of a Kissimmee police officer Sunday led to the arrest of a motorist on DUI and gun charges, police records show.

The driver, Angel Santiago, Jr., 25, of Kissimmee, was charged with driving under the influence, discharging a firearm in public, using a firearm while under the influence of alcohol, possession of a firearm while being the subject of a domestic-violence injunction and carrying a concealed firearm.


Hey wife, excuse me but I want to use our bed with this woman friend of mine. No peeking!

Filed under: Bizzarre,Controversy,Dispute,Fight,Florida Nut,Really Dumb,WTF? — floridaduh @ 3:40 pm

Marian Searchwell’s husband said his wife grew enraged after he decided to bring home a “female visitor.”

“Specifically, Searchwell began yelling at (her husband),” an Indian River County Sheriff’s deputy wrote in a recently released arrest affidavit.

The husband said Searchwell — his wife of five months — grabbed his neck during the 10:10 p.m. Jan. 26 incident, leaving abrasions.

Searchwell’s account of the apparent domestic donnybrook in the 400 block of 43rd Avenue Southwest in Vero Beach differed.

The 56-year-old woman said she was in the master bedroom when her husband appeared, asking that she leave “in order for him and his female visitor to use the bed.”

“When she did not comply with his request, he picked her up from the bed,” the affidavit states.

Searchwell said she grabbed her husband’s shirt and his neck.

The affidavit did not state why Searchwell’s husband and his “female visitor” wanted to use the bed.

Typical uses for beds include sleeping, napping, slumbering, dozing, snoozing, getting 40 winks or some shuteye. They also can be employed by children as a make-shift trampoline, or modified with the addition of wheels for use in a so-called bed race.

In any case, the affidavit did not state whether Searchwell’s husband and his “female visitor” were afforded use of the bed. Nor did the affidavit state whether the bed was a twin, full, queen, king, bunk, Murphy or a rollaway.

Searchwell was arrested on a misdemeanor domestic battery charge.


Man screaming in the night that the house was possessed!

Filed under: Bizzarre,Florida Nut,Really Dumb,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 3:35 pm

 Pasco deputies found him on the porch of someone else’s house, screaming into the night that the house was possessed.

Neighbors called 911 around 2:30 a.m. Saturday when they heard shouts from Jonathan Portz, 37, a Pasco County Sheriff’s report said.

The owner of the house, at 4542 Firelane Road, told deputies he didn’t know Portz.

Portz, of 5140 Counselor Drive in Zephyrhills, was arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct and taken to the Land O’Lakes jail. He has since been released.



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