The Bizarre World of Florida

Man accused of trying to lure girls with promises of candy February 10, 2015

A Hollywood man is accused of promising candy to two young girls if they would go with him on a bus ride, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said.

Damian-FletcherDamian Anthony Fletcher, 32, was charged Monday with trying to lure or entice a child under 12, a misdemeanor, but bond was increased to $150,000. He also had a previous bond revoked for violating probation for an unrelated charge of carrying a concealed weapon, jail records showed.

According to the arrest report filed in the case, Fletcher approached the 9-year-old and 11-year-old girls in the 4700 block of Southwest 18th Street in West Park, Saturday afternoon.

Fletcher said, “Come with me on the bus and we’ll go get some candy together and then I can take you places, come on,” the arrest report stated.

The girls said they didn’t know Fletcher and they were scared when he said, “I want to give you a hug. Come here and give me a hug,” detectives said.

The girls’ parents didn’t know him either.

During the booking process, sheriff’s deputies overheard Fletcher say he just wanted to have sexual contact with the girls, the report stated.


Accused butt-grabber says he was just trying to help

A Bradenton man was charged with battery after he grabbed a woman’s buttocks, according to the Bradenton Police Department.

ivDJG.AuSt.69Carnell Davis, 59, was arrested at 9:11 p.m. Friday in the 4800 block of 51st Street West, Bradenton. According to a report, Davis approached the victim and grabbed her by the arms. The victim pushed Davis away and, as she was leaving, he grabbed her buttocks.

The victim told police she didn’t want Davis to touch her. According to a report, Davis uttered several times that he should not have touched her and that he was just trying to teach the victim how to dress in the cold.

Davis was released Saturday from Manatee County jail on $500 bond, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.


Rapping man hit with tricycle in dreadlock donnybrook February 9, 2015

A woman accused of pulling her child’s father’s dreadlocks and hitting him with a tricycle wound up behind bars in what could be called a hairy situation, an affidavit states.

josaphat-clindaJosaphat said the child’s father, identified by police as the victim, said that since she was not being intimate with him, he was “getting it” elsewhere.Clinda Josaphat, 20, told Fort Pierce police Jan. 19 she was doing her child’s father’s hair while he was rapping.

Josaphat said she told him she could not have sex on doctor’s orders. She said he picked her up and threw her on a trashcan.

The victim said Josaphat was doing his hair as they talked about their unborn child. He said the altercation started when he said he didn’t want to be in her life but did want to be in his child’s life.

Josaphat “kept twisting his dreads tighter and tighter,” eventually hitting him with a tricycle.

A witness said Josaphat “was all over (the victim) pulling his dreads and biting him.” The witness said Josaphat tried to hit him with a tricycle and a rake.

The victim had welts on his head from the hair pulling and a bite mark on the back.

Josaphat, of the 600 block of North 23rd Street in Fort Pierce, was arrested on a battery charge.


Man held pistol to woman’s temple during road rage incident February 8, 2015

A 53-year-old Orlando man was arrested early Wednesday morning after he stopped in traffic and pointed a gun at a woman because he thought she was following him too closely, police say.

UntitledRobert Brandenburg is being held without bail on charges of aggravated assault, armed burglary and open and reckless display of a firearm.

He has been denied bail.

Police say the incident happened about 10 p.m. Tuesday.

The victim told investigators she was driving northbound on Edgewater Drive near Par Street behind Brandenburg’s car.

Both the victim and Brandenburg turned onto Par Street, where the two-lane road merges into a single lane.

The victim said she had to hit the brakes to allow Brandenburg to merge in front of her.

She thought it was no big deal until Brandenburg swerved in front, slammed on his brakes and angled his car so she could not pass, Brandenburg’s police report said.

Brandenburg then jumped out of his car with his gun pointed at the woman and walked over to her car yelling, the victim told police.

The woman said she immediately started telling Brandenburg that she didn’t know the lanes would merge in that area and repeatedly apologized.

But Brandenburg reached into her car and placed a small gray and black pistol against her left temple.

“How’d you like that? Bang! Bang!” the victim told police Brandenburg said to her while standing next to her car.

The woman said she continued to apologize until Brandenburg walked back to his car and fled the scene.

As she recounted the story for police, she was “very upset” and “crying hysterically,” police say.

Brandenburg was picked up at his apartment about a block away from where the victim said she was terrorized.


Florida Man Tried to Circumcise Nephew with a Kitchen Knife February 3, 2015

A Florida man was arrested on Saturday night after he allegedly tried to circumcise his 20-month-old nephew with a kitchen knife.

larry-leroy-floyd-435Larry Leroy Floyd, 24, of Ocala was charged with domestic aggravated battery, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Police say the young boy’s father had gone out to the grocery store and left his son in the care of his two brothers-in-law, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

When the father returned, he found his son bleeding. Floyd reportedly told him he had circumcised the child, authorities say.

The father immediately rushed his son to the hospital. Meanwhile, officers picked up Floyd. He remained in jail as of Monday morning, according to theStar-Banner.

The 24-year-old has a history of arrests, including domestic violence, armed robbery and drug possession, the Sentinel reports.

The boy’s condition is not known.


Couple Accused Of Killing Family Dog, Burglarizing Home To Cover Their Tracks February 2, 2015

A Dunedin couple was arrested after an investigation revealed that they allegedly killed their family’s dog, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.


Deputies arrested Daniel E. Adams, 34, and Lauren M. Curran, 28, on Wednesday after telling law enforcement officials that they, with their child, drove to Daniel Adams’ parents’ Tarpon Springs home to kill the dog.

After killing the 4-year-old Labrador Retriever, Daisy, Daniel Adams told deputies they stole his parents’ iPad to make his parents and police think someone else had committed the crime.

“Adams and Curran both confirmed Curran killed the dog with an intravenous needle filled with an unknown medication,” deputies said in a statement.

Adams and Curran were charged with burglary, cruelty to animals and child abuse.


Woman Drowned Puppy In Airport Toilet After Not Being Allowed To Board Plane With Animal January 27, 2015

After Nebraska airport workers refused to allow her to board a plane with a three-week-old puppy, a woman allegedly went into a nearby bathroom and drowned the animal in a toilet bowl, police allege.

cynthiaandersonCynthia Anderson, a 56-year-old Florida resident, was arrested Friday afternoon at the Central Nebraska Regional Airport in Grand Island. Anderson, seen at right, was charged with animal cruelty.

According to cops, Anderson first tried to board a plane Thursday with three uncaged puppies, but was turned away by airport personnel. After her parents took two of the dogs, Anderson returned to the airport Friday with the remaining puppy (which she sought to conceal in a carry-on bag).

After she was again denied boarding, Anderson allegedly killed the Doberman puppy. A cop summoned to the airport reported, “On my arrival I learned a 3 week old puppy had been drowned in the toilet after a woman tried 3 times to get it on the plane.”

Anderson was arrested after police interviewed her and “numerous witnesses,” including a woman who discovered the dead dog.

Police reported that, “The puppy was taken to the Humane Society and autopsied. It was found to have water in one of its lungs.”

Anderson remains locked up in the Hall County jail on the felony count.



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