The Bizarre World of Florida

Some People are just too stupid to be a criminal … mask fail: DNA on ski hat left during home invasion nails suspect March 19, 2015

stupidAt 7:15 a.m. on Dec. 30, a woman reported that she awakened to find a masked intruder at the end of her bed in her home in the 1800 block of Bayonne Street, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office.

The woman screamed as the intruder grabbed her purse. The scream woke up the woman’s niece, who confronted the intruder in the hallway. The man knocked over a Christmas tree and ran out of the home.

While processing the scene, authorities found a black ski hat with two holes cut out, which they believed was used by the burglar as a mask, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The hat was sent to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for DNA testing. On Tuesday, results showed that DNA found on the hat matched that of Kevin Kovalsky, 48, of Nokomis.

Kovalsky is charged with burglary to an occupied dwelling while wearing a mask. He is being held at the Sarasota County jail on $500,000 bail.

Kovalsky is a prolific offender with more than 30 arrests — including grand theft, aggravated battery and multiple drug charges — in Sarasota County.


It looks like things were definitely not peachy at the Jus’ Beachy Bar September 1, 2014

Filed under: Alcohol,Brides,Controversy,Drunk,Dumb,Fight,Stupid,Weird,WTF? — floridaduh @ 3:29 pm

Two men are facing charges after Volusia County deputies said they started a fight at a bar Wednesday night.

Staff at the Jus’ Beachy Bar on Ocean Shore Boulevard claimed they refused to serve alcohol to 54-year-old Faisal Albagdadi and 30-year-old Ahmed Hindi after they walked into the bar already drunk.


“I need cops at Jus’ Beachy Pecker’s Pub immediately. I got a huge fight going. I mean they’re tearing (expletive) up,” the caller told 911 dispatchers. “We wouldn’t even serve him when he came in, he was so drunk.”

Deputies said that’s when the men got angry and attacked the customers.

“They’re using chairs and everything else,” the caller told dispatchers.

Deputies said the men smashed six bar stools, threw several glasses that cut one woman in the eye and beat up a couple of men. At one point, the fight got so out of control, the dispatcher couldn’t get a hold of the caller.

The men took off before deputies arrived, but the caller was able to get their tag number and the description of their car. Ormond Beach police then quickly tracked down the car and arrested the men.

The arrest report showed that not only did Hindi deny initiating the bar fight, deputies said Albagdadi was uncooperative and threatened to “kidnap an American and behead him, once he’s released from jail.”

Both men face criminal mischief and battery charges. The other customers were not seriously injured. However, the men allegedly caused more than $1,200 in damage.


Woman can’t finalize divorce because her husband is in witness protection for fraud June 4, 2014

It’s not so easy to divorce your husband when he’s Scott Rothstein and he is locked up in the federal prison witness protection system.

sfl-kim-rothstein-as-child-photos-20131108-014Kim Rothstein, also known as federal inmate 00685-104, first filed for divorce from Scott Rothstein, federal inmate 91256-004, in November.

But the Rothstein vs. Rothstein case hit some delays because he is being held at a secret location in the U.S. Bureau of Prisons’ hush-hush witness protection system, court records show.

The program, known as WITSEC, is designed to ensure the safety of federal prisoners who may be in danger because they testified against other criminals involved in organized crime, drug-trafficking and terrorism.

WITSEC holds those prisoners in seven Protective Custody Units at undisclosed locations where they are kept completely separate from regular inmates, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Scott Rothstein, who turns 52 next week, is serving a 50-year prison term after admitting he ran a $1.4 billion Ponzi scheme. He is in witness protectie Morris filed records in Broward Circuit Court last week, detailing some of the hitches encountered in serving the divorce petition on Scott Rothstein. She filed the explanation and a request for more time — which will almost certainly be granted — after a judge scheduled a hearing to dismiss the case because Rothstein wasn’t served within the 120 days required by law.

It took a few months to sort out which federal official could even accept service of the divorce papers and pass them on to Rothstein, though it seems that he was served sometime between April 23 and May 9, Morris wrote.

But special security measures at the Bureau of Prisons’ Inmate Monitoring Section, which oversees the program, require that all airmail is “held for testing, including radiation testing for security purposes,” Morris wrote.

“We are working under a very unique set of circumstances,” Morris told the Sun Sentinel on Monday. “Since Mr. Rothstein is being held in an undisclosed location, we have encountered some difficulty.”


Every man dreams of threesomes with two babes …. then there’s this guy May 3, 2014

1399025497154A New Port Richey man is behind bars after deputies said he had sex with two underage girls several times.

Brian Silliman, 31, is facing two counts of lewd and lascivious behavior and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, the girls, who are 12 and 13 years old, took a taxi to his home on March 21. Once the girls were there, detectives said Silliman had sex with both girls.

Detectives said the girls admitted to having sex with Silliman, and they eventually learned the 12-year-old girl had sex with Silliman approximately 10 times over the past month.

The 12-year-old girl also said Silliman went as far as giving her a cell phone to communicate when and where they could meet, the report said. The phone contained text messages from Silliman that read, “I am so in love.”

Silliman was arrested on Wednesday. He remains in the Land O’ Lakes Detention Center in lieu of $20,150 bond.


Cars stolen from a dealership …. by a paraplegic …. using his cane to hold down the gas pedal January 30, 2014

Filed under: Amazing,Brides,Dumb,Florida Nut,Really Dumb,Robbers,Unusual,Weird,WTF? — floridaduh @ 8:17 pm

crimeratesiren---9645335A paraplegic man stole a vehicle from an Ocala dealership before leading officers on a brief chase, according to police.

He was arrested a short time later Wednesday when Alachua County Sheriff’s deputies spotted him at a gas station.

Police say the man went to Ford of Ocala to purchase a vehicle. A salesman showed him around and he decided on a white 2009 Pontiac G6.

Police say the salesman helped the man into the car so he could see how the car felt. But once inside, he locked the doors, turned on the vehicle, put the end of a folding cane on the gas pedal and drove away from the lot, police say.

The dealership notified police.

He faces a possible charge of grand theft auto.


Stupid People …. Getaway car returned to crime scene July 11, 2013

sfl-flduh-returned-to-the-crime-scene-20130710-001On July 7, 2013 at 2:07 a.m., the victim, Adrian Goldwire, 27, was walking in the 1300 block of Olive Street when he was approached by a black male suspect on foot armed with a handgun. The suspect had his face covered with the exception of his eyes which afforded the victim the opportunity to observe the suspects ethnicity. The suspect demanded the victim’s wallet, pants and cell phone and threatened to shoot the victim if he did not comply.

The suspect fled the scene on foot and was observed by the victim getting into the rear passenger seat of a gold colored Nissan vehicle with a black front quarter panel. The vehicle then fled south on South Central Avenue.

Uniformed patrol officers arrived on the scene and within 3 minutes the suspect vehicle drove back past the victim and he pointed the vehicle out to the officers. The vehicle was pulled over and there were three occupants. A handgun was found under the front passenger seat of the Nissan. The three occupants were released after being interviewed.

Further investigation by detectives revealed that a fourth subject had been in the vehicle named Xavier Lawrence O’Neal, 18, and that he had been dropped off at his residence just prior to the officers pulling the vehicle over. Detectives obtained enough probable cause to obtain an arrest warrant for O’Neal and on July 9, 2013, he was arrested without incident at his residence, 1141 Ruby Street, Lakeland, Florida.

Detectives are also investigating an unrelated drive-by shooting the same date, 20 minutes earlier at 1040 Jewell Avenue in which the victim, Gavin Forte, 21, was shot in the left inner thigh. His injuries are non-life threatening. Forte had been standing in the breezeway of the apartments located at 1040 Jewel Avenue when he heard gun fire. Forte started running away when he realized he had been shot in the thigh. Detectives are still investigating this incident and similarities between the two at this time.


Wife of Boca cop arrested in connection with prostitution ring January 24, 2013

sfl-bocahookersphoto2-20130123The wife of a Boca Raton police officer was one of two women arrested in connection with a local prostitution ring, authorities said Wednesday.

The officer, Samuel McCoy, is the husband of Denise McCoy, 34, who was charged along with Sara Marin, 42, in a prostitution and money-laundering scheme. Boca Police Chief Dan Alexander said Wednesday that Samuel McCoy has been put on paid administrative leave.

“It’s very early [in the investigation],” Alexander said.

Samuel McCoy, 31, was suspended twice in 2011. In April, he was suspended for 36 hours for taking pictures of his genital area while on duty. McCoy said he had a medical condition that he needed to document. He said he never sent the photos to anyone and they were deleted.

In July 2011, he was suspended for 84 hours for looking at pornography on his city-issued computer. He said he was looking for jujitsu videos online and clicked on other links that “piqued my interest.”

That investigation began after a city official found out that Samuel McCoy was part of an adult social networking site for swingers.

McCoy’s wife was arrested after a Brazilian woman helped police unearth the local prostitution ring.

According to Boca Raton Police, the woman told immigration agents that she had been forced into a life of prostitution for nine months. According to a probable cause affidavit, the woman said she met Marin, 42, of Boynton Beach, who offered her a job with her escort service and said no sex was involved.

The woman ultimately called Marin and her Brazilian partner, Denise McCoy, of Boca Raton, to start working. After several lunch and dinner dates where there was no sex expected, the woman told police Denise McCoy drove her to an apartment in Boca Raton to meet a date.

That date said he expected sex, so the woman refused and called Denise McCoy, who threatened to have the woman jailed as an illegal immigrant if she didn’t comply.

The woman told police Denise McCoy and Marin advertised several girls using Backpage.com, an online classified website where there are few restrictions on advertised services, and arranged for them to have sex with johns at apartments at 22312 Calibre Court and 22042 Boca Place Drive in two shifts from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.

The prostitutes collected $200 per hour plus tips, and split the cash evenly with McCoy and Marin, according to the affidavit. The woman told police she worked six days per week, having sex with anywhere from 6 to 12 men per day.

Police later found Marin had registered her escort business with the state of Florida, based at one of the apartments under the name Sara’s Entertainment Service LLC.

Police set up surveillance at both apartments over several months and report seeing women entering the apartments for long periods, followed by a stream of men who spent 10 minutes to 1 hour each inside.

The women were seen handing something to Denise McCoy, who then drove to a Bank of America ATM, or to a Boynton Beach home where police say Marin lived. They stopped several johns who confirmed they paid for sex acts in the apartments.

In one undercover operation, a Boca Raton Police investigator paid $200 and McCoy masturbated for 10 to 15 minutes. In another, a sergeant paid $150 for oral sex and intercourse with Marin, but created a “ruse” in order to leave. When Boca police subpoenaed bank records for Denise McCoy, they found 62 cash deposits totaling $29,640.38 between March and November 2012. Marin’s bank records for three accounts showed deposits totaling $40,779, $36,940, $35,885 and $11,723 between January and September 2012, with some of the money apparently moving between Marin’s accounts.

Denise McCoy and Marin were jailed Tuesday evening on pimping and money laundering charges, and remained in the Palm Beach County Jail without bail late Wednesday.



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