The Bizarre World of Florida

Would-be bank robber was drunk, arrived by cab, and couldn’t pay the cab fare March 26, 2015

B9316747001Z.1_20150326134136_000_GPAAB300M.1-0Stanley Geddie arrived by taxicab and was drunk during an attempted heist of a Tallahassee bank Wednesday afternoon, police say.

The 46-year-old was arrested on charges of robbery, petty theft and resisting an officer after demanding $100,000 from a bank manager at the Capital City Bank on Capital Circle Northwest.

Geddie told the manager he had a .357 handgun, was carrying C4 plastic explosives and “would blow this place up,” court records show.

Police arrived at the bank to find the cab driver, who advised them Geddie was drunk and had not paid his $25.50 fare. The driver told police Geddie said, “I will take care of you when I come out.”

When police made contact with Geddie sitting in the manager’s office, he appeared “very intoxicated and spaced out,” according to court records.

Geddie did not follow officers’ commands and was tased during the incident. Court records say that when police told him he would be shot if he made any sudden movements, he said “well then kill me.” He was arrested without further incident. A search revealed Geddie did not have a firearm or explosives.

In an interview with police, the bank manager said Geddie indicated he also had the bank surrounded while continuing to demand the money.

Tellers alerted police to the robbery after the manager closed his office door with Geddie inside and they became concerned.

While being treated for Taser wounds at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare, Geddie indicated he had on two pairs of pants so he could remove one after the robbery to appear not to be the suspect.

The cab driver told police he wanted to press charges for the unpaid fare, which resulted in the petty theft charge.


Drunken mom arrested after young son found wandering on busy road March 25, 2015

A mother was passed out and intoxicated, while her young son was found wandering on State Road 434.

Investigators said Ramona Petty’s 6-year-old son was found more than a mile away on Sheoah Boulevard.

Ramona-Petty-jpgHowever, Petty spoke with Eyewitness News reporter Tim Barber and said there wasno way her son could have walked that far because he gets tired very quickly.

Petty admitted to Barber that she did not remember a lot from Sunday night.

Investigators said a driver spotted Petty’s 6-year-old and called 911.

The officers who rescued the boy said they recognized him from previous cases that involved his mother. The officers said they brought him home, where Petty was drunk and lying in the grass with her 5-year-old daughter.

“My son, he has this little habit of taking off and he runs because behind here we have trees and woods. So, my daughter and I are screaming, ‘Joseph! Joseph!’ Can’t find him, can’t find him,” said Petty.

Petty said she had a few drinks, but denied being drunk. She said she did not believe that her son was capable of walking a mile from their apartment to State Road 434.

“It’s not true, because he would have stopped at the park. He is not like that. It’s not true,” Petty said.

A police document shows that Petty had marks on her face because she “fell down” while officers were trying to arrest her on child abuse charges. She was also charged with resisting arrest.

Court records show that it was not Petty’s first time in trouble. She was arrested on child neglect charges in 2013 for a similar situation. In that case, she pleaded no contest and took anger management, substance abuse and parenting classes.


Arizona Man Arrested for Making False Report March 24, 2015

image00143Friday night, Walton County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 22-year-old Christopher Catlett of Hot Springs, Arizona for providing a false report to officers.

Reports say, Catlett told deputies that two men approached him while he was in his front yard and attempted to rob him.

Deputies detain an individual based on Catlett’s description.

The WCSO K9 Unit even responded to located the other suspect, but they had no luck.

Investigators then told Catlett that a full investigation into the issue would be conducted, and at that time officers say Catlett became nervous, and later told investigators he fabricated the whole story.

Catlett told deputies he was drunk at the time that he called police.

The man that deputies detained earlier was released.

Catlett has been booked in the Walton County Jail.


A man was arrested after being found with his head pretty much buried in the sand March 23, 2015

Louis_Pisapia_mugLouis Pisapia, 44, was jailed on disorderly intoxication and resist officer without violence charges after the Feb. 28 incident in the 2900 block of Southeast Delmar Street in Stuart, an arrest affidavit states.

A Martin County sheriff’s investigator went there about 3 a.m. after a “man down/sick person” report.

A deputy saw Pisapia “on his knees with his head and face in a hole in the front yard.”

“It would appear that Louis created the hole with his hands, due to the fact that his hands and body were covered in dirt,” the affidavit states.

“Bury your head in the sand” is an expression meaning to avoid, or not acknowledge, problems, according to The Phrase Finder web site.

The site states the phrase “comes from the supposed habit of ostriches hiding when faced with attack by predators. The story was first recorded by the Roman writer Pliny the Elder, who suggested that ostriches hide their heads in bushes. Ostriches don’t hide, either in bushes or sand, although they do sometimes lie on the ground to make themselves inconspicuous. The ‘burying their head in the sand’ myth is likely to have originated from people observing them lowering their heads when feeding. The story also relies on the supposed stupidity of ostriches, and of birds in general. In fact, there’s little to support that either as birds have a significantly larger brain to weight ratio than many other species of animal. The notion is that the supposedly dumb ostrich believes that if it can’t see its attacker then the attacker can’t see it.”

Meanwhile, Pisapia smelled of booze. A deputy asked whether he needed help getting up.

“(Expletive) you, I don’t have to get up,” Pisapia is quoted as yelling.

Pisapia kept yelling obscenities and was arrested.

The affidavit doesn’t state why Pisapia, of the 2200 block of Southeast Federal Highway in Stuart, had his head buried in the sand/hole.


Man accused of drunken driving after dumping cup of liquid on officer’s shoes

policeA 38-year-old Niceville man is accused of speeding and driving drunk after allegedly dumping a cup of liquid on an officer’s shoes.

A Niceville Police officer was patrolling on March 8 when he saw the man’s truck doing 51 mph in a 35 mph zone, according to the incident report. When the officer pulled the man over, the man said he knew he was speeding and guessed he was going “at least” 45 mph.

The officer smelled alcohol and vomit and noticed the man’s eyes were bloodshot, watery and glassy, the report said. When asked if he’d had anything to drink, the man admitted he’d had “a couple.”

The officer noticed a cup with liquid and asked what was in it, according to the report. The man initially said Redbull and ice, but when the officer asked a second time, the man allegedly dumped the liquid on the officer’s shoes.

When the officer asked why the man dumped the liquid out, the man replied, “You know what was in the cup,” the report said. The man refused to perform Standardized Field Sobriety Tests and refused to submit to a breath test.

He is charged with driving under the influence and speeding.


Goldilocks burglar claimed to own home with Mariah Carey March 17, 2015

A Manatee man charged with breaking into an unoccupied dwelling on Sunday told police that he co-owned the home with Mariah Carey, according to the Holmes Beach Police Department.

Police responded to calls from neighbors in the 100 block of White Avenue at 9:02 a.m. Sunday, who said there was a strange car in the driveway and loud music coming from the home, according to a report.

MSN-JasonJamesPolice discovered a broken window and Jason James, 35, inside and drinking a Bud Light while dancing to loud music, police said. When confronted, James claimed he co-owned the home with Mariah Carey and had lived there for the past 17 years.

Police said they were unsure if the songs playing were by Mariah Carey.

James caused about $2,150 in damages to windows, doors and hardwood floors, according to a report.

The beachfront home is actually owned by ATEM partnership and is valued at $1.9 million. Neighbors told police that ATEM representatives said no one should be at the property.

James is charged with burglary to an unoccupied dwelling and grand theft or damage of an amount greater than $1,000. He is being held at the Manatee County jail on $27,500 bond.


DUI stop: Man flashed illegal police insignia March 9, 2015

A man who told a Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy he was working undercover was arrested Wednesday night and charged with DUI and unlawful use of a police badge or insignia.

Deputy Gary Miller saw a blue Dodge pickup traveling erratically in the 4700 block of Northeast 25th Avenue and motioned for the driver to pull over.

bildeThe driver, Peter Craig Martin, 59, had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath. When he was asked for his driver’s license and registration, Martin showed the deputy a MCSO Citizen’s Academy pin and said he was working undercover.

The deputy said he did not recognized him, to which Martin replied that he does not work for the MCSO but was looking for a man and when he found him he was going to turn him in.

Martin told the deputy he had three beers. He agreed to a field sobriety exercise, which he failed.

Martin was arrested and taken to the Marion County Jail, where he declined to take a breath test.

The deputy discovered Martin had a prior DUI conviction. The kind of pin Martin presented to the deputy has not been issued in more than a decade, authorities said.



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