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Fake Good Samaritan stole from woman, 89, after crash July 16, 2014

A woman pretended to assist an 89-year-old woman who was involved in a car accident but actually stole from her, police said.

sfl-flduh-stole-woman-crash-20140715-001Orlando Police Department detectives said that Rachel Murray, 30, stopped at the scene of an accident July 4. While the victim was stuck in her car awaiting the arrival of paramedics and police, Murray allegedly started reassuring the victim.

However, investigators said that Murray was actually searching the victim’s purse and stealing her credit cards, identification and Social Security cards.

Murray left when paramedics and police arrived on the scene and made multiple transactions totaling $2,000 with the victim’s credit cards at numerous local stores, police said.

Detectives followed up with the stores where the credit cards were used and were able to identify Murray during the investigation. Detectives said many of the items purchased with the victim’s credit cards were pawned.

Murray faced a host of charges, including vehicle burglary, burglary of conveyance, theft with a victim over age 65, credit card theft, fraudulent use of a credit card, scheme to defraud and violation of a pawn broker act.

Murray was arrested Monday and booked into the Orange County Jail.

She is being held on a total bond of $60,000.

 

Argument leads to ‘boxing match’ with 70-year-old woman July 1, 2014

sfl-flduh-boxing-match-20140630-001An argument between two women allegedly ended in a boxing match that got the younger woman arrested.

On June 21, Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a Mary Esther residence for a disturbance, according to the arrest report. Lorie A. Miller said she’d had a fight with the other woman.

Miller said she’d been in a “boxing match” with the 70-year-old woman, the report said. Miller, 40, said she didn’t remember touching the woman, “but probably did shove her out of my way.”

A witness told deputies that he’d seen Miller physically attack the woman and shove her around the living room, according to the report. The victim’s statement was similar.

The victim had injuries on her arms, the report said.

Miller is charged with battery on a person 65 years of age or older.

 

Florida … Where else would a teenager kill his nudist grandmother and drive her body around in her minivan? June 25, 2014

A teenager killed his grandmother in a bloody struggle inside her home at a nudist community and then drove around with her body in a minivan for nearly five hours, authorities said.

13f4a7e3a85c0118580f6a706700f283Brandon Machetto, 18, had been living with his grandmother, 74-year-old Sylvia Schmitt, for the past several weeks and they apparently fought frequently, said Pasco County sheriff’s spokeswoman Melanie Snow.

A neighbor called authorities after seeing Machetto drag a wrapped bag with feet dangling out into his grandmother’s minivan early Monday, police said.

Machetto drove around with his grandmother’s body in the back and when deputies tried to pull him over, he refused, police said. He eventually drove back to the Paradise Lakes community and was arrested.

Machetto was charged with first-degree murder and is being held in jail without bond. It’s unclear if he has an attorney.

Ronnie Hall, Machetto’s martial arts instructor for seven years, said Machetto nearly died a few years ago when he was attacked by a group of teens who hit him in the back of the head with a rock, the Tampa Bay Times (http://bittyurl.co/4nhz ) reported. Hall said Machetto suffered a brain injury, and that he was not aggressive.

Machetto and his grandmother apparently fought as she tried to get her grandson to take his medication. Deputies said Machetto had been accused of domestic violence against Schmitt in 2012, but she dropped the charge.

 

Apparently there was no brotherly love in the air at this fraternal organization’s bar June 10, 2014

sfl-flduh-bartender-dragged-20140609-001A female bartender is accused of pushing an 84-year-old woman to the ground and dragging her by the arm across a floor after the elderly woman complained of rude treatment, a New Port Richey Police Department arrest report said.

The incident occurred around 8:45 p.m. on June 2 at Eagles Club, 5446 Leisure Lane, New Port Richey, the report said.

After the victim’s boyfriend had complained to a live band that their music was too loud, bartender Patricia Darlene Smith, 57, of 10902 Leon St., New Port Richey, told the couple that all complaints go through the bartender “when trustees are not present,” the report said.

When the couple went to leave, the elderly woman uttered a profanity at Smith, implying that Smith was rude, the report said.

The elderly woman said that Smith met her at the exit door, and pushed her through it, the report said. Smith is then accused of grabbing the victim by the right arm and dragging her across the front lobby floor, causing large lacerations to both of the victim’s arms and possibly a shoulder injury, the report said.

The victim’s boyfriend separated the women, the report said.

Smith told investigators that she did not push or drag the victim, and that the elderly woman had slapped her in the face. Video surveillance footage supported the victim’s claims, the report said.

Smith was arrested Friday and charged with aggravated assault on a person over 65. She was released from the Land O’ Lakes Jail on Saturday after posting $5,000 bail, records show.

 

Boozy woman allegedly tossed elderly mom out of wheelchair saying ‘for 52 years of shit’ May 28, 2014

wheelchair28n-2-webAn intoxicated Florida woman out celebrating her 52nd birthday allegedly dumped her 73-year-old mother out of her wheelchair while telling her, “for 52 years of s–t.”

Patricia Tavernier’s mother was found by a police officer lying in a fetal position in the street after Friday’s incident outside a Tavares restaurant, according to an arrest report obtained by the Smoking Gun.

A witness told police they saw the elderly woman — who said she had been living with Tavernier following hip surgery — fall and hit the cement head first.

Tavernier then went on to fight and hit her sister with a camera, breaking the lens, according to the restaurant employee’s statement to police.

When the officer arrived they reported finding the women’s elderly mother, identified as Karen Judge, injured in the street.

Tavernier was arrested and charged with aggravated battery on a person over 65, which is a felony.

She was also charged with misdemeanor battery for hitting her sister with the camera.

She was booked into the Lake County Jail before released Saturday on $20,500 bond.

 

Couple tried to cover-up drug binge with fake kidnapping tale May 15, 2014

A Venice couple has been arrested for falsely reporting they were kidnapped at gunpoint and forced to make purchases on a stolen debit card.

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On Monday, 37-year-old William Clifford and 39-year-old Tammy Landry, who live with Landry’s mother at on Plantation Road, went to the Sheriff’s Office south county location to report their ordeal. Detectives interviewed them separately under oath on Tuesday and noticed a number of inconsistencies in their stories.

Clifford and Landry eventually admitted smoking four or five rocks of crack cocaine and paid their supplier by buying things he needed with the debit card that was stolen from Landry’s 61-year-old mother. So far, investigators found five fraudulent transactions totaling $232.

Clifford and Landry were arrested and charged with Making a False Report to Law Enforcement and Scheme to Defraud.

 

“She asked for it,” man tells police after asking why he murdered his own mother April 25, 2014

A Palm Coast man who told detectives his 88-year-old mother asked him to kill her has been charged in her death, according to the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office.

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Jail records show 62-year-old Richard Guyton Mathews of Ellsworth Drive was arrested Wednesday on a charge of manslaughter.

Deputies were initially called to Mathews’ home Feb. 21 after he reported finding his mother dead on a living-room chair, the Sheriff’s Office said. Days later Mary Shaw Mathews’ funeral home called the Sheriff’s Office about her son saying she had asked him to kill her.

The employee told detectives the son said he tried to fulfill his mother’s request by strangling her, but when he was unable to go through with it he just gave her sleeping pills, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The medical examiner confirmed evidence of strangulation and high levels of several medications and ruled it homicide, the Sheriff’s Office said.

 

 
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