The Bizarre World of Florida

Synthetic-drug suspect head-butted police officer April 23, 2015

An Orlando man suspected of consuming synthetic drugs is also accused of head-butting an Orlando police officer after defecating in a police interview room, authorities said.

os-robert-steven-ortiz-jr-20150420Robert Steven Ortiz Jr., remains in the Orange County Jail after his arrest Friday.

Ortiz was among a group of roughly 40 people who gathered at outside in the 40 block of North Magnolia Avenue after 5 p.m. Friday, police said.

Many were yelling and starting fights, so police began to clear out some of the participants.

Officer Mark Levy recognized one of them, Ortiz, from previous police encounters.

Ortiz appeared to be rolling a joint, the report said.

“Ortiz looked up at me and attempted to conceal the joint in his right hand. I reached for his right hand and ordered Ortiz to ‘stop,’ ” Levy’s report said. “I grasped his right wrist and Ortiz pulled his arm away from me and threw the joint on a grated vent in the sidewalk attempting to destroy it. Ortiz then attempted to get around me and walk east on Wall Street.”

Levy detected the odor of synthetic drugs, possibly the fake marijuana commonly known as “K2” or the synthetic drugs called bath salts.

He ordered Ortiz to stop and the suspect resisted.

“I directed Ortiz to the ground and ordered him to ‘stop resisting’ and ‘put your arms behind your back’ numerous times,” Levy wrote.

A short time later, he placed handcuffs on Ortiz.

But he “suddenly and unexpectedly pulled his arms over his head and in front of his body” and threw a plastic container containing suspected synthetic drugs into the street.

As officers restrained Ortiz, he threatened Levy, saying he was going to head-butt the officer.

Ortiz was arrested and brought to the downtown office for the bike patrol, where he urinated and defecated on the floor, a report said.

Then Ortiz fell and hit his head as he was being taken to the Orange County Jail, according to a report.

The fire department took to Ortiz a local hospital.

Hours later, as Levy was trying to put Ortiz into his vehicle at the hospital, “Ortiz suddenly and aggressively delivered a head butt to the right side temple,” Levy said in a report.

“Ortiz came at me trying to head butt me a second time,” his report said.

Hospital security officers helped Levy secure Ortiz in the vehicle.

Ortiz was charged with battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting an officer with violence and resisting an officer without violence.

He was also charged with tampering with physical evidence and nuisances injurious to health.


Mom used Facebook to setup fight between teens

A Pasco County mother is under arrest, accused of being caught on video instigating a fight between two teenagers while being armed with a knife.

635651204672401433-TABITHA-ANNE-BENNETT33-year-old Tabitha Anne Bennett is charged with child abuse, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and simple battery. She is currently free on $10,500 bond.

The Pasco Sheriff’s Office says on the evening of April 12, Bennett drove her 13-year-old daughter to the area of Moog Road and Colonial Hills Drive so the child could fight with a 14-year-old girl. Bennett allegedly sent a Facebook message to the 14-year-old telling her where to meet for the fight.

Once there, deputies say Bennett got out of her vehicle while holding a folding knife, and told the crowd that had been gathering she would not allow anyone to join in the fight.

At least two cell phones recorded the fight, and were posted to social media. In the video, Bennett is allegedly seen yelling and encouraging her daughter to “get on top” of the 14-year-old. At one point, Bennett is seen kicking the 14-year-old in the side and pulling her to the ground by her hair, allowing her daughter to get on top of her and continue the fight.

According to her arrest report, Bennett said she admitted to encouraging the fight, because she felt her daughter was being bullied and needed to fight back.

The Sheriff’s Office has not released the video, because it is a child abuse case.


Argument between two women escalated quickly, ending with one running over the other and a teenage boy, then backing up and running them over again March 16, 2015


A 31-year-old woman charged with two counts of attempted second-degree murder after running over another woman and her teenage son during an argument Sunday outside of Orlando Paintball was denied bond on Monday.

The argument started because Morrison didn’t want her ex-boyfriend to have their two children around another woman, according to her ex-boyfriend, Frankie D. Washington.

Witnesses saw Morrison yelling at Washington before arguing with a woman — later identified as Mary-Jo Wood — in the parking lot of Orlando Paintball at 7215 Rose Avenue about 5:30 p.m.

During the argument, Morrison allegedly sprayed Wood with pepper spray, according to Washington.

Morrison then ordered her two children — who are fathered by Washington — to get into her car.

That’s when Morrison got into her car, backed up, and then rammed into Wood and her son, pinning them against a wall, according to Washington.

Deputies said she reversed her vehicle and then ran into the teen boy a second time, pushing him into a nearby bench.

Wood, who said she had never met Morrison, told deputies she didn’t see when she was hit because her eyes were sore from the pepper spray. But she heard her son and other people screaming.

After the incident, Morrison drove away at a “high rate of speed,” according to Washington.

Once deputies found Morrison, she told them she sprayed the pepper spray in self-defense because a woman she doesn’t know tried to hit her with a metal “thing.”

She also said her glasses fell off her face while trying to leave the scene. So she was unable to see where she was going, according to an arrest report.

Wood and her son suffered non-life-threatening injuries during the incident.


Senior beatdown? Woman, 83, answers insult with hammer blow

When a Holly Hill man tried to help his longtime partner who was falling out of bed, the woman slapped him and later attacked him with a hammer, police said.

83Anna Robertson, 83, was charged with battery on a person 65 years or older and aggravated battery causing bodily harm. Initially jailed without bail, Robertson was released Thursday afternoon on her own recognizance, court records show. She could not be reached Friday.

Holly Hill police said they were called to the Jarecki home at 7:04 a.m. Thursday where Bobby Miller, 80, reported that Robertson was falling out of bed and he tried to help her but Robertson slapped him in the face, bending his glasses and causing his eye to swell.

Miller said he went to the living room to watch television and 30 minutes later, Robertson came into the living room and hit him in the head with a hammer, police said.

Robertson told police Miller insulted her by calling her a degrading name, so she hit him in the head with the hammer, reports state.

Police said they found the hammer on a counter in the living with a small pool of blood underneath it.

Miller, who said he had been living with Robertson for more than 40 years, had a swollen left eye and a lump on top of his head, police said.


Man head-butted female 7-Eleven worker March 9, 2015

A Bradenton man was charged with head-butting a 7-Eleven female employee in the eye during an argument, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

1fKqw5.AuHeEm.69Stephen Murial Hughes, 57, was arrested at 9:25 p.m. Tuesday outside the convenience store at 5640 14th St. W., Bradenton.

A store employee reportedly confronted Hughes about his wife drinking a Pepsi and not paying for it. Deputies reported Hughes became enraged and began to verbally assault the victim who called law enforcement.

Hughes returned to his vehicle to leave and the victim went to the parking lot to copy the license plate of his vehicle.

Deputies reported Hughes became more upset and head-butted the victim, causing his right eye to swell. Two witnesses detained Hughes until deputies arrived. The victim was treated for her injuries.

Hughes was held in Manatee County jail on $500 bond, according to the sheriff’s website.


Because when your sister makes you a penis-shaped cake, the only rational response is (BB) gunfire March 3, 2015

A Holly Hill man has been arrested after police say he shot his sister with a BB gun because she made him a phallic birthday cake.

TAFT--CHRISTOPHER-jpgChristopher Taft, 21, has been charged with aggravated battery and battery in the Sunday incident.

Police said Taft shot his sister in the buttocks with a BB gun in retaliation for his sister making him a birthday cake in the shape of a penis.

Taft told police he thought it would be funny to shoot his sister with a BB gun as a joke and did not intend to hurt her, according to the report.

The BB was embedded in the victim’s skin and she refused to be transported, saying she would go to a hospital herself, police said.

The victim told police she didn’t want to pursue


Woman accused of battery to deputy investigating unrelated case

A 44-year-old woman is accused of hitting and kicking a deputy who was there to interview her about an unrelated case.

amy-wood-ogleOkaloosa County Sheriff’s deputies tried to speak with , of Nashville, Tenn., on Feb. 15 around 8 p.m., according to the arrest report. When deputy told her that he was investigating a case and wanted to speak to her, she “knowingly and intentionally slammed her door shut” on the deputy’s foot.

After several minutes, Ogle reopened the door and the deputy told her she was under arrest and tried to handcuff her, the report said. She allegedly “became verbally and physically combative,” pushing, shoving and kicking the deputy.

She replied “no” to the deputy’s commands multiple times and tried to flee, according to the report. She was eventually taken into custody.

She is charged with battery on an officer or firefighter and resisting an officer without violence.



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