The Bizarre World of Florida

Man with gun spices things up at Thai restaurant April 27, 2015

A Mississippi man is facing multiple weapons charges after allegedly being seen with a handgun in his waistband while at Thai Spice, 201 Miracle Strip Parkway.

jonathan-lee-brownFort Walton Beach Police officers were called to Thai Spice around 2:25 a.m. on April 12 for a report of a man carrying a gun, according to the arrest report. The caller said he’d seen 29-year-old Jonathan Lee Brown of Toomsuba with a gun.

When officers arrived, they saw a man later identified as Brown walking outside the building, the report said. The spoke to Brown in front of the bar and he allegedly lifted his shirt, revealing a loaded pistol in his waistband.

During a search, officers found .5 grams of “Molly” in Brown’s pocket, according to the report. Witnesses, including the bar owner, said they’d heard Brown telling people he had the gun and seen him with the gun.

The gun was found to be stolen and Brown was found to be a convicted felon, the report said.

He is charged with grand theft of a firearm, carrying a concealed firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a controlled substance.


Man accused of shooting grandma’s car April 24, 2015

A man was arrested after he shot a hole in his grandmother’s car, police said.

imagesBoynton Beach police arrested James Frederick, 23, on Wednesday.

Police said Frederick and his mother got into an argument while she was sitting inside of his grandmother’s car. He told her to get out of the car and then let off five shots, according to the arrest report. One of the bullets hit the car near the right rear door.

His mother said she was not afraid nor did Frederick at anytime point the gun at her. The grandmother said she did not want charges filed.

Frederick has been convicted of four felonies previously, according to records.

He was arrested Wednesday after officers caught him driving a stolen vehicle. After a brief chase, he was apprehended.

He is charged with discharging a firearm in public, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of ammunition by a convicted felon. Additionally, he faces charges of grand theft auto, driving without a license and resisting arrest.

He is being held at the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $3,000 bail.


Substitute school nurse brought firearm to work April 17, 2015

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A substitute elementary school nurse was arrested Wednesday for carrying a concealed firearm at Garden Grove Elementary School, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office reported.

sizemoreGarden Grove Principal, Deborah Compton, approached the 59-year-old licensed practical nurse, Marvin Sizemore of Lake Wales, to ask whether he was concealing a firearm or Taser after teachers alerted her to a conspicuous bulge near his left ankle, according to the police report.

The school employees had noticed the bulge while walking into the school about 8 a.m., the start of the school day.

Compton told deputies that Sizemore claimed the weapon was a Taser — a conducted electrical weapon — and she informed him it was illegal to carry the device on campus.

Sizemore placed the weapon in his automobile and Compton contacted the Sheriff’s Office.

When deputies arrived, Sizemore claimed he was not carrying a Taser, but pepper spray. He denied the deputy’s request to search his vehicle, but said he had two weapons in his car and possessed a concealed carry permit, according to the report.

Sizemore was arrested at 9:35 a.m.

Based on the “possibility of firearms being in the vehicle which posed a threat to the safety of school students,” a search warrant was issued and deputies discovered two loaded weapons — a .40-caliber handgun under the driver’s seat and a .380-caliber handgun in the trunk.

Deputies found no Taser in the automobile, Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Donna Wood said.

The Sheriff’s Office said Sizemore “intentionally and unlawfully” violated a state law that bars firearms on school property outside of specific exceptions. He faces third-degree felony charges.


Man fired shotgun at neighbor wanting a favor April 16, 2015

A man in Delray Beach was arrested after he fired a shotgun in the general direction of his neighbor after his neighbor stopped by to ask if he could fill up his bicycle tire with air, police said.

gianuzziDelray Beach police arrested Stephen Gianuzzi, 53, Sunday.

Police said Gianuzzi’s neighbor was riding his bike through the neighborhood when he realized his tire was getting low. The man told officers he has gone to Gianuzzi’s in the past and gotten his tire filled with no hassle.

The man said he knocked on Gianuzzi’s door, but when he didn’t hear a response, he walked back to his bike, according to an arrest report.

Gianuzzi then appeared at the doorway with a shotgun and threatened to shoot him, according to the report. He let off one shot just to the left of his neighbor, and the man pedaled to another neighbor’s home who happened to be a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputy.

Police interviewed Gianuzzi at his home and said he appeared to be intoxicated. He said he was sick of his neighbor coming over and asking for air for his bicycle tires, according to the report.

“Guys, what’s the big deal?” Gianuzzi asked, according to the report. “I shot wide to the left of him.”

Gianuzzi is charged with discharging a firearm in public and aggravated assault with a firearm. He is being held at the Palm Beach County Jail without bail.


Gun-toting suspect found having sex in car

Orlando police looking for a man with a gun Friday night made their arrest while the suspect was having sex in the back seat of an SUV, records show.

gunsJaudohn Hicks repeatedly declined to raise his hands.

“I instructed the occupants to put their ‘Hands Up’ and shined my flashlight in the vehicle,” stated the arrest report. “I again instructed him to put his hands up multiple times however he continued reaching down in front of him…eventually he put them out the rear-left window.”

Shortly before the 10:30 p.m. arrest at 5258 N. Orange Blossom Trail, two women stopped a police officer on foot patrol at Nassau Bay Apartments and said a man wearing camouflage pants had walked by them with a pistol in his hand, records show.

When 27-year-old Hicks was ordered to get out of the SUV and lay on the ground, the officer noticed that he “had camouflage pants down around his ankles.”

A 9 mm. Taurus pistol was found on the floorboards along with a half-gram of marijuana in one of Hick’s pockets. He was charged with illegal possession of a concealed weapon and drug possession.

His companion was not arrested.


Man accused of stealing tire rims — at gunpoint April 13, 2015

A 24-year-old Hastings man was arrested on a warrant Wednesday inside a Bunnell courtroom on charges stemming from a firearm incident last November in St. Johns County.

tireWilbert James Evins Jr. was first arrested Nov. 26, 2014, by the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office on a charge of dealing in stolen property. The arrest came after someone called law enforcement saying he was following a vehicle along Rymfire Drive in Palm Coast that contained stolen tire rims, according to an arrest report.

The accuser said the suspect driving the vehicle had recently stolen the rims from him at gunpoint. He contacted the suspect using the Internet after he discovered the suspect was trying to sell the rims online, deputies said.

When the accuser met with Evins, the latter fled in his Dodge Magnum. The accuser followed the suspect while contacting the Sheriff’s Office.

After deputies pulled over Evins’ Dodge that night at the corner of Red Mill and Reidsville drives, they observed the tire rims inside the vehicle and arrested Evins and his passenger, Kiarious Smith, 24, on charges of dealing in stolen property, according to the report.

On Wednesday, while he was in Circuit Judge J. David Walsh’s courtroom at the Kim C. Hammond Justice Center to answer the latest charges, an outstanding warrant from St. Johns County also was served on Evins, deputies said, charging him with aggravated assault, illegal discharge of a firearm and tampering.

Evins was being held Thursday at the Flagler County Detention Facility. Bail for his combined charges was set at $220,000.


Small wonder we’re called the ‘Gunshine State’ … if you’re not firing bullets, you’re sweating them April 12, 2015

7333529_GA Cape Coral man looking for a missing cell phone tracked it to a home on Nicholas Parkway East – and when his attempt to get it back failed – he shot a round from a gun toward the bedroom and then fled on foot when it jammed, according to authorities.

Cape Coral police went to the 100 block of Nicholas Parkway East for the reported shooting into a home shortly after midnight on Wednesday.

A witness told authorities that Tevin Nelson was standing in the driveway in front of the garage at the residence. The witness says Nelson took a black shirt, wrapped it around his face and walked toward the side of the house, according to police.

The witness saw Nelson point the gun in the direction of a bedroom window and fire off a round, but then the gun appeared to jam. He then ran on foot towards the a convenience store at the intersection of Santa Barbara Boulevard and Nicholas Parkway E. and was picked up by a silver car that went south on SW Santa Barbara Place, according to police.

Officers located the vehicle on SW Santa Barbara Place and then stopped and detained four people inside the car.

The front passenger was identified as Tevin Nelson, 20, of Cape Coral. On the floorboard of the front passenger seat was a firearm wrapped in a black cloth, police say.

Nelson was positively identified by a witness, police say, after they did a “show up.”

According to the police investigation, Nelson allegedly went to the residence looking for a missing cell phone, after tracking it to that location using GPS software.

Nelson knew the resident and had been to the home on previous occasions and when his attempt to retrieve his cell phone failed, Nelson decided to go home and change into dark clothing, get a gun, and come back to the residence, police say.

Nelson fired one round at the resident’s bedroom window and when the gun malfunctioned he fled the scene and was picked up by friends nearby, according to police.

Nelson was taken to the Lee County Jail on charges of shooting into an occupied dwelling, and carrying a concealed firearm.



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