The Bizarre World of Florida

Victor Nash, 18, Accused Of Choking Out His Teacher Before Raping Her September 24, 2014

An 18-year-old student from South Dade Senior High School was arrested Friday after being accused of sexually assaulting a woman two hours after dismissal, school district officials said.

Victor-NashVictor Nash faces charges of attempted felony murder, sexual battery and strong-armed robbery.

Miami-Dade schools police said the woman was not a student, but it happened at the school.

Students told Local 10 News reporter Jen Herrera that the victim was a teacher, but police have not confirmed that at this time.

According to the arrest report, Nash grabbed the woman inside a room on campus and body slammed her to the ground. While the victim struggled with Nash, he allegedly choked her until she passed out.

The report states Nash pulled the woman’s pants and underwear down and had sex with her while she was still unconscious. He then put the used condom in the victim’s purse.

Police said Nash stole the woman’s car keys and was found by police five hours later while driving the victim’s car along Southwest 312th Street and U.S. Highway 1 in Homestead.

The woman gained consciousness after Nash left the scene and notified police.

Detectives said Nash provided a full confession that was recorded.


Man accused of trying to force his way into a maid’s Magic Kingdom inside a room at a Disney resort April 2, 2014


“When I bring my family down here I try to keep my eyes and ears open. Just because we’re in Disney doesn’t mean anything,” visitor Joe Rossi said.

“I don’t think any place is safe this day and age. I think you always have to be careful,” another tourist, Nancy Sherrin, said.

Authorities said the suspect, described to be in his early 30s with a mole on the side of his face, fled out of the hotel room. Deputies said they’re not sure if the man was a guest and it’s unclear how he got onto the resort property

Investigators requested surveillance video from the resort, as well as a list of recent guests who stayed in the room where the attack happened.

“We do want people to take a close look at the composite sketch to see if they do recognize this person so we can bring him in,” Rodriguez said.

Disney officials released a statement regarding the hotel room attack:

“We are very focused on the well being of our cast member and have been working closely with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office to assist their investigation. We encourage anyone with information to contact the Sheriff’s Office. Providing a safe environment for our cast and guests is our highest priority. In addition to our own extensive security team (more than 1,000 security cast members), the OCSO has a presence on our property 24 hours a day.”


Man charged with having sex with pit bull as neighbors watch March 5, 2014

A convicted felon was arrested Tuesday after neighbors reported seeing the man engaged in sexual activity with a dog in his yard.

Tampa Police were called to the house in the 8100 block of Marks Street in Tampa Tuesday afternoon and arrived to find a group of neighbors disturbed by the activity. Witnesses reported that they had yelled at the man to stop the activity, but he ignored them.


Animal Services executed a search warrant at the home and took custody of eight large pit bulls from the property.  Police also seized a gun and ammunition.

57-year-old Bernard Marsonek was arrested and charged with Felon in Possession of a Firearm (2 counts), Animal Cruelty and Sexual Activity Involving Animals.


Cruise Worker Confesses To Beating, Raping, and Attempting to Throw A Passenger In The Ocean March 4, 2014

sfl-ketut-pujayasa-20140218-125x188A cruise ship passenger who was raped by a crew member — before he tried to throw her overboard — was beaten so viciously that she looked like she was “painted in blood from head to toe,” prosecutors said in court Tuesday.

The 31-year-old woman was sexually assaulted, punched and choked with electrical cords during a Valentine’s Day attack on a weeklong cruise that left Port Everglades on Feb. 9, authorities said. She eventually managed to escape when fellow passengers banged on her door in answer to her screams for help.

The ship doctor, a 40-year veteran emergency room physician, told FBI agents that the woman was so severely injured he thought she might die.

“In his 40 years, he had not seen such a violent attack,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis Viamontes said. “Every witness who saw her said she was completely covered in blood.”

Ketut Pujayasa, 28, who is charged with attempted murder and aggravated sexual abuse, stared down at the table in front of him for most of the hourlong hearing in federal court in Fort Lauderdale. Shackled and dressed in beige jail scrubs, he spoke only once, confirming to the judge that he understood what was happening in court.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Seltzer ordered that Pujayasa will remain detained without bond after hearing graphic and disturbing testimony. He ruled that Pujayasa is a flight risk and a danger to society.

Pujayasa, an Indonesian citizen who was immediately fired from his job as a room service attendant for Holland America Lines, told FBI agents that he tried to kill the woman. He also said that he raped her to exact revenge for insulting his mother in a comment he claimed he heard her utter from behind her stateroom door, agents said.

Pujayasa said he went to deliver breakfast to the woman’s stateroom around 7 a.m. on Feb. 13 and, on his third knock, believed that he heard her say: “Wait a minute, son of a bitch!”

He said he seethed over the comment for close to 17 hours before letting himself into the woman’s stateroom, hiding on her balcony and attacking her as she fell asleep.

FBI Agent David Nunez testified that Pujayasa confessed to his roommate, gave a written statement confessing his crimes to ship security who detained him onboard and gave an extensive interview to the FBI when the ship returned to Broward County on Feb. 16. The assault took place in international waters off the coast of Honduras, officials said.

Pujayasa told the FBI that he was particularly angered by the passenger’s comment because it insulted his family, Nunez said.

“He made it very clear that he is not easily insulted, that you can call him whatever you want, but that it is not OK to disrespect his family,” Nunez said.

Pujayasa told the agents that he was accustomed to personal insults and verbal abuse from rude passengers but lost it over what he said was an insult to his family.

“He made that point over and over again, that it wasn’t about insulting him, it was about insulting his family — especially his mother,” Nunez said.

When the victim was later shown Pujayasa’s passport photo, she told agents she was “70 percent” sure he was the man who attacked her in her dark cabin. Prosecutors said they have a wealth of other evidence — including his confession and pending DNA test results they expect will confirm he was the attacker.

Pujayasa, who is married and lived with his wife, parents and three siblings in Indonesia, had no prior criminal history in the U.S. or his native country, officials said.

Hired in 2012, he worked on the MS Nieuw Amsterdam, which sailed out of and returned to Fort Lauderdale’s Port Everglades. His joint business worker and tourist visa, which allowed him to work on U.S. cruises, has been revoked, authorities said.

If convicted, he faces up to life in federal prison and would be deported if he ever gets out of prison.

Officials from the Indonesian consulate, who were in court, politely declined to comment.

Assistant Federal Public Defender Chantel Doakes tried, unsuccessfully, to persuade the judge that Pujayasa should be released on bond. He has no prior record of violence, inappropriate sexual conduct or even complaints about his job performance, she said.

“He was the one who turned himself in [to authorities],” Doakes told the judge, suggesting Pujayasa may have just snapped in response to one incident. “He does not appear to be a continuing danger to the community.”

Viamontes said the fact that “something as innocuous as a statement from behind a closed door set this man off” was proof enough he should remain locked up in the Broward County Main Jail.

“It’s hard to think of a case where it’s more obvious that a person is a danger to the community,” Viamontes said. “Yes, he was cooperative and luckily [the victim] survived … but that does not make this man safe to unleash on our community or on any community.”


Rape accusations build against Deltona firefighter January 23, 2014

Every woman who accused Terry Lee Freeman Jr. of rape has told a similar story.

terry-freeman-jpg-20140103It began with a casual encounter: They met in class, at the gym, online or at their work, but they barely knew the 32-year-old man. A few flirtatious exchanges with the Deltona firefighter through text messages, or maybe a phone call, would lead to an invitation to his Orange City home.

It was there that Freeman suddenly became violent, using his strength to subdue victims, according to affidavits filed with law enforcement by 11 women from Seminole and Volusia counties.

Freeman was forceful but never used a weapon, according to the statements. He was coercive, but only a few women fought back; and he was aggressive, but he let his victims leave once it was over, the women said in their statements.

The first report to deputies came Dec. 27, when an Altamonte Springs woman arrived home and reported she had been sexually assaulted by Freeman at his home earlier that evening. He was arrested days later.

With Freeman behind bars, the emails and phone calls poured into the Sheriff’s Office, and the list of possible victims grew to 12 on Tuesday.

Women from Lake Mary, DeLand, Ormond Beach and Orange City came forward with accounts that dated as far back as 2002.

They told detectives shame and fear kept them silent, but Freeman’s attorney is not so sure.

Attorney Steven deLaroche, who is representing Freeman in the December case, said his client’s sexual encounters were “100 percent consensual,” and the victim accounts are dubious.

Freeman’s actions — allowing detectives to search his home twice, giving up his cellphone and volunteering statements — are not those of a guilty man, deLaroche said.

After the alleged rapes, deLaroche said some of the women continued to contact Freeman, sending him nude pictures of themselves, going out on subsequent dates and baking him cupcakes.

“They don’t sound aggrieved,” he said.

Suspect: Encounters consensual

Orange City police and Volusia County deputy sheriffs have filed charges in seven cases in the past three weeks against Freeman and say there could be more.

Freeman defended his actions to detectives, saying the sexual encounters were consensual.

After the alleged December attack, he told detectives the woman “appeared to enjoy herself and was ‘free to go’ at any time.”

Freeman told detectives he placed his hands on her throat because he “thought that [she] might like to get choked because he heard some women enjoy that,” the report said.

Successful prosecution of sexual crimes can be difficult. They rely on the credibility and testimony of victims and increasingly, DNA evidence, advocates say.

Freeman’s accusers told friends, family members or their doctors about their experiences, but the majority of the victims didn’t report them to authorities until now.

“There is safety in numbers,” said Scott Berkowitz, founder and president of the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network based in Washington. “The more allegations against a person, the better the likelihood of convicting them.”


Family installs surveillance video to determine why their dog is suddenly injured and fearful, only to discover son having sex with it January 4, 2014

Joshua-WebickiA Palm Bay man was arrested after police say home surveillance video caught him in sexual acts involving his family’s dog.

Joshua Werbicki, 22, was charged last week with animal cruelty and sexual acts involving animals.

According to the police report, the family had noticed the German shepherd mix showing signs of physical injury and was fearful when approached by family members, so they installed a video system.

Police said the sexual acts involving the dog were caught on video, leading to Werbicki’s arrest his place of employment, Papa John’s on Minton Road in West Melbourne.

No other details were released by police.


Gasoline and HIV is no way to convice someone to have sex with you November 6, 2013

An HIV-positive man in Florida allegedly doused his girlfriend in gasoline and forced her to have sex with him after he accused her of cheating.

ShowImageFlorida police say Glen Davis, 48, threatened to set the woman and her son on fire in their Winter Haven home on Halloween night.

He later forced his girlfriend into unprotected sex, despite her begging him to use a condom.

“He put the scissors to my throat and made me have sex with him,” the unidentified woman told Bay News 9. “He said, ‘You’re gonna die one way or another.’”

Davis was arrested Saturday and charged with criminal transmission of HIV, battery, false imprisonment, two counts of arson, two counts of aggravated battery and sexual assault.

Davis also threw gasoline on a kitchen table in the home and set it on fire.

“I seen my life flash before my eyes right there,” she said. “The house filled up with smoke.”

A pile of burned clothing, a burnt table, and a gasoline can were found at the home.

The woman was taken to Winter Haven Hospital to begin treatment for HIV exposure.

Davis has been in and out of jail nine times, according to Bay News 9. He was released in January after a four-year sentence relating to an aggravated assault with a weapon charge.

He is being held at the Polk County Jail in lieu of $70,000 bond.



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