The Bizarre World of Florida

Staff recognized ‘regular customer’ at Dunkin’ Donuts who robbed them February 24, 2015

A “regular customer” accused of robbing a doughnut shop in Margate and then threatening officers with a stun gun is behind bars, police said.

doughnutDunkin’ Donuts employees told police they recognized Lashan Patrick Jackson, 40, Saturday after he walked into the business at 399 South State Road 7 wearing a mask and carrying a rifle, according to the arrest report.

“If you don’t open the safe, I’m going to shoot you,” he said to the manager, according to the report.

Jackson followed the woman to the safe, pointing the rifle at her back. When the safe was opened, he grabbed a box with several rolls of coins and two TD Bank bags containing approximately $3,000, police said.

He left the restaurant and went around back to discard the rifle in a dumpster but missed and it hit the ground. Police said they later determined it was a pellet gun.

Witnesses saw Jackson walk away, get into a red four-door Chevrolet with a temporary tag, and drive off. While police were questioning them, one witness saw the red Chevy drive past the restaurant and pointed it out to the officers, the report said. Officers followed the car.

Cops stopped the suspect’s vehicle at 1100 S. State Rd. 7 in North Lauderdale. Officers said they found Jackson at the wheel and the rolled coins and TD Bank bags in the back seat. They also found $2,758 in the glove box, Dunkin’ Donuts deposit slips, and a blue jacket and mask similar to those worn by the armed robber, police said.

The witnesses identified Jackson, saying they were 100 percent certain he was the armed robber. They told detectives he came to the doughnut shop at least once a day and that they recognized his hair style, skin tone, build, mannerisms and eyes despite the mask worn during the holdup, police said.

After he was arrested, Jackson got into a struggle with police when they tried to put him in a holding cell.

Jackson grabbed one officer’s stun gun, police said. “I’m going to kill you,” he told the officer, but the stun gun but misfired, the arrest report stated. Then he grabbed an officer and ordered him to open the cell door. The officer refused and the struggle resumed.

The stun gun fired but no one was hit. Jackson then declared he was HIV positive and tried to bite the officer, police said. Several officers subdued him.

Jackson faces charges that include armed robbery, kidnapping, aggravated assault, resisting arrest with violence and escape, among others. He was ordered held without bond, jail records showed.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement records show he was convicted of sexual assault on a minor in 1993.


Thieves butt-dialed victim, left voicemail detailing crime

The digital age presents all sorts of challenges, which two alleged thieves in Key West discovered this week.

YqO6q.AuSt.143David Ricky Fanuelsen, 39, and Dean Ellis Brown, 22, are accused of stealing three saws from their employer, Concrete Solutions, at a job site on North Roosevelt Boulevard.

They got caught after one of them accidentally “butt dialed” the office. The call went to voice mail, which recorded Fanuelsen and Brown discussing how they planned to pawn the tools, Key West Police Department spokeswoman Alyson Crean said.

Detectives interviewed both men, who admitted they stole the saws with the intention of selling them, Crean said.

They each face a felony grand theft charge. As of Friday afternoon, both were held in county jail in Key West, each on a $10,000 bond.


Man accused of urinating on books at library

A homeless man was arrested by Lake County deputies after they say he urinated on books at the public library.

wilson-jpgBenjamin Wilson, 24, has been charged with criminal mischief and disorderly intoxication in the Saturday incident at the Tavares Public Library on New Hampshire Avenue.

Deputies said library staff contacted them after seeing Wilson fall out of a chair he was sleeping in, stumble around the library and urinate on a set of books in between the bookshelves.

The books that were damaged were valued at more than $1,000, according to the report.

Wilson was booked into Lake County Jail on $2,500 bond.


Man breaks into woman’s apartment, takes her cellphone, snaps a picture of her in the shower, and uploads it to Facebook February 23, 2015

intruder22n-2-webPolice in Altamonte Springs say a man walked into a woman’s apartment, stole her cellphone and took a picture of her while she was in the shower this week.

While police were on scene, the intruder then posted that picture to the victim’s Facebook account, police said.

“Having someone actually in your apartment while you are taking a shower is quite scary honestly,” Altamonte Springs police spokesman Rob Pelton said. “Going to get a victim’s cell phone and having the gall to stand inside of a residence that you have broken into to steal someone’s cell phone and use it to take a picture of them in the shower is unheard of.”

Residents like Sheila Hudgins are taking precautions.

“I keep the blinds closed. I don’t even open them in the day time I keep them closed all day,” Hudgins said. “When they get opened it’s because I’m opening them to go outside.”

Police believe the same man has been spotted masturbating while peering inside residences. Two incidents have been reported in the past week.

The suspect is described as a white male, between 5 feet 6 and 5 feet 9, wearing all dark clothing and blue jeans.

The first incident occurred Feb. 13 at 1:15 a.m. at the Lotus Landing Apartments. The second incident occurred Wednesday at 11 p.m. at the Ashford of Altamonte Springs Apartments.

Residents in apartment complexes south of Sunshine Lane and north of Gateway Drive on the west side of State Road 434 are told to be extra vigilant.

Anyone with information is asked to call to call Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS.


He stole tires — and wouldn’t tire of trying to run

A Pompano Beach man accused of stealing tires is behind bars and facing a slew of charges despite his tireless effort to evade arrest.

troutmanDominique Quintez Troutman, 28, tried to steal tires in Hollywood early Wednesday and then led deputies on a car chase that ended with him being carted off to the hospital and then booked into jail, according to a complaint affidavit filed in his case.

Even at the hospital, Troutman tried to make a break for it by jumping off an X-ray table, the affidavit said. He was not successful.

The incident began to unfold when a business owner called police just after 12:30 a.m. The business owner, looking at his surveillance system, saw a stranger trying to break into his 2000 Ford F-350 pickup, which was parked outside his warehouse at 5925 Ravenswood Road in Dania Beach, the affidavit said.

The business owner confronted the stranger, but the man got into a silver Ford Focus and drove off.

A responding K-9 deputy came across the Focus parked at Stirling Tires and Alignment, 2175 Stirling Road, in Hollywood, the affidavit said. The deputy saw a man, later identified as Troutman, loading tires from a tire rack into the Focus. He then tried to open the door to the business, but couldn’t get in.

Troutman returned to the tire rack and noticed the deputy’s marked Broward Sheriff’s Office K-9 cruiser, the affidavit said. Troutman got into his car, tried to back into the deputy’s cruiser and then sped east on Stirling Road, running a red light.

Troutman headed south on Interstate 95. He got off on Hollywood Boulevard, heading east, before getting back onto I-95, this time heading north, the affidavit said.

Troutman, who by this point was being pursued by multiple officers on the road and in the air, exited on Sunrise Boulevard. He drove through a residential neighborhood, disregarding the flashing lights and blaring sirens.

During the chase, Troutman ran multiple stop signs and drove east in the westbound lanes and west in the eastbound lanes, the affidavit said.

When he reached Northwest 15th Avenue and Sunrise Boulevard, the car he was driving overturned. The pursuit was over.

But Troutman wasn’t giving up yet. Taken to Broward Health Medical Center, he tried in vain to hop off an X-ray table and flee, the affidavit said.

He was booked into jail at 11:39 a.m. on several charges including unarmed burglary, grand theft, aggravated assault on an officer, eluding law enforcement and numerous traffic violations.

Troutman’s bond was set at $26,825 for the 15 charges he faces in connection with the case, records show. Troutman, who has 12 previous arrests in Florida, was being held Thursday without bond on two unrelated charges.

Troutman’s driving privileges have been revoked, records show.


Man breaks into store literally using his head to steal lottery tickets February 20, 2015

Orlando police said a thief broke into a downtown Orlando convenience store with his head on Thursday morning.

Scratch-Off-Lotto-Theft-123125167977The robber got away with more than $10,000 worth of scratch-off lottery tickets around 3:45 p.m. at the Sunshine Food Mart on South Orange Avenue.

The store had detailed records of which tickets were lost and contacted lottery offices about the head-aching heist right away.

A Florida lotto employee said the tickets were canceled before the bad guy had a chance to cash in.

“We were really quick. It was before 6 a.m.,” employee Sonny Patel said. “Even before the lottery office was open, we were ready for it.”

It cost store owners $70 to replace the glass in the front door.

Lottery officials said there’s a store on the west side of town that’s been robbed of scratch-off tickets three times.


Wanted man snared following gas station clash

The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office apprehended a Georgia man with an active out-of-state warrant following a disturbance call in Navarre on Monday.

georgiaAccording to a press release from the sheriff’s office, the incident occurred when three individuals arrived at the Murphy’s  gas station in Navarre.

The report said a disturbance occurred after the three individuals attempted to pay only $10 for $34.85 worth of fuel.

Two of the individuals then began yelling at the clerk and customers, when the authorities were contacted.

Before deputies arrived on scene, one of the individuals − later identified as Georgia resident Rene Molina − fled the gas station on foot. Molina was later apprehended inside the neighboring Wal-Mart.

After taking Molina into custody, deputies discovered Molina had a active warrant out of Gwinnett County, Georgia for escape.

According to his arrest report, Molina also admitted to having marijuana in his possession. Deputies found a small plastic baggie with under 20 grams of marijuana.

In addition to facing charges of marijuana and drug equipment possession, Molina is also charged with disorderly intoxication.

Molina is currently incarcerated at the Santa Rosa County Jail.



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