Monroe County Sheriff’s Office
Daily Crime and Information Report

Issued by the Media Relations Office,
Public Information Officer Deputy Becky Herrin

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August 12, 2016

Miami man charged with stolen truck, boat and trailer

A Miami man was arrested Thursday charged with stealing a truck then using the truck to steal a boat and trailer.

The truck, a gold colored Ford F250, was stolen from Sands of the Keys, a business in Islamorada. The boat, a 2014 Sportsman with a Yamaha 150 horsepower engine on it, and the  and trailer, a 2014 Venture, were stolen from a residence in the San Pedro Trailer Park in Islamorada.

At 1:20 a.m., Deputy Gil Gonzalez attempted to stop the truck towing the vessel at the 110 mile marker northbound because the tag on the trailer was expired. Instead of stopping, the truck sped up. Sheriff’s dispatchers notified Florida City police about the fleeing truck and Deputy Gonzalez continued to follow it. Lt. Al Ramirez was in Florida City at the time of the incident. He responded to the north end of the 18 mile stretch in Florida City with a set of Stinger Spikes. Stinger Spikes are used to puncture the tires of fleeing vehicles, bringing them to a slow, safe stop.

Lt. Ramirez deployed the spikes in front of the fleeing truck, puncturing one of its front tires. The truck turned left onto Krome Avenue, then left onto 352nd Street. As it came to a stop, two men fled from the truck.

A search of the area was conducted with the help of Florida City police, Homestead police and Miami Dade police. The truck’s passenger was located. 25 year old Derman Rodriguez initially complained he was having trouble breathing because he had ingested multiple types of drugs. He was transported to the hospital so he could be checked out. He was subsequently charged with grand theft of a vehicle and grand theft of a vessel. He was booked into the Miami-Dade County Correctional facility on those charges.

Sheriff’s detectives are continuing to investigate in an effort to identify and locate the driver of the stolen truck.

August 10, 2016

Man charged with sexual activity with a minor

A Key Colony Beach man is in jail charged with sexual activity with a minor.

25 year old Dominic Portelli is accused of having a sexual relationship with a young girl; it started in 2015 when the victim was 15, continuing until July of this year with the victim being 16 years of age.

The victim’s grandmother noticed changes in her behavior; she checked the girl’s cell phone, which is paid for and owned by the grandmother. On the cell phone she saw evidence the girl was having a relationship with an older man. She called the Sheriff’s Office to report the activity.

Major Crimes Detective Bob Dosh was assigned to investigate. After examining the cell phone, speaking with the grandmother and the victim, a warrant was obtained for the arrest of Portelli. On Tuesday, he was placed under arrest. He was charged with obscene communications – traveling to meet the victim after using a computer to lure her; obscene communication – using a computer to seduce or lure the victim; child cruelty – using the victim to engage in sexual activity and sexual assault by a person over 24 years of age with a victim aged 16 or 17.

Dive death offshore of Islamorada

A Tampa man died Tuesday after a dive at Alligator Reef offshore of Islamorada.

41 year old Antonia Marco Ramirez was diving with family and friends at 1:30 p.m. in about 60 feet of water with his son. His son said his father became distressed and they quickly surfaced. Ramirez was pulled from the water barely breathing; he stopped breathing once he was on the boat and they began CPR, calling 911 for help. They drove the boat into Fiesta Key where they were met by paramedics. Ramirez was taken to Fishermen’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

An autopsy will be done to determine the cause of his death.

August 7, 2016

Woman arrested for extorting ex-husband

A Marathon woman was arrested after trying to extort her ex-husband for money.

On July 22nd, Deputy Aaron Coller responded to meet with the victim, who is the owner of the Wooden Spoon restaurant in Marathon. The victim played some recordings from his telephone answering machine for Deputy Coller. On the recordings, the victim’s ex-wife, 58 year old Betty Langdon, says she wants him to put her on the books as an employee and pay her $25 an hour. She says if he doesn’t comply by July 25th, she will call the IRS and report him for his “nefarious” business practices.

Langdon left several similar messages with additional threats to report the victim. Deputy Coller obtained a warrant for her arrest and on August 2nd, she was taken into custody, charged with extortion.

Man charged with fraudulent credit cards

A Key Largo man was arrested Saturday, charged with using fraudulent credit cards.

Deputy Garrett Test responded to Hog Heaven Sports Bar on Saturday at 7:45 p.m. The manager of the bar called to report a man using a fraudulent card in the bar. The manager told Deputy Test a man had used a credit card to pay and when the manager called the bank to check the card, he found the man using the card was not, in fact, the owner of the card.

Deputy Test met with the suspect, 35 year old Joseph Arnone, who was still on the premises. When confronted with the information about the fraudulent card, Arnone admitted he’d purchased it on line and knew it was not legitimate.

Detective Jacques Rozek responded to the scene. Several more cards were found in his possession that, when checked, were also fraudulent.

Arnone was arrested. He was charged with possession and use of fraudulent credit cards and he was booked into jail.

August 2, 2016

Drug arrests on Stock Island

A search warrant was served Monday at a Stock Island residence.  One man was arrested on drug related charges.

Detectives from the Special Investigations Unit, along with Agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration and Homeland Security Investigations served the warrant at 5700 Laurel Avenue, Lot-48, on Stock Island.  Outside the residence, detectives found 26 year old Robert Johnson IV. 

The search of the residence turned up a trafficking amount of cocaine - approximately thirty grams - six grams of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, 132 pills identified as Tramadol and over thirty two hundred dollars in cash suspected to be the proceeds of drug sales. Johnson was charged with cocaine trafficking, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription.  Johnson was also arrested on a warrant for failure to appear in court for possession of marijuana. Robert was booked into the Key West jail.

A second man was arrested on an outstanding warrant for drugs. 34 year old Jaime Miranda was booked into jail on an outstanding warrant for selling a half ounce of cocaine to an undercover operative in January of 2015. Detectives with Monroe HIDTA say the sale of the illegal substance took place at a residence on 12th Avenue, Stock Island. Assisting with the drug case were agents from Homeland Security and the FBI.