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November 27, 2016
Man arrested for burglary on Stock Island
A Stock Island man was arrested Friday, charged with burglarizing his mother’s apartment.
Deputies were dispatched to an apartment building on 3rd Avenue, Stock Island at midnight. A woman who lives there was calling from Miami. She told Sheriff’s dispatchers a neighbor had seen her son breaking into her apartment through a back window. She said her son does not have permission to be in her apartment. She said he has a drug problem and has stolen from her in the past.
Deputies Auviana Lawson, Austin Hopp and Boyd Williams arrived on the scene and saw 21 year old Pablo Sanchez, Jr. through the front window of the apartment. The repeatedly ordered him out and he refused to come out. They finally told him a K-9 team was on the scene and they would send the dog in if he didn’t come out. He came out and surrendered.
Sanchez, Jr. was taken into custody. He had a cell phone in his possession he had taken from inside the residence. He was charged with burglary, criminal mischief and resisting arrest and he was booked into jail.
Man flees from deputies, crashes his car
A Miami man is in the hospital after fleeing from deputies at a high rate of speed; deputies stopped chasing him due to the dangerous speeds. He later crashed his car in Islamorada and called 911 for help.
Deputy Mario Benedetti first spotted the white BMW northbound at 45th Street in Marathon at 3 a.m. traveling at an estimated 90 mile per hour. The deputy attempted to stop the car. The driver, later identified as 38 year old Jason Dyer of Miami, refused to stop, instead speeding up.
The sergeant on duty ordered Deputy Benedetti to stop pursuing the BMW due to the dangerous speeds at which it was traveling. A notice to be on the lookout for the vehicle was issued over police radios. Several more deputies had contact with the vehicle, attempting to stop it without success.
Finally, at 3:34 a.m., dispatchers received a report of a white BMW which had crashed and was upside down on the old highway in Islamorada, at the 87 mile marker. Dyer had fled the scene of the crash on foot, but a short time later, he called 911 to report he was injured and needed help.
Dyer was found near the crash scene and was transported to Mariner’s Hospital. Florida Highway Patrol responded to the crash scene and will be investigating the vehicle crash. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office will be charging him in connection with the incident as well.
November 24, 2016
Man arrested for armed robbery with knife
A Stock Island man was arrested early today for robbing a Stock Island convenience store.
26 year old Israel Drago entered the Tom Thumb convenience store at 5:15 a.m. He was wearing a dark colored hooded jacket, a hat with a dark colored bandana over his face. He was armed with a large knife which he used to threaten the clerk in the store.
He forced the clerk to hand over the money in the cash register and then fled the store on foot. The clerk called 911 for assistance after the robbery took place, giving Sheriff’s dispatchers a description of the suspect.
Deputies responded to the area. Sgt. Jake Brady spotted someone matching the description a few blocks away. The man was identified as Drago. He was detained. Across the street, Deputy Boyd Williams found a bundle of cash underneath a parked car. A few blocks away, Deputy Jenna Moeller found a black hooded jacket with a large knife wrapped in it.
Deputy Williams reviewed surveillance video from the store depicting the robbery. The suspect in the video appeared similar in description to Drago; he was wearing a hooded jacket like the one found hidden nearby and the knife found was also similar. The cash recovered was close to the amount estimated to have been stolen from the register.
Drago was arrested. He was charged with assault and robbery with a weapon. He was booked into jail.
November 21, 2016
Vehicle vandalisms reported in Key Largo
Deputies took eleven reports Sunday evening of vehicles damaged at the Calusa Campground in Key Largo.
The owners of the eleven vehicles told deputies they found someone had scratched the driver’s side doors of their vehicles. The vandal had used a sharp object of some kind to scratch a picture of a penis on all of the doors.
Anyone with information about these crimes should contact the Sheriff's Office. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys. If a Crimestoppers tip leads to an arrest, the caller would be eligible for a cash reward. The Crimestoppers hot line number is 1-800-346-TIPS. Tips may be made anonymously on line at www.tipsubmit.com or via a text message to 274637 using the keyword TIP136.
Woman arrested for abuse of the elderly
The caregiver for an elderly woman was arrested Saturday morning, charged with abusing her.
Deputies responded to the Sugarloaf Key residence at 1:30 a.m. after the 72 year old victim’s son called for a welfare check on his mother. He said his 21 year old girlfriend Megan Fedock had been acting as caregiver for his mother. He said Fedock came to his place of work on Friday and told him his mother was now “sleeping on the floor like a dog and got what she deserves.”
When deputies went to the home to check on the victim, they found her crying and shaking. Fedock had removed the furniture from the living room and blocked off access to the rest of the house. Fedock had made the victim sleep in the living room area on a blow up mattress on the floor.
The victim told deputies Fedock had grabbed her by the hair and had shaken her violently. The victim had chunks of hair missing from her head; the hair was strewn about the room and on the air mattress.
Fedock was located at a relative’s house in Key West. She was arrested and charged with battery on a person over 65 years old and with elderly abuse. She was booked into jail.
November 17, 2016
Corrections Deputy arrested for domestic battery
A Sheriff’s Office Corrections Deputy was arrested today for domestic battery.
Tinesha Mitchell was arrested after a neighbor of hers called to report seeing clothing and furniture being thrown out of a second story apartment where Mitchell lives in the Lower Keys with her boyfriend and their small child.
Deputies and detectives arrived on the scene. After interviewing all involved, and the witness who called to report the incident, Mitchell was arrested. She was taken to jail, charged with domestic battery.
Mitchell was hired by the Sheriff’s Office as a Records Assistant in September of 2012; she became a Corrections Deputy in December of 2013. She is currently assigned to the Stock Island Detention Center. She will remain employed by the Sheriff’s Office pending the outcome of the criminal investigation and an internal affairs investigation by the Sheriff’s Office.
Employee charged with stealing truck, trailer and bobcat
An 18 year old Key Largo man was arrested Wednesday, charged with stealing a truck with a trailer and bobcat attached to it from his employer.
The owner of the equipment told Deputy Nicholas Thaler the theft took place on October 30th from his Tavernier residence. He said his employee, 18 year old Manuel Hernandez, was washing the 2015 Ford F450 dump truck which had an equipment trailer carrying a 2016 Bobcat on it. He said he went upstairs and when he returned, Hernandez was gone along with the truck and equipment.
While deputies on patrol looked for the stolen equipment, the owner also began looking for it. He found it, along with Hernandez, at the Publix grocery store at the 101 mile marker in Key Largo. He confronted Hernandez, who fled.
The truck and equipment were recovered with no damage. A warrant was obtained for Hernandez. He was picked up in Miami-Dade county on November 10th and on Wednesday, he was returned to Monroe County where he was charged with three counts of grand theft and he was taken to jail.
Marathon man charged with child pornography
A Marathon man was arrested today after a search warrant at his home turned up explicit child pornography on his computer.
Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes detectives worked with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and with agents from Homeland Security to execute the search warrant at 705 Sombrero Beach Road, Apartment D. The resident of the apartment, 49 year old Michael Savinelli home at the time the warrant was served.
On his computer, which Savinelli said he exclusively uses, agents found multiple explicit images of child pornography including pre-pubescent female children engaged in sexual activities.
Savinelli was arrested and booked into jail on six counts of possessing obscene material depicting child sexual conduct.
November 14, 2016
Man steals car, crashes, steals truck, flees north
Multiple agencies are working together today tracing the tracks of a man who stole a Mercedes in the city of Key West, crashed it into a Big Pine Key canal then stole a truck and fled northbound out of the Keys.
The suspect is believed to have stolen the 2007 white Mercedes from a friend he was traveling with. He was spotted northbound in the vehicle at about 1:45 a.m. today by Sgt. Evan Calhoun who estimated its speed to be 120 – 130 miles per hour. As Sgt. Calhoun pulled out onto the highway to follow, Deputy Aaron Roddy saw the car turn quickly onto County Road.
As Deputy Roddy followed the Mercedes, he found barricades at the end of Croton Lane broken and the Mercedes sinking quickly in the canal, an estimated 100 feet out from the barricades.
With the possibility of persons still being in the car, the Sheriff’s Office notified Florida Highway Patrol to conduct the crash investigation and called out the Sheriff’s Office dive team to assist with pulling the car from the water.
The car was removed from the water at approximately 6:30 a.m. No one was found in the vehicle.
A short time later, the Sheriff’s Office received a call from a person living nearby the crash scene. He reported going downstairs at the residence at about 5:30 a.m. to find his wallet, truck keys and dark blue F150 truck gone. He said he saw wet footprints on the front porch, near the door to the house.
It believed the suspect fled northbound out of the Keys in the truck. Sheriff’s detectives are working together with FHP and with Key West Police on the investigation, which is currently active and ongoing.
November 8, 2016
Death investigation continues
Detectives continue to investigate the death of a Tavernier woman.
At 10:30 a.m. Monday, 47 year old Jade Dixon’s live-in boyfriend, Jeremy Stigler, came to the Sheriff’s substation on Plantation Key to report she was dead at their home at 186 Atlantic Circle Drive in Tavernier. Deputies and detectives responded to the home and found her face down on the bed in the couple’s bedroom. There was no obvious cause for her death. An autopsy is being done today on her body.
Investigators say the last time their investigation can find evidence she was seen alive is in the early morning hours on Sunday. Deputies responded to the Atlantic Circle Drive home at 11 p.m. Saturday after Stigler called to report she was throwing things and had a knife to her own throat. She was transported to Mariner’s Hospital that night and was released from the hospital in the early morning hours Sunday.
Investigations continue into the cause of her death.
November 7, 2016
Man stabbed at Islamorada event
A man was stabbed by another man at the Beach Road Trip event in Islamorada Sunday night.
Friends of the victim – 33 year old Roger Harrison of New York
told deputies they were at the event when a fight broke out between the victim and the suspect about 9:45 p.m. During the altercation, the suspect pulled out a knife and stabbed the victim in the abdomen.
A security guard at the event was able to briefly detain the suspect, but the suspect managed to escape. Detectives are working with the victim and a number of witnesses to identify the suspect. The suspect is described as a light skinned black male with a thin build, approximately five foot seven inches tall, 110 pounds wearing all white clothing.
The victim was airlifted to the Ryder Trauma Center in Miami for treatment of the stab wounds. Investigations are continuing.
November 5, 2016
Sexual Predator notification
Terrance Howard, a court designated sexual predator in Florida, has registered a local address at 10845 6th Avenue Gulf in Marathon. This is a mandatory community notification as required by Florida Law. For more information about Howard or about other sexual offenders or predators visit the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's web site at http://offender.fdle.state.fl.us/offender/Search.jsp
Man charged with burglary
A Little Torch Key man was arrested Friday for entering a neighbor’s home without permission.
The 66 year old victim said he was watching television at 1:30 a.m. Friday when a man walked in his front door. He said he isn’t sure how the man got through the locked door, but he said a screwdriver was missing from his front porch.
The victim said he asked the man – whom he recognized as a neighbor, 34 year old Alexander Chavez – what he was doing. He said Chavez then left the house, walking toward the end of Tarpon Terrace on Little Torch Key.
Deputy Aaron Roddy responded and went to Chavez’ house at the end of the street. He asked Chavez what he’d been doing. Chavez seemed uncertain in his answers and gave inconsistent versions of his actions. At one point Chavez told the deputy if he had done something wrong he “would not do it again.”
The victim identified Chavez as the one who entered his home without permission.
Chavez was arrested and charged with attempted burglary. He was booked into jail.
November 1, 2016
Miami man arrested for fleeing police
A Miami man who refused to stop for two deputies was caught when he pulled into an RV resort in Islamorada.
28 year old Alejandro Rodriguez was on a motorcycle, traveling at a high rate of speed at 10:30 p.m. Monday when he was spotted southbound by Deputy Eric Viergutz at the 80 mm. When the deputy attempted to stop the motorcycle, it fled from him, passing vehicles in the center turn lane to escape from the deputy pursuing him.
Due to the danger of continuing to chase the motorcycle, Deputy Viergutz turned off his lights and siren and radioed ahead to other deputies to watch out for the vehicle.
Deputy Mark Martin was northbound at the 74 mm when he saw the motorcycle traveling at 100 miles per hour southbound. He also attempted to stop the motorcycle with no success and finally quit chasing it due to the dangers involved.
Detention Deputy Zachery Gilroy, in a prisoner transport vehicle, was monitoring radio traffic, heard about the fleeing motorcycle and saw the same motorcycle turn off the highway into the Fiesta Key RV Resort at the 70 mile marker of the highway. He radioed the motorcycle’s location. Deputies Seth Hopp and Joshua Baer responded and located the motorcycle’s driver – Rodriguez – with the help of the security guard at the entrance. Rodriguez was arrested. He was taken to jail, charged with speeding, improper use of the center turn lane and fleeing from police.