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Security Guard Assaults and Shoots at Two Men in Tampa Parking Garage

Tampa, Florida (FOX 13) – An argument over public urination in an Ybor City parking garage nearly turned deadly this weekend when shots rang out.

The gunman was a security guard hired by the City of Tampa.

Read more here: http://www.fox13news.com/news/local-news/173012981-story

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Women Abducted and Tortured for Days in Storage Facility

March 28, 2014 Jacksonville, Florida (Action4Jax) — A woman was allegedly imprisoned and beaten for two days at an Atlantic Self Storage facility in Jacksonville, Fla., before she escaped on Sunday and was rescued by passersby. The unidentified victim apparently escaped when her captor fell asleep. Two witnesses driving by the property saw the victim naked and bloody outside the facility, and stayed with her after calling 911.

“We drove by the storage unit and observed what we thought was a homeless person,” witness Justin Dhaemers told the source. “We decided to turn around. We were wrong. She was a badly beaten lady, very unrecognizable, like out of a horror story. It was unbelievable.”

Police have arrested Haywood West, 38, and charged him with felony battery causing great bodily harm, permanent disability or disfigurement, and false imprisonment. A second suspect was questioned by authorities but has not been charged. The victim’s daughters told the source their mother was friends with West.

The victim was transported to a nearby hospital with serious injuries, including extensive bruising and bite marks. Her daughters said doctors told them their mother may be permanently blind. The woman was expected to have surgery early this week.

Daughter Mandy said her mother was nearly unrecognizable. “It was not like my mother was laying there. It was like something off TV or something,” she said. “It wasn’t like her at all. Her face was basically mangled and beaten in.”

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Black Woman Arrested: 5 Children Living in Feces, Bug-Infested Home

March 27, 2014, Orlando, Florida (WESH2) — Five children have been found living in a filthy home brimming with trash, dog feces and urine-soaked beds, police in Florida have said.

One of the children begged to be given a new family and opened his mouth to reveal a set of rotten teeth when investigators went inside the home in Orlando, according to a police report.

Their mother, Yolander Lasane, 45, has been charged with child neglect after her children, aged 5, 9, 12, 15 and 17, are believed to have been living in the sickening conditions for several years.

Photographs show clothing and trash strewn about the house, black mold and rotting wood in the kitchen and an insect-filled bathroom with a broken toilet, sink and bathtub.

Animal feces was also found over floors and walls, according to the police report.

Police were called to the home by a Department of Children and Family worker, who told officers that she was concerned Lasane’s 17-year-old child had not been home in three weeks.

The teenager had never been reported missing and Lasane told authorities that she was troublesome and had been ‘sleeping around’, and did not think she had to report her missing.

The children, ages 15-17, were living in the deplorable conditions for years, officials said. The house has been condemned. DCF officials are working to place the children in safe environments.

According to the arrest affidavit, the toilet, sink and shower were inoperable and “the only thing in the kitchen that seemed to be working was an electric can opener that the kids stated would open cans of food to eat.”

According to the report, Lasane told police it was her weight and knees that kept her from caring for her children. She said “she can only lay in bed,” leaving the kids to “come and go as they please.”

Police said when they arrived, one of the children asked for a new family and complained that his teeth hurt. When police looked in his mouth, they said his teeth were completely rotted.

Neighbors say they would often seen one of Lasane’s five children wandering down the street, looking to work for money.

Lasane faces five counts of child neglect.

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Thug Targets Women: Armed Robbery and Carjacking, North Miami Beach

March 21, 2014, North Miami Beach, Florida (CBSMiami) – An 18-year-old man with a criminal history has been arrested after a terrifying ordeal for two women in North Miami Beach.

One of those victims is speaking out to CBS4’s Peter D’Oench after she says a gun was held to her head during an attempted robbery and attemped carjacking.

“I feel it was really unbelievable. It was really scary. I was really scared,” said Simone Okun.

The 36-year-old real estate sales associate told D’Oench she was held at gunpoint by Augustus Robert late Wednesday morning at the Intracoastal Mall in North Miami Beach beside her Range Rover.

“He tried to open the door,” she said. “He tried to open it and I closed it. He tried to open and pulled back to close it. I tried to lock the door. Then he put a gun on me through the window.”

“I thought he was a student because he had a backpack. It happened just as I was walking to my car,” she said. “It was scary.”

“I chose to fight back because he scared me and I had to act quickly,” she said. “I was thinking quickly and he had a gun and said give me the money. I didn’t think twice.”

“But I wouldn’t do it again,” said Okun. “Next time, I’d give him the money. If it happens to anyone else, they should give everything away if there is a gun on them.”

After the incident, Okun said she flagged down a North Miami Beach officer near the mall at Northeast 35th Ave. and 163rd St.

Police say she later identified Robert as her attacker.

After that incident, police say Robert tried to rob another woman at the mall at gunpoint but he ran away after someone walked up.

Police say that victim also identified Robert as the man who demanded that she give him money.

North Miami Beach Police Commander Tom Carney told D’Oench that, “This arrest is significant because he was going around the neighborhood victimizing people. We don’t know how far he would have gone. So we are glad we stopped him.”

“He was arrested at such a young age,” said Carney. “We hope he’ll serve some significant jail time.”

“The message to others is don’t resist and be aware of your surroundings as much as possible,” he said.

Carney said Robert is charged with attempted carjacking, attempted armed robbery, possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, carrying a concealed weapon and burglary of an occupied conveyance.

Records show that Robert is no stranger to law enforcement. He’s been arrested before for aggravated assault, armed robbery and burglary of an occupied dwelling.

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17-year-old Gregory Robinson, ‘Didn’t do nothin’. Pleads not guilty to killing Adrian Watkins Jr.

March 18, 2014 Jacksonville, Florida (ActionJax4) — A Jacksonville teen charged with fatally shooting another teen who was a neighbor and friend pleaded not guilty Monday to the execution-style slaying.

Gregory Robinson, 17, of Leonid Road is charged as an adult with second-degree murder in the death of Adrian Watkins Jr., 18. Watkins left his home Jan. 31 and his body was found in a ditch behind a north Jacksonville school the next day.

Police arrested Robinson a week later after mutual friends of the victim and suspect wrote a letter to Watkins’ parents giving them details about the killing. Police gave no motive, but Watkins’ father said he’d been told his son was targeted for telling the parents of another teen of Robinson’s plans to kill that youth.

Police found a gun they said was used in the killing while searching Robinson’s home. He denied any involvement.

A story about the killing and attempts by Watkins’ parents to protect their son from trouble was featured on the front of Sunday’s Times-Union.

Robinson pleaded not guilty through his public defender, Michael Bateh, in a hearing that lasted less than a minute before Circuit Judge Kevin Blazs.

Shackled and wearing a brown jail jumpsuit, Robinson slumped in a chair before being called before the judge. After the hearing, he glanced back at the gallery, where his aunt was seated, and was then led away by a bailiff. He is being held in the Duval County jail without bail.

Also watching from the gallery was Adrian’s father, Adrian Watkins Sr. Robinson’s aunt, whom Robinson lived with across the street from Watkins, declined to comment as she left the courtroom. Bateh also declined to comment.

The next court date is set for April 1.

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Florida: Thug Shoots Kyle Lutes in the Back of the Head

February 17, 2014, West Palm Beach, Florida (WPTV) —  A West Palm Beach man remains in jail after being accused of killing an Indiana man and dumping his body in suburban Palm Beach Gardens.

Jay-Von Avery was charged with first-degree murder Sunday morning and held without bond.

Police say he shot Kyle Lutes, 25, in the back of the head and dumped his body in a wooded area along Valencia Gardens Avenue.

According to the affidavit, Avery paid Lutes to use his car. But a few days later, police said the car had bullet holes in the side and Lutes was nowhere to be found.

The affidavit says days before the body was found, Avery asked his sister to pass by the wooded area where the body was found.

Police said Avery then told his sister he “shot some boy and his body is by the lake.”

The suspect’s sister then contacted police.

The police report says Lutes had come to South Florida from Indiana to get treatment for a drug addiction

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Tri-Rail Shooting: John Morris Miller arrested in Miami


February 10, 2014, North Miami, Florida (WSVN)
— A security guard answering the call of a suspicious passenger on a Tri-Rail train was shot Thursday afternoon after a fight on the tracks with the suspect at the Golden Glades Interchange station.

The wild afternoon rush-hour incident left a second guard injured, a suspect running through traffic and a quick-thinking Metrobus driver preventing the hijacking of his bus.

On Thursday night, detectives were still piecing together the series of events that let to the shooting of the guard and the suspect. Both are in stable condition at Ryder Trauma Center, Miami-Dade police said.

The incident began around 4 p.m. when two guards removed the man from the train at the Golden Glades Tri-Rail station. They had boarded the train to investigate a call of a suspicious man, possibly armed.

Once on the platform, there was a violent altercation between the guards and the suspect, with the guards and the suspect ending up rolling on the tracks

A gun went off and the guard was wounded; the suspect then ran through heavy traffic on State Road 9.

He tried to commandeer a passing Metrobus, but the driver did not open the door. When police apprehended the suspect near the bus with the help of Florida Highway Patrol, they found he had been shot.

It’s unclear how he was wounded or how many weapons were fired and by whom during the incident, said Miami-Dade police spokesman Sgt. John Barrow.

The second guard was treated for minor injuries.

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Canadian Tourist Stabbed to Death in Florida

January 29, 2014, Hollywood, Florida (CBSMiami) — A man wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of a Canadian tourist has turned himself in, according to police.

Hollywood Police released a picture of 37-year-old Twane Dobard, also known as “Gonzo,” Monday afternoon.

Dobard, according to police, turned himself in at approximately 9 PM Monday evening at the Hallandale Beach Police Department.

He is currently being questioned by detectives.

Police had an arrest warrant out for Dobard in connection with the death of Domenico Perruccio, 58, a Canadian resident.

Perruccio was staying with a friend at the Winter Haven Towers on Jefferson Street, which was the street where he was found.

Police said they received a call around 4:30 a.m. about a body on a sidewalk along Jefferson Street just east of Federal Highway. The body showed signs of trauma.

Some neighbors awoke to the sound of a struggle. “There was like fighting or something screaming and after the cry, oh, oh cry like this you know,” said a neighbor named Jenny who asked CBS4 to not use her last name.

“At this moment the cause of death is unknown or undetermined, but it is an obvious homicide,” said Lt. Perez.

Neighbors said Perruccio was stabbed.

Perruccio’s neighbors said he was actually Italian and his family moved to Canada when he was 15-years-old.

“It is so sad” said Sue Johnson who added that she saw Peruccio just hours before he was killed.

Neighbors said Peruccio was waiting for his wife to arrive in South Florida because the couple was supposed to go on a cruise.

“Right now at this moment it’s scary when you live in the building where someone was killed right in front of the building” said Johnson.

Police are asking anyone with information to call Broward Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS.

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Vilbert Jean, Marlene San Vincente, DeWayne Ward, Kidnap 13-Year-Old, Forced into Prostitution and Stripping

January 9, 2014 Miami, Florida, (CBSMiami/MailOnline) — Three people were arrested Monday after being accused of forcing a 13-year-old girl into both prostitution and stripping under the stage name ‘Peaches’ at a Miami club.

Vilbert Jean, 36, Marlene San Vincente, 22, and DeWayne Ward, 18, forced the young runaway into a life of sex slavery after scooping her up off a Miami Beach street last month, officials said.

The trio forced her to have sex for money on at least one occasion she was forced her to strip at Club Madonna on the South Beach Strip, according to an affidavit cited by the Miami Herald.

The girl, identified only as D.J. in the affidavit, was held against her will by the gun-toting trio and plied with drugs and alcohol, police said in the report. She ran away from home and was reported missing on December 10.

She and two 15-year-old friends shacked up at a seedy motel in North Miami. They soon met a man referred to only as AP, he brought them to a nearby home.

The two other girls were dismissed for being too young, but D.J. insisted she was 18, said the report.

Mr Ward had sex with the teen at least six times and she was forced to have sex with a man at a motel for only $80, the affidavit said.

Her captors did not give her any of the money, and forced her to strip when she railed against having sex for money, the report said.

Ms San Vicente, who already danced for cash at the all-nude club, forced her to spend her nights on stage, according to the affidavit.

The minor was given ‘exotic clothing’ by the woman, she even had her hair and nails done – she sometimes made as much as $500 a night, authorities said, adding that she often made well in excess of $1,000 a week.

The trio reportedly took all of it. They also held her hostage with an AK-47 assault rifle, a .40-caliber handgun and threatened her with bodily harm, police alleged.

The firearms and large amounts of marijuana and alcohol were recovered from the home after the girl managed to escape last week and her mother called police, according to CBS Miami.

Authorities have not arrested any other club employees, but say in the arrest report that the girl was never asked to provide proof of her age.

‘The minor victim was never asked, nor did she ever provide the Madonna club management any identification to verify her age,’ cops said.

A club attorney told the Herald there is no evidence the girl ever worked at Madonna.

‘We have no record of her signing in,’ said Richard Wolfe. ‘We have no payroll record of her working. All the other girls signed contracts, we have no contract from this girl.’

Club owner Leroy Griffith also said he had no idea the girl was at the club.

‘What happened to us is one of the dancers called up and said ‘I’m going to come back and dance. Can I bring a friend?’ he told the Herald. ‘You know, there are 40 or 50 girls walking in and out of the club.’

 

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Shelby Henderson Griffiths attacks Teresa Rodriguez, at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport

January 9, 2014 Florida (NYDailyNews) — Frustrated Florida flier Shelby Henderson Griffiths, 22, allegedly asked a ticket agent for help Tuesday at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport — only to throw Teresa Rodriguez to the floor and start kicking her.

A frustrated Florida flier violently smacked down a United Airlines ticket agent who tried to help her, authorities said.

Shelby Henderson Griffiths, 22, allegedly punched Teresa Rodriguez in the face, grabbed her hair and threw her to the floor at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Tuesday.

“At the time the suspect began kicking the victim in the stomach and legs as the victim laid helpless on the floor,” the complaint affidavit said.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office claims Griffiths demanded Rodriguez help her with a query — and when the agent tried, Griffiths launched into the sickening assault.

Rodriguez tried to shield herself from being smacked in the face, reports NBC Miami. Two men waiting behind Griffiths in line managed to wrestle her to the ground until authorities arrived.

Griffiths was taken into custody and faces one charge of battery.

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