On Patrol – June 2012
Updated July 5, 2012.
10:48 a.m. – Officer Silverio – 5900 block, Gulf of Mexico Drive – This Officer was advised that the vessel docked behind the address above, was in poor condition and looked like it was going to float from its dock space. Upon my arrival, I spoke with some residents that live nearby. They advised that the vessel has been in its present condition for a while. I rafted along side the vessel and found the registration sticker to be expired since 2007. I secured the vessel to the dock pilings with new dock lines that I had on board my patrol vessel. This was to prevent any further movement from its dock space.
I went up to the residence at the location and tried to contact the registered owner of the vessel. I was not able to make contact with the owner. I asked dispatch for the phone number to the residence. I called and left a message for that person to contact me about the vessel.
Due to the condition of this vessel, I will be contacting Alan Lai Hipp with the Manatee County Natural Resources Department. I will request through Mr. Lai Hipp that a derelict vessel investigation be conducted. The investigation can lead to having the vessel removed before any other issues occur. Nothing further at this time.
Explosion burned victim
1 p.m. – Officer Nagell – 3500 block, Gulf of Mexico Drive – I responded with the LBKFD for a report of a vehicle fire. Upon arrival the vehicle was a Grasshopper Zero turn lawn mower. The mower was fully involved and listed as a total loss.
The listed victim received burns over 30 percent of his person and was Bay Flighted to Tampa General Hospital. The Florida State Fire Marshall responded and determined that the cause of the fire was mechanical failure and has closed his investigation. No further information available at this time.
5:37 p.m. – Officer Silverio – Bay Sector 0/off the key – This Officer responded to a vessel fire off of New Pass. The actual location of this vessel was south of New Pass in the Gulf of Mexico. The vessel that caught fire was the Geico race boat.
This vessel was testing its motors on a practice run and the motors caught fire. The Sarasota County Fire boat was on scene to extinguishing the fire. I assisted the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) with crowd control. No one was injured before or during the fire. The crew of the vessel took control and towed it into shore. No further action.
11:44 p.m. – Officer Bourdeaux – 2600 block, Gulf of Mexico Drive – I responded to a resort at the location in reference to a group of subjects being excessively loud in their unit. The security guard advised he requested that this same group leave the pool area earlier for excessive noise.
I went to the center courtyard area and could hear the yelling and partying coming from their unit. I contacted the persons in the unit and requested that they keep the noise to a minimum as to not disturb the other guests of the resort. They believed that since the doors and windows were shut the noise would be minimal. The registered guest was cooperative and stated that they would comply and he would have his guests maintain a lower volume. No further action required at the present time.
8:16 p.m. – Officer Walls – 4000 block, Gulf of Mexico Drive – I assisted a motorist with a parking problem in 4000 block of Gulf of Mexico.
The motorist was driving a Ford pickup truck with a trailer attached to it. She was having problems unloading the trailer in the parking lot next to 4030 Gulf of Mexico. She attempted to turn the trailer around in the grassy area, but she got stuck in the grass.
After her husband arrived, they were able to maneuver the trailer and park it properly in the parking lot. She is staying on Longboat Key and the trailer will be parked at the lot until July 2, 2012.
7:55 a.m. – Officer Fraser – 7100 block, Gulf of Mexico Drive – Police responded to location for a report of a screaming woman. Upon arrival police did not hear anything coming from the house. Police did make contact with owner and she stated to police that she was having a heated phone conversation and was yelling into the phone. The owner advised police she would no longer call that person.
Beach bag burgled
6:56 p.m. – Officer Skinner – 1000 block, Gulf of Mexico Drive – Property stolen: $250 men’s sunglasses, with gray metal frame; $190 Olympus digital camera, under water model, bronze in color; $100 Cannon digital camera, silver in color.
I responded to the 1000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to a theft that was not in progress. Upon my arrival I met with the victim. He stated that he and his family had been on the beach behind the location on this date.
He stated that between 1320 hours and 1500 hours he and his family had left a beach bag unattended on the beach. He stated that when he returned to the beach he discovered that an unknown person(s) had stolen his Maui Jim sunglasses, Olympus digital camera and a Cannon digital camera from the beach bag.
There are no known witnesses to this theft, and no suspect information. I provided the victim with my business card and the case number. This concludes my involvement in this case.
4:07 a.m. – Officer Nagell – During my patrol I observed a transformer explode in the area of Emerald Harbor Drive. I advised dispatch to contact the fire department to respond. Once on scene, the fire department notified Florida Power and Light. Nothing further at this time.
4:40 p.m. – Officer Quarmby – Gulf of Mexico Drive/Gulfside Drive – Report of wires down. Located a wire, which had been severed on the hot end rendering it harmless. Wire fed a streetlight. This was confirmed by Fire Department, and FPL was notified that this was a non-priority repair. Nothing further.
1:52 a.m. – Officer Thompson – 4900 block, Gulf of Mexico Drive – While on patrol, I observed a white 1996, two-door Camaro disabled with a flat tire. I made contact with the owner/driver who was unsure of what to do. The car was then secured on the shoulder out of the way. The driver was taken over to the Hilton Inn to obtain a room until she could have the tire repaired, and exit the storm. No further action taken.
4:36 p.m. – Officer Nagell – 500 block, Bayview Drive – I responded with Longboat Key Fire-Rescue to a reported structure fire. Upon my arrival I was advised that the fire had been extinguished, and was contained to the area of the stove, and a small portion of wall. I was released by the fire marshal and responded to a report of wires down in the area.
5:25 p.m. – Officer Nagell – 500 block, Bayview Drive – I was requested to return to the scene of a structure fire. Upon my arrival Fire Fighter/Medic Carr notified me that the homeowner had been requested to vacate her home due to high water, and lack of electricity. She advised that she did not want to leave, as her home was all she had left. I contacted a neighbor who advised she could stay with them or next door in a vacant rental. She agreed to the arrangement for the time being.
6:05 p.m. – Officer Nagell – Gulf of Mexico Drive/Companion Way – I responded to the above area for a report of arcing wires. The LBKFD responded and requested Florida Power and Light respond. I cleared as there were no obvious signs of wires arcing.
Struck – Cinderblock wall
12:07 a.m. – Officer Fraser – 700 block, Dream Island Road – Driver stated while backing out of his driveway located at 748 Dream Island Road, while in reverse, he accidentally hit the gas pedal instead of the brake pedal and struck the cinder block wall surrounding 761 Dream Island Rd. The wall sustained an approximately 3-foot hole and knocked over a brick support column. The driver stated he was friends with the owner of the property and was notifying them of the incident. There was a scratch to the rear bumper of above vehicle.
10:58 p.m. – Officer Skinner – LBK Police Department – I responded to the LBKPD lobby in reference to a disturbance complaint that was not in progress. Upon my arrival I met with the Complainant.
She explained that she is employed at a restaurant on the Key as a server. She stated that earlier this night she was at work. She explained that a regular guest of the restaurant was ordering drinks from the bar, because the bar tender serves him for free. She stated that she was waiting on his table and serving the food he was ordering.
She stated that at one point the guest had complained to the owner of the restaurant that he was having trouble being served a glass of wine. She stated that her boss asked her what the guest had been drinking. She advised him that she did not know what the guest had been drinking, because the bartender had been serving the drinks.
She stated that the bartender joined in on this conversation, but he denied knowing what the guest was drinking. She stated that the conversation turned into an argument over this issue. She stated that her boss was drinking alcoholic beverages on this night and he became angry. She stated that she tried to explain things to her boss but he told her to shut up, and pushed her on her right shoulder three times. She demonstrated that he pushed her right shoulder three times in an aggressive manner, but did not cause an injury.
She stated that after she was pushed, she cashed out her owed money to the restaurant and left. She stated that this incident was witnessed by the bartender and the chef.
She stated that she did wish to prosecute her boss for Simple Battery. She did complete a written statement, which will be included in this case file.
I advised her that I needed to interview the subject and any witnesses to this case. I advised her that if I established sufficient probable cause to charge the subject with Simple Battery, I would forward a Capias request to the State Attorney’s Office. I provided her with a Victims Rights pamphlet and the case number.
I responded to her place of employment and met with the subject. I explained to him that the complainant had made an allegation of Simple Battery against him. He confirmed that a guest had complained about having trouble ordering a glass of wine. He stated that he confronted her and the bartender with the problem, and they began arguing. He stated that he told both of them to shut up, but he denied touching her in any manner. He stated that he just wanted her or the bartender to provide the glass of wine to the guest.
I did notice an odor of alcohol on his breath, and he did show signs of being slightly intoxicated. He stated that he had consumed a couple glasses of wine.
I requested him to complete a written statement, but he declined to do so at this time. He stated that several people witnessed this incident, and they would confirm that he had not touched the complainant. I did leave a written statement form with him in case he decided to write a statement I then met with the bartender and he confirmed that the subject/boss had confronted him and the complainant with the guest’s complaint. The bartender stated that there was an argument between himself and the complainant, and their boss did tell them to shut up. The bartender stated that he respected his boss and did not say anything else. The bartender stated that at this time he walked outside and smoked a cigarette.
The bartender stated that he did not see his boss touch the complainant. He stated that there ware several other staff members present. He did complete a written statement, which will be included in this case file.
I will return to the restaurant June 23 after 2100 hours to identify and interview the additional witnesses.
4:50 p.m. – Officer Fraser – 2200 block, Gulf of Mexico Drive – The above listed caller and involved were having a verbal disagreement on the pier into the Gulf of Mexico over the callers friend jumping off of it. The argument ending in both parties shouting obscenities at each other. No violations of any laws and both parties agreed to stay away from each other.
10:18 a.m. – Officer Brey – Gulf of Mexico Drive/Gulf Bay Road – Longboat Key Public Works employees found a camera at the above location and turned in it to the Police Department for safekeeping. It is a small metal encased camera with a mounting bracket of some type.
9:05 a.m. – Officer Martin – 400 block, North Shore Road – The bicycle listed was found at the intersection of North Shore Road and Gulf of Mexico Drive. The bike had two flat tires. I asked Public Works to pick up the bike and transport it to the station. There I placed it in the gated storage lot. Tag #1498 placed on it. I checked the serial number and it was clear. The bike had a second number on it, and it also checked clear. Nothing further.
Sleeping it off
5:57 p.m. – Officer Thomas – 400 block, Gulf of Mexico Drive – The complainant advised that a man was asleep in the drivers’ seat in a vehicle parked at the BP Station. The car’s engine was running, and it was properly parked in a gas station parking space.
Writer woke subject and spoke with him. The following was learned:
Earlier today, he had eaten at a restaurant during which he had consumed two beers. While on his way home, he felt tired and pulled into a parking space to sleep. Writer did not smell alcohol on him and he gave no signs of intoxication.
Writer asked him if he had any friends or family that could respond to our location to transport him and or his vehicle home based upon what he had told us. He said he did and called the people he lives with. A short time later, his roommates responded to transport him and his vehicle home. No further action taken.
3:01 a.m. – Officer Bourdeaux – 4600 block, Gulf of Mexico Drive – I responded to the 4600 block of GMD in reference to a past disturbance with guests of a resort. Security Guard Green and the manager advised that the guests in a unit had friends visiting and were being unruly on the beach until the early morning hours this date. The visitors of the guests were asked to leave and did so without incident. They had left the resort prior to my arrival. Resort management requested that this incident be documented. No further action taken at this time.
Illegal snook fishing
12:56 p.m. – Officer Nagell – 2200 block, Gulf of Mexico Drive – I responded to the above listed area for a complaint of illegal snook fishing. Upon my arrival along with two Fish and Wildlife Commission officers no one in the area was fishing or had seen any activity.
3:17 p.m. – Officer Quarmby – Longboat Pass Bridge – Report of people jumping off of the north bridge, related to Beer Can Island. A white female jumped as writer was arriving. Beach patrol Minafri was on ATV on the beach, located the female with the help of FWC and issued her a warning.
Other subjects, approximately eight males and females, were told to return to the beach and that they would be subject to prosecution if they remained on the bridge to jump. Subjects left.
Concerning weather conditions
5:34 p.m. – Officer Thomas – 100 block, Gulf of Mexico Drive – Complainant called the police regarding her concerns that three people who rented paddle boards from her company in Sarasota may have run into bad weather conditions and were in need of assistance. She advised that she owns a water sports company. She stated that earlier today her company rented two paddleboards to three teenagers. She knows they came down to Overlook Park to use the boards.
She saw the weather conditions worsening and became concerned that they may be having difficulties with the boards. She rode around the area on her wave runner but could not find them. Writer, Officer Silverio and Capt. Quarmby checked the nearby shoreline for the subjects without success.
While we were doing this, the three subjects and the boards were returned to Overlook Park by boat. They were all right and did not require any medical attention. They told writer that they paddled the boards out to Lido and when the weather worsened, she called her father who was out in his boat. He responded and picked up the three teens and brought them back to Overlook. Writer ensured that the teenagers contacted their parents to advise them that they were all right.
The complainant was satisfied at the outcome of the situation and departed. No further action taken.
Missed dispatch screen
12:21 p.m. – Officer Chrisman – 3500 block, Fair Oaks Lane – Received a call from Lt. Rocky Parker advising that they went to a gas leak call at above location at 9 a.m., this morning. He advised that he called ECC in reference to us not getting the I/Mobile screen.
Mailbox destroyed during DUI
12:42 a.m. – Officer Thompson – 6100 bock, Gulf of Mexico Drive – While on patrol, I observed the above listed vehicle northbound in the 6000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive. The vehicle traveled off the roadway and was now northbound in the right of way. The car struck and destroyed the large mailbox belonging to the Island Chapel at 6140 Gulf of Mexico Drive.
The car continued north and left the scene of the crash. I was able to follow it and conduct a traffic stop in the 7100 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive. The driver showed multiple signs of impairment. She made multiple spontaneous statements that she was texting while driving. She also advised she didn’t stop at the crash because she was texting. She advised she had consumed Pinot Giorgio wine and had taken prescribed pain medication.
She was placed into custody for D.U.I. with property damage and leaving the scene of a crash over $50 in damage. She was also cited for failure to maintain a single lane. She consented to breath tests and had results of .174 and .183 BAC. Her driver’s license was confiscated.
Her vehicle had pieces of the mailbox in her car that came through the windshield and open window. Her passenger side had extensive damage, and her mirror was located next to the destroyed mailbox. The mirror and the video from the in car camera of car #5 were placed into evidence. Her vehicle was inventoried and towed by assisting Officers Skinner and Coffman. Top Gun Towing responded from the rotation list to remove the car.
ATM card found
2:18 p.m. – Officer Bourque – Overlook Park/100 block, Gulf of Mexico Drive – While patrolling Overlook Park the listed subject’s ATM card was found. Dispatch contacted her by phone. She told us to destroy the card because she canceled it. I placed the card into the evidence room at the police station.
5:21 p.m. – Officer Fraser – 5000 Gulf of Mexico Drive – Police did respond to a complaint of loud music. Police did hear loud music coming from a unit. Police did make contact with occupant of unit and informed them of town ordinance, at which point the music was turned off and radio brought inside. A verbal warning given at this time.
Rugers, Lugers and Glocks, oh my!
8:22 p.m. – Officer Skinner – Off the Key/Assisting other agency – Evidence: Ruger SR9C handgun with one magazine containing 17 rounds with black holster, Luger 9MM with two magazines and 21 rounds and holster, Glock 10MM with one magazine, 10 rounds, and black, one blue back pack. Vehicles: white 2002 center console boat, 2002 pontoon boat, beige 2008 Cuddy Cabin boat.
Officer Randy Thompson and I responded to the Coquina boat ramp at the request of the U.S. Coast Guard in reference to a disturbance that had occurred near Jewfish Key and Longboat Pass. Upon our arrival I observed a USCG boat and a FWC boat near the north end of Jewfish Key with their emergency lights in operation. A second USCG boat was patrolling near the Longboat Pass.
Within a few minutes, the above listed center console boat arrived at the dock and it was occupied by five persons. I conducted preliminary interviews with the occupants of this boat. The summary of the interviews was that they had been on anchor near Jewfish Key. The occupant of the 2008 Cuddy Cabin bearing asked them to turn down their stereo. The female driver of the center console boat stated that she did turn down the stereo for a while, but it was turned back up. The occupants of the center console stated that a male subject then exited the 2008 Cuddy Cabin and approached their boat in an aggressive and threatening manner on two more occasions. The occupants stated that the subject was challenging all three males to fight him; he claimed he was a Navy SEAL and threatened to shoot them with a gun from his boat.
The occupants of the center console stated that the subject yelled to a female on his boat and told her to retrieve his gun. The occupants stated that she did appear to or act as if she was retrieving something from the cabin. None of the occupants saw a weapon or firearm displayed by her.
The occupants of the center console stated that the occupants of a pontoon boat bearing came to their defense and told the subject to leave them alone.
The pontoon boat arrived at the dock with FWC Officer Terry Knowles. Officer Knowles stated that he had contacted this boat and they admitted to having two firearms on the boat, which were securely encased. A male subject of the pontoon boat stated that he is the owner of the above listed Ruger handgun and the Luger handgun, which were now in the possession of Officer Knowles.
The subject has a concealed firearms permit, but it was currently expired. Per Officer Knowles he found the firearms properly encased therefore there is no violation of possession.
I conducted preliminary interviews with the occupants of the pontoon boat and they stated that the subject had yelled for the center console occupants to turn their stereo down, which they did. The pontoon occupants stated that they did not consider the music to be overly loud to begin with.
The pontoon occupants stated after a few minutes the music from the center console was turned up. The pontoon occupants stated it was then that the subject waded over to the center console and confronted them in an aggressive threatening manner. The pontoon occupants stated that he threatened to get his gun and shoot the occupants of the center console. The pontoon occupants stated that they intervened and told the subject that this was a public waterway and told him to leave. The pontoon occupants stated that the subject then yelled to a female on his boat and told her to get his gun. The man from the pontoon boat stated that he was the only person on the pontoon boat, at the time, two other occupants were in the water, and he witnessed the female retrieve a black handgun and she displayed it openly.
I asked him if she threatened anyone with the firearm or pointed it at anyone, and he stated no. I asked him how she held the gun and he stated at waist level. I asked Cruz how long she had the gun out, and he stated approximately 10 minutes.
The subject and his female passenger then arrived at the dock in their Cuddy Cabin under escort by the USCG. They stated they had been at Jewfish Key most of the day, and the occupants of the center console were playing their stereo loud. The subject stated that he asked the occupants of the center console to turn their stereo down, which they did. He stated that the music was turned back up. He stated that he waded over to the center console and politely asked them to turn the music down long enough for him and his female companion to finish the dinner they had cooked and they would leave. He stated that male occupants of the center console began saying rude comments to him and his female companion and acting disrespectful.
He stated that the occupants of the pontoon boat also became involved. He stated that the youngest occupant of the pontoon boat, which he described as wearing a white shirt and had a ponytail, had displayed a firearm. This person was identified. He stated that he had the firearm concealed in his waistband and under his shirt. He stated that the man from the pontoon boat raised his shirt displaying the handgun and threatened to shoot holes in his boat. He stated that he then left and called the USCG.
I asked him if he had a firearm onboard, and he said no. He voluntarily advised me that I could search his boat. The female denied having possession of a firearm on this date. I later ran a criminal history on her and there was no criminal history recorded.
All subjects involved except for one completed sworn written statements, which are included in this case file. The one witness did not complete a statement because he was intoxicated.
I questioned the man from the pontoon boat in regards to if he had possession of a firearm at any time, and he said he did not. He stated that when he confronted the subject, he was pointing at him with a black shirt in his hand. I also asked the occupants of the center console if they witnessed him with a firearm, and they stated no. A criminal history check him indicates that he does not have any felony convictions.
I returned to the subject’s boat and asked if I could search his boat, and he said yes. I had he and his female companion exit the boat while I conducted the search. During my search I observed that there were four scuba tanks on the deck of the boat along with several spear guns. In the cabin of the boat I observed that there were dive weights on the floor and a dive gear on the berth. I opened a large black dive bag and found the Glock 10MM under a scuba BC and regulator.
I asked the subject if the firearm belonged to him, and he stated yes. I asked him if he had been diving today and he said no. He stated that he did not know the Glock was onboard and it could have been in the dive bag for weeks. The Glock appeared in good condition with no rust evident. The magazine was inserted with 10 rounds, but the chamber was empty. The Glock was in a black holster.
I confiscated the Glock for evidence, and the subject was given this case number and my card. NCIC/FCIC checks were conducted on all persons involved, and no one had any wants or warrants.
Based on the witness/victim statements I believe that there is sufficient probable cause to charge the subject with Breach of Peace; Disorderly Conduct FSS 877.03. A Probable Cause Complaint Affidavit will be forwarded to the Manatee County SAO.
Although there are conflicting statements, I believe that there is sufficient probable cause to charge both the man from the pontoon boat and the female from the subject’s boat with Improper Exhibition of a Firearm FSS 790.10. Probable Cause Complaint Affidavits will be submitted to the Manatee County SAO. This concludes my involvement in this case.
‘I’ll have your job’
1:10 a.m. – Officer Walls – 4500 block, Gulf of Mexico Drive – I was dispatched to the 4500 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for a disturbance. I was advised that a male subject was in the hall being loud and banging on the doors.
When I arrived, I met with the complainant and he stated the following: he was asleep with earplugs in. He heard a loud noise coming from outside that he thought was thunder. The noise continued for about 10 minutes and when he heard his mother walking around he got up to see what was going on.
The complainant stated that he looked out the blinds by his front door and he saw a male standing in the hall. The male, later identified, was yelling for “Bree” to let him back in the house. The subject was about 10 feet from the door when he started running full speed toward it and kicked the door. The subject continued to scream and kick at the door. The complainant stated that he yelled at the subject that he had the wrong apartment, however the subject would not leave. The complainant then called the police.
After speaking with the complainant, Officer Morningstar and I checked several floors of the condo looking for the subject. While searching the second floor, I began to hear yelling. I followed the noise and located the subject in the basement garage.
The subject was wearing jean pants and he was not wearing a shirt. He was standing by a SUV and yelling into it. I announced my presence to the subject and asked him what he was doing. The subject then stated he’s headed back to his apartment. His dog is in the SUV, and he was trying to get the dog to come out.
I informed the subject that we had received a call because he was being very loud and was knocking on people’s doors. The subject stated he was trying to get into his apartment. He became angry when he could not get into the apartment and decided he was going to kick the door in so he did not have to sleep in his car. The subject stated that he was going to have maintenance fix it in the morning. He stated that he was confused earlier and had attempted to get into the wrong apartment.
I asked the subject for his identification and he stated that it was in his apartment. Officer Morningstar and I followed the subject to his grandfather’s apartment. The subject then provided me with his identification.
While speaking with him, I could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath. He was slurring his speech and he became very agitated. He stated that we were harassing him and had no right to speak with him. The subject threatened that he was a very important person and if we continued to harass him he was going to have our jobs.
I informed him that I was writing a report about the incident and if he did not cause any additional disturbances, no further actions would be taken. I gave him my card and left.
I again spoke with the complainant. I gave him a statement form and asked him to fill one out. He agreed. The complainant stated that he would bring it to the department in the morning. I examined the door to the complainant’s apartment and I witnessed several footprints on it. It should be noted that the subject called the police department and threatened that he was going to get the dispatcher fired as well.
6:11 p.m. – Officer Silverio – 4400 block, Gulf of Mexico Drive – This Officer was dispatched to the address above for found property. When I arrived, I met with the above person. He advised that his neighbor had found a set of assorted keys. The attached car key was tested in the parking lot. No vehicle activated by the key fob. I thanked the complainant and took the keys to the Police Department. The keys were placed into the front basket for missing keys. No further action.
I smell smoke
6:51 p.m. – Officer Morningstar – Jewfish Key – Responded to the town dock near Moore’s Stone Crab Restaurant for a report of a fire on Jewfish Key. The caller stated he could see and smell smoke coming from the mangroves on the southeast side of the island. The caller transported an LBK firefighter to the island to investigate; LBK Fire-Rescue Unit Marine 9 was cancelled while en route, as there was no fire located. Nothing further.
After hours at Quick Point
12:19 a.m. – Officer Skinner – 100 block, Gulf of Mexico Drive – I observed a Toyota bearing Florida tag, another Toyota bearing Florida tag and a Volvo bearing Florida tag parked at Overlook Park. The vehicles were outside of the gates to Overlook Park and were unoccupied.
I returned to Overlook Park at approximately 0015 hours and observed that the vehicles were still there. Officer Thompson and I walked to Quick Point Park and we located several subjects. We advised the subjects that the parks were closed, and they would have to leave. Warrant checks were completed on each subject, and they were all clear. The three females had valid driver’s licenses and they were responsible for the vehicles.
The subjects were advised that this would be a documented warning, and a future violation would result in criminal charges for trespassing. Each subject stated they understood the warning, and they apologized for the violation. At this time we concluded our contact with the subjects, and they left the area.
Fishing under New Pass
7:29 p.m. – Officer Silverio – Overlook Park/100 block Gulf of Mexico Drive – While on foot patrol in Overlook Park, I saw the above two subjects fishing under the New Pass Bridge. As I approached, I saw two open containers of beer near the fishermen. I stopped to talk to them about the alcohol in the park. Both admitted to drinking the beers.
Also, because they were fishing, I asked for their shoreline fishing license. Neither had a fishing license. I asked for identification. I advised them that I was going to give them each a warning if they had not already been warned. A computer check of both subjects came back clear (wants/warrants). I advised them about the town ordinance. I gave them both a verbal warning for the license violation. I educated them about getting a free resident license. Both subjects were cooperative and were released. No further action taken.
8:07 p.m. – Officer Thomas – 6700 block, Gulf of Mexico – An anonymous complainant advised that two possibly intoxicated white males were just offshore trying to turn over a swamped boat. The boat and one of the white males was located in the 6700 block of the beach. The boat was overturned, partially submerged and anchored about 100 feet off the shore. The boat’s hull number was not visible.
One of the boat’s occupants was interviewed on scene. He identified himself. He said that he and the boat’s owner had run out of gas and had anchored out at their present location to get more fuel. After returning to their boat, they found that it had overturned. They attempted to upright the boat with no success. They gave up their attempts and the boat’s owner walked away from the area. The subject said he believes the boat’s owner went to find someone that could help them recover the boat.
Gear and equipment from the swamped boat was dragged from the waters edge onto the sandy portion of the beach. The Coast Guard was contacted but they advised that they would not be responding to remove the boat. The subject was advised this and further advised to make arrangements tomorrow during the daylight to remove the boat. He advised that he would. Officer Martin drove the subject to his girlfriend’s residence.
Retaliatory garage opening
12:45 a.m. – Officer Fraser – 500 block, Sutton Place – Caller stated to police that his neighbor did open and close her garage door multiple times from 12:41 a.m. until 12:48 a.m. Police did speak to the neighbor who stated that she was intentionally using the garage door as retaliation, because the complainant has some loose floorboards in his house and they are keeping her from sleeping during the night.
The caller and subject have had the police at their locations for a prior disturbance between the two. Police did tell subject to stop using the garage door as a retaliation method and did refer her to her HOA to remedy the situation.
Arrested for telling the truth?
9:12 p.m. – Officer Martin – 4300 block, Exeter Drive – I along with other officers responded to the location regarding a disturbance at the pool area by the clubhouse, which is near the entrance to the complex. When we arrived the suspect involved had left the area on foot.
I met with the complainant and she advised that the male subject was in the pool yelling and talking to himself. He then got out and started shoving chairs and other furniture around. She stated that he was acting very bizarre. She stated that he had got in the pool with his clothes on and was at one point wrangling to get his shirt off. She stated that he didn’t appear to belong there and definitely not acting the way he was. She provided a description of the suspect.
We were able to locate the subject walking on the west side of the property near Gulf of Mexico Drive. He was alone and appeared to be wandering around with his hands in his pocket. He looked as if he was lost. When we approached him I had taken my taser out and pointed it at the subject and gave him orders to follow. We did a temporary detention with the handcuffs until we could sort out what was going on. This was also done due to his erratic behavior and his stature. He was a large individual.
He complied and we began questioning him to what he was doing at the complex. He stated that he had been at the pool but denied doing anything strange or bizarre. He stated that he was staying there with family in unit 207 in E building. He had no identification or keys to the unit.
When we asked about the family members he stated that he didn’t know their cell phone numbers. I was not able to verify any of the information that he had given me. He stated that he had a Florida ID card.
Nothing returned in NCIC/FCIC on the subject. I told the subject that he was lying and he needed to be truthful. I asked if he had a warrant and he stated no. I advised him that it was a crime to give false information to a police officer. The subject then stated that he didn’t want to embarrass his family and that he had lied. He then gave me the correct information. I was able to find the correct information on him and finally figured out who he was. I was unable to establish why he was there. I took the subject into custody for resisting without violence. He was taken to the station and later transported to the Manatee County Jail.
The following day the family member from the complex called and inquired about the suspect being arrested. It was determined that he was staying there and subsequently got arrested for lying about who he was. He was released the next day from the jail and was back on the key.