September 23, 2014

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Another tailgate stolen

Owners of trucks still need to be alert and make sure they lock or otherwise secure their tailgates.

The tailgate from an 2010 Ford F250 was taken from in front of a home on Third Avenue Gulf in Marathon sometime between Sunday night and Monday morning.

If your tailgate has a lock, use it. Otherwise try to park in an area which makes the tailgate difficult to access such as backed up to a wall or in a locked garage. There are locking devices that can be added as well.

Stock Island man reports being robbed at knife point

A Stock Island man told Sheriff’s deputies he was robbed at knifepoint on Front Street, Stock Island Monday night.

The 29 year old victim lives on board a boat docked near Front Street. He told Deputy Spencer Curry he was in a parking area across from Safe Harbor Marina talking on his phone at 11:15 p.m. He said a man on a bike pulled up to him, shoved him to the ground and pulled a knife, demanding money.

The victim said he emptied his pockets, but had no money. He said the suspect grabbed his phone from him and left on his bicycle, riding down Front Street toward Fourth Avenue.

Other deputies were in the area and looked for someone fitting the suspect’s description, but were unable to locate him. He is described as a white male wearing a dark colored hat and a black shirt. He was riding a light blue or green bicycle.

September 21, 2014

Woman says she was attacked

A Marathon woman, out walking her dog Friday just before 7 a.m. says she was attacked.

The victim said she was walking from her home on Stirrup Key Road toward Aviation Boulevard when she saw someone standing near a stop sign, near woods on Aviation and Stirrup Key Road. She said the person looked at her, then stepped back into the woods as if hiding.

She became nervous and started walking back home, but was confronted by the person who grabbed her arm and pulled her into the bushes. She began screaming for help and the person took off running toward Aviation Boulevard.

The subject, whom she believes was a black male, was wearing a red colored short sleeved shirt with dark pants or possibly long shorts. He was wearing some type of mask or bandana – possibly white – wrapped around his face.

Deputies responded to the area and searched for anyone matching the description. No one was found.

September 19, 2014

Sheriff’s detectives arrest man who tortured, beat dog

 Sheriff’s detectives arrest man who tortured, beat dog

Sheriff’s detectives arrested a Key Largo man. They say between July 19th and the 21st he tortured and beat his eight year old pit bull, named Diamond, eventually dumping the dog, still alive, alongside the road in a black garbage bag.

36 year old Todd Alexander is told a witness he was going to “get rid” of the dog because he was tired of the dog’s snoring. The witness said Alexander used grey duct tape to tape the dog’s mouth and nose. Alexander then allegedly left the dog that way for two days, without being able to drink water or eat food.

After two days of no food or water, according to the witness, Alexander used a metal pipe and began hitting the dog with it. He repeatedly struck the dog on the head and body as the dog yelped and cried.

Alexander then put the dog in a black garbage bag, while  still alive, and dumped her alongside Gun Club Road in Key Largo.

A passerby spotted the black bag with something moving inside. When he cut the bag open, he found the suffering dog, still alive.

Animal Control officers responded and took the dog in to the shelter; they treated the suffering animal, but the injuries were too severe. The dog reportedly suffered from internal injuries and head wounds consistent with being beaten with a metal pipe. The dog also suffered from having no food or water for over two days. Due to the severity of the injuries and the suffering being experienced by the dog, the dog had to be euthanized.

Detectives obtained a warrant for the arrest of Alexander today and he was booked into jail, charged with cruelty to animals and use of a weapon during the commission of a felony.

Cleanup on Gun Club Road, Key Largo

Last Friday, the Sheriff's Office and Community partners joined together to clean up Gun Club Road in Key Largo. Here are a few pictures of the hard work they did. Thanks to Sgt. Tom Kiffney for taking the photos.

Islamorada Community project

Deputy Ben Elmore has organized a project to spruce up the caboose belonging to the Islamorada Chamber of Commerce at the 82 mile marker bayside. He is looking for anyone who wants to help on Thursday, September 25th at 8:30 a.m. Contact him with any questions.

Zontian of the month

Sgt. Linda Mixon is the Marathon Zontian of the Month. Here she is with President Erica Rodriguez. Great job, Linda!

Girl Scouts bring treats to deputies

Girl Scouts from Troops 17 and 30 in the Upper Keys brought goodies to the Islamorada Sheriff's Substation and the Sheriff's Office Roth Building to thank them on 9/11. 

Upcoming quarterly clean up

Islamorada has “adopted” the highway mile from 88 - 89 on U.S. One and on Friday, September 26th they will be holding their quarterly cleanup of that area. Meeting time will be 8:30 at San Pedro Church. Bring gloves if you have them.

Corrections Academy class

What a good looking group! This is our current Corrections Academy class. They are in their fourth week of the academy and are working hard to get to their November 21st graduation date!

September 18, 2014

Man arrested for exposing himself to detective

A Stock Island man was arrested Wednesday after he walked up to a plain clothes detective and exposed himself.

Detective Mark Jones was parked at the intersection of 5th Avenue and Cross Street at 11:45 a.m. in an unmarked Sheriff’s Office car. 42 year old Osneil Bello Machin, who lives on 5th Avenue, reportedly walked up to the front of the vehicle, looking at the detective through the windshield.

Machin then said something the detective could not understand, unzipped his pants and pulled out his penis, shaking it at the detective while yelling something to others who were in the vicinity. He then zipped his pants back up and walked away, throwing his hands into the air.

Detective Jones placed Machin under arrest, charging him with exposure of sexual organs. He was booked into jail.

Key Largo man dies in accident

A Key Largo man who  reportedly fell into the water while stepping from his dock to his boat died yesterday.

Deputies and paramedics responded to 400 Ocean Drive at 1:10 p.m. They found the victim, 67 year old Michael Filipowich, lying on the dock with two other men trying to help him. He was breathing and vomiting up frothy water. A witness said he fell while stepping from the dock onto his boat, a 34 foot sailboat named Steel Crazy.

Filipowich was transported to Mariner’s Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. An autopsy will be done to determine the cause of his death.

September 17, 2014

Sheriff is volunteer of the year for MARC

Sheriff Rick Ramsay was named the MARC Volunteer of the Year last night. Here he is with Executive Director Diana Flenard accepting his award.

Health Department event next week

September 16, 2014

Man wanted for questioning in Miami dies after stabbing himself

A man wanted for questioning by Miami Police stabbed himself in the abdomen right after Sheriff’s deputies located him today on Big Coppitt Key.

33 year old Roy Blanco was with a woman believed to be his mother at the time of the incident, just before 3 p.m. She took an unknown number of pills and was taken to Lower Keys Hospital. He was going to be airlifted for his injuries to a Miami hospital but lost consciousness and stopped breathing  just prior to being loaded on to a trauma helicopter. He was rushed to Lower Keys Hospital where he died.

The Sheriff’s Office has notified Miami Police and they are on their way to the Keys.

Stock Island man charged with business burglary

A Stock Island man was arrested Monday, charged with burglarizing a Stock Island business Sunday night.

Video surveillance cameras at A Plus Roofing caught 43 year old Felipe Fonseca in the act of burglarizing the business. The victim, who works there, called to report his cell phone and tools stolen. He said he left them in the vicinity of the loading dock Sunday night after work. When he returned Monday morning, they were gone.

The owner of the business showed Deputy David Lariz the video and Deputy Lariz was able to identify Fonseca as the suspect. Fonseca is depicted in the video between 10 and 10:15 p.m. entering a truck and a storage area before entering the area of the loading dock. He is seen leaving the loading dock carrying several items.

As Deputy Lariz was leaving the business Monday afternoon at 2 p.m., after taking a report of the crime, he spotted Fonseca and recognized him from the video and from previous law enforcement contacts with him. Fonseca was still wearing the same clothing he had on in the video. The deputy confronted Fonseca, who eventually admitted stealing the items in question.

Fonseca was arrested. He was charged with burglary, grand theft, trespassing in a conveyance and he was taken to jail.

September 15, 2014

Detectives investigating parking lot beating

Detective Vince Weiner  from the Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit is looking for more information which might help him understand how a Marathon man wound up with severe injuries after a fight this weekend.

28 year old Michael Pietsch is  being treated at the Ryder Trauma Center in Miami for injuries he suffered during the fight in the parking lot of the Brass Monkey bar early on Saturday.

Witnesses say they saw Pietsch in a confrontation with another man outside the  bar in Marathon. The other man then reportedly left in a white colored vehicle, possibly a sport utility vehicle, southbound on the highway leaving Pietsch lying in the parking lot, unconscious.

When deputies arrived shortly after 2 a.m., they found Pietsch still unresponsive. Paramedics transported him to Fishermen’s Hospital. He was reportedly suffering from multiple brain bleeds, broken bones in his face and a spine fracture. He was taken by ambulance to the Ryder Trauma Center in Miami where he was reported to be in critical but stable condition as of Sunday.

Anyone with information about this case should call Detective Weiner at 305-289-2410. Callers may also contact Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys. Tipsters can remain anonymous and, if a tip leads to an arrest in the case, the caller would be eligible for a cash reward. The Crime Stoppers hot line number is 1-800-346-TIPS. Tips may also be submitted on line at

Deputies looking for suspect vehicles

Deputies are investigating a hit and run vehicle incident which took place Sunday afternoon. They are looking for anyone who knows anything about the two vehicles believed to be involved, and those who were driving them.

The incident took place at 3:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the Coral Lagoon Resort in Marathon. According to reports, a dark brown newer model four door vehicle – possibly a Mercedes or Lexus – pulled in to the lot followed by a silver or grey newer model sport utility vehicle, either a Mercedes, Jeep or Lexus.

The dark brown vehicle accelerated and struck a parked vehicle on the passenger side in the rear with its right front corner. The force of the impact spun the parked vehicle sideways across two parking spots.

The two vehicles then left the parking lot at a high rate of speed northbound on the highway. There were no reported injuries involved in the incident.

The brown four door vehicle will most likely have heavy front end damage. Anyone who has information about the case, should contact the Sheriff’s Office at 305-289-2351. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys at 1-800-346-TIPS. If the information received leads to an arrest, the caller would be eligible for a cash reward. Tips may also be submitted on line at