December 31, 2010

Key West man charged with sexually molesting young girl

Key West – Detectives with the Sheriff’s Crimes Against Women and Children’s Unit have arrested a Key West man, charging him with sexually molesting a young girl.

The girl told Detective Sgt. Linda Mixon she was between the ages of 8 and 9 when the alleged abuse took place. She is now 15 years old. She said she stayed at 64 year old Florentino Cubria’s house on South Street in Key West and that is where the incidents took place.

She said the abuse took place on numerous occasions. Her mother told detectives the girl’s behavior had recently changed, and when she asked the victim about it, the girl told her Cubria had sexually molested her.

Cubria was arrested today (Friday) and charged with two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation of a child under 12. He was booked into jail.

December 30, 2010

Marathon man charged with battering sister, trying to steal her car

Marathon – A Marathon man fled from deputies after he battered his sister and tried to steal her car Wednesday night.

The victim told deputies she had taken her brother, 21 year old Tommy Alo, out to dinner and was driving home at about 8 p.m. when they began to argue. She pulled over and told him to get out of the car, but he refused. She said she drove to her mother’s house on Manor Lane and got out of the car. Her brother reportedly stayed in the car. While she was talking with her mother he tried to drive away. She said she opened the car door to try to stop him and he shoved her. She said they both fell to the ground and he continued to try to attack her until her mother intervened.

When officers arrived, Alo had fled the scene on foot. While Deputy Chuck Kellenberger was interviewing the victim, he saw Alo a distance away, running away. Sgt. Joel Slough and Deputy Christian Galls were on the scene and began to chase him. He refused to listen to orders to stop, and swam across a canal twice to escape officers. He was finally apprehended. He fought with officers and was pepper sprayed, then taken into custody.

Alo was charged with battery, carjacking and resisting arrest. He was booked into jail.

December 26, 2010

Man kills friend in dispute over woman

Stock Island – One homeless man is dead and another is in jail for killing him. The motive: an dispute over a woman.

According to reports by deputies and detectives, 47 year old William Millstead killed 49 year old Clay Ratcliff Saturday by hitting him in the head with a hammer repeatedly. Millstead was angry because he found out Ratcliff and 26 year old Nina Pintowski were having sexual relations. Millstead said he thought he and Pintowski were in a relationship, and he was upset that his “best friend” Ratcliff had betrayed him.

The incident took place at 6:30 p.m. at a camp set up by the two men on a piece of property commonly called “Enchanted Isle”, just off Highway U.S. One near the entrance to Key Haven. When Deputies Martin Harbin and John Gabay arrived, Pintowski was in the median strip of the highway, flagging them down. After she told them what happened, Sheriff’s Sgt. Charlene Sprinkle-Huff called for assistance from Key West Police, who responded to the scene as well.

Paramedics arrived and declared Ratcliff dead at the scene. Ratcliff had multiple head wounds. Officers from KWPD located Millstead a short distance away and took him in to custody. He was charged with first degree murder and he was booked into jail. The hammer he allegedly used to kill Ratcliff was located in some bushes, where Millstead told detectives he’d thrown it.

Detective Sgt. Linda Mixon and Detective Kim Trullender responded to investigate, and Detective John Underwood responded to process the crime scene.

December 23, 2010

Security Guard charged with burglary

Stock Island – A man who worked as a Security Guard at a Stock Island marina has been arrested for burglarizing a business he was supposed to be guarding.

The incident took place on August 24th at the Old Island Marina on Shrimp Road, Stock Island. A witness told Deputy Todd Jones and Detective Juan Llera he saw 32 year old Peter Ortiz leaving a business at the marina carrying a Rubbermaid tub. When the witness confronted Ortiz, he returned the tub to the business he took it from.

The owner of the business told Detective Llera he keeps several guns in a Rubbermaid container. He said the container was inside his business when he checked it, but he could tell it had been rummaged through.

Ortiz worked as a nighttime security guard, and had access to keys for the business. A warrant was issued for his arrest and on Wednesday, he was arrested and charged with burglary and grand theft. He was booked into jail.

December 17, 2010

National Accreditation process a success!


Hats off to the whole gang in our office of Professional Accreditation for the amazing job they did preparing for our recent National Accreditation CALEA inspection. Hats off also to everyone who assisted them in making this an extremely sucessful process. The assessors said they were highly impressed with our agency, it’s professionalism and the people who work here.


Santa Peryam visiting with kids


Santa Peryam has been busy visiting with children and giving out gifts.
Here he is helping a little girl unwrap her gift while elf Terri Story looks on.


Sheriff's Office helps the Marc House


In the true holiday spirit, Sheriff’s Office employees have been helping the Marc House sell Christmas trees throughout this holiday season.


Lower Keys Formal Inspection



The Lower Keys District held it’s annual Formal Inspection last week. Sheriff Peryam and Colonel Ramsay addressed the troops, along with Lt. Gene Thompson; they then inspected uniforms, vehicles and equipment. All of it was followed by a terrific brunch with dishes brought in by members, and other food prepared by the hardworking Colleen Carter and Brenda Winegarden.

 

Cudjoe Gardens donates toys



Lower Keys Lt. Gene Thompson gratefully accepts a generous donation
of toys from the Cudjoe Gardens Homeowners Association.


Sheriff's Office at Coral Shores H.S. Winterfest



Members of the Sheriff’s Office turned out for the Coral Shores High School
Winter Fest event on December 11th to show off equipment and talk with members
of the public about law enforcement.


December 15, 2010

Chase of burglary suspects ends with ramming of two patrol vehicles

Key Largo - A chase with burglary suspects in the early morning hours today ended after the suspect vehicle turned around and rammed two Sheriff's Office patrol cars; all three suspects were injured in the accident. No deputies were injured.

Three burglaries in the Ocean Reef community in the last two days had Ocean Reef Public Safety and deputies on high alert. The homes - two on Torchwood Lane and one on Harbor Drive - had been broken into and ransacked. A little after 11 p.m., officers noticed a suspicious vehicle - a Honda Civic - inside the entrance to the John Pennekamp Ocean Reef State Park. No one was in the vehicle, but it was still warm to the touch. Investigating Deputy Peter Garcia found a hole in a nearby fence, which would allow someone to enter Ocean Reef property. He called for back up officers to investigate inside the community to see if any suspicious persons or suspicious activity was taking place. In the mean time, he and other officers waited in the vicinity of the car for suspects to return.

Officers searching in Ocean Reef reported seeing two suspects fleeing in the direction of the car. As officers were manning perimeter in an effort to catch the suspects, they heard a car's door slam and the Honda started up. Before deputies could converge on the vehicle, it pulled quickly out onto Sate Road 905, fleeing southbound. Deputy Garcia, Detective Jason Madnick and Sgt. Derek Paul jumped into the patrol vehicles to give chase. The Honda ran the stop sign at the three way stop at Card Sound Road and State Road 905, continuing southbound at a high rate of speed. When it got close to the intersection with Highway U.S. One, it began to lose control, fishtailed, and turned around 180 degrees. Deputy Garcia said he saw the vehicle head right toward his patrol car, in an attempt to ram him but he managed to avoid a collision. The Honda then rammed the other two patrol cars and continued northbound on State Road 905. The Honda was forced to stop a short distance later, however, because it had a flat tire. A male suspect, later identified as 29 year old Juan Tavarez of Homestead, jumped from the vehicle and fled into the woods. Two females also in the car, were apprehended. 18 year old Princess Jones and 24 year old Nicole Martinez were arrested, then taken to Mariner's Hospital for treatment of minor injuries sustained in the crash.

A perimeter was set up and officers began searching for Tavarez. Several hours later, around 6 a.m., he was found near the Jewfish Creek Bridge. He'd suffered head trauma in the crash, and hypothermia from exposure to the cold weather. He was airlifted to Miami's Ryder Trauma Center for treatment of his injuries.

A burglary was discovered at a home located on North Bridge Lane in Ocean Reef following the chase; several rooms inside had been ransacked. Items stolen from the home were found inside the Honda driven by Tavarez. This incident was not the first time officers encountered Tavarez. In May of 2010, Tavarez was arrested in Key Largo after he was caught cruising slowly through a Key Largo neighborhood in a vehicle with two other men. Deputies had just responded to a burglar alarm in that neighborhood and found a home with broken glass near where Tavarez was arrested.

Tavarez faces charges of fleeing and eluding police, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery and resisting arrest. The two women face numerous charges as well.

Assisting in the incident was Key Largo Fire Rescue, Ocean Reef Public Safety, Homestead Police Department, Customs and Border Protection (their plane, equipped with FLIR, located the male suspect) and Florida Highway Patrol.

December 14, 2010

Key Largo man charged with burglarizing business

Key Largo – A Key Largo man is in jail, charged with burglarizing a business he used to work for.

On November 29th, deputies responded to Paradise Pub because the owner had come to work and discovered it had been broken into. Someone entered through a broken window and stole bank bags with cash, and cash from a vending machine. The suspect also removed a Digital Video Recorder which was hooked up to cameras inside the business.

were later found a short distance away, discarded behind a cement wall behind the business. When Detective Mike Wilkinson plugged it in and viewed the footage with the owner and several other employees, it showed a man they identified as 26 year old Michael Vanderwyden. Vanderwyden had worked at Paradise Pub for several years, leaving his employment there just four weeks before.

A warrant was issued for Vanderwyden’s arrest. He was already in jail on charges of violation of probation and on Monday, he was further charged with the warrant for burglary and grand theft. Bond on the warrant was set at $25,000.00.

December 13, 2010

Homeowner arrested for shooting teen trying to enter his home

Key Largo - A Key Largo man is in jail, charged with shooting an 18 year old in the leg after the teen tried to open the man's locked front door.

The incident took place at 134 Poinsettia Drive in Key Largo at 1 a.m. today. 62 year old homeowner Dimitrios Theodosiou told detectives he heard someone trying to open his front door. When he yelled through the door at the would-be intruder, he saw him duck around the corner of the house. Theodosiou went outside momentarily, then returned inside and retrieved his handgun, a .38 caliber revolver. He went back outside and at one point, told the teen - later identified as Marlon Perez Monzon - he was going to shoot him. At that point, Monzon reportedly ran toward the fence and began trying to climb the fence to exit the property. Theodosiou yelled at him to stop. Monzon dropped to the ground, turned around and Theodosiou shot him, hitting him in the ankle.

Theodosiou told family members to call the Sheriff's Office. Deputies arrived and found Monzon lying on the ground with the gunshot wound in his ankle. Paramedics arrived - Monzon was airlifted to Miami's Ryder Trauma Center for treatment, where he is reportedly in stable condition. Based on the circumstances, detectives arrested Theodosiou for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. It was later revealed that Monzon works with Theodosiou's teenage daughter at a local restaurant and has been making unwanted advances toward her; detectives say Theodosiou was not aware of this at the time of the shooting.

During the course of their investigation, detectives considered Florida's Castle doctrine as a factor in the shooting. They conferred with the State Attorney's Office and the joint decision was made that in this case, the doctrine does not apply. Under the Castle doctrine, a homeowner must be in immediate fear for his/her life or a family member's life, and the perpetrator must be "in the process of unlawfully and forcefully entering...a dwelling". Neither of these circumstances appear to apply at the time of this shooting.

December 11, 2010

Statistics from Islamorada Sobriety Checkpoint

Officers wave a vehicle through the checkpoint Friday night in
Islamorada.
A checkpoint in Islamorada Friday night into Saturday morning stopped 147 vehicles and found no drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs.

Sgt. Eric Mixon, who coordinated the effort, said there was a “noticeable increase in taxi traffic during the checkpoint.” He also reports no traffic accidents in the entire patrol district (mm72 – mm92) during the time of the checkpoint.

During the checkpoint, officers wrote 8 traffic citations for various safety violations; issued 8 written warnings and 46 verbal warnings and conducted 3 driving under the influence investigations, none of which resulted in an arrest.

Assisting in the operation was ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) and Florida Highway Patrol. ICE detained three suspected illegal immigrants during the checkpoint.

December 10, 2010

Toyz for Keyz Kidz

Toyz for Keyz Kidz is busy this holiday season collecting donations
of cash and toys for local children. Recently, Coordinator Det. Sgt.
Linda Mixon received checks from Advantage Rehab and Fitness,
Franks Grill, Centennial Bank, ReMax Real Estate, Schmitt Real
Estate and Sparkey's Landing. Thanks to everyone who is giving to
this wonderful cause!



Christmas Tree fun!



Volunteers from the Sheriff’s Office have been donating time at the Marc House
unloading and selling Christmas trees. In the photo is the Sunday morning 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. shift,
smiling and having a good time. Great work everyone!


Unusual sight in the Florida Keys!


You don’t see this every day in the Florida Keys...inmates shoveling snow!
Sgt. Luis Gonzalez and several trustys spent last Saturday morning cleaning up
after the 6th Annual Holiday Festival at Founders Park in Islamorada.


New Dispatch Supervisor



Congratulations to Amanda Robinson who was recently promoted to
Supervisor in the Communications Division. Here she is with Sheriff Peryam,
Colonel Ramsay and Director Anne Leonard at the Sheriff’s Staff meeting on Monday.


Search warrant in Marathon

Glock model 23 found buried in a yard in Marathon.
Marathon - Sheriff's Special Investigations Detectives served a search warrant at 6:30 AM today on a residence in Marathon.

In response to numerous citizen complaints about drug activity, detectives served the warrant at 491 84th St Ocean in Marathon. Inside the residence detectives found eight people, three of whom had outstanding warrants for drug related charges. A search of the residence turn up a small amount of marijuana. A search outside the residence turned up a small amount of crack cocaine and Glock model 23 handgun buried in the back yard. This evidence will be sent to the crime lab to be checked for fingerprints.

32 year old Jerry Lewis Anderson of Marathon was served with two warrants for sale of cocaine. 48 year old Dorothy Lee Howard of Marathon was served with one warrant for sale of cocaine. 31 year old Jerome Larnel Tubbs of Marathon was served with two warrants for sale of cocaine. More charges may be pending. All three were booked into the Monroe County Detention Center.

Man charged with battering his ex-girlfriend, stealing her money

Stock Island - A Stock Island man is in jail, charged with battering his ex-girlfriend, flattening her tires, then taking money from her bank account without permission.

Officers responded to an apartment on 9th Avenue. They found the victim upset and shaking. She told them 29 year old Isaac Ashe had come to her house. She asked him to leave, but he hit her in the face, then grabbed her hair and threw her across the room. She said she tried to leave the house, but he wouldn't let her. She said he grabbed a knife, went outside and flattened all her tires. He then allegedly took her cell phone and her debit card, telling her he was going to empty her bank account.

A short time later, Ashe called the Sheriff's Office to ask for help getting a restraining order. When officers met with him, they found $500 in cash in his jacket pocket; the money was all in new, crisp $20 bills, neatly stacked as if they just came out of an ATM machine. The victim's cell phone and debit card were also found in his pocket. Although Ashe denied all the charges against him, detectives were able to get pictures from First State Bank of Ashe using her card to take the money from the bank just a short time before.

Ashe was arrested. He was charged with battery, false imprisonment, criminal mischief, grand theft and fraudulent use of credit cards. He was booked into jail.

Two more charged with stealing copper wire from Summerland business

Summerland Key - Two more men have been arrested after deputies caught them stealing copper wire from a business located on Summerland Key.

Deputy David Chavka was on patrol when he spotted a white van parked across from the Shrimp Farm. He was aware of previous instances of copper wire theft from that location, with the most recent being just before Thanksgiving, with two arrests made. He decided to call for back up and check the premises.

When Deputy Jon Riggs arrived, the two did a walk through and found two men removing copper wire from inside. The men claimed to have permission to do so. Deputy Chavka contacted the caretaker of the property, who denied giving anyone permission to remove copper wire.

40 year old Rodger Green and 45 year old Francisco Lopez Alejandrez, both of Stock Island, were arrested. They were charged with burglary, possession of burglary tools and theft. They were booked into jail.

December 8, 2010

ACCREDITATION ASSESSMENT TEAM INVITES PUBLIC COMMENT

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office December 11-14, 2010 – A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), will arrive on Saturday, December 11-14, 2010 to examine all aspects of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services, Sheriff Bob Peryam announced today.

Verification by the team that the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office meets the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain and maintain accreditation – a highly prized recognition of public safety professional excellence, he said.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency personnel and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on Monday, December 13, 2010 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. The session will be conducted in the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Headquarters bldg., second floor conference room. The address is 5525 College Road, Key West, Florida 33040.

If for some reason an individual cannot speak at the public information session but would still like to provide comment to the assessment team, he/she may do so by unrecorded telephone. The public may call 305-481-6308 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, December 13, 2010.

A copy of the Standards will be available at the public information session and further information can be obtained from Lieutenant Cindy Peryam, 305-797-0016 or email address cperyam@keysso.net or contacting the website www.calea.org

Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may send them to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainsville, Va 20155 or www.calea.org.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office has to comply with 464 standards in order to gain accredited/recognized status, Sheriff Bob Peryam said, “Accreditation inspires public confidence in our agency, as well as assures that our department is up-to-date on police initiatives and administrative practices.”

The assessment team is composed of public safety practitioners from similar, but out-of-state agencies. The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, and visit offices and other locations where compliance can be witnessed.

The assessors are: Team Leader Captain Klint Anderson of the Weber County Sheriff’s Office located in Ogden Utah and Team member Deputy Chief Sam Farina of Rochester Police Department located in Rochester, New York.

Once the CALEA assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to be granted accredited/recognition status, Sheriff Bob Peryam said.

Accreditation/Recognition is for three years, during which the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.

ADA Assistance: If you are a person with a disability who needs special accomodations in order to participate in this proceeding, please contact ADA Coordinator Val Marinello at 305-292-7001 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. TDD (305) 292-7075 or email: mailto:abarrios@keysso.net.

For more information regarding the Commission of Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. please write the Commission at 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainsville, Va 20155; or call 1-703-352-4225 or email http://www.calea.org/.

Gun discharges accidentally in McDonalds

Tavernier – A Miami man with a small caliber handgun in his pocket accidentally shot himself in the leg Tuesday morning.

44 year old Rafael Ubeda was in line for breakfast at McDonalds Restaurant in Tavernier. He has a concealed weapons permit issued by the State of Florida and was carrying a .22 caliber Derringer handgun in his coat pocket. He told Detective Mike Wilkinson his hands were cold and when he put them in his pockets, he must have hit the trigger and the gun fired.

He said no one in line with him reacted, but the manager of the restaurant asked him to leave, so he did. The manager then followed Ubeda out to the parking lot, got a description of his vehicle, and reported the incident to the Sheriff’s Office.

Lt. Mitch Horn and Capt. Don Fanelli stopped the car about six miles south. Detective Mike Wilkinson responded and was interviewing Ubeda when he noticed blood on the man’s pants leg. He pointed this out to Ubeda, who was not aware of the fact that he’d shot himself in the leg.

Paramedics responded and transported him to Mariner’s Hospital, where he was treated for his injury. Ubeda will not be charged in connection with the accidental discharge of his firearm because Florida State Statute specifically requires the discharge of a firearm to be done “knowingly” in order for it to result in an arrest.

Homestead man charged with marijuana

Plantation Key – A Homestead man who passed a stopped school bus illegally was arrested after deputies found marijuana in his car.

Deputy Andrew Leird was at the 86 mile marker at 3:30 p.m. when he saw a 1991 Honda sedan pass a stopped school bus. The bus had its stop sign extended and it’s flashing lights on and was stopped to let children get off.

When Deputy Leird pulled the vehicle over, he could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside. He confronted the driver, 50 year old Reinaldo Olivencia, with this information. Olivencia admitted to having marijuana in the car.

Five small bags of marijuana were in a duffle bag in the back seat. Olivencia was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell and he was booked into jail.

December 6, 2010

Sobriety Checkpoint in Islamorada

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office will be holding a Sobriety Checkpoint in Islamorada on December 10th from 8 p.m. until 2 a.m. at the Weigh Station on Plantation Key. Deputies will be pulling over vehicles and checking drivers for any signs they have been drinking alcohol. They will also be checking vehicles for safety violations.

Tavernier Volunteer Firefighters Holiday Toy Drive

On Saturday, December 11th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Tavernier Volunteer Fire Department will hold their fourth annual Holiday Toy Drive to collect toys and donations for Toyz for Keyz Kidz. The event will be held in the Winn Dixie parking lot at Tavernier Towne. Bring a new, unwrapped toy or a cash donation and bring the kids to meet the firefighters and see the fire trucks. All donations will go to local families here in Monroe County.

December 3, 2010

Sheriff Bob "Santa" Peryam makes his holiday rounds at events and schools

During the holiday season, Sheriff Peryam enjoys going to various holiday events, and making appearances at schools, dressed as Santa. In this picture, Sheriff Bob "Santa" Peryam and his elf, Alexandra Mixon made an appearance recently at a Zonta tree festival in Marathon.

Animal Farm Christmas!

Santa and Mrs. Claus at last year's event.
Christmas on the Animal Farm will be Sunday, December 12th from 1 - 3 p.m. at the Sheriff’s Office Animal Farm on Stock Island.

Families will have a terrific time at the free event, which will feature pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, face painting, and many other activities. Celebrate the Christmas season with all the animals at the Animal Farm.

Donations are welcome, and are essential for the maintenance, upkeep and improvements at this wonderful facility.

Sheriff's Explorers go to Boot Camp

Sheriff’s Office Explorers had a terrific time at a Boot Camp held recently in Fort Blanding, near Jacksonville. Boot camps and other Explorer events are held several times a year and allow youth in the program to meet each other and compete in law enforcement related events. Boot camps in particular emphasis discipline and teamwork, and offer challenging activities which encourage kids to work together to overcome obstacles.

Many thanks to the hard working adults who spend countless hours training with the kids in advance, and traveling with them to these events.

Toyz for Keyz Kidz Events

Hundreds of toys collected during a toy drive recently in Marathon.
Two upcoming events will raise money and collect toys for Toyz for Keyz Kidz.

“Toyz for Keyz Kidz” is an effort put on yearly by Sheriff's Office employees county-wide. This dedicated group works in partnership with the Salvation Army to distribute toys and food during the holidays. All money and all toys that are collected in the Florida Keys stays here, in the Florida Keys and benefits needy families during the holidays.

On December 11th, don’t forget the Bowl-a-thon at the Fish Bowl in Islamorada. The event runs from 12 noon to 3 p.m. The cost is $25.00 per person and an unwrapped gift. Call Sgt. Dennis Coleman at 797-0884 or Peggy Bryan at 853-3211 for more details.

On December 14th, Casting for Charity will hold an event at the 7 Mile Marina in Marathon from 6-8 p.m. The event should be a great time, with contestants competing to see who can cast into targets made of Styrofoam noodles made into floating rings. Remember: if you come, bring a toy or donation with you!

For more information about Toyz for Keyz Kidz, visit the Sheriff’s Office web site at www.keysso.net and click on the link at the top of the page.

Marathon woman charged with fleeing police

Marathon – A 28 year old Marathon woman refused to stop for deputies Thursday night and was arrested.

Deputy Chuck Kellenberger was on patrol at 8:15 p.m. when he saw the maroon colored Chrysler sedan in front of him, northbound at 109th Street in Marathon. The license plate was bent up so it could not be seen.

When he turned on his lights and siren to pull the car over, it refused to stop. It continued to travel at 57 miles per hour; the driver occasionally put on her brakes, but did not stop.

When the vehicle got to the red light at Key Colony Beach, the deputy turned off his emergency equipment and began following at a safe distance. He saw the vehicle run the red light and then pull into a nearby parking lot and he saw a woman – later identified as Sarah Fogarty – get out and run into a wooded area. A few minutes later, she walked out of the woods and denied driving the car, saying she was just “cutting through the woods” and wasn’t in the car at all.

Fogarty was handcuffed. She was charged with fleeing and eluding police. Her driver’s license – from Pennsylvania – was suspended. She had a glass pipe tucked in the waistband of her pants, like those commonly used to smoke crack cocaine. Her license tag was expired. She was also charged with those violations and she was taken to jail.