The victim told deputies he was sleeping on the couch in his home on 2nd Court in Key Largo Trailer Village. He said a noise woke him at 5:20 a.m. When he sat up and looked around, he saw 18 year old Manuel Argomaniz inside his home. He fled on foot, down Kay Drive. The victim called the Sheriff’s Office and gave a description of Argomaniz and his direction of travel to dispatchers.
When Deputy Vaughn O’Keefe arrived he saw a dark colored
Chevrolet Monte Carlo driving slowly and erratically, speeding up, slowing down and weaving back and forth. He pulled the car over and found Argomaniz driving. Argomaniz fit the victim’s description.
Deputy Pedro Garcia arrived as back up and the two deputies began trying to handcuff Argomaniz. He fought with them, refusing to follow their orders. As they were struggling to take him into custody more deputies arrived on the scene. He was finally handcuffed and placed into a patrol car. He initially gave deputies a false name, and he continued to act violently and erratically as deputies continued to investigate his crimes.
Investigations by Detective Francisco Gaete revealed the car he was driving had been stolen from a man who lives on Gordon Circle in Key Largo. The owner said he leaves the car unlocked and the keys inside the car on a regular basis.
Three vehicles in Key Largo Trailer Village had been burglarized overnight as well. Property stolen from those vehicles was found in Argomaniz’ possession. All three vehicles had been left unlocked by the owners.
Upon questioning, Argomaniz admitted to consuming vodka and “triple Cs” – an over the counter cold medication.
Argomaniz was booked into jail. He was charged with
burglary of an occupied dwelling; possession of burglary tools for having a small flashlight in his possession; giving a false identity to law enforcement officers; driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs; driving without a license; resisting an officer with violence and two counts resisting an officer without violence; four counts burglary of a vehicle, grand theft of a vehicle and four counts of theft.