June 24, 2014

Arrests for burglary, weapon charges, drugs

A Marathon man was arrested Monday morning, charged with burglary and making threats with brass knuckles which also act as an electric weapon similar in function to a Taser. A second man was arrested on drug charges.

The victim told Deputy Brad Colen he was in his workshop in the area of Sylvia Avenue in Marathon at 7:30 a.m. when 39 year old Enrique Valdes walked in. The victim told Valdes to leave the shop. Valdes refused, using profane language. Valdes told the victim he would kill him, then pulled out a black colored device with a red light on it. The victim said he heard a zapping noise and recognized that Valdes had some sort of electric weapon.

Valdes left the shop and the victim called the Sheriff’s Office for help. When Deputy Colen arrived, he found several men, including the victim and suspect, still on the scene. Valdes was taken into custody. The weapon he used to threaten the victim was found hidden under a vehicle nearby. Valdes was charged with burglary with assault on the occupant, tampering with evidence and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.

While investigating the weapon offense, deputies found several different types of drugs and drug paraphernalia. The items were in a bedroom located inside a nearby business. The bedroom belonged to 62 year old John Faella, who was on the scene with Valdes.


Faella had cocaine, marijuana and hash in his bedroom, along with numerous items of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested on numerous drug related charges and booked into jail along with Valdes.

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