A man who said he’s been in Marathon for three or four weeks after being released from prison was arrested night on various charges including failing to register as a convicted felon.
Deputy Garrett Bragg was on patrol at . He was checking behind Gulfside Village in Marathon when he spotted 21 year old Leith Wiese sitting behind one of the businesses.
As the deputy approached, Wiese began walking quickly away. Deputy Bragg stopped him and asked what he was doing there. Wiese said he’d been smoking marijuana and produced a pill bottle with a green leafy substance inside. He also admitted to having a knife concealed under his shirt, tucked in his waistband.
As Deputy Bragg continued speaking with Wiese, he learned Wiese had just been released from prison, where he’d done time for robbery with a weapon. A check in Sheriff’s Office computers revealed Wiese had not registered in Monroe County as a convicted felon, as he is required to do.
Deputy Bragg told Wiese he was under arrest. Wiese took off running. As Deputy Bragg chased him, Wiese tripped and fell into some bushes. He was handcuffed without further incident. He was charged with failing to register as a convicted felon, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, resisting arrest, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.