March 28, 2015

Indiana man charged with burglary

A Little Torch Key woman woke up Friday to find a man in her house without her permission. He was arrested a short time later for burglary.

The victim, who lives on State Road 4A, told Deputy Linda Kohout she woke up to her dogs barking just after 10 a.m. and saw a white van in her driveway that she did not recognize. She began to walk around her house and found a man she did not know – later identified as 52 year old Michael Cozad – inside her house. He said “is that boat out front for sale?” She told him to get out of her house and she called the Sheriff’s Office for help.

She was able to give a description of the van, which was stopped a short distance away. She was able to identify Cozad as the man who had been in her house without her permission.

Cozad, who told detectives he was living in his van in the city of Key West, was arrested, charged with burglary of an occupied dwelling, and he was booked into jail.

March 27, 2015

Arrest made in stabbing; woman airlifted

Just before 1 a.m. Deputy Aaron Coller and Sgt. Evan Calhoun responded to Banyan Grove apartments on Stock Island to reports of a stabbing. When they arrived they found the victim of the stabbing, 53 year old Aurora Hernandez, inside the apartment bleeding heavily from a stab wound in her left chest cavity. Also on the scene was her 34 year old daughter, Tabatha Young and a 10 year old boy, Hernandez’ grandson.

Detectives say subsequent investigations and interviews revealed Young had stabbed her mother. She was arrested, charged with aggravated battery, and was booked into jail.

Hernandez was airlifted to Miami’s Ryder Trauma Center. Major Crimes Detectives Patricia Garcia and Manuel Cuervo responded and are the investigators assigned to the case.

March 24, 2015

Motorcyclist with suspended license arrested for fleeing

Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Miami man who fled from them on his motorcycle.

Sgt. Eva n Calhoun heard a notice to be on the lookout over police radios. Key West police were pursuing a motorcycle out of the city, driving 120 miles per hour. Sgt. Calhoun spotted the vehicle as it traveled on MacDonald Avenue still at a high rate of speed. The motorcycle driver, later identified as Alex Mcentee of Miami, refused to stop. He turned onto 3rd Street and then onto U.S. One northbound.

Deputies followed the motorcycle, attempting to pull it over numerous times. Finally, it was spotted turning off the highway onto Blue Water Drive, which is a dead end. Sgt. Calhoun pulled in behind Mcentee who then tried to exit past Sgt. Evan Calhoun’s patrol vehicle. He was unable to. Mcentee laid the motorcycle down on its side and surrendered to the officers.

Mcentee was charged with 2 counts fleeing and eluding police, driving with license suspended (five times), not having a motorcycle endorsement on his license and possession of a suspended license, He was also charged with no motor vehicle registration, attaching a tag not assigned to the vehicle and reckless driving. His motorcycle was seized for possible forfeiture.