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Boca Raton Police investigate three robberies at

University View Apartments

 

Boca Raton, FL – In the span of 24 hours, three people were robbed of their iPhones at the University View apartments located on NW 5th Avenue.  The first incident occurred in the early morning hours of Saturday May 14th. The victim said he and some friends were attempting to get back in their car after leaving a party and were approached by four black males and a Hispanic male who asked them if they wanted to buy drugs.  When the victim declined, he says he was attacked and his iPhone was stolen.

 

About forty-five minutes later, another individual says that he and some friends were leaving a party when they were approached by two black males and a Hispanic male who asked if they could borrow his phone to make a call.  When the victim pulled out his phone, the suspect quickly grabbed it and walked away.  The victim followed the suspects and offered to give them $500 for his phone.  When he produced his wallet to retrieve the money, the suspects stole the victim’s wallet as well.

 

The third incident happened about 24 hours later when, once again, the victim was leaving a party with friends and he says they were confronted by five to seven black males. The victim reported that he was attacked and his iPhone was stolen.

 

If anyone has information about these incidents, please call Detective Kimsal at 561-620-6144 or Crime Stoppers at 800-458-TIPS.

 

Boca Raton Police looking for missing woman

UPDATE: At 9am Monday morning Stephanie Bretas was found safe. Thank you to everyone for sharing.

 

Boca Raton, FL – Detectives from the Boca Raton Police Services Department are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing woman.  Stephanie Bretas (24 YOA) left her residence on East Jeffery Street on Tuesday, March 29, 2016. She left without a telephone, credit cards, cash or a vehicle. 

 

Bretas was last seen wearing a blue jean jacket. If anyone has information as to the whereabouts of Bretas, please call Boca Raton Police at 561-368-6201 or Detective Kurdys at 561-338-1377.

Missing:

Stephanie Bretas

24 years old

Brown hair

Brown eyes

5’3” tall

 

Boca Raton Police investigating death

 

Boca Raton, FL – Boca Raton Public Safety Communications Center received a 911 call shortly after 11:00 pm Wednesday night from an individual saying she was involved in an altercation at 1651 NW 13th Street. A female at the scene said that she was with a male and that they met with another group of people at this location. An altercation occurred between individuals known to each other, which resulted in injuries to multiple participants.

 

One group left the scene. Later, Boca Raton police officers learned about a subject who was left at Broward Health North by acquaintances.  This individual, Atila Dearaujo, was pronounced deceased at the hospital. It is believed that Dearaujo was involved in the earlier dispute.

 

Boca Raton detectives have been gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses and processing the scene.  If anyone has information about this incident, please call Detective Kimsal at 561-620-6144.

 

Deceased:

Atila Dearaujo

20 YOA

Pompano Beach, Fl

 

Two people facing weapons charges in early morning shooting

Boca Raton, FL - On Monday, March 21, 2016 at 4:04 a.m., Boca Raton Police responded to a shooting in the 2800 block of NE 2nd Avenue. Arriving officers found Thang Nguyen unconscious and bleeding and he later died at Delray Medical Center. The second gunshot victim, David Bartolino, was treated and released from Delray Medical Center.

Bartolino told Boca Raton Police detectives Nguyen and he got into an altercation with two subjects, later identified as Dylan Cirillo and Matthew Bauer, in the roadway near their home. According to Cirillo, Nguyen pointed a gun at Bauer and him and told them repeatedly to get on the ground. Cirillo told detectives he was carrying a firearm in his waistband, pulled it out and fired at Nguyen and Bartolino, striking both men. Bartolino told detectives that after Nguyen was shot, he picked up Nguyen's gun and fired several rounds into the air, in an attempt to get help from neighbors.

Cirillo does not have a license to carry a concealed firearm and was subsequently charged with carrying a concealed firearm without a license. Bartolino is a convicted felon and was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. If anyone has information about this ongoing investigation, please call Detective Scott Hanley at (561) 338-1344 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.

Arrested:

   

Dylan Cirillo                David Bartolino
DOB 09/15/1991         DOB 07/13/1971
Boca Raton, FL           Boca Raton, FL

62 year old man killed during early morning disturbance

Boca Raton, FL - On Monday, March 21, 2016 at 4:04 a.m., Boca Raton Police officers responded to a report of shots fired in the area of 2800 NE 2nd Avenue.

Arriving officers found the 62 year old victim, Thang Nguyen, lying unconscious and bleeding on a nearby driveway. The second victim, David Bartolino, who sustained a gunshot wound to the arm, was found at Nguyen's residence. Both victims were transported to Delray Medical Center, where Nguyen died.

Bartolino told Boca Raton detectives that he had an argument with several subjects in the street near his house. Bartolino said one subject punched him and then Bartolino left and went back to his house where he met with Nguyen. Nguyen, armed with a gun, and Bartolino went to confront the subjects. One of the subjects also had a gun and shots were fired.

Two male subjects involved in the dispute contacted police and have cooperated with detectives. If anyone has information about this ongoing investigation, please call Detective Scott Hanley at (561) 338-1344 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.

Chase Bank robbery

 

Boca Raton, FL - On Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at about 3:40 p.m., Boca Raton Police officers responded to a robbery at the Chase Bank, 714 West Yamato Road.

 

Bank staff told arriving officers the suspect entered the bank, approached a teller and handed her a note, which stated he wanted money and had a gun.  The suspect did not show or in some other way imply that he had a gun.  The suspect took the money and placed it in an envelope he carried with him. The suspect exited the bank and was last seen walking east through the parking lot. Witnesses lost sight of him when he walked to the rear of Village Plaza.  No one was injured and the suspect left with an undetermined amount of cash.

 

The suspect is described as a black male in his early to mid 20's, thin build, clean shaven, wearing all black clothing and a black Marlins baseball cap.  If anyone has information about this crime, please call Detective Lazarus Kimsal at (561) 620-6144 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.

Suspect:

 

TD Bank robbed

Boca Raton, FL - On Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 1:23 p.m., Boca Raton Police officers responded to a bank robbery at the TD Bank at 2301 North Federal Highway.

Officers were told that the suspect entered the bank, briefly spoke with the manager then approached a teller. The suspect told the teller that he had a bomb and demanded she put money in a bag he brought with him. The teller complied.

The suspect is described as a white male, with a stocky, muscular build, wearing a baggy black sweatshirt, grey pants, black shoes, a mask, sunglasses and a rag covering his head. The suspect left the bank, walked to an adjacent parking lot and got into a red or maroon, unknown make SUV with dark tinted windows. The suspect drove north on Federal Highway.

As officers were investigating this robbery, they received information that a male matching the suspect's description tried to enter the Iberia Bank at 1180 North Federal Highway approximately 20 minutes earlier, but employees refused to allow him entry into the bank.

If anyone has information about either of these cases, please call Detective Scott Hanley at (561) 338-1344 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.

 

 

Two arrested in robbery at library

 

Boca Raton, FL - On Saturday, February 27th, 2016 at about 8:58 p.m., Boca Raton Police officers responded to an armed robbery at the Downtown Library, 400 NW 2nd Avenue. The victims told officers they were walking north on NW 1st Avenue from a nearby restaurant when they noticed two black males riding on hover boards nearby. The victims walked to their car which was parked in the east side of the Library parking lot.

 

The first victim told officers she was in the driver's seat of the car when she saw the two males riding hover boards coming towards the vehicle. One suspect, who was wearing a red hoodie, pointed a gun at her and demanded her purse, but didn't get it. The second suspect, who was wearing a grey shirt, approached the front passenger and grabbed her black, leather backpack. The third victim was seated in the right, rear passenger seat when the suspect wearing the red hoodie tried to grab her wallet, but was unsuccessful. Both suspects fled southbound. Two victims were treated for minor injuries.

 

During the course of the investigation, Boca Raton detectives learned of a robbery several hours earlier in Ocean Ridge during which the suspects stole two hover boards. The suspects fled in a Honda bearing a Florida tag registered to an address in Lauderhill. Detectives obtained video surveillance of two suspects using our victim's credit card at a Walmart store in Delray.

 

Boca Raton detectives went to the Lauderhill address and met with the owner of the Honda and his 17 year old son. Detectives collected evidence and obtained statements placing the 17 year old in possession of the car at the time of the robbery. Detectives were also able to identify the second suspect. Latent prints were identified linking both suspects to the crime.

Arrested:

       

Keon Cunnington                John Williams

DOB 5/5/95                       17 years old

Lauderhill, FL                     Lauderhill, FL

 

Adonis Gillis charged with homicide

Boca Raton, FL - On December 29, 2015, at approximately 7:20 p.m., Boca Raton Police officers responded to a shooting at U-Park Apartments, 135 NW 20th Street. Arriving officers found the victim, Nicholas Acosta, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He died later that evening. On December 30, 2015, Boca Raton detectives arrested Donovan Malik Henry and charged him with first degree murder and robbery with a firearm.

The investigation into the telephone records of Donavan Henry revealed multiple phone numbers from the day of the murder. One of the numbers was registered to a Rodrick Woods, who was subsequently arrested and charged on January 11, 2016. Another phone number was identified and linked to Adonis Gillis.

One of the cars seen entering and exiting the University Park complex at the time of the crime was registered to the mother of Adonis Gillis. This car was captured travelling in tandem with the black car registered to the father of Donovan Henry. The vehicles traveled from Miami-Dade County to the U-Park complex and then back. Phone records for Adonis Gillis also show a route from Miami Gardens to the area of U-Park at the time of the murder. Lillie Johnson is the grandmother of Adonis and identified him from video images.

Boca Raton Detectives charged Adonis Gillis with first degree murder and robbery with a firearm. On Wednesday, February 24th, Gillis was arrested in Miami-Dade County with the assistance of the United States Marshals Service. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be forthcoming. If you have information about this crime, please call Detective Scott Hanley or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.

Arrested:

Adonis Gillis
DOB 04/10/1993
Miami Gardens, FL

Boca Raton Police investigating armed carjacking

 

Boca Raton, FL – Detectives from the Boca Raton Police Services Department are investigating an armed carjacking and robbery that happened Friday February 19th at approximately 11:50pm in the parking lot at 5601 NW 2nd Avenue.  Two women were sitting in a red Infiniti FX35 in the parking lot of the Boca Tecca apartments waiting for an Uber driver to arrive to pick up one of the occupants.  While waiting, the passenger said a black male opened the door of the car and put a gun to her head, ordering her out of the car and to the ground.  The woman in the driver’s seat said simultaneously that another black male opened the driver’s side door, put a gun to her head and ordered her out of the car.

 

Both women say the two men with guns, along with two additional black males, got in the car and drove off.  The women described the two suspects with guns, but could not provide a description of the additional two suspects.  The four suspects were last seen heading south on NW 2nd Avenue.  Items in the car include multiple credit cards, a Michael Kors bag and wallet, iPhone and multiple other items.

 

If anyone has information, please call Detective Tim Kurdys at 561-338-1377 or Crime Stoppers at 800-458-TIPS.

 

Suspect 1:

Black Male

5’10” tall/160lbs

Long sleeve black shirt

Black cover over face

 

Suspect 2:

5’07” tall

Dark eyes

Black hoodie/dark pants

Black bandana partially covering face

 

Suspect 3 & 4 no description

 

Fatal scooter crash

Boca Raton, FL - On Saturday, February 13 at 8:40 p.m., officers of the Boca Raton Police Department’s Traffic Homicide Unit investigated a fatal injury crash which occurred at 200 West Yamato Road.

The driver of a 2011 BMW 328i was travelling westbound on West Yamato Road approaching the intersection of N.W. 2nd Avenue. The operator of a scooter was travelling northbound on N.W. 2nd Avenue in the southbound lanes. The BMW and the scooter collided in the intersection.The operator of the scooter was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the BMW was not injured.

If you have any information about this crash, please contact Traffic Homicide Investigator Robert Jesionek at (561) 620-6094.

2011 BMW 328i:
Edgar Sanchez Hernandez
76 years old
Boca Raton, FL
Injury: None

Scooter:
David Sansom
67 years old
Boca Raton, FL
Injury: Fatal

Motorcyclist killed near Red Reef Park

Boca Raton, FL - On Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 09:47 a.m., officers of the Boca Raton Police Department’s Traffic Homicide Unit investigated a fatal traffic crash, which occurred at 1221 North Ocean Boulevard.

The driver of a 2007 Honda Pilot was traveling southbound on North Ocean Boulevard when she attempted to make a left turn into Red Reef Park. A southbound Triumph motorcycle that was traveling behind the Honda collided with the front driver door of the Honda as it was making the left turn. The collision caused the operator of the motorcycle to be ejected off of the bike.

The operator of the motorcycle was transported to Delray Medical Center where he was pronounced dead shortly after his arrival. The driver of the Honda was not injured.

If you have any information about this crash, please contact Traffic Homicide Investigator Brian Pare at (561) 620-6168.

2007 Honda Pilot:
Colleen Peery
59 years old
Boca Raton, FL
Injury: None

2007 Triumph Motorcycle:
Vladimir Kamenarovic
43 years old
Pompano Beach, FL
Injury: Fatality

 

Bicyclist dies after being struck by car

 

Boca Raton, FL – On Friday February 12, 2016 at 11:49 a.m., officers of the Boca Raton Police Services Department’s Traffic Homicide Unit investigated a fatal crash, which occurred at 2000 W Yamato Road.

 

The driver of a 2016 Audi was traveling eastbound on West Yamato Road.  As the driver of the Audi was approaching the intersection of West Yamato Road and Patch Reef Park, she struck a bicyclist that was attempting to cross the road.

 

The bicyclist was transported Delray Medical Center where he was later pronounced deceased.

 

If you have any information about this crash, please contact Traffic Homicide Investigator Keith Graham at (561) 620-6169. 

 

Audi:                  

Tanya Rolleri

37 years old

Boca Raton, FL

No injury

 

Bicyclist:                                      

Alan Curtis

84 years old

Boca Raton, FL

Injury: Deceased

Alexander Gillis charged with homicide

Boca Raton, FL - On December 29, 2015, at approximately 7:20 p.m., Boca Raton Police officers responded to a shooting at U-Park Apartments, 135 NW 20th Street. Arriving officers found the victim, Nicholas Acosta, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He died later that evening. On December 30, 2015, Boca Raton detectives arrested Donovan Malik Henry and charged him with first degree murder and robbery with a firearm.

The investigation into the telephone records of Donavan Henry revealed multiple phone numbers from the day of the murder. One of the numbers was registered to a Rodrick Woods, who was subsequently arrested and charged on January 11, 2016. Another phone number was identified and linked to Alexander Gillis. A cooperating witness identified one of the suspects as wearing a camouflage hat, green mask and armed with a handgun. She described his as 5’3” tall and a thin build and told detectives he shot Acosta twice.

Alexander Gillis' physical description matches a suspect who was captured on video surveillance, following Henry into the U-Park Apartment shortly before the shooting. Gillis was also seen running with a pronounced limp from the apartment complex after the shooting. Video footage shows several distinctive tattoos on Gillis.

Phone records for Alexander Gillis show a route from Miami Gardens to the area of U-Park Apartments at the time of the murder. Lillie Johnson, who raised Gillis, identified him from surveillance video. Mrs. Johnson told Boca Raton detectives that Alexander has a pronounced limp from a gunshot wound he sustained last year.

Boca Raton detectives charged Alexander Gillis with first degree murder and robbery with a firearm. On Tuesday, February 9, Gillis was arrested in Miami Dade County. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be forthcoming. If you have information about this crime, please call Detective Scott Hanley at (561) 338-1344 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.

Arrested:

Alexander Gillis

DOB 05/29/1993

Miami Gardens, FL

Fatal crash on Palmetto Park Road

Boca Raton, FL - On Friday, February 5th at 12:54 a.m., officers with the Boca Raton Police Department’s Traffic Homicide Unit investigated a crash, which occurred at 1700 West Palmetto Park Road.

The driver of a 1998 Nissan Pathfinder was eastbound on West Palmetto Park Road in the left through lane as the driver of a 2009 Honda Civic was exiting from northbound I-95. The driver of the Honda was attempting to make a left turn onto westbound Palmetto Park Road when the front of the Pathfinder crashed into the driver’s side of the Civic. The driver of the Pathfinder was extricated from the vehicle and transported to Delray Medical Center as a trauma alert. The driver of the Civic was pronounced dead at the scene.

The investigation is on-going and charges may be forthcoming. If you have any information about this crash, please contact Traffic Homicide Investigator Adam Reisner at (561) 620-6121.

1998 Pathfinder:
Carol Degrave
58 years old
Boca Raton, FL
Injury: Serious

2009 Honda Civic:
Christopher Torres Pereira
25 years old
Unknown
Injury: Deceased

Boca Raton Police arrest woman robbing Subway

 

Boca Raton, FL – A Boca Raton Police officer was in the right place at the right time on Wednesday, January 13th.   At approximately 9:30 pm, the officer was conducting a traffic stop when he was approached by a woman yelling that she had just been robbed.  The woman was the manager of the Subway sandwich shop at 489 NE 20th Street and said a woman walked in, used the restroom and came out pointing a gun at her demanding money.  When asked who robbed her, the victim pointed to a woman walking down the street.

 

The officer approached the suspect ordering her to stop. The woman ignored commands and continued walking toward her car. Two witnesses yelled to the officer that it appeared the suspect had a gun.  The officer drew his weapon and ordered the suspect out of the vehicle.  She was taken into custody without incident and the BB gun was found in her vehicle. Officers also determined the tag on the car was not the registered tag for the vehicle. The assigned tag was found in the trunk.

 

The suspect, Kira Hill, said the gun belonged to her brother and she switched tags on the car so she couldn’t be identified if someone saw her driving away.  Hill also told police she has fallen on hard times and was desperate for cash. Therefore, she went into the bathroom, prayed, then came out and demanded the money.

 

Hill was charged with robbery with a deadly weapon and a tag not assigned.

 

Arrested:

Kira Jaleesa Hill

DOB: 6/9/92

Boca Raton, FL

 

Second suspect arrested in homicide

Boca Raton, FL - On December 29, 2015 at approximately 7:20 p.m., Boca Raton Police officers responded to a shooting at U-Park Apartments, 135 NW 20th Street. Arriving officers found the victim, Nicholas Acosta, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He died later that evening. On December 30, 2015, Boca Raton detectives arrested Donovan Malik Henry and charged him with first degree murder and robbery with a firearm.

The investigation into the telephone records of Donovan Henry revealed multiple phone numbers from the day of the murder. One of the numbers was registered to a Rodrick Woods. Woods' physical description matches a suspect who was captured on video surveillance, following Henry into the University Park Apartment shortly before the shooting. Woods was also seen running from the apartment complex after the shooting. Video footage shows a distinctive tattoo on Woods’ arm.

Woods' phone records place him in the area of University Park Apartments at the time of the murder. A cooperating witness identified Woods from surveillance video.

Detectives charged Rodrick Woods with first degree murder and robbery with a firearm. Woods was arrested in Miami-Dade County on Monday, January 11, 2016. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be forthcoming. If you have information about this crime, please call Detective Scott Hanley or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.

Arrested:

Rodrick Demetrius Woods
DOB 09/08/1992
Miami Gardens, FL

Cancellation of Silver Alert

Boca Raton, FL - On Tuesday, January 12, Boca Raton Police detectives were notified that Mr. Hatcher was located unharmed in Key West. 

Silver Alert
Missing and endangered

Boca Raton, FL - The Boca Raton Police are investigating a report of a missing and endangered person. Theodore Hatcher, DOB 08/12/1948, was last seen yesterday, Sunday, January 10 at 9:00 a.m., when left his home at 1051 NW 3rd Street to mail letters at the Post Office at 1355 West Palmetto Park Road. Mr. Hatcher, who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, is described as a black male, 5’11” tall, 165 pounds, short grey hair, clean shaven and wearing glasses, jeans and an unknown color polo shirt. He is driving a 2010 grey Hyundai Elantra bearing Florida tag 700TFK. Mr. Hatcher has gone missing before and was located in Orlando, FL.

If anyone has seen Mr. Hatcher please call the Boca Raton Police at (561) 368-6201 or their local police department.

Missing/endangered:

 

Theodore Hatcher

DOB 08/12/1948

5'11" tall, 165 pounds

Wearing jeans & a polo

 

 

Vehicle: 2010 grey Hyundai Elantra

Florida tag:  700TFK

Boca Raton Police make arrest in homicide

 

Boca Raton, FL – Detectives from the Boca Raton Police Department have made an arrest in the murder of Nicholas Max Acosta.  On Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at approximately 7:20pm, Boca Raton Police responded to a reported shooting at U-Park apartments at 135 NW 20th Street. Officers arrived within 3 minutes and found Acosta with at least two gunshot wounds to his torso. Acosta was transported to Delray Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

 

The victim’s girlfriend stated that she was familiar with at least one of the suspects. She told detectives that she was with Acosta in their apartment when there was a knock on the door. She opened the door and saw two black males, one of whom she recognized from a party in the apartment complex two months earlier.  The girlfriend invited both males inside.  A few moments later, she says three additional black males forced their way into the apartment and ordered her and Acosta to the ground.  The girlfriend said that Acosta asked, “What’s going on?” and that is when one of the suspects shot Acosta.  Video from the apartment complex surveillance system shows five black men arriving in two cars, one black and one red. The suspects entered the building a few minutes before the shooting. The five suspects left in both cars at a high rate of speed right after the shooting.

 

The victim’s girlfriend said that Acosta sold marijuana out of the apartment in the past. She also said that a large bag of marijuana was missing from the kitchen counter after the shooting. A check of Acosta’s cell phone shows that he had a text conversation with one of the suspects prior to the shooting, regarding a narcotics transaction.  The conversation included the suspect texting Acosta that he had arrived at the apartment complex.  Acosta then texted the suspect the access code for the building.  Boca Raton detectives were able to trace the cell phone back to Donovan Malik Henry of Miramar. On Wednesday afternoon, Henry was arrested without incident in Miami Gardens and charged with first degree murder and robbery with a firearm.

 

Detectives continue to search for four additional suspects.  If you have any information about this case, please call Detective Scott Hanley at 561-338-1344 or Crime Stoppers at 800-458-TIPS.

Arrested:

Donovan Malik Henry

DOB: 12/30/96

Miramar, FL

 

Boca Raton Police continue to investigate homicide

 

Boca Raton, FL – On Tuesday, December 29, 2015, at approximately 7:20 pm, Boca Raton Police responded to a reported shooting at U-Park apartments at 135 NW 20th Street. Officers arrived within 3 minutes and found a male with at least two gunshot wounds to his torso. The 19 year old victim was transported to Delray Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

 

A witness stated that she was familiar with at least one of the suspects. Detectives are looking for at least five suspects who arrived and left the area around the time of the shooting in possibly two different vehicles.

 

Victim:

Nicholas Max Acosta

DOB: 1/10/96

Boynton Beach, FL

 


Suspect 1:                                              

Black male, 18-20 years old                  

Tall, thin                                                

Blue t-shirt with a white owl on it         

Gray sweatpants

 

Suspect 2:

Black male, 18-22 years old  

Heavyset/tattoo on bicep/elbow

Gray hoodie/gray sweatpants

 

 

Suspect 3:                                              

Black male, 18-20 years old                   

Hoodie/camouflage hat/black shoes       

 

Suspect 4:

Black male, 18-20 years old

Wearing all black

 

Suspect 5:

Black male, 18-20 years old

Green hoodie & pants/high top sneakers


 

 

 

Driver charged in 2014 fatal crash

Boca Raton, FL - On Sunday morning, April 6, 2014, 65 year old George Morreale was riding his bicycle westbound in the bike lane of West Yamato Road, just passing I-95, when he was struck and killed by the driver of a Ford F150 pickup truck.

Officers of the Boca Raton Police Department's Traffic Homicide Unit responded and began their investigation. Witnesses told officers that the driver of the Ford continued west on Yamato after colliding with the bicyclist. They provided police with the tag information and followed the truck until it turned around and headed back to the scene.

Officers met with Bianca Fichtel, who stated she was driving the truck, and Paul Maida, who claimed to be the passenger. Both Fichtel and Maida appeared impaired; they were unsteady on their feet, had slurred speech and appeared confused about the course of events. Maida had a revoked drivers license. In July 2014, investigators charged Fichtel with DUI manslaughter.

On May 27, 2015 Fichtel recanted her original statement and told investigators Maida was the driver of the Ford at the time of the fatal crash. Fichtel showed them an e-mail from Maida substantiating her story. After Fichtel's statement, a search warrant was issued to obtain Maida's e-mail correspondence.

On November 24, 2015 investigators received a disk with Maida's e-mails. Information in the e-mails indicated Maida was the driver and not Fichtel. Through subpoenaed AT&T information, investigators confirmed that the IP address connected with the e-mails belonged to Maida. The charges against Fichtel were dropped and Maida was charged with leaving the scene of an accident with death, DUI manslaughter, driving with a suspended license, and making a false report to police.

Arrested:

(Photo courtesy of PBSO)

Paul Maida
DOB 10/25/1984
Boca Raton, FL

Victim robbed at gunpoint

Boca Raton, FL - On Saturday, December 19th at 12:35 a.m., Boca Raton Police officers responded to an armed robbery that occurred in the parking garage of 101 Plaza Real South.

The victim told officers he was locking his car, which was parked on the second floor of the garage, when a male wearing a ski mask pointed a black handgun at him and demanded he empty his pockets. The victim handed his belongings to the suspect, who asked if he had anything else, which the victim did not. The suspect left in a light green, older model sedan. He was not injured.

The suspect took the victim's cash, credit cards, car keys, and two phones. The suspect was described as a black male, about 5'10" to 6' tall, medium build, wearing a ski mask, long sleeved, dark shirt, and dark pants.

If you have any information about this crime, please call Detective Lazarus Kimsal at (561) 620-6144 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.

Sleeping residents surprise burglars

Boca Raton, FL - On Monday, December 21 at about 1:45 a.m., Boca Raton Police officers responded to a home invasion robbery at 521 NE Spanish Trail.

The resident told officers she was awoken to the sound of her closet door opening and someone moving around inside of it. She also heard whispering outside her bedroom door. When she opened the door, she was confronted by who she believes was a female and two males, all were wearing masks, long sleeved shirts and pants. The suspect, believed to be a female, had her hair pulled into a bun. The resident yelled at the suspects and the female suspect pointed a gun at her. All three suspects then ran out the front door and headed north on Spanish Trail.

The suspects took several purses, which contained cash and credit cards, numerous Christmas presents, an iPhone and a house key. When officers checked outside the home, they discovered one car was burglarized and the second one was running. Officers also found several tools on the north side of the home near a side door that had been left unlocked.

Boca Raton Police remind residents to make sure all of their exterior doors are locked. Additionally, the door that connects the garage to the home should be locked, as burglars may use a remote to open the main garage door.

If you have any information about this crime, please call Detective Tim Kurdys at (561) 338-1377 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.

Suspect arrested in armed burglary

 

Boca Raton, FL - On Sunday, November 29th at about 5:00 a.m., Boca Raton Police officers responded to a home invasion robbery that occurred in the 1200 block of NW 16th Street.

 

The victim told officers he was sleeping when he was awoken by a noise and saw that his closet light was on.  Several seconds later the victim realized there was a male standing next to his bed, pointing a small, dark handgun at him.  The suspect repeatedly demanded, "Where's the money?"  The victim pointed across the room to the dresser, where he had left his pants.  The suspect removed cash from the front pants pocket. A second suspect came out of the bedroom closet and then both suspects left the room.

 

After the suspects fled the scene, the victim checked his house. He reported that a television was missing and several rooms had been rummaged through. The suspects were described as black males, 5'8" to 5'10" tall.  The suspect with the gun was light skinned and the second suspect was wearing a white shirt or bandana covering his face.  Officers ascertained that the suspects entered the house through a rear door.  The victim was not injured.

 

Boca Raton Crime Scene technicians processed the scene and recovered two latent prints, one from the sliding door leading from the screened patio into the house and the other from an item inside the house that was moved by the suspect. The prints were identified as belonging to Marvin Howard.

 

On December 18th, acting on a tip, the Oviedo Police Department located Howard sleeping in a park.  He was arrested and charged with armed burglary with a deadly weapon.  He’s currently being held without bond at the Seminole County Corrections Facility. The investigation is on-going.  If anyone has information about this crime, please call Detective Tim Kurdys at (561) 338-1377 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.

Arrested:

Marvin J. Howard

DOB 05/21/1997

West Palm Beach, FL

 

Two brothers arrested in crime spree

 

Boca Raton, FL - On Wednesday, December 16, at about 3:40 a.m., Boca Raton Police officers responded to a report of a stolen vehicle at 1900 South Conference Drive.

 

The victim, David King, told officers he awoke to the sound of his truck starting. He went outside and saw two males in his truck, backing it out of the driveway.  King ran up to the truck, jumped on the driver’s side running board, reached inside and was able to put the truck into park. The driver of the truck punched King in the head then the truck crashed into another truck parked across the street.  The two suspects, later identified as brothers Brandon and Gavin Bayer, fled on foot.  King told officers his other vehicle had been burglarized too.

 

Boca Raton officers, with the assistance of the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office aviation unit and K9 unit, located Brandon Bayer hiding in a nearby backyard.  A short time later, an employee at Starbucks in Boca Center called police when a sweaty white male came into the shop.  Officers made contact with Gavin Bayer and arrested him without incident.

 

As officers canvassed the neighborhood, they discovered that two bicycles had been taken from a fenced in back yard, and six other vehicles had been burglarized.  Detectives were also able to link Brandon to another burglary and stolen vehicle from December 13, 2015.  Latent prints form inside the Mercedes were identified as belonging to Brandon.

 

The brothers are facing multiple charges including robbery, grand theft, burglary, and resisting arrest. The brothers are suspected in numerous recent auto burglaries throughout the City.  The investigation is on-going and further charges may be forthcoming.

 

Arrested:

           

Brandon Bayer                      Gavin Bayer

DOB: 4/7/95                         17 years old

At large                                 At large

 

Police investigating battery as hate crime

 

Boca Raton, FL - On Saturday, November 21 at about 11:00 a.m., the victim was walking back from a friend's house in the area of 350 NE 2nd Street when he was battered by an unknown suspect.

 

The victim, who reported the crime to Boca Raton Police officers on Sunday, November 22, due to Saturday being his Sabbath, gave the following account.  He was walking back from a friend's house when a male on a bicycle passed him and shouted, "Jews should go back to Auschwitz.  Hitler was right."  The victim responded with, "Why don't you come back here and say that!"  The suspect rode over to the victim, repeated his statement and shoved the victim.  As the victim fell, he twisted around so he landed face down and his forehead hit the ground.  The victim got up and exchanged punches with the suspect, before the suspect rode off on his bicycle.

 

The suspect is described as a white male, about 20 years old, 6' tall, 160 pounds with blonde or light brown hair in a crew cut style and no facial hair.  The suspect was wearing a light yellow shirt, navy jeans and dark shoes. He was riding a dark blue Schwinn mountain bike.

 

If anyone has information about this crime, please call Detective Michelle Macy at (561) 620-6222 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.

 

Mother and son carjacked in McDonald's parking lot

Boca Raton, FL - On Saturday, November 7 at 5:05 a.m., Boca Raton Police officers responded to a report of a carjacking that happened in the parking lot of McDonald's, 710 West Yamato Road.

The victim, Mark Walker, told officers he spent most of the night with his mother in their car in the parking lot of McDonald's. At about 5:00 a.m., two males started pounding on both the front driver's side and front passenger's side windows. A male suspect, holding a black, long barrel handgun, ordered Walker out of the car. The suspect got in and started pushing Walker's mother out of the passenger seat, since she is disabled and was unable to exit on her own. The second suspect pulled Mrs. Walker out of the car and got into the passenger seat. The suspects left the parking lot on Yamato Road and headed towards I-95. Mrs. Walker sustained minor injuries and was transported to Boca Raton Regional Hospital for evaluation.

The suspects are described as two black males in their 20's, short hair, medium height and weight and wearing dark clothing. The car, a silver 2015 Chevrolet Impala, was recovered several hours later in West Palm Beach.

If you have information about this crime, please call Detective Jeff Clare at (561) 338-1246 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.

Update on PBSO Traffic Homicide Investigation

 

Boca Raton, FL - The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the crash which resulted in the death of a motorist in the City of Boca Raton on Sunday evening.  The deceased driver has been identified as Wendy Harris (46) of Boca Raton.  The family has asked for privacy during this difficult time.

 

The driver of the stolen Mustang has been arrested by PBSO.

 

Arrested

:

(BSO Photo from 7/31/15)

Wesley Brown

15 years old

Deerfield Beach, FL

 

Charges by PBSO:

-Vehicular Homicide

-Murder

-Aggravated Fleeing & Eluding Causing Death

PBSO investigates robbery and traffic homicide

 

Boca Raton, FL - On Sunday, November 1st at 6:13 p.m., Boca Raton Police officers responded to a robbery at the Addison Event Center, 2 East Camino Real.

The victim, Matthew Wilson, told officers he is the valet for the Addison and was sitting in his car in the parking lot near the valet stand when he saw two black males walking westbound towards his car. Wilson asked the males if he could help them when one of the males pointed a semi-automatic handgun at him and ordered him to the ground. The suspect demanded Wilson's belongings and he gave the suspect his iPhone and his car keys. The second suspect went to the valet stand and took a set of keys belonging to a 2016 grey Ford Mustang. The suspects got into the Mustang and drove away eastbound on SE 11th Street. Wilson was not injured. The Mustang was entered into the system as stolen.

Detectives responded, interviewed the victim and were able to track the phone to Deerfield Beach. With the assistance of members with the Broward Sheriff's Office they located the phone, which a passerby found apparently discarded on the grass of a yard.

At 11:21 p.m., a Boca Raton Police officer was patrolling in the area of 1400 NW 2nd Avenue when he observed the stolen Mustang. The officer requested additional units to assist him and he began to follow the Mustang as it headed south on NW 2nd Avenue. Before officers could initiate a traffic stop, the Mustang drove away at a high rate of speed. The Mustang was several blocks ahead of the officers when it crashed into a Silver Honda Pilot, which was traveling east on Palmetto Park Road through the intersection of NW 2nd Avenue. The Mustang stopped a short distance south of the intersection.

The passenger of the Mustang, identified as Jacquan Strowbridge, ran from the Mustang and was apprehended after a short foot pursuit by officers who were heading north on SW 2nd Avenue at the time of the crash. The driver of the Mustang, a 15 year old, sustained injuries and was transported to the Delray Medical Center. Both the juvenile driver and Strowbridge have violent criminal histories. The driver of the Honda Pilot was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is investigating this case. The Boca Raton Police officers involved in this incident were placed on administrative leave, consistent with Department policy.

 

Motorcyclist killed in crash

Boca Raton, FL - On Saturday, October 31st at 7:16 p.m., officers of the Boca Raton Police Services Department’s Traffic Homicide Unit investigated a fatality crash, which occurred at the intersection of SE 15th Street and South Federal Highway.

The driver of a 2007 Ford F-150 was traveling northbound on South Federal Highway and was attempting to make a left turn onto SE 15th Street. The operator of a 2014 Ducati motorcycle was southbound on South Federal Highway approaching the intersection when the vehicles collided.

The operator of the Ducati was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Ford F-150 was not injured.

If you have any information about this crash, please contact Traffic Homicide Investigator Brian Pare at (561) 620-6168.

2007 Ford F-150

Charles Morando
50 years old
Boca Raton, FL
Injury: None

2014 Ducati Motorcycle

Jared Youngerman
23 years old
Deerfield Beach, FL
Injury: Fatal

Boca Raton Police arrest four juveniles breaking into houses

 

Boca Raton, FL – On Monday afternoon, around 3:30 pm, a resident of Boca Raton noticed a car backing in and out of driveways on SW 4th Street.  The resident said the car would back into a driveway and two people would get out, walk around to the back of the house, and then reappear a few minutes later while three would stay in the car.

 

Boca Raton Police officers arrived within a couple of minutes and quickly established a perimeter in the area.  The suspects saw officers arriving and attempted to leave.  Officers were able to stop the car and began questioning the three juveniles inside.  The two females in the car said they were picked up by friends and were told they were going to Boca Raton to break into houses. They were also told to honk the horn and drive away if they saw the police.  They gave a description of the two suspects still on the loose.  Those two individuals were quickly found by officers walking through the parking lot of St. Joan of Arc church.

 

It was determined one suspect, 14 years old, was wearing an ankle monitor for a previous robbery.  Officers also found burglary tools, marijuana and miscellaneous items on the suspects and in the car.

 

Officers charged Kizzie Thomas with Burglary and Decarius Richards with Burglary and Possession of Marijuana over 20 grams.  Jacorie Rhodes was charged with Burglary and Possession of Marijuana under 20 grams.  Demiah Richardson was charged with two counts of Burglary, Possession of Burglary Tools, Grand Theft, and he arrested for an outstanding warrant. A fifth juvenile was released to a guardian.

Arrested:

Jacarie Rhodes          Kizzie Thomas          Decarius Richards     Demiah Rickardson

14 years old              16 years old             14 years old              16 years old

Ft. Lauderdale          Tamarac                   Lauderdale Lakes      Lauderhill

 

 

Man robs Sun Trust Bank

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Boca Raton, FL - On Monday, October 19 at about 4:00 p.m., Boca Raton Police officers responded to a robbery at the Sun Trust Bank, 6653 Jog Road, Boca Raton.

Bank employees told officers the suspect caught their attention as he walked past the bank, then turned around and entered the bank. The suspect slipped a note to the teller demanding large bills of US currency. The teller complied and also returned the note. The suspect left the bank and ran east through an open field. No weapon was seen or implied and no one was injured.

The suspect is described as a white male, in his 30's, approximately 6' tall and 225 pounds with a muscular build and a scar on the left side of his neck. He was wearing a dark colored baseball cap with the word "Bauer" on it, a long sleeve grey t-shirt with the word "Hurley" on it, jeans and dark shoes.

If anyone has information about this crime, they are asked to call Detective Scott Hanley at (561) 338-1344 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.


 

Motorcyclist killed in crash

Boca Raton, FL - On Friday, October 16 at about 2:15 p.m., officers of the Boca Raton Police Department’s Traffic Homicide Unit investigated a fatality crash, which occurred in the 1500 block of NW 4th Avenue.

The operator of a Harley Davidson motorcycle was traveling north on NW 4th Avenue approaching NW 15th Vista when the driver of a Toyota Camry was exiting the parking lot of 1499 NW 4th Avenue . The driver of the Toyota was attempting to cross NW 4th Avenue onto NW 15th Vista when the Harley Davidson collided with the passenger side of the Toyota.

The operator of the motorcycle was transported to Delray Medical Center where he died. The driver of the Camry was transported to Boca Raton Regional Hospital for evaluation.


If anyone has information regarding this crash, please contact Traffic Homicide Investigator Brian Pare at (561) 620-6168.

2004 Harley Davidson:

Benjamin Buchanan
23 years old
Boca Raton, FL
Injury: Fatality

2003 Toyota Camry:

Abbas Khan
63 years old
Boca Raton, FL
Injury: Minor

Police investigating two robberies

Boca Raton, FL - In the last two day, Boca Raton Police officers have investigated two armed robberies.

The first happened Wednesday, September 23 at about 8:45 p.m. at the Mobil Gas Station, 690 West Glades Road. Employees told police that a male entered the store wearing a mask and brandishing a firearm. The suspect demanded money from the cash registers. He took a plastic bag from behind the counter and put the money in the bag. He then ran out the front door where he was confronted by another employee who had retrieved his own firearm from his car. The employee yelled at the suspect to drop the money, then fired a shot into the air. The suspect ran away and no one was injured.

The suspect is described as an overweight white male, about 5'6" to 5'8" tall, wearing a black shirt, baggy jeans and carrying a silver revolver.

The second robbery happened on Thursday, September 24 at about 6:30 p.m. in the parking garage at 5200 Town Center Circle. The victim told a Boca Raton police officer he was sitting in his vehicle reading an e-mail, when a male got into the backseat of his car, pointed a black semi-automatic pistol at him and demanded his money. The victim gave the suspect his wallet, which contained his driver's license, cash, and credit cards. The suspect got out of the car and walked away. The victim drove home to Miami and then called police.

The suspect is described as a black male, about 6' tall, thin build, wearing a grey sleeveless shirt and had a bandana covering his face. The victim was not injured.

If anyone has information about either crime, they are asked to call Boca Raton Police detectives at (561) 338-1264 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.

Motorcyclist killed in crash

 

Boca Raton, FL - On Tuesday, September 15 at just before 2:00 p.m., officers of the Boca Raton Police Services Department’s Traffic Homicide Unit investigated a fatal crash which occurred at the intersection of NE 40th Street (NE Spanish River Boulevard) and North Federal Highway.

 

The driver of a 2012 GMC SUV was eastbound on NE 40th Street approaching the intersection of Federal Highway as the operator of a 2011 Suzuki was westbound on NE 40th Street, also approaching Federal Highway.  The driver of the GMC was attempting to make a U-turn to travel west on NE 40th Street as the Suzuki was attempting to clear the intersection, when they collided.

 

The operator of the Suzuki was transported to Delray Medical Center where he died. The driver of the GMC was not injured.

 

If you have any information about this crash, please contact Traffic Homicide Investigator Robert Jesionek at (561) 620-6094. 

 

2012 GMC SUV:

Marie Perillo

44 years old

Coral Springs, FL

Injury: None

 

2011 Suzuki Motorcycle:

Ryan Hogan

21 years old

Boca Raton, FL

Injury: Fatal

 

 

Man robs Wells Fargo Bank

 

Boca Raton, FL - On Thursday, September 10 at just before 2:00 p.m., Boca Raton Police officers responded to a robbery at the Wells Fargo Bank, 7531 North Federal Highway.


Employees told detectives that a male entered the bank, presented a note to the teller and demanded money.  The suspect showed the teller a small silver object, which he said was a grenade, but which may have been a small flashlight. The suspect handed the teller a white bag with a blue logo on it and told the teller to put the cash in it. The suspect left in an unknown direction with an undetermined amount of money.

 

The suspect is described as a white male in his mid to late 40's, about 6' tall, 220 pounds, and he was wearing a white shirt, blue pants, and a white fisherman-style hat.

 

If anyone has information about this crime, they are asked to call Detective Scott Hanley at (561) 338-1344 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.

 

Boca Raton Police investigate bank robbery

 

Boca Raton, FL – Boca Raton Police are investigating a robbery, which occurred at the TD North Bank, 1371 West Palmetto Park Road at approximately 3:47 pm on Thursday, September 3, 2015.  The suspect passed a note to the teller demanding money.  No weapon was shown.  The suspect is described as a white male, 5’8” – 6’0” tall, medium build, wearing a yellow/green colored shirt, black baseball hat and brown sunglasses.  The suspect was also wearing white latex gloves. 

 

If you have information about this case, please call Detective Scott Hanley at 561-338-1344 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at 800-458-TIPS.

 

Multi-county burglars charged in three Boca cases

Boca Raton, FL - On August 23, 2014, Boca Raton Police officers and detectives began investigating two residential burglaries at 140 SE 5th Avenue, during which jewelry and a safe were taken from the units. Surveillance video from one apartment and the common area (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljZHSD_loBU) revealed two Hispanic male suspects inside the apartment and a third Hispanic male using a hand dolly to move a safe. All three suspects left in a green minivan.

Detectives disseminated the information to surrounding agencies and two suspects, Alberto Colmenares Machado and Carlos Depablos Mazzilli, were identified and then linked to a group of individuals from Venezuela who were committing high-end residential burglaries, specifically targeting condominiums in the tri-county area. These suspects were operating out of Venezuela and would fly into South Florida to commit these and similar crimes.

On August 20, 2015 members of another Venezuelan burglary crew were arrested in Miami-Dade County as part of a multi-jurisdictional investigation. One of the suspects arrested, Andres Rojas Solano, told investigators that an individual named Colmenares Machado was part of his group, but left to start his own crew. Solano identified Colmenares Machadoas as a suspect in the August 23, 2014 burglary from the surveillance video. Carlos Depablos Mazzilli was also identified as participating in the burglary. Solano also told investigators two cohorts (Wilmer Rojas Gamoa and Eduardo Martinez) joined him to commit a burglary in Boca Raton on February 7, 2015 at 340 West Palmetto Park Road.

Detectives charged the following five suspects with burglary, grand theft, and criminal mischief. Colmenares Machado and Depablos Mazzilli were arrested by detectives as they were about to board a plane bound for Venezuela from Miami International Airport on August 21, 2015. The investigation is on-going and further charges may be forthcoming.

Arrested

                   

Alberto Colmenares Machado     Carlos Depablos Mazzelli

DOB 09/06/1981                          DOB 05/08/1980

            

Eduardo Jose Martinez    Wilmer Rojas Gamboa    Andres Rojas Solano

DOB 11/03/1970             DOB 07/02/1970             DOB 12/15/1978

Driver in fatal crash arrested for DUI manslaughter

 

Boca Raton, FL - On March 1, 2015 at 10:16 p.m. officers with the Boca Raton Police Department's Traffic Homicide Unit investigated a fatality crash in the 600 block of South Federal Highway.

 

The crash investigation revealed Bryce Samartino was driving a 2005 Ford F-150 pickup truck southbound on South Federal Highway just past Mizner Boulevard, when he collided with the rear of a Nissan Altima and lost control.  The Ford left the roadway and struck and killed Elourdes Ostagne, who was on the sidewalk.  The Ford also hit a light pole, a palm tree, and finally came to rest against the wall of the City National Bank (see the original story:  http://www.ci.boca-raton.fl.us/police/TopStories/vipernews.shtm#bkftl).

 

Multiple witnesses told officers Samartino was driving fast and in a reckless manner when his truck struck the Altima and Elourdes Ostagne.  The investigation revealed the speed of the truck at the time of the crash was 76 miles per hour and that Samartino had a blood alcohol level of 0.19.  Samartino is charged with DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide, and DUI with damage to property.

 

Samartino was picked up on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 without incident.

 

 Arrested:    

 

  Bryce Samartino                        

  DOB 06/09/1992

  Weston, FL

Chase Bank robbed

 

Boca Raton, FL - On Tuesday, August 11 at about 12:55 p.m., Boca Raton Police officers responded to a bank robbery at the Chase Bank, 3013 West Yamato Road.

 

Responding officers met with employees who said the suspect entered the bank, approached a teller and showed a note demanding $50's and $20's.  The suspect told the teller he had a gun, but did not display one.  The suspect left the bank with an undetermined amount of cash, in an unknown direction.  No one was injured.

 

The suspect is described as a white male, in his mid 20's, approximately 5'8" tall, slim build, and unshaven; he was wearing a long sleeve red shirt with a short sleeve purple shirt over it, khaki pants and a white rag or t-shirt around his head. 

 

If anyone has information about this crime, please call Detective Tim Kurdys at (561) 338-1377 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.

 

Juvenile accidently shot in leg at Boomer’s

Boca Raton, FL – On Saturday, August 8 at about 10:40 p.m., Boca Raton Police officers responded to reports that a male had been shot at Boomer’s, 3100 Airport Road.

As officers arrived, witnesses pointed out a male running through the parking lot as the possible suspect. Officers apprehended the 16 year old, male juvenile without incident. The juvenile told officers he and a group of friends were near the go-cart’s when he took a .25 caliber pistol from his front pants pocket intending to put it in his rear pocket when he inadvertently pulled the trigger, thereby shooting his friend in the leg. The juvenile told officers he then discarded the pistol in a trash can.

Officers located the 15 year old male victim, who had a gunshot wound in his calf. The victim was taken to Delray Medical Center for treatment.

Witnesses confirmed there was no altercation leading up to the shooting and the friends involved confirmed it. Two witnesses who saw the incident attempted to detain the subjects immediately after the shooting and were subsequently battered by a friend of the shooter and victim. The .25 caliber pistol was recovered and officers learned the gun had been reported stolen in Delray Beach. Evidence recovered later indicated the gun was in the victim’s pocket when the shooting occurred.

The juvenile originally believed to be the shooter was charged with resisting arrest without violence and possession of a stolen firearm. Another male juvenile was charged with simple battery for hitting the witness.

Suspect with multiple warrants arrested by Boca Police

 

Boca Raton, FL – On Wednesday, August 5, 2015, an officer from the Boca Raton Police Services Department was conducting surveillance at the BP Gas station located at 5440 Glades Road.  The officer spotted a white Nissan with dark tint slowly driving around while the occupants seemed to be looking into other cars at the pumps. After numerous loops the car exited the station onto Butts Road.  The officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop due to the very dark tint on the windows.  While attempting to stop the car, the driver accelerated at a high rate of speed, ran a red light and hit another car turning onto Glades Road from Renaissance Way.  The driver fled the scene and entered 95 south.

 

Minutes later, another Boca Raton Police Officer, who was heading home from her shift, came upon an accident on I-95 South.  The car involved was a white Nissan that was unoccupied.  The officer radioed in the license plate number and confirmed that it was the same car that fled the previous scene.  Witnesses told the officer three occupants got out and started walking down the interstate.  Officers quickly located the three individuals.

 

After confirming their identities, it was determined that the driver, Jamahn Ranard Arnold, had seven warrants for his arrest from the Broward County Sheriff’s Office. The warrants included robbery, grand theft auto, and multiple narcotics charges.  In addition to the outstanding warrants, Arnold was charged with Driving without a license, leaving the scene of an accident, and aggravated fleeing & eluding. The other two occupants were released from the scene.

Arrested:

Jamahn Ranard Arnold

DOB: 7/30/97

Dania Beach, FL

 

Thieves charged in multiple crimes

 

Boca Raton, FL - Over the last few months, the Boca Raton Police identified a series of related automobile burglaries and related auto thefts.  One such incident happened on July 22 at 5660 NE Trieste Way, in which a 2014 Mercedes-Benz was stolen from the driveway.  Surveillance video showed two males who entered the development by scaling the wall between Boca Marina and Trieste.  One suspect tried the door handle of the Mercedes, both suspects then got into the car and drove away.  The keys had been left inside the unlocked vehicle.

 

The owner told Boca Police detectives the vehicle was equipped with a tracking system and they subsequently located the unoccupied vehicle in Hollywood.  The vehicle was impounded and then processed by crime scene personnel who recovered a latent fingerprint belonging to Matthew Winegard.

 

Detectives received information that Winegard was in an apartment at 299 NW 52 Terrace in Boca Raton.  They set up surveillance and saw Winegard and several companions, including Benjamin Ward who lives in the apartment, exit the apartment with a black, rolling suitcase. Detectives discovered items in the suitcase and inside Ward's apartment linking both suspects to numerous burglaries throughout the City.

 

Winegard is charged with one count of grand theft auto, two counts of grand theft and one count each of possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.  Ward is charged with one count each of burglary and grand theft.

 

The investigation is on-going and additional charges may be forthcoming.  If anyone has information about these or other related crimes, please call Detective Kelly Shifflett at (561) 620-6134 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS

Arrested:
     

Matthew Winegard          Benjamin Ward

DOB: 10/25/92               DOB: 9/30/87

Dania, FL                       Jupiter, FL

 

Missing autistic child

** Located unharmed **

Boca Raton, FL - The Boca Raton Police, with the assistance of Coconut Creek Police officers, located Avi Greenbaum unharmed at about 4:45 p.m. today.

Boca Raton, FL – The Boca Raton Police are searching for missing, autistic, 12 year old boy who rode away from his mother at about 10:15 a.m. this morning near Spanish River Park, 3001 North Ocean Boulevard.

Avi Greenbaum is 5’4” tall, 90 pounds, has blue eyes, a shaved head and was riding a black Mongoose BMX bicycle. He was wearing grey shorts, no shirt and two different colored Croc shoes.

If you see Avi, please call the Boca Raton Police at (561) 368-6201 or 911.

Boca Police investigate robberies

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Boca Raton, FL - On Wednesday, July 22, at 9:14 p.m., Boca Raton Police officers responded to a report of an armed robbery at the BP Gas station, 5440 West Glades Road.

An employee told officers the male suspect entered the store, approached the counter and demanded the money from the cash registers, while he brandished a silver handgun. After the employee put the cash in a plastic shopping bag, the suspect grabbed it and fled. The suspect left the store and then ran through the hedges bordering the east side of the business. The suspect was described as a male wearing a black shirt, blue jeans, gloves and a white mask. No one was injured.

As officers were investigating the robbery at the BP, a second robbery occurred at 9:31 p.m., at the Walgreens, 1851 Clint Moore Road. The description of the suspect was similar to the suspect from the BP robbery. Store employees told officers the suspect entered the store and brandished a silver handgun. The suspect ordered one employee to open the registers and give him the money. The suspect grabbed a trash can and had the employee put the money into it. The suspect then took the trash can bag containing the money, left the store and went east through the parking lot.

The suspect was described as a black male, 5'9" to 5'10" tall, wearing a black jacket, blue jeans, black hat, and a white or tan mask. One employee told officers she believes the suspect may be the same person who committed a robbery on July 11th at the same Walgreens. No one was injured.

If anyone has information about these crimes, please call Boca Raton Police detectives at (561) 338-1264 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.

Motorcyclist killed in early morning crash

Boca Raton, FL - Officers with the Boca Raton Police Department's Traffic Homicide Unit are investigating a fatal crash, which happened this morning at 3:57 a.m., in the 800 block of NW Spanish River Boulevard.

The operator of a 2011 Kawasaki motorcycle was travelling east on NW Spanish River Boulevard when he collided with a 2007 International 18-wheeler truck. The operator of the motorcycle died at the scene.

If you have information about this crash, please call Traffic Homicide Investigator Michael Daly at (561) 620-6081.

2011 Kawasaki Motorcycle:

Seth Clayton Dierksen
22 years old
Boca Raton, FL
Injury: Fatal

2007 International Truck:

William Grinslade
43 years old
Winter Haven, FL
Injury: None

Walgreens and BP robbed over the weekend

Boca Raton, FL - Over the weekend, there were two armed robberies that occurred in Boca Raton. The first happened Saturday, July 11 at 8:53 pm at the Walgreens, 1851 Clint Moore Road.

The manager of the Walgreen's told Boca Raton Police officers that the suspect entered the store and pointed a small, silver handgun at several employees and demanded the cash from the registers. The employees complied and the suspect walked out of the store and through the parking lot. The suspect was described as a black male, approximately 5'7" tall, medium to thick build, wearing a black jacket, dark jean, slight facial hair and a black cloth or hood concealing his face. No one was injured.

The second robbery occurred early Monday morning. At 4:06 am on July 13, two suspects entered the BP gas station, 5440 West Glades Road. The two suspects gathered the two employees at the register and demanded the money. The suspects then ran out of the store and eastbound. Both suspects are described as white males in their late teens or early 20's, wearing black clothing and shirts over their faces. One suspect was about 6' and thin the second suspect is about 5'10 and stockier. One suspect had a black handgun. No one was inured.

If anyone has information about either crime, please call Boca Raton detectives at (561) 338-1264 or Palm Beach County Crimes Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.

Boca Raton Police investigating bank robbery

 

Boca Raton, FL – Detectives from the Boca Raton Police Services Department are investigating a bank robbery that occurred at the Suntrust Bank on Jog Road around 1:00 pm Friday afternoon.  The suspect is described as a white male 40-50 years old, 5’9” and approximately 200 lbs.  He was wearing a tan baseball cap, faded green button down shirt, blue jeans, black shoes, sunglasses and multiple bandages across his nose and upper lip.

 

The suspect was holding a pink accordion wallet.  The suspect grabbed his pocket indicating he had a weapon, but no weapon was seen by bank employees.  The suspect left in a small rust colored car with an undetermined amount of cash.

 

Anyone with any information is asked to call Detective Tim Kurdys at 561-338-1377 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at 800-458 TIPS

Suspect:

 

Facebook Transaction Leads to Robbery

Boca Raton, FL – On Saturday, June 27 at 9:15 p.m., a Boca Raton Police officer was on patrol in Oaks Plaza. The officer had just pulled into the Mobil gas station at 690 West Glades Road, when she was approached by a male who said an unknown subject had snatched his cell phone out of his hand and rode off on a bicycle.

The victim told the officer he had posted an online ad on iTrade to sell his iPhone 5.   A Facebook user contacted him and agreed to pay $140 and they agreed to meet.  After discussing several locations, they agreed to meet at the CVS.  The suspect rode up on a bicycle and the victim noticed a second male on a bicycle a short distance away.  After a brief discussion, the suspect grabbed the phone from the victim and rode off on a bicycle.  The second male also rode off on his bicycle. The victim told officers that after the robbery he received a message stating, “Sorry bro I gotta eat.”

Investigating detectives were able to track down the suspect, identified as Dangelo Lorissaint, who was identified by the victim.  Lorrisaint confessed to detectives that he had stolen the phone.  Detectives charged Lorissaint with robbery by sudden snatching.

The Boca Raton Police want to urge on-line buyers and sellers to use our police department as a safe exchange zone to conduct their transactions. The parking lot is also available if the lobby is closed.  Visit http://www.ci.boca-raton.fl.us/police/stories/safeexchange.shtm for more tips.

 

 

Arrested:        Dangelo Lorissaint
DOB 10/28/1996
Boca Raton, FL 
Lorissaint

 

  A/C theft suspect arrested

Thief spotted by citizen and Boca officer

 

Boca Raton, FL – On Saturday, June 13, 2015, a city resident observed a person working on the A/C unit of a home that was for sale.  The resident approached the man and the suspect told him that he was changing the Freon.  Since it appeared the suspect did not have the proper tools, the resident returned home and called the Boca Raton Police Services Department.  While officers were responding, an off-duty Boca Raton Police officer spotted someone carrying A/C parts from another house listed for sale.  This house was less than 1,000 feet from the previous location.  When the off-duty Boca Raton officer asked the suspect what he was doing, he quickly jumped into his black pickup truck and fled the area.

 

A Boca Raton patrol officer was able to recover a fingerprint from the A/C unit at one of the crime scenes.  The print belonged to Mitchell Hatfield.  A check of records confirmed Hatfield drove a back Silverado pickup truck, the same vehicle seen by both the resident and the off-duty Boca Raton Police officer.  Detectives checked a property database and found that in the last year, Hatfield sold nearly $50,000 worth of scrap metal, including A/C parts.

 

Boca Raton Police investigators, working with the Palm Beach South Metro Task Force and BSO, were able to catch Hatfield stealing more A/C parts on Thursday, June 18, 2015. The off-duty Boca Raton officer and resident who witnessed the thefts were able to positively identify Hatfield as the person they observed stealing the A/C parts.  Hatfield has been charged with two counts of Burglary, two counts of Grand Theft and two counts of Criminal Mischief.  

 

Arrested:

Mitchell Hatfield

DOB: 7/20/89

LKA: At Large

 

Busy night in Boca yields multiple arrests

 

Boca Raton, FL – In a one-hour timeframe Thursday evening, officers with the Boca Raton Police Services Department netted four suspects who were arrested for multiple charges, including armed robbery and burglary.

 

Shortly before 8:00 pm, officers responded to 21170 St. Andrews Blvd, for reports of an armed robbery.  When they arrived on scene, they met with the two female victims who said they were standing in front of First Watch talking when they were approached by the suspect armed with a knife.  The suspect demanded the women turn over their purses, while he grabbed one bag. That’s when both females began screaming.  The suspect, who took off running, was quickly located by a Boca Raton Police officer hiding behind a building a short distance away.  George Kadera was charged with Armed Robbery and Aggravated Assault.

 

Just before 8:30 pm, officers responded to 298 NE 23rd Street after a resident, who was walking his dog, saw a SUV backed into his neighbor’s driveway.  After passing the house, he decided to return to investigate. The witness heard the sound of glass breaking and quickly returned home to call 911.  Responding officers saw two males walking away from the front door of the house.  Anthony Dixon and Harold Fabre were both arrested and charged with Burglary, Criminal Mischief and Obstructing an Officer.

 

Thirty minutes later, the Boca Raton Public Safety Communications Center received word that officers from Delray Beach were following a stolen car that entered Boca Raton. Officers from Delray Beach said the driver lost control of the car and fled on foot around 300 East Yamato.  With assistance from a Delray Beach K-9 team, the suspect was found inside the Advent Lutheran School.  Besides facing charges in Delray Beach, Lyndsey Kennedy was charged by Boca Raton Police with Burglary to a Structure.

 

Arrested:

George Kadera

DOB: 1/4/89

Delray Beach, FL

         

Harold Fabre                       Anthony Dixon

DOB: 9/15/89                      DOB: 9/13/88

Plantation, FL                      Lauderhill, FL

Lyndsey Kennedy

DOB: 2/6/78

Delray Beach, FL

 

Boca Raton Police investigating armed robbery

at 7-11

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Update: The suspect wanted in connection with the armed robbery and robbery of two 7-11 stores in Boca Raton has been arrested by the FBI – Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Marshals Service and the South Florida Violent Crime Task Force in cooperation with Fort Lauderdale Police Department and investigators from the Boca Raton Police Services Department

 

Detectives with the Boca Raton Police Services Department are investigating an armed robbery that occurred at the 7-11, 103 West Palmetto Park Road in the early morning hours of Friday, May 29, 2015.  Two employees working at the time said that, at approximately 2:00 am, a black male wearing a latex black mask entered the 7-11 and demanded money.  The suspect showed what appeared to be a black semi-automatic handgun. The suspect left with an undetermined amount of money from the register.

 

Security video from the store showed the suspect to be a black male, approximately 6 feet tall, medium build, last seen wearing a black latex mask, stocking hat, black gloves, a black long-sleeved shirt, blue jeans and tan work boots.  The suspect was last seen running east through the parking lot.

 

Detectives believe the suspect is the same person responsible for the robbery of the 7-11 at 1300 NW 2nd Avenue on April 26, 2015.  In the incident, a suspect fitting the description and wearing a similar black latex mask walked into the 7-11 shortly before 3:00 am, demanding money.  While no weapon was shown, the suspect kept his left hand in his pocket the entire time.

 

If anyone has information about this crime, please contact Detective Jeff Stepp at (561) 620-6196 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS

Suspect:

           

7-11                                      7-11

103 W Palmetto Park Rd      1300 NW 2nd Avenue

May 29, 2015                       April 26, 2015

 

 

Four suspects arrested in burglary and armed robbery

 

Boca Raton, FL – Boca Raton Police have arrested four suspects in connection with a string of auto burglaries and an armed robbery early Tuesday morning.  It started shortly before 6:00 am when an officer on patrol spotted a young man walking down the middle of Federal Highway.  The 14 year old told the officer that he was with three other individuals who had just broken into multiple cars in the Broadstone neighborhood located off of North Federal Highway.  He said he became nervous and jumped out of the car. 

 

Minutes later, Boca Raton dispatch received a 911 call from the Spanish River Bridge tender, who said three suspects just held up another bridge tender, who was just coming on duty. Officers responding to the area quickly spotted the suspect vehicle getting onto northbound I-95.  Officers pursued the vehicle into West Palm Beach.  With the assistance of West Palm Beach Police and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, all three suspects were taken into custody.  The .22 caliber rifle suspected of being used in the armed robbery was also recovered. Harrell and Frison are charged with the auto burglaries and Haywood and Wellons are charged with armed robbery. 

Arrested:

        

Travious Harrell     Raequan Haywood  Xavier Frison      Antwan Wellons

15 years old           15 years old              14 years old          15 years old

West Palm Beach   Riviera Beach      West Palm Beach    West Palm Beach

 

Boca Raton Police Investigating Suspicious Incident near Verde Elementary School

 

Boca Raton, FL – Detectives from the Boca Raton Police Services Department are investigating a suspicious incident reported Thursday, May 21, 2015.  An 11 year old juvenile from Verde Elementary was walking home from school at approximately 2:30 pm, heading west on Verde Trail, when he said he was approached by a man driving an SUV.  The juvenile said the driver asked if he wanted to play with his son who was in the back seat and also offered him candy if he did. The student refused and walked away.

 

The subject driving the vehicle is described as a white male, 35-40 years of age, “stubble” on his face, wearing a black shirt and a silver watch on his left wrist. The vehicle is described as a light colored SUV, unknown make, with rust in the area of the rear driver’s side wheel well.

 

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Scott Hanley at 561-338-1344 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at 800-458-TIPS

 

Motorcyclist killed in crash

Boca Raton, FL – Officers with the Boca Raton Police Department’s Traffic Homicide Unit are investigating a fatal crash which occurred today at 08:37 a.m., at the intersection of North Dixie Highway and East Glades Road.

A Jeep Liberty was traveling southbound on North Dixie Highway approaching the intersection of East Glades Road when it attempted to make a left turn onto East Glades Road. The Jeep Liberty turned into the path of a Yamaha motorcycle that was traveling northbound on Dixie Highway. As a result, the Yamaha motorcycle collided with the passenger side of the Jeep Liberty, causing the operator of the motorcycle to be ejected.

The operator of the motorcycle was transported to Delray Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased as a result of his injuries. If anyone has information about the crash, please contact Traffic Homicide Investigator Brian Pare at (561) 620-6168.

2005 Jeep Liberty driver:
Nancy Labbad
58 years old
Boca Raton, Fl
Injury: None

2002 Yamaha Motorcycle operator:
Domenic Colasante
28 years old
Deerfield Bch, Fl.
Injury: Fatal

College student raped at step show after party

Boca Raton, FL – On Sunday, April 12, 2015 at about 5:00 in the morning, Boca Raton Police officers met with a victim of a sexual battery at the Boca Raton Regional Hospital.

The victim told officers she attended an after party called “Oil Spill” at the Wayne Barton Center, 269 NE 14th Street earlier in the night. The victim said after a “step show” at FAU, she went to the after party with some friends, but they got separated some time after 2:00 a.m. The victim told officers she had been drinking and at some point, was pulled up on stage behind the curtain by several males who then raped her. The victim left the stage, went outside and found a friend who brought her back to her dorm room at FAU.

Boca Raton Police detectives have been interviewing the victim’s friends, witnesses and party goers, checking for video and thoroughly investigating the crime. If you have any information about this case, please call Detective Tim Kurdys at (561) 338-1377 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.

Boca Raton Police investigate grand theft at bank

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Boca Raton, FL – Detectives from the Boca Raton Police Services Department are looking for  multiple suspects who stole jewelry, cash and documents from five safety deposit boxes at the Chase Bank, 3901 N. Federal Highway.  The incident happened around noon on Saturday, April 25, 2015.

 

According to bank employees, six individuals entered the bank separately over the course of a couple of minutes.  Once inside, two suspects with duffle bags went to the area where the safety deposit boxes are located, while the other individuals distracted employees.  Once in the safety deposit area, the two suspects pried open five boxes and removed the contents and then exited the bank. The suspects were observed wearing Bluetooth earpieces. Witnesses say they saw a champagne colored minivan leave the area at a high rate of speed. They also saw one suspect walk north toward the BP gas station and one walk south toward the Wells Fargo bank.

 

The suspects are described as Hispanic males, in their 20’s-30’s, no hats, 5’08”-5’10” tall, average build. Well dressed, one wearing white dress shirt with pin stripes, the other wearing a blue dress shirt.  If anyone has information, please call Detective Terry Payne at 561-620-6221 or Crime Stoppers at 800-458-TIPS.

Suspects:

 

Man charged with attempted felony murder

 

Boca Raton, FL – On Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 8:50 a.m., Boca Raton Police officers responded to an aggravated battery at 911 South Ocean Boulevard.  When officers arrived they found the victim lying on the ground bleeding from several head wounds.

 

The victim told officers she went down the stairwell of her apartment building to the parking garage.  When she entered the garage, a male wearing a plaid shirt and blue pants and carrying a baseball bat approached her.  The suspect told her to be quiet and she wouldn’t be hurt.  When the victim began screaming, the suspect hit her in the head and continued hitting her after she fell to the ground.  The suspect fled the scene without stealing any of the victim’s belongings.  The victim was transported to the Boca Raton Regional Hospital.

 

Responding officers located an aluminum bat in the bushes north of the building and property in the stairwell. Officers also found unattended property near the Camino Bridge. A burglarized automobile was parked near where the victim was attacked.

 

The investigation led Boca Raton Police detectives to Xavier Sullivan.  Detectives obtained a search warrant for Sullivan’s DNA and the recently obtained results of the analysis linked Sullivan to the aggravated battery. 

 

Detectives charged Sullivan with attempted felony murder and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

 

Charged:    

Xavier Sullivan                                                                          

DOB 05/03/1993

  At large

 

Remains from 1993 homicide identified

Boca Raton, FL – On August 19, 1993, Boca Raton Police officers responded to 6401 East Rogers Circle after a local man discovered what he believed to be human remains in a nearby pond. Officers and detectives located several body parts in the pond. The Palm Beach County Medical Examiner determined the remains belonged to a white female in her 20’s and ruled the death as a homicide.

Detectives checked the description against reported missing women and followed up on leads from the public and other police agencies, but the victim remained unidentified and the case went cold.

The victim’s prints were processed through the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) on numerous occasions, most recently in September 2013, but no identification was made. In late October 2013, a new identification system replaced the old AFIS operating platform and the victim’s prints were re-submitted. This time, we received a tentative hit and our Fingerprint Technician verified the prints belonged to Michelle Deann Cooper.

Since this identification, Boca Raton detectives have been pursuing additional leads, in Florida and in other states. Investigators believe Cooper may have been living in the West Palm Beach Area at the time of her death. If anyone has information about Cooper, please call Detective Tim Kurdys at (561) 338-1377 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.

Identified:

Michelle Deann Cooper
DOB 01/09/1962

Publix employee robbed at gunpoint

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Boca Raton, FL - On Thursday, March 19 at about 8:20 p.m., Boca Raton Police officers responded to an armed robbery that occurred at the Publix Liquor Store, 4135 North Federal Highway.

Arriving officers met with the victim/employee who said she was outside having a cigarette when a customer entered the business. As she was about to follow the customer inside, a male approached her, pointed a handgun against her chest and demanded she, “Go back inside and get me all your money.” The suspect shoved the victim through the door and yelled at the other customer to get on the ground. The victim/employee gave the suspect the cash from the registers, which he placed in a bag. The suspect ordered the victim/employee to the ground and fled out the front door.

A witness in the parking lot saw the suspect exit the store and saw him drop something on the ground. As the suspect bent to retrieve the object his hood and mask came off. The witness described the suspect as a white male with a bald head. The suspect then got into a dark colored, older model Nissan Maxima and left east through the parking lot.

The victims described the suspect as about 5’10” tall, medium build, 30 to 40 years old, wearing a black hoodie sweatshirt, blue jeans and a mask. Neither victim was injured. If you have information about this crime, please call Detective Michelle Macy at (561) 620-6222 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.

Teen charged in multiple robberies

Boca Raton, FL – On Tuesday, February 24, at shortly after 3:00 a.m., Boca Raton Police officers responded to a robbery that happened at TD Bank, 2301 North Federal Highway.

The victim originally went to Delray Beach to get money from a TD Bank ATM. After getting the money, he got into his car, but before he could close and lock the door, he was approached by two armed suspects. The suspects demanded his cash and wallet, struck him in the face with the gun, got into the car with him. The suspects then had him drive to a second TD Bank in Boca Raton where he was forced to withdraw $300. The victim then took the suspects to his business at 7600 North Federal Highway, but when he entered the business, he was unable to deactivate the alarm before it sounded, which scared the suspects and they ran off.

Officers located Marquis Pierre-Louis floating on a pool raft in the Intracoastal Waterway several hours later. The victim identified Pierre-Louis as one of the suspects who kidnapped and robbed him. Officers arrested Pierre-Louis, who later admitted to participating in the robbery.

During the arrest process, officers fingerprinted Pierre-Louis. These prints were analyzed and compared to fingerprints recovered from the hood of a truck belonging to the victim of the February 11th Boca Raton Post Office robbery. The prints were determined to be a match. Based on this information, Boca Raton detectives again spoke with Pierre-Louis.

Pierre-Louis admitted to participating in the Post Office robbery and named Kenneth Belvin as the second suspect. He also admitted to participating in several other robberies that were committed in the last few months, including one on January 11 in the 8300 block of NW 7th Court, Boca Raton, one at the Palm Tran Bus Station in Delray Beach (that happened an hour after the Post Office robbery), and one in Ocean Ridge on February 19th. Detectives are investigating to see whether Pierre-Louis is linked to any other crimes in the surrounding area.

Detectives charged Pierre-Louis with armed robbery and kidnapping for the TD Bank ATM crime and one count of robbery for the Post Office crime. Charges for the other crimes are pending further investigation.

Arrested:

 

Marquis Pierre-Louis
15 years old
Boynton Beach, FL

 

 

Boca Raton Police investigating fatal accident

Boca Raton, FL -- Officers of the Boca Raton Police Services Department’s Traffic Homicide Unit are investigating a fatality crash, which occurred at 10:00 P.M. in the 600 block of S. Federal Highway on Sunday, March 1, 2015..

A 2005 Ford F-150 was southbound on S. Federal Highway approaching the intersection of E Camino Real when it attempted to pass a 2012 Nissan Altima. The Ford collided with the rear of the Nissan, causing the Ford to lose control. The Ford then left the roadway and struck a pedestrian on the west sidewalk of S. Federal Hwy. The Ford collided with a light pole and a palm tree before coming to rest up against the north wall of the City National Bank.

Both occupants of the Ford sustained minor injuries and were treated on scene by Boca Raton Fire Rescue. The driver of the Nissan did not report any injuries. The pedestrian was pronounced deceased on scene by BRFR.

The investigation is ongoing. If you have information call Officer Brian Pare 561-620-6168.                                                                                                        

Vehicle and People Involved:


2005 Ford

Driver

Bryce Samartino (22 YOA)

Boca Raton, FL

Injury: Minor

Passenger 

John Schafer  (23 YOA)

Boca Raton, FL

Injury: Minor


2012 Nissan

Lorena Hilel (25 YOA)

Pompano Beach, FL

Injury: None

 

Pedestrian

Elourdes Ostagne

4/15/49 (deceased)

Boca Raton, FL

 

Two post office employees robbed

Boca Raton, FL – On Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at about 3:00 a.m., Boca Raton Police officers responded to an armed robbery at the Boca Raton Post Office at 2800 North Military Trail.

Arriving officers met with the two victims, who saw a suspicious, dark colored sedan parked in the lot when they arrived to work. One victim entered the building as the other victim parked his car. The victim walked toward the building with his cooler in hand when a male approached him. The suspect showed the victim a handgun and said it was a robbery. The suspect asked the victim which vehicle was his and then walked him over to it. As they walked to his truck, a second suspect joined them. One suspect took the victim's wallet and black baseball cap with “Lost” written on it, ate his lunch and then threw his cooler and cell phone into the bushes.

The two suspects walked the vicitm into the post office where they found the second victim. They pointed their guns at him and took his cash and cell phone. The suspects then fled out of the building and threw the second victim's phone in the bushes before they left in the dark colored vehicle. Neither victim was injured.

Both suspects are black males, wore dark colored clothing, are in their late 20’s to early 30’s and were armed with handguns. The first suspect was described as tall, about 6’1” tall, medium build, with longer hair, possibly dread locks. The second suspect was described as shorter, about 5’6” tall. The victims told officers both suspects were polite and spoke with them throughout the robbery. Boca Raton detectives are working with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service on the investigation.

If you have information about this crime, please call Detective Jeff Stepp at (561) 620-6196 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.

Armed man robs Publix

Boca Raton, FL – On Thursday, January 22 at about 11:10 p.m., Boca Raton Police officers responded to a report of an armed robbery at Publix, 1968 NE 5th Avenue. Employees called 911 after they saw a man pointing a gun at other employees.

Arriving officers met with several employees outside the store who told them that shortly before closing, a male entered the store pushing a shopping cart and was looking down at a store flyer. The male left the shopping cart in front of the customer service area and went into the bathroom. After about 10 minutes, an employee went to check on him. At that point the male exited the bathroom and pointed a gun at employees.

The suspect had a neon green mask over his face and was holding a silver handgun. The suspect was described as a black male, about 5’8” tall, thin build, wearing a grey and black hooded sweatshirt and carrying a backpack.

The suspect knocked on the closed and locked office door, where an employee was counting money. The employee didn’t open the door, but then the suspect began smashing the glass window in the door. The suspect displayed the gun and demanded she open the door, which she did. The suspect then took an undetermined amount of cash from the safe, put it in his backpack and left. No one was injured.

If anyone has information about this crime, they are asked to call Detective Jeff Stepp at (561) 620-6196 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.

 

 

Man robs woman at ATM, steals her car
Arrested in Martin County

Boca Raton, FL – On Saturday, January 10 at about 8:10 p.m., Boca Raton Police officers responded to an armed robbery and carjacking at the Chase Bank, 3901 North Federal Highway.

The victim told officers she was using the ATM when a male approached her from behind. The suspect was carrying a large hunting knife and demanded that she give him $500. The victim was eventually able to withdraw the money, which she handed to the suspect. The suspect then demanded her car keys, but told her she could remove any personal property before he took her car. The victim took her purse from her green Jeep Wrangler and the suspect drove away.

Officers had the victim’s Jeep entered into the State crime database as stolen and Boca Raton detectives interviewed the victim. The next day detectives received a call from a sergeant with the Martin County Sheriff’s Office who said they arrested the driver of the stolen Jeep, Duaine Knisely. Knisely told detectives that he spent the last week in Pompano Beach on a drug binge. Knisely also admitted to asking people for money at an ATM and taking the victim’s Jeep. He added that due to his level of drug intoxication, he could not recall many details.

Detectives charged Knisely with robbery with a deadly weapon and carjacking.

Charged:

Duaine Knisely
DOB 09/17/1978
Vero Beach, FL

Group robbed at their front door

Boca Raton, FL – On Sunday, January 11 at about 2:15 a.m., Boca Raton Police officers responded to an armed robbery that happened outside a residence in the 8300 block of NW 7th Court.

The husband, wife and their friend arrived home from a night out in downtown Delray Beach. As they waited for their babysitter to open the front door, the victims heard a male voice behind them say, “Get on the ground and give me everything you have.” The victims saw a male wearing dark clothing and holding something over his face, pointing a small, black handgun at them. The male victim complied and placed his money and credit cards on the floor of the porch. The two female victims both said they were so shocked that they did not comply. The suspect grabbed the items and walked away. No one was injured.

The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 6’0” tall, thin build, short hair and he possibly had a Haitian accent. One victim saw a second suspect standing a short distance away. He is also described as a thin, black male wearing dark clothing.

If anyone has information about this crime, they are asked to call Detective Tim Kurdys at (561) 338-1377 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.

Woman robbed at gunpoint

Boca Raton, FL – On Saturday, December 27 at about 8:15 p.m., Boca Raton Police officers responded to a report of a robbery that occurred at 2801 NE 2nd Avenue.

The victim told officers she had just returned home from Publix and was sitting in the car in her driveway with her 22 month old child in the backseat. After several minutes she heard a noise, which she believed to be the racking of a handgun, and saw a male outside her open window, pointing a 9mm handgun at her. The suspect yelled, “Give me your phone!” He then reached into the car and grabbed the phone from her hand. The suspect demanded her money, but the victim told him she didn’t have anything else. The suspect opened the rear driver’s side door and began rummaging around in the backseat. The victim was afraid for her child so she got out of the car and as she did, she saw the suspect pointing the gun at her child. The victim pleaded with the suspect and yelled for help.

The suspect ran westbound on foot towards Dixie Highway. Neither the victim nor her child, were injured. The victim described the suspect as a black male, approximately 25 years old, tall, medium build, and wearing a dark colored shirt, jeans, and a diamond chain.

If anyone has information about this crime, they are asked to call Detective Jeff Stepp at (561) 620-6196 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
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Skimmers found inside gas pumps

Boca Raton, FL – Over the last few months there have been several reports made to the Boca Raton Police where skimmers have been found inside gas pumps. The most recent were discovered in April at the BP Station at 801 West Yamato Road and the Mobil Station at 8081 Congress Avenue. In both cases the skimmers were discovered by an employee of Quality Nozzle Company. The employee was at the Mobil station to do routine maintenance on the gas pumps when he discovered a skimmer on the inside of a pump. The employee knew that skimmers are frequently placed at several nearby locations and went to the BP on Yamato, where he found another device.

The difference between these skimming devices and earlier devices is they are undetectable by the victim since they are inside the locked pump. There are several different things you can do to minimize the risk of becoming a victim.

• Never use a debit card at a gas pump. Pay inside or use a credit card at the pump nearest the attendant.
• Report any broken or damaged tamper seals at the gas pump to the attendant immediately and do not use that pump.

Officers and detectives are working with local gas stations and are urging them to get additional locking mechanism on the gas pumps and have the pumps inspected more often.

For additional online safety tips, follow the Boca Raton Police Department on Facebook or @BocaPolice on Twitter or contact the Boca Raton Police Crime Prevention Unit at 561-347-3938.

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