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.
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.
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.
Jamahn Ranard Arnold
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
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
2007 International Truck:
43 years old
Winter Haven, FL
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
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
Boca Raton, FL
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.
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.
Delray Beach, FL
Harold Fabre Anthony Dixon
DOB: 9/15/89 DOB: 9/13/88
Plantation, FL Lauderhill, FL
Delray Beach, FL
Boca Raton Police investigating armed robbery
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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
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.
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:
58 years old
Boca Raton, Fl
2002 Yamaha Motorcycle operator:
28 years old
Deerfield Bch, Fl.
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.
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.
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.
Michelle Deann Cooper
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.
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:
Bryce Samartino (22 YOA)
Boca Raton, FL
John Schafer (23 YOA)
Boca Raton, FL
Lorena Hilel (25 YOA)
Pompano Beach, FL
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.
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.