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Man dies after fall

Boca Raton, FL On Sunday, August 22, at about 5:10 a.m., officers with the Boca Raton Police Services Department responded to Delray Medical Center regarding a male who had been injured several hours earlier at the MoQuila Restaurant, 99 Plaza Real South.

Doctors told officers that the male, identified as Philip DeFriesse, had sustained a serious head injury. Officers spoke to DeFriesse's girlfriend, Jessica Grossman at the hospital. She told them at about 1:00 a.m., DeFriesse had met her at the MoQuila Restaurant. Grossman said that at about 2:00 a.m. she left the restaurant alone. She said about 3:15 a.m., she received a phone call from restaurant personnel who told her that DeFriesse was intoxicated and needed to be picked up. When Grossman arrived, she found DeFriesse unconscious in a chair outside the restaurant. Grossman learned that DeFriesse had gotten into a fight with an unknown person and at some point he either fell or was pushed and hit his head on the pavement. Grossman took DeFriesse to Boca Raton Community Hospital and from there he was transferred to Delray Medical Center where he died later this afternoon.

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


Victim:

W/M Philip DeFriesse
DOB 01/23/1977
Boca Raton, FL


Woman pushed down and purse stolen

Boca Raton, FL On Thursday, August 19, at 2:35 p.m., officers with the Boca Raton Police Services Department responded to a report of a strong-arm robbery that had just occurred at 1124 NW 13th Street.

When officers arrived, they met with the victim, Debra Lapointe. Ms. Lapointe told officers that when she pulled into the parking lot of her apartment complex, she noticed a black vehicle, possibly a Ford Taurus, occupied by a black male. Ms. Lapointe said she parked her car and started walking toward her apartment. As she was walking, she heard someone running up behind her; she turned around and saw the black male from the car, approaching her. The suspect, who was dressed in all black clothing, pushed her with one hand while he grabbed her purse off her arm with the other hand. Ms. Lapointe fell to the ground, sustaining minor abrasions and contusions. The suspect ran north on NW 12th Avenue and the vehicle left in an unknown direction.

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.