A man with an array of face and neck tattoos just can’t stop stealing trucks, according to police.
Robert Hardister, 26, was arrested on Wednesday in Palatka, Florida after he allegedly stole a Chevy truck from a Tractor Depot, according to the Palatka Police Department. Officials later located that truck in another county. They found Hardister with a different stolen vehicle, one from Okeechobee, Florida. Police handcuffed the tatted-up man and charged him with burglary and grand theft of a motor vehicle. He’s being held on a $7,000 bond.
This isn’t the first time Hardister — whose facial tattoos include teardrops, stars, x’s over his lips and tattoos of extra teeth — has been caught allegedly trying to steal vehicles. He’s been arrested at least three times over the past two years for grand theft auto. Police arrested him in November 2017 after he allegedly attempted to steal a 2005 Hyundai from
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Florida’s notorious Stand Your Ground self-defense law won’t be enough to spare a cop from trial for shooting an armed black man.
A judge ruled Friday that she found the police officer’s testimony about the killing of Corey Jones to be “unreliable and not credible.”
In a 27-page ruling, Judge Samantha Schosberg Feuer of Florida’s 15th Judicial Circuit Court denied a motion to have the case dismissed. She noted several inconsistencies between the officer’s testimony and the evidence of the case.
Former Palm Beach Gardens Police Officer Nouman K. Raja had shot and killed Jones, a musician and house inspector, while inspecting Jones’ car that had been parked at the side of an interstate on October 18, 2015. Jones was 31.
What happened between Raja approaching the car and Jones’ death has been disputed.
Raja fired six shots at Jones — who was armed — only moments after arriving at the scene. Three of the
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A Florida corrections officer allegedly raped a teenage girl at a juvenile jail in Orlando and threatened that she would “never see the daylight again” if she reported it, according to investigators.
Marcus Leon James, 26, was arrested Monday night after a teen at the Orange County Regional Juvenile Assessment and Detention Center sought medical attention following the alleged assault, according to a police report obtained by Oxygen.com.
James told investigators the incident with the 17-year-old inmate was consensual, according to WFTV 9 Orlando. But the age of consent in Florida is 18, and state law bars law-enforcement officers from any sexual contact with detainees.
The alleged assault occurred Sunday around 11 p.m., when James instructed the girl and another inmate to clean separate areas of the jail, and lured the victim into an office area, investigators said. Once he had her alone, James ordered the girl to her knees, slapped her, and
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It started with two women suspected of stealing from a Marshall’s clothing store in Orlando, Florida. It ended in a botched getaway and police shooting and killing the alleged thieves’ driver.
Jocelyn Villot, 32, and Brittany Chandler, 26, had initially faced murder charges after the robbery because it led to the death of their getaway driver, 32-year-old Juan Alberto Silva, according to an arrest report obtained by Oxygen.com. Orange County prosecutors decided last week not to press the murder charges because the pair did not encourage anyone to commit a violent act, an assistant state attorney told the Orlando Sentinel. The two women are still charged with grand theft and resisting arrest.
Florida state police are also investigating the police shooting and will hand their report to state prosecutors. They will ultimately decide whether to charge the Orlando officers for shooting the driver, who appeared to be attempting to flee the scene.
The confrontation began
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Police found a Florida man in a park near children with his pants unbuttoned after he allegedly announced on Snapchat that he had spotted “sexy boys” and was about to “choose” one.
Kristopher Martin Oswald II, 19, has been charged with conspiracy to commit sexual battery, police said. His bond has been set at $100,000. Police said additional charges are likely forthcoming, and that a preliminary search of his phone uncovered alleged images of child pornography.
The investigation into Oswald started Sunday after a Snapchat user called police to report that someone sent him child porn photos over the app, according to Spectrum News 13 in Orlando.
Police later determined Oswald sent the photos. He also allegedly told the Snapchat user that he tied up kids in the past to make them perform sexual acts on him and a dog.
Police located Oswald in his car at a park in Ocoee a day later, with
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Police in Florida found a woman who had been on the run for three years — after her boyfriend tried helping hide her legless body into a plastic storage container.
U.S. Marshals were tipped off that Krystle Lee Anderson, who had been wanted since 2015 for a shootout at a Burger King in Orange County, was staying at the home of her boyfriend John Robert Carr Jr. in Winter Haven. Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputies and U.S. Marshals visited Carr at his home Tuesday, and he told them Anderson wasn’t there, authorities said. But police saw him through a window putting Anderson, who lost her legs in the fast food shootout, in a plastic tote to hide her, authorities said.
Anderson, 39, was booked on charges of armed kidnapping, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and false imprisonment. These are the same charges she faced for the Burger King
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Two people were indicted this week for allegedly killing a man more than 17 years ago to collect a life insurance policy: His wife and his best friend, who ended up marrying each other.
Denise Williams was arrested Tuesday and charged for the December 2000 death of former husband Mike Williams. An indictment says she and her husband’s best friend Brian Winchester planned the murder for nine months and passed it off as an accident. Winchester also allegedly pulled the trigger, a grand jury found, according to the Tallahassee Democrat.
Williams pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and accessory after the fact. She is being held without bond.
Winchester and Denise Williams have known each other since pre-school and married five years after Mike’s disappearance. Winchester is currently serving 20 years for kidnapping Denise Williams at gunpoint in 2016, after their marriage fell apart. Winchester said
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A fraternity chapter at the University of Central Florida has been suspended after two students were charged with sexually assaulting a woman at a party near campus.
Students David Anthony Kirk, a 20-year-old junior pre-marketing major, and Jack Ryan Smith, a 26-year-old sophomore pre-business major, were arrested Saturday and charged with sexual battery, FOX 35 reported. The two men are alleged to have sexually assaulted a woman at a party held in a house that “often is the venue to parties hosted by the Alpha Tao Omega fraternity,” a police report said
The alleged victim says that she passed out and woke up to Smith and Kirk sexually assaulting her. According to the police report, she remembered one of the men saying “my turn, my turn” before switching positions, the Orlando Sentinel reported. She later woke up alone in a bathroom, where she called her friends for help. The victim
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A Florida man accused his new bride of putting a voodoo curse on him and retaliated by stabbing her with a box cutter in a Babies R Us parking lot, police said.
George Hernandez, 53, allegedly attacked his wife Liliana Manante, 51, as the couple sat in a car outside the store in Lauderhill last Tuesday, according to NBC Miami. Police saw a pool of blood next to a car in the lot after the stabbing.
Police said Hernandez had accused his wife, whom he married in March, of “putting voodoo on him and having evil spirits,” according to an arrest report.
Manante fled the car and began running in the parking lot as Hernandez chased her, police said. He “straddled her on the ground as she was face down screaming for help” and kept stabbing her, the report said. The violence only stopped after witnesses intervened and police arrived.
Manante was stabbed
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A gunman walked up to the window of a Chinese food restaurant in Florida on Thursday and shot two sheriff’s deputies who were inside eating.
Sergeant Noel Ramirez, 29, and Deputy Sheriff Taylor Lindsey, 25, were shot to death inside the Ace China restaurant around 3:00 p.m. in Trenton — a small Florida city 50 miles west of Gainesville, according to the Gilchrist County sheriff’s office.
“A suspect walked up to the business and shot both deputies through the window,” the sheriff’s office said.
“Both our heroes had simply sat down to eat while on duty,” police said later. “There was no crime in progress, no disturbance. The suspect appears to have walked to the front of the business and shot both men without warning.”
Police identified the killer as John Hubert Highnote, 59, of Bell, Florida, another small town 10 miles north of Trenton. He was found nearby, dead of a
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