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The confessed Parkland shooter was involved in a battle behind bars with a Broward Sheriff’s deputy. The jailhouse of it was kept under wraps, until now.

The had no audio, but according to records, Sgt. Raymond Beltran “requested that Cruz not drag his sandals on the ground while walking around.”

The video shows Cruz give Beltran the middle finger. Instantly, Cruz charged at Beltran and punched him.

A Florida mother and her 15-year-old son are both facing charges after he robbed a convenience store at gunpoint while she acted as the lookout and getaway driver, according to a Seminole County Sheriff’s Office arrest report.

Amanda Meador is being charged with robbery with a firearm and neglect of a child in connection to the robbery, which happened Halloween night at a Circle K at the intersection of Red Bug Lake Road and Tuskawilla Road.

Police in Florida have arrested a man accused of punching another customer in the Chick-fil-A drive-thru.

According to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, it happened at the restaurant on Airport-Pulling Road in North Naples.

The victim says he had just picked up his food at the drive-thru window but was unable to drive away due to another vehicle blocking the path. The victim honked his horn, and the other driver responded with a hand gesture. After a second honk, the other driver, later identified as 62-year-old Thomas Moran Anderson, walked towards the victim’s vehicle and punched the driver through the open window.

A passenger in that vehicle confronted Anderson, who got back in his vehicle and drove away. The passenger photographed Anderson’s license plate and provided it to deputies, who identified Anderson as the owner.

After the victim positively identified Anderson in a photo lineup, he was arrested at his North Naples home on Thursday and taken to the Naples Jail Center.

He is charged with burglary with battery.

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Nancy Goins, 32 was caught burglarizing a home in Flordia in the wee hours of the night.

Deputies say she told them she “works for the Special Victims Unit of the CIA and that Donald Trump is her handler.”

She also claimed that Bill and Hillary Clinton are her parents, as well as the late President John F. Kennedy, who Goins said is still alive, the report states.

An Orlando police officer has been relieved of duty and is facing charges after body camera footage showed him pushing a man to the ground prior to his arrest near Lake Ivanhoe last September.

The officer, Frank Sikos, wrote in an arrest report that he responded to the area of Alden Road and Virginia Drive after two people said they saw a man, identified as Bennett Robinson, trying to get into a construction site across the street.

The arrest report says Robinson told officers he was a contractor inspecting the construction site on his walk home, around 4:15 a.m.

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A St. Petersburg man was arrested Tuesday morning for setting fire inside his apartment to stay warm.

Mark Okrent, 66, was charged with arson in the first degree after he allegedly set fire to a stack of paperwork in his apartment building around 3 a.m.

According to the St. Petersburg Police Department, the flames were large enough to set off the smoke detectors, causing a response from the fire department.

Okrent lives in a 30 unit building at 450 5th Ave. N., and residents were home during the incident. No one was injured.

Okrent had several options available to him through neighbors and owners of the building to stay warm, according to the police department.

A Hispanic police captain in Miami has been suspended for claiming he was a “black male” during a city commission meeting, department officials said.

Javier Ortiz was “relieved of duty with pay” on Wednesday pending an investigation, a police department spokesman confirmed to The Post.

Ortiz, who previously oversaw the department’s SWAT operations, is expected to be off the force indefinitely, Deputy Police Chief Ronald Papier told the Miami Herald.

Papier refused to indicate why Ortiz is being investigated, but the development follows Ortiz’s comments on Friday at a city commission meeting during which he claimed he was black instead of Hispanic while addressing allegations of discrimination within the police department.

“I am a black male,” Ortiz said, according to the Herald. “Yes, I am. And I am not Hispanic.”

Ortiz, the former president of the city’s police union, claimed he had black ancestry while citing the “one-drop rule,” insinuating that anyone with a single black ancestor is a person of color.

This corrections officer had nothing but combo’s that day for lunch.

A Hillsborough County jail inmate is facing additional felony charges after an assault on a deputy was caught on camera. Around 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, a deputy was attempting to exit a jail pod with Michler Gabriel, 38, when the deputy said Gabriel refused to back away from the door as the deputy was opening it.

A Florida woman has been arrested after she was caught on bodycam footage taking a bite out of a police officer’s leg and refusing to let go.

Sheriff’s deputies from the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office responded to 58 Brookside Lane in Palm Coast last Friday due to a domestic disturbance.

Upon arrival, deputies attempted to speak with 38-year-old Cherie Saunders, who had allegedly slapped a male resident of the home.

In bodycam footage, Saunders is heard screaming at the officers while standing in the driveway of her residence ‘with her make-up smeared, no shoes, slurred speech, and a heavy scent of alcohol’.

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A woman walking through the baggage claim area of Miami International Airport while casually removing all of her clothes is now in custody for a mental evaluation.

It was just before midnight when stunned passengers spotted the woman walking by in her dark blue underwear.

Cellphone video shows the woman appears to be singing as she calmly takes off her clothes while walking through the area.

Eventually, she is nude in the middle of the airport.

Moments later, video shows her on top of a police car near the airport exit. She jumps off in traffic and runs over to a waiting police officer who takes her into custody.

Passengers who saw the video were not expecting what they saw.

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A Florida man accused of a million-dollar Walmart scheme was arrested in Washington County, Florida after deputies pulled him over in a traffic stop.

According to Washington County deputies, Thomas Frudaker, 25, was pulled over on January 8th, 2020.

Deputies say they discovered that Frudaker had an active felony warrant out of Arizona for failure to appear for court on charges of fraudulent schemes and trafficking in stolen property.

According to deputies, Frudaker is currently on felony probation for scheming another Walmart store in Arizona. They say he is believed to have defrauded a total of $1.3 million in inventory from more than 1,000 other Walmart stores nationwide.

Frudaker is waiting for extradition in the Washington County Jail.

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Gainesville woman was arrested Monday after police said she burglarized an unlocked car and urinated in the driver’s seat.

According to the arrest report Lisa Stearns, 49, entered an unlocked car near Northeast 8th Street and took everything in the center console and urinated on the driver’s seat. She left the car and walked toward an empty house near Northeast 9th Street and went inside to use the bathroom.

The car owner followed Stearns to the house until police arrived.

Stearns was charged with burglary, criminal mischief and trespassing. She was booked at the Alachua County Jail with no bond set.

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On Saturday, a 37-year-old woman was arrested for allegedly crafting a homemade bomb at a Tampa Walmart.

Emily Stallard was with a child at the time, according to Hillsborough deputies who were called to the scene by a security guard.

He says he noticed something wasn’t quite right.

According to the arrest report, the woman was roaming the aisles for more than an hour. Her behavior was “suspicious,” the security guard told deputies.

Additionally, WFLA has learned the child was the woman’s son, according to her boyfriend.

As Stallard was shopping at Walmart late Saturday afternoon, the security guard on duty began watching her closely, even alerting an FWC officer who was also in the store.

According to the arrest report, the two men were able to stop the mother just as she was about to light the wick of a candle, built in a mason jar with nails and denatured alcohol.

“This shows how important it is that if you see something out of place, say something,” Hillsborough Sheriff Spokesperson Amanda Granit said. “Your actions and what you saw could really make a huge difference, as it did in this case.”

In addition to charges of arson and child endangerment, the woman was also charged with resisting arrest after deputies say she spit on them while being loaded in the patrol car.

“This is really alarming to see this type of behavior and to see a person in such a public place where they could cause damage or hurt people around them,” Granit said.

Stallard remains behind bars at this time.

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A belching shirtless woman who told a deputy he was the “sexiest thing” she’d seen was arrested after investigators say she was in a traffic crash, according to an affidavit.

When a Martin County Sheriff’s deputy arrived at the Nov. 24 crash in the area of Southeast Indian Street and Southeast Dixie Highway in Stuart, he noticed Jamie Schmude, 30, behind the wheel of the crashed four-door vehicle.

She had no shirt on, and her unbuttoned jeans were lowered to her thighs. The vehicle smelled of booze. Schmude slurred her words, mumbling incoherent sentences.

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Christian Eugene Mosco came up with what appeared to be a sure fire way to win his criminal case in which he was accused of threatening or extorting Jon Hall Chevrolet, a report said. Mosco declined to file criminal charges against himself, the report said.

Only problem is Mosco can’t do that, for at least two very important reasons. First, he is the person charged with the crime, and second, Mosco is not a prosecutor, or even a lawyer.

Mosco, 47, is now facing a slew of additional felony charges that could send him to prison for decades, including impersonating a prosecutor and practicing law without a license. Mosco is listed as a transient in an arrest report but his current home is the Volusia County Branch Jail, where he is being held without bail.

Those charges are on top of the second-degree felony Mosco was already charged with of threats or extortion after investigators said he emailed Jon Hall Chevrolet in Daytona Beach in May 2019 and demanded $50,000 and a 2019 Chevy Malibu in exchange for not revealing two years-worth of sales-records containing customer’s Social Security numbers.

Mosco said he found the records but Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood told a TV station at the time that he believed the records were stolen.

Mosco was arrested and charged with threats in the Jon Hall case.

A Florida teacher has been arrested after he was captured on video violently grabbing a 14-year-old student, putting him in a ‘chokehold’ and shoving him out of his classroom.

Buddy Taylor Middle School teacher Jeffrey Paffumi, 47, has now been charged with battery after police were given video footage of the altercation, which took place on Tuesday, by one of the victim’s classmates.

The footage shows an incensed Paffumi thrusting on his arms across the throat of the child from behind, placing the other underneath their armpit, before lifting them up out of their seat and marching them towards the door.

The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office began investigating the incident after the boy told his parents and contacted the school.

The student would later go on to tell deputies that he had been playing music on his computer in class on January 7, when Paffumi muted his computer.

When the student unmuted the sound, the 47-year-old grabbed the computer and held it over the student’s head, arrest documents show.

The student then said he told the teacher to ‘put his s**t down, cracker.’

A 27-year-old woman is facing drug charges after a drug-detecting K9 sniffed out $1.2 million worth of cocaine during a recent traffic stop in Florida. Elizabeth Espinoza, of Raskin, was acting unusually nervous, prompting troopers to call in their K9 and search her car. Troopers later found 12 kilos of cocaine (worth roughly $1.2 million) hidden within the dashboard and other voids within the vehicle.

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Not everyone has a great relationship with their landlord. But not many would react the way one Volusia County woman did.

Joanne Mercader, 59, was arrested and charged with battery on a person 65 or older after she threw a bucket of human feces on her landlord, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies responded to a trailer in Osteen, near Deltona in Central Florida, around 5:15 p.m. Saturday where they found a woman dripping in human waste and Mercader with caked feces on her face, the agency says.

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A Florida woman Maguire Marie Mclaughlin, 19 was arrested for threatening to rob a McDonald’s because they did not serve dipping sauce along with her food, a report said Monday.

The woman was denied the condiment at a McDonald’s in Vero Beach, Fla., last week and pledged to obtain the dipping sauce “by whatever means necessary,”

The fracas allegedly took place at about 4 a.m. New Year’s Day when police arrived to witness Mclaughlin yelling profanities at the drive-thru because she claimed she did not receive all of her food.

The McDonald’s employees said they feared for their safety.

Mclaughlin was taken into custody for disorderly conduct. She needed to be placed into mechanical restraints by the arresting officers because she kept “locking her legs refusing to walk forward.”

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A Florida woman was arrested and charged with DUI early on New Year’s Day after Florida Highway Patrol troopers say she was caught driving 107 mph down a Pinellas County interstate.

Troopers say they stopped 22-year-old April Moyer, of Holiday, just after 1:30 a.m. on Jan. 1 as she sped north on I-275. An arrest report says she was driving 107 mph in a 65 mph zone at the time.

When troopers pulled her over, they say they noticed Moyer showed signs indicating she was under the influence of alcohol. The arrest report says she had poor balance, bloodshot and glassy eyes and performed poorly on field sobriety tests.

According to the FHP, Moyer said she was coming from St. Pete and admitted she believed she was driving about 80 mph. Troopers say she also rated herself a “1 or 2” on a 1 to 10 scale of impairment.

The arrest report says troopers found Jello shots and beer in Moyer’s trunk, as well as an open container of Tito’s vodka inside the vehicle.

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A South Florida woman was arrested Thursday after she robbed a man from New York of nearly $500,000 in jewelry and cash, authorities said.

According to an arrest report, Andria Banks, 35, of Aventura, who previously went by the name Dacorian Dewayne Greer, met the victim early Saturday morning at the W South Beach hotel.

Police said the duo then went to the Bellini condominium building in Bal Harbour for some “adult entertainment” and the victim later woke up in his apartment feeling like he had been drugged.

According to the arrest report, the victim also noticed that his rose gold, custom-made diamond pendant of a melting letter S was missing, along with a rose gold diamond necklace, a rose gold Sky-Dweller Rolex watch, a white gold, 120-carat diamond necklace, a white Richard Mille Bubba Watson watch, $3,000 in cash, a New York state driver’s license and a debit card.

The items stolen are valued at a total of $483,000, authorities said.

This was not the first time she was arrested for doing this back in 2017 her and an accomplice were charged (STORY HERE)

A Miami Beach police detective recognized Banks as the suspect while reviewing surveillance video from the Bellini, authorities said.

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A Florida woman is facing additional charges following her arrest for active Holmes County warrants and kicking out the glass in a patrol car.

According to the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office, Sonya Carnley, 25, was recognized by a deputy during a traffic stop as being wanted for violation of probation.

Deputies were able to take Carnley into custody but say while the deputy was at a stop sign, Carnley managed to kick out the back glass of the patrol vehicle while still in hand restraints and flee on foot behind Ponce De Leon Town Hall.

Carnley was quickly apprehended and taken to the Holmes County Jail without further incident, deputies said.

Carnley was charged with escape, resisting a law enforcement officer without violence and criminal mischief.

Yesnia Guzman, 19, of Tallahassee, had just broken up with her boyfriend so most naturally she crashed into the home, located on GSRI Avenue.

Police say Guzman hit at least two other cars as she left her ex-boyfriend’s home. She then sped forward and crashed through the assisted living home. She hit two beds where people were sleeping.

Authorities say no one was injured.

Guzman’s two children were in the car with her.

Guzman has been booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on suspicion of child endangerment, reckless operation of a vehicle, and hit and run.

According to a police report obtained by New Times, Officer Adrian Jesus Valle of the Miami Police Department (MPD) was arrested for a DUI at 8 a.m. yesterday after other officers say they watched him leave a strip club in a white Dodge Charger. The report says Valle blew through a red light, needlessly switched on his police emergency lights, and refused to take a breathalyzer test once stopped.

Via email, an MPD spokesperson said Valle has been suspended without pay. According to MPD’s most recent union contract, refusing to submit to a drug or alcohol screening is “grounds for termination” and cops who do so are suspended without pay as the department determines whether they should be fired.

The director of tourism for a South Florida county is accused of punching a police officer and causing a disturbance at a Vero Beach restaurant, authorities said.

Allison McNeal, 40, of Vero Beach, who is listed as director for tourism in Indian River County, was charged with battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest with violence and trespassing according to a Vero Beach Police Department arrest affidavit.

An employee at an IHOP in Vero Beach told police McNeal walked into the restaurant around 3 a.m. and began yelling at customers, TCPalm reported.

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A Cape Coral man is facing charges after he punched and kicked gas pumps in Naples.

Collier County deputies arrested Hunter Bleich after they say he disturbed the peace at the Mobil gas station on Executive Drive in Naples.

Bleich is accused of kicking and punching gas pumps, as well as taking swings at equipment inside of a drive-thru car wash.

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One day last month, a young woman walked into a Tampa Amscot branch and tried to cash a $1 million cashier’s check.

Lin Helena Halfon was arrested earlier this month at Tampa International Airport. She is facing charges of money laundering, organized fraud, and exploitation of an elderly person. During her first court appearance, a judge set her bail at $1 million. She walked into a branch of Amscot and tried to cash a $1million cashier’s check, claiming it would allow her to buy a yacht. When the bank employees refused her, she left but came back later in the day with another three checks. Halfon’s husband, Tampa businessman Richard Rappaport, 77, was notified by investigators about the checks the following day. Rappaport allegedly told investigators that he wanted to give his wife the benefit of the doubt and did not want her to be deported to her native Israel.

The eyebrow-raising attempts sparked a criminal investigation that resulted in Halfon’s arrest last week on charges of money laundering, organized fraud and exploitation of an elderly person. During her first court appearance, a judge set her bail at $1 million.

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Deputies got a complaint from Robert Miller’s neighbors who said they couldn’t sleep and were fed up with his loud engine revving.

Deputies told Miller, 57, to stop revving his lawnmower so loudly, as it could be heard from three houses away. Miller reportedly replied that he didn’t care, and went back to work.

On the body camera footage above, a deputy walks up to Miller’s property and yells for him. When he does, the engine is revved and the noise gets much louder.

Multiple neighbors exited their house to complain about the noise of the lawnmower, saying Miller was disturbing their peace. One neighbor said the tractor was keeping him awake, and another said Miller woke up his sleeping infants and his wife, who is dealing with heart issues.

Miller is heard on police bodycam twice ignoring a deputy’s order to leave his property and provide his fingerprint for arrest.

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According to Pinellas County court documents, a police officer in an unmarked patrol car spotted 18-year-old Ruben Hughes driving recklessly blasting through a residential neighborhood in his 2005 Honda Accord on the night of December 1st. The officer flipped on his lights and siren and sped off in pursuit—only to see the Florida man accelerate away, “ignoring my emergency equipment,” according to the report. The pursuing officer radioed in the car’s description, enabling other units to keep tabs on the vehicle.

Eventually, Hughes came to a stop several blocks away from the initial location where the officer lit him up. After being read his rights, however, Hughes reportedly offered up an explanation for his brief dash away from the law: He claimed he never even noticed the lights and siren behind him, as he was hustling off with extreme dedication to, as the court report put it, “meet his girlfriend for relations.”

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Miami-Dade police have arrested a woman accused of having sex with a child, video recording the acts and directing the minor to sell drugs and exposing him to her gangster lifestyle — including keeping him in a house targeted in a recent drive-by shooting, a report said.

Irabelis Carrazana, 22, allegedly slept with the boy — who is now 15 — a number of times when he was 14 years old

The victim, who is now 15, admitted he had been having sex with Irabelis Carrazana, 22, since he was 14.

Police said they discovered multiple videos of the victim and the Carrazana engaged in sex acts.

Authorities also said that Carrazana directed the victim, via text messages, to sell narcotics on behalf of a third person.

Other communications revealed that Carrazana became angry at the victim after he did not collect money from a buyer during a narcotics sale. That is when, police said, the victim told Carrazana that he would no longer sell narcotics for her.

Police said that their investigation revealed that Carrazana is also involved in gang activities and that there was even a drive-by shooting while the boy was at the home.

Carrazana was arrested and is being held at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center.

She faces charges including possession of a sexual performance by a child, child neglect charges and contributing to a delinquency of a child.