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The Pensacola man who leveraged his viral mugshots into Instagram stardom is back in jail.

Charles McDowell, 31, was arrested in July 2018 in Escambia County on multiple charges after he was allegedly found with a fanny pack carrying cocaine, crack cocaine, meth and other narcotics.

He was released on bond Nov. 19 and was arrested two days later in Lee County, Alabama, on charges of attempting to elude law enforcement, marijuana possession, reckless driving and driving with a revoked license.

The state of Florida filed a motion in December to revoke McDowell’s bond related to his Escambia County charges, and he was arrested Tuesday and booked into Escambia County Jail just before 8:30 p.m.

With no bond, he’ll be behind bars until he faces trial for the charges filed against him in July. His next court appearance is Feb. 21.

McDowell’s mugshots went viral after after they were shared all over the internet toward the end of 2018 as people poked fun at his unusually wide neck. After he posted bond, he wasted no time capitalizing off of his newfound “wide neck” persona by creating an Instagram account with the user name “damnwideneck.”

He currently has more than 1.3 million followers on Instagram, where he has posted videos and photos alongside other internet personalities, and used humor to exploit the width of his neck, such as his posts about his “All Necks Matter” T-shirts.

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MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. — Matt Crull, 29, spent 41 days in jail wrongly accused, according to the Martin County Sheriff’s Office. He was locked up over Christmas and New Year’s. But he and 10 others are out now, and the deputy is fired.

Crull had a white powdery substance that was found in the driver’s side door, wrapped in plastic with a hair tie around it. Crull says it was Tide laundry detergent. Deputy Steven O’Leary said it was heroin — a lot of heroin.

“I just looked at him baffled and confused because I had no idea as to where 92 grams of heroin came from inside my van,” Crull said.

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PALM BAY, Fla. — Police in Palm Bay say a man shoved a handgun into a woman’s mouth after she complained he was talking too much during a TV show.

Calvin Lindsey, 55, was arrested at a home in Palm Bay on battery and assault charges.

Palm Bay police did not specify the show they were watching. After she complained he talked too much, Lindsey went into the master bedroom and shut the door. When the woman went in to get a blanket, she heard the sound of a shotgun being racked. She told him he was trying to intimidate her, but then he pushed her down and placed the barrel of a handgun in her mouth. Police said the woman broke her tooth.

It is not clear if Lindsey had an attorney.

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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — A man who jumped into a Florida zoo’s crocodile enclosure has been sentenced to a year in jail.

Court records show 23-year-old Brandon Keith Hatfield of Green Cove Springs pleaded no contest Friday to multiple charges, including trespassing and criminal mischief.

St. Augustine police said Hatfield broke into the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park on Nov. 5. According to an arrest report, Hatfield caused over $5,000 in damage at the 125-year-old attraction.

Police said Hatfield jumped into the water in the zoo’s Nile crocodile exhibit. Security video showed a crocodile biting Hatfield on the leg. He escaped, leaving blood and clothing behind him in the enclosure. Among the clothing was a pair of Crocs.

Hatfield was arrested the following day after a resident reported seeing him crawling in his underwear across a neighboring yard.

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A Florida thief after the almighty dollar found he wound up with exactly that — $1.

Jerome Marciniak, 59, was arrested last week after cops said he was the man seen on surveillance video crawling through a driver’s car window and running with a bounty of $1.

The man identified by authorities as Marciniak was seen on video walking around a 2010 Honda Insight at a Regions Bank drive-through ATM in Tampa around 8 a.m. on Jan. 23. At one point, he approaches the driver’s side of the vehicle, shows a four-inch knife to the female driver inside the vehicle and demands money.

When she refuses, cops say Marciniak then climbs into the vehicle through the open driver’s side window – crawling over the diver – and sits in the passenger seat, FOX13 reported.

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Grant Tiernan Amato, 29, killed his parents and brother over an expensive obsession with a Bulgarian online call girl, say deputies in Seminole County, Florida. He allegedly told investigators the woman was his girlfriend, and that his father kicked him out of the home over the “relationship.”

The investigation started Friday when one of the victims, 31-year-old Cody Amato, didn’t show up to work at Advent Hospital East Orlando, according to the arrest affidavit obtained by Law&Crime. Amato’s girlfriend and a co-worker called deputies for a welfare check. Investigators checked out his home, only to find him and his parents, 59-year-old Chad Amato and 61-year-old Margaret Amato, dead. The mother and father were shot execution-style. There were no signs of forced entry or theft.
Grant Amato and his Honda Accord weren’t at the scene, but Cody’s girlfriend told investigators the family was having trouble with him. The suspect stole $60,000 from her boyfriend and sold his guns, the woman said. According to her, Cody voiced concern that Grant would [in the words of the affidavit] “kill everyone.”

The girlfriend said that problems with Grant started when he was kicked out of nurse anesthetist school. On top of that, family members had learned he was stealing money–about $200,000–to fund a relationship with a woman from Bulgaria. Investigators learned more when they interviewed a third Amato brother. This relative said he wasn’t close with his family, but spoke with his mother about once a week. According to him, Grant had been talking to an online call girl from Bulgaria, had been wiring her a lot of money, and even told her the family address.

PINELLAS PARK, Fla. – A Florida man thought he was being smart when he stole opioids from the medicine cabinet of a home where he was staying.

However, Peter Hans Emery, 56, quickly learned he didn’t steal opioids at all. Instead, the laxatives he took probably sent him running to the bathroom.

The Smoking Gun reports Emery was caught on video Thursday morning “entering the victim’s lockbox” at the Pinellas Park home and pouring pills in his hand.

The pills were labeled Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen, which is a pain medication that can be highly addictive. However, the pills themselves were actually Equate Gentle Laxative.

With a long rap sheet, Emery was arrested and booked on a felony charge and probation violation charges.

CITRUS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A substitute teacher accused of sending nudes to students at Citrus High School and performing oral sex on a 15-year-old has been arrested, authorities said.

Angela Jean Stanton, 50, of Inverness, is charged with one count of Felony Lewd and Lascivious Battery and one count of Felony Transmitting Harmful Materials to a Minor, according to an arrest report.

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by school officials after the principal learned of possible inappropriate activity between Stanton and a minor.

Detectives responded to the school and interviewed three possible victims. During the interviews, they were informed Stanton had sent several nude photographs of herself to students through the Snapchat mobile app. Detectives also learned Stanton had allegedly performed oral sex on one of the juveniles, who was 15-years-old at the time.

When questioned, investigators said Stanton gave them several statements that “corroborated the specific details given by the victims.”

She was arrested and booked into the county jail, where she is being held on a $12,000 bond.

“Stanton was a trusted community member who was heavily involved in activities working with our county’s youth. She used her position to prey on the vulnerability of our children,” said Sheriff Prendergast. “No parent should ever have to worry about their child being victimized like this; especially from someone they viewed as a mentor. We will continue to work with the Citrus County School Board to determine if there are any additional victims.”

If you believe your child was a victim of Stanton, please contact Special Victims Unit Sergeant Stephen Conley at (352) 249-2718 or email [email protected]

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Things got a little out of control outside a Pensacola, Florida, Waffle House Monday morning.

According to a police report from the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, a woman later identified as Freedom Zobrist was causing problems in the parking lot. A Waffle House employee had called authorities after noticing the woman had dropped her pants and was blocking traffic.

The employee told officers she had been loitering in the area earlier in the day but had run off. She returned a few hours later and sat by the back door, read the report.

The employee told her to leave but she became “verbally abusive,” and threatened to retrieve her firearm and “shoot him in the face.” He said the unemployed Pensacola resident also threatened to shoot everyone in the diner.

The worker then said Zobrist walked into the middle of the parking lot, yanked her pants down, “exposing her sexual organs,” and began to dance.

The employee then said the 38-year-old went over to him and tried to grab his genitals and “lick both sides of his face.”

While trying to get her off the property, the victim told deputies she poked him in the chest.

A witness corroborated the story, telling officers that Zobrist was dancing naked in front of his car, preventing him from leaving.

Zobrist, who was “very loud and causing a disturbance,” was arrested for lewd and lascivious behavior, exposure of sexual organs, disorderly conduct, battery and assault. She was transported to the Escambia County Jail where she remains on $5,000 bond.

Apparently, it’s not just in Hollywood that people return to the scene of the crime.

Largo police say they arrested a man who tried, unsuccessfully, to rob two banks before returning to the first one.

Police said in a Facebook post Ronald Massey tried to enter the Bank of America on Wednesday morning but found the bank wasn’t open yet.

Massey wore a mask while trying to open the bank’s door around 8:20 a.m., but then rode away on his bicycle when he could not get inside, Spectrum Bay News 9 reported. Employees of the bank called the police to report the incident.

About 40 minutes later and roughly a quarter-mile south of the Bank of America, police got another reporter of an attempted robbery, according to WFLA News Channel 8.

Massey went to the BB&T bank where he tried to get money using a knife, but safety glass at the bank forced him to leave empty-handed, according to police.

Tellers behind the safety glass left the area to call the police, according to WFLA.

That’s when Massey went back to the Bank of America. There, he was met by a Largo police officer, who was taking a report and was arrested.

Bay News 9 reported Massey was still wearing a mask and carrying a knife when he returned.

“Massey just got out of prison for robbing two other Largo banks,” police said.

WFLA reported he was released Jan. 10.

A Florida man who was hoping to get his drug dealer arrested has found himself behind bars instead.

That’s because Douglas Peter Kelly, 49, was convinced his methamphetamine was bad – and took it to the police station to prove it.

Kelly, of Hawthorne, called the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday to report that he had suffered a ‘bad reaction’ to some meth he purchased the week before.

A Florida man who was hoping to get his drug dealer arrested has found himself behind bars instead.

That’s because Douglas Peter Kelly, 49, was convinced his methamphetamine was bad – and took it to the police station to prove it.

Kelly, of Hawthorne, called the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday to report that he had suffered a ‘bad reaction’ to some meth he purchased the week before.

Kelly drove to the station and turned in a ‘clear, crystal-like substance wrapped in aluminum foil’, according to police.

The substance tested positive for methamphetamine, and Kelly was taken into custody.

Kelly has been charged with possession of methamphetamine and was taken to the Puntam County Jail, where he is being held on $5,000 bond.

MELBOURNE, Fla. — Authorities say a Florida man was returned to jail shortly after his release because he couldn’t pay the taxi driver that took him home from the jail.

Florida Today reports that 40-year-old Charles Folk was arrested Thursday morning and charged with petty theft.

Melbourne police say Folk hailed a taxi outside the Brevard County Jail Complex in Cocoa shortly after midnight. After traveling 30 miles (50 kilometers) to his Melbourne home, Folk told the driver that neither his sister nor his roommate could help him pay the $70 fare. The driver called the police.

Folk had previously been in jail for criminal mischief. Officials say he had been convicted of ransacking his own home and damaging his roommate’s belongings.

Folk was being held on $2,000 bail. Jail records didn’t list an attorney.

CLEARWATER, Fla. (WFLA) – A Clearwater man says three syringes removed during a strip search at the Pinellas County Jail do not belong to him.

Wesley Dasher Scott, 40, was arrested on a drug charge early Friday morning and was taken to the receiving area of the Pinellas County Jail.

While he was being strip searched, Scott removed three syringes from his rectum and gave them to a deputy, according to an arrest affidavit.

He allegedly told deputies that the syringes were not his.

Before he was transported to the jail, Scott was searched in a field where he was taken into custody. A deputy said he asked Scott if he had anything on him and if he knew what would happen if he brought anything hidden into the jail. The deputy said that Scott knew what the consequences would be.

Scott was charged with felony possession of contraband in a county detention facility, possession of drugs without a prescription with intent to sell, possession of marijuana, and possession of drugs without prescription.

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MARTIN COUNTY — A homeless man is accused of trying to cut his girlfriend’s legs with a box cutter while she was using the bathroom at a Jensen Beach Walgreens, as well as punching and grabbing her throat while she was driving.

Brett Goble, 25, was arrested on charges of felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and simple battery on Wednesday afternoon.

Martin County Sheriff’s Office deputies said they received a call about 12:30 p.m. about Goble hitting a woman at a Walgreens, at 4420 Northwest Federal Highway, and then running into a nearby wooded area.

Deputies said K-9 officers and a helicopter were sent to the area to look for Goble. A few hours later, deputies found Goble at the 10900 block of U.S. 1 in Port St. Lucie.

The woman told deputies while she was driving with Goble, the pair got into an argument and Goble punched her in the ribs and grabbed her throat.

The woman told deputies she then drove into the Walgreens parking lot and went into the bathroom. She said Goble followed her into the bathroom and tried to cut her legs with a box cutter under the bathroom stall and threatened to kill her.

Goble told deputies when they found him that he didn’t hit the woman and only followed her into the bathroom because he thought she was going to hurt herself.

Deputies arrested Goble and took him to the St. Lucie County Jail, where he remained Thursday afternoon on $7,500 bail.

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A woman was arrested after a customer told police he was hit in the face with a box of chicken during his visit to a KFC in Northwest Jacksonville, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

Officers were sent to the 53-year-old man’s home, where he told police he caught the confrontation on video. According to investigators, the clip showed the customer waiting on his order at the drive-thru window outside the KFC on Edgewood Avenue near the intersection of Avenue B.

Police said the customer was upset with the KFC employee for not wearing gloves while preparing food. After a back-and-forth verbal disagreement, the employee tossed the customer’s box of food, striking him in the face.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, an officer arrested Shade Renee Simmons, 30, while she was working at the KFC. Simmons was charged with battery.

FLORAL CITY, Fla. — A 75-year-old man was arrested Tuesday after deputies say he had been selling pounds of marijuana on a daily basis.

When serving a search warrant at the home of William Carlton Sr., deputies said they found more than a pound of marijuana, 20-gauge shotgun ammunition and more than $25,000 in cash inside Carlton’s bedroom.

Deputies say they also found a large wooden barn on the property with a pound and a half of marijuana and pieces of distribution equipment inside.

Because of the large amount of cash and marijuana on the property, deputies said they believe Carlton had been selling pounds of marijuana on a daily basis.

Carlton was arrested and charged with possession of cannabis with the intent to distribute, possession of ammunition by a convicted felon and possession of paraphernalia.

“Not only was William Carlton Sr. a convicted felon in violation of the law by possessing firearm ammunition, but he was an even greater threat to our community from his illegal drugs activity,” Sheriff Mike Prendergast said in a statement.

Prendergast said a growing number of drugs in Florida are laced with fentanyl, a synthetic opiate that can be fatal.

“No one could know if the next batch of marijuana that Carlton would sell contained this deadly substance until it is too late,” Prendergast said. “Fentanyl-laced marijuana is a real and growing concern. That’s why your Sheriff’s Office will never stop enforcing the law and combating the illegal drug activity to make Citrus County the safest community in Florida.”

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Yvelande Jean-Pierre eats a pre-made meal, leaves asparagus behind, police say

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – Not sure which side of the line a South Florida woman falls on between ridiculously dumb and incredibly brave.

Not only did Yvelande Jean-Pierre, 29, think it would be wise to break into a Boynton Beach police station, but she topped it off by eating an officer’s lunch once she was inside.

And it wasn’t difficult to find the culprit as Jean-Pierre left her wallet and Florida ID in front of the station.

Upon entering the substation at 2210 S. Congress Drive on Jan. 3, two officers noticed a broken window in the kitchen area. Further inspection showed the culprit had used two recycling bins to climb up and break the glass to gain entry.

The officers then noticed the suspect had removed two pre-made meals from the station refrigerator and heated one of them in the microwave.

An officer who works out of the substation was contacted and confirmed the meals were his.

According to the police report, the purloined lunch was chicken and asparagus. And no, Jean-Pierre did not eat the vegetables as they were found next the microwave.

Officers found a plastic bag outside the station that contained Jean-Pierre’s personal information. She was later located and arrested on a charge of criminal mischief.

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A Florida man is facing assault and battery charges after deputies say he attacked his neighbors with a machete that had the word “kindness” written on it.

Santa Rosa County deputies arrested 30-year-old Bryan Duane Stewart last week.

Neighbors told deputies they heard banging and yelling coming from the man’s house all Wednesday. Stewart was also overheard saying he was going to “kill ’em with kindness,” an arrest report says.

Just before midnight, one neighbor decided to go over and check on things and ask Stewart to keep it down. The man told deputies Stewart came running out of his front door with a machete-style knife that had the word “kindness” written on the blade.

Another neighbor who saw what was happening stepped in to protect the other man and ended up getting cut on his hand, deputies say.

Deputies responded to the scene and used a taser on Stewart to take him into custody.

The arrest report says Stewart told deputies he “didn’t understand what was even going on” and “was just trying to go to sleep.” The deputy who wrote the arrest report noted that Stewart had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, as well as bloodshot and watery eyes.

Deputies say Stewart also would not stop banging his head and kicking the inside of the patrol car after he was taken into custody.

Stewart was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

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Shade Renee Simmons, 30, charged with battery

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A woman was arrested after a customer told police he was hit in the face with a box of chicken during his visit to a KFC in Northwest Jacksonville, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

Officers were sent to the 53-year-old man’s home, where he told police he caught the confrontation on video. According to investigators, the clip showed the customer waiting on his order at the drive-thru window outside the KFC on Edgewood Avenue near the intersection of Avenue B.

Police said the customer was upset with the KFC employee for not wearing gloves while preparing food. After a back-and-forth verbal disagreement, the employee tossed the customer’s box of food, striking him in the face.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, an officer arrested Shade Renee Simmons, 30, while she was working at the KFC. Simmons was charged with battery.

KEY WEST, Fl. (FOX 5 Atlanta) – A Florida man is facing additional charges for doing something a bit gross in the back of a police car.

Key West deputies arrested 37-year-old Melvin Stubbs for possession of cocaine on Thursday, after deputies say they discovered 40 grams of the drug on his person.

On his way to jail, deputies say Stubbs “chewed up or ate” the seat of the patrol car.

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The mystery began in late December as investigators brought Graham, 31, of Fort Pierce, to the St. Lucie County jail on a robbery charge, according to an arrest affidavit.

Graham told officials she had no contraband on or in her.

An X-ray scan, however, helped reveal a “small object” in her pelvic region.

Given a change of clothes, Graham was scanned again.

“The same object was visible on the X-ray,” the affidavit states.

Graham was taken about 5 miles away to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute where investigators said she agreed to a body cavity search, which is a search of body cavities and a promising name for a heavy metal band.

Additional X-rays were taken before a doctor extracted from her vagina “a small glass smoking pipe, commonly used for smoking crack or other illegal drugs,” the affidavit said.

Mystery solved.

How the pipe got there wasn’t disclosed.

Graham was arrested on additional charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and the introduction of contraband into a detention facility.

Odessa, Fla. — A man was arrested after deputies say he got into a drunken altercation over a sandwich.

Pasco County Sheriff’s Office deputies say, Joseph Lagana, 27, got upset after getting a sesame seed bun on a Philly cheesesteak sandwich. Deputies said Lagana began arguing with the cashier and then got into a fight with a man who deputies say didn’t want to press charges for battery.

When talking with Lagana, deputies say he was being loud and argumentative with people at the flea market on Gunn Highway. Deputies said he appeared heavily intoxicated because of his slurred speech.

The owner of the flea market told deputies Lagana’s behavior was causing a public disturbance.

Lagana was charged with disorderly intoxication.

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PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. – A Florida man claimed ignorance when jail officials found syringes in his rectum during an early morning strip search.

Wesley Scott, 40, was arrested Friday in Pinellas County on an outstanding warrant charging him with drug possession, reports The Smoking Gun.

When Scott was searched at the jail, officers found three syringes inside his rectum.

However, Scott claimed he had found the syringes and they were not his, although he did not explain how they wound up in his buttocks.

Scott was charged with introducing contraband into a correctional facility and held on $5,000 bond.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office detective was fired after law enforcement said he showed up to a homicide investigation under the influence of alcohol.

Investigators said George D. Moffett Jr., 48, was off duty Thursday when he responded to a deadly shooting on Gandy Boulevard in an unmarked Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office vehicle.

Patrol deputies said Moffett appeared intoxicated when he got out of the car. He had bloodshot and glassy eyes, slurred speech and smelled like an alcoholic beverage, according to deputies.

Moffett admitted he had had several drinks with Crown Royal liquor in them before he headed to the scene, according to law enforcement.

Investigators said Moffett agreed to do field sobriety tests, and he performed poorly on the tests.

Moffett submitted to a breath sample which indicated he had a BrAC of .129/.134, which is well above the legal limit of .08 percent, deputies said.

Moffett was hired by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office on March 20, 2006.

According to a court document, he was the lead detective on the Michael Drejka case, which gained national attention and reignited the debate over Florida’s controversial stand your ground law.

The sheriff’s office reported Moffett was previously convicted of DUI in October 1995, 11 years before he was employed by them.

Consistent with Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office’s policy regarding members arrested for DUI, Moffett’s employment was immediately terminated following his arrest.


POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A Polk County stripper has been charged with threatening a mass shooting.

Lakeland Police say 31-year-old Brien Basarich posted about her homicidal urges on social media under the username “taking-lives.”

According to an arrest affidavit, she said she had a vision of a bar or club with only one entrance and exit and that she planned to purchase an AR-15 “soonish.”

News outlets are reporting that she described herself as a great admirer of serial killers and mass murderers.

She was charged this week with written threat to kill or injure and arrested at home.

Online jail records show she was released from the county jail on a $5,000 bond.

It’s unclear if she had retained an attorney who could comment on the charges.

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HOLIDAY, Fla. — A Florida man was arrested on Thursday after he threw a pizza at his father because he was mad that his dad helped birth him, deputies said.

When deputies arrived at the home in Holiday, Robert Houston, 33, put his hands behind his back saying he knew deputies were going to take him to jail. When the deputy asked why he thought he would be taken to jail, he told them that he threw pizza at his dads face because he was mad that his dad helped give birth to him.

According to Houston’s father, Houston was on the front porch when he got home waiting for pizza. When the father went into the home, Houston came inside and shoved the pizza in the father’s face while holding him down in a chair and yelling, investigators said.

The deputy located a pizza slice on the chair and chunks of pizza and sauce all over the area.

Houston was arrested and charged with domestic battery.

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LAKE WORTH, Fla. – A South Florida woman upset that her parents refused to take her to Outback Steakhouse was arrested after she attacked the couple Wednesday night, deputies said.

According to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, Deana Seltzer, 28, asked her mother to go to the popular chain restaurant in Lake Worth and was told no. Seltzer then became enraged and began punching her mother in the chest and arms, an arrest report said.

Seltzer’s father suffered multiple scratches to his face and body when he attempted to intervene.

“Deana went around the house flipping recliners and tearing up other random … furniture inside the home,” the report said.

Seltzer also charged at her father with a 12-inch decorative knife that had been hanging on the wall, chasing him and screaming, “I’m going to (expletive) kill you.”

Deputies found a knife laying on a kitchen counter after entering the home, along with a glass dining table that had been flipped over.

Seltzer was arrested on one count each of simple domestic battery and battery of a person 65 or older. She also faces two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

A Palm Beach County judge ordered that Seltzer undergo a mental health assessment upon her release from jail. She was also ordered to stay away from drugs, alcohol and weapons.

Jorge Porto-Sierra’s plan to burn and kill sex offenders was thwarted when police arrived too soon.

Police say that the 50-year-old Porto-Sierra was trying to kill sex offenders and set them on fire at the Friendly Village Inn & Motel in Kissimmee, Fla. An Osceola County detective said the man admitted his plan and he has now been charged with four counts of attempted premeditated murder.

According to the police report, a man was standing outside his room when Porto-Sierra jumped out of his car and began screaming at the individual. Terrified, the man ran back into his room, prompting Porto-Sierra to break one motel’s windows and pour gasoline inside. The enraged Porto-Sierra also reportedly yelled, “You’re going to die child molester! I’m coming in!” Meanwhile, the man and his roommate escaped through the back window.

In addition, Porto-Sierra allegedly attacked two other individuals inside a car in the hotel parking lot, first by pouring gasoline into the car through an open window. When the driver attempted to flee, Porto-Sierra got into his black Ford Focus and started ramming their car.

Deputies then arrived on the scene, where they say Porto-Sierra surrendered right away. Waiving his Miranda rights, Porto-Sierra confessed and told the authorities, “they raped kids, they are child molesters that all live here and deserve to die.”

Osceola County is known for being a sex offender haven, as it isn’t in the restricted range of schools, playgrounds, and churches, and there is a history of registered sex offenders living at the Friendly Village Inn & Motel.

WESH 2 News reported that at least two of the four victims are convicted sex offenders.

When the police asked why he didn’t follow through with the plan, Jorge Porto-Sierra responded, “because you got here too soon.”

He is currently in custody at the Osceola County Jail without bond.