Three people were robbed of their iPhones in just 24 hours at a gated off-campus student housing complex near Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton Police say.
On Saturday and Sunday, three people reported having either their phones or wallets stolen by groups of men who approached them in the parking lot at night. It happened at University View Student Housing, a privately owned complex for students just one block east of FAU’s campus.
The first victim left a party at the complex with friends at about 12:30 a.m. and was approached by four men who asked him if he wanted to buy drugs, police say. He declined, then was attacked and his iPhone stolen.
About 45 minutes later, a man and his friends were approached by two men who asked to borrow his cellphone. He handed his iPhone over and the men fled. The victim offered to buy his phone back for $500 and took out his wallet.
The robbers grabbed the wallet and again ran, according to police.
The next day, another victim was again leaving a party with friends when he was confronted by five to seven men. The men attacked him and took his phone, police say.
Police are seeking information about these incidents and ask that anyone with tips call detectives at 561-620-6144 or Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County at 1-800-458-TIPS (8477).
Parsons, a Bellator featherweight, had his right leg amputated and was comatose after he was struck Sunday morning by a 2012 or 2013 silver Range Rover at the intersection of Federal Highway and Lindell Boulevard. The driver of the damaged Range Rover has yet to be caught.
Delray Beach Police are asking anyone with information on the crash or vehicle to contact Officer Dan Cramer at (561) 243-7800 or to report anonymous tips to Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County at (800) 458-TIPS, online at http://www.crimestopperspbc.com or by texting email@example.com.
A Port St. Lucie man was shot and killed by a masked person who knocked on the door of an apartment on Southeast Darien Road early Tuesday, police report.
Beau Hartman, 29, was shot in the abdomen just after 1 a.m. He was taken to hospital where he later died.
Witnesses told police a masked person knocked on the front door of the apartment. Hartman and one other person walked toward the driveway to find out who knocked when they were met with the armed person, said Frank Sabol, of Port St. Lucie police.
The masked person fled after shooting Hartman, police say.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Port St. Lucie Police Department at 772-871-5001 or Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-800-273-TIPS.
A West Palm Beach man was arrested Saturday after deputies say he sexually assaulted a 17-year-old boy, according to an arrest report.
Edwin L. Wesley is facing a charge of sexual assault and was released from the Palm Beach County Jail after posting a $75,000 bond. Wesley told Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies that he works for Goodwill Industries as a program manager helping youths seeks alternatives to the juvenile detention.
Wesley, 53, picked up the boy after he made a court appearance for unspecified reasons and told the teenager he was being taken for a urine test, the report said. Instead, deputies said, Wesley took the boy to his apartment on the 3700 block of Savoy Lane and performed a sexual act on him.
Wesley allegedly admitted to the assault but told deputies the boy “was the one who initiated the sexual encounter.”
Police are searching for a man who robbed a Regions Bank in Boynton Beach on Friday by claiming he had a bomb.
The man came into the bank, on Gateway Boulevard, just after 2 p.m. and pressed a handwritten note against the teller’s glass window. The note claimed that the man had a bomb, police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater said.
He fled in a white, newer model Ford Fiesta with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Police believe the bank robber is in his early 40s. He was clean-shaven and wearing sunglasses, latex gloves and a straw landscaping hat.
Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives at 561‐732‐8166.
A Lake Worth woman is facing several charges after she was found running toward on-coming traffic early New Year’s Day, then allegedly injured a Greenacres police officer as she was being taken into custody, according to an arrest report.
Police responded to the 6400 block of Forest Hill Boulevard around 2:30 a.m. and found Neomi Rodriguez running toward the northbound lanes on S. Jog Road “attempting to harm herself,” the report said.
Police were attempting to take Rodriguez, 34, to JFK Medical Center for treatment when she allegedly became combative. Rodriguez allegedly punched, scratched and kicked at officers and caused “noticeable injuries” to Officer Bryan Lembo.
Lembo sustained three superficial cuts to the face after Rodriguez allegedly used “her longer finger nails” to scratch the officer, the report said. The officer responded by hitting Rodriguez in the face with his fist, causing the woman to stop kicking and allow herself to be handcuffed.
Rodriguez is facing three counts of battery on an officer and resisting arrest with violence and one count of diorderly intoxication. Rodriguez was released from the Palm Beach County Jail Jan. 1 after posting an $18,250 bond.
A West Palm Beach woman allegedly more than twice over the legal limit for alcohol is facing several charges after she slammed into another car early New Year’s Day on Interstate 95 and left the scene, according to an arrest report.
When a Florida Highway Patrol trooper caught up with Katy Short Hamiwka, she had no recollection of causing an accident or driving recklessly as reported by witnesses.
Short Hamiwka, 20, registered blood alcohol readings of .189 and .178, the report said. Individuals with a blood alcohol level of .08 is considered legally impaired.
Short Hamiwka was driving a Toyota Prius northbound on I-95 around 3:30 a.m. when it crossed all lanes and collided with a van south of Yamato Road. The van’s driver sustained neck injuries and was taken to Bethesda Hospital, the report said.
An FHP trooper began to follow Short Hamiwka northbound on I-95 and found her driving in an “erratic manner” by moving in and out of lanes, the report said.
After she was stopped, Short Hamiwka told a trooper that she was driving home from work and hadn’t consumed an alcoholic drinks. Short Hamiwka then changed her story and admitted drinking, the report said.
During a field sobriety test, Short Hamiwka nearly fell over, the report said.