PBSO: Man broke into Lake Worth home, stole woman’s gun and fired at man

A Broward County man is facing several felonies after he allegedly broke into a woman’s home in Lake Worth, took her loaded gun and fired shots at a man as he ran out of the home and raced away in a vehicle, according to an arrest report.

Diaz
Diaz

Alberto Francisco Diaz is facing charges of armed burglary, burglary with assault or battery, aggravated assault with a weapon and battery. Diaz, 28, is being held on $56,000  bail.

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Diaz allegedly forced his way into a home on the 200 block of South J Street and punched a 21-year-old man he found in the home several times in the face. The man attempted to put up a fight, but then left the home and got into a vehicle. The arrest report indicates that Diaz then fired two shots from a 9mm handgun he grabbed from the woman.

Diaz’s relationship to the woman and the man he allegedly assaulted is redacted from the arrest report.

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies found the gun in the house but the woman said she was missing her driver’s license and keys to her vehicle.

Jupiter police: Man with full-face tattoos asleep in stolen truck at Wal-Mart

Robert Hardister is charged with vehicle theft. (Provided by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office)
Robert Hardister is charged with vehicle theft. (Provided by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office)

A 25-year-old Stuart man is behind bars after Jupiter police found him asleep Friday morning in a Wal-Mart parking lot behind the wheel of a stolen truck.

Robert Hardister told police he’d borrowed the 1998 black Ford F-150 from a friend to move furniture to his new apartment. He’d paid the friend $20, he said.

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He parked in the Indiantown Road Wal-Mart parking lot to get some sleep before a construction gig later that day.

Hardister said he didn’t know the truck was stolen, but police still charged him with vehicle theft.

He has pleaded guilty to multiple theft charges and spent time in jail for them in the last few years, court records show.

Hardister’s distinctive mug shot shows his face nearly covered in tattoos.

If photos from previous bookings in the Palm Beach County Jail are an indication, Hardister appears to have gotten most of the facial ink since Feb. 15, 2013, when he was arrested by Tequesta police for an out of town warrant. In that mugshot, Hardister sports only a tear drop under his right eye and a tattoo on the right side of his neck.

Eleven months later when arrested by Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies on a fraud charge, Hardister had added a tattoo to the left side of his neck.

Hardister’s mugshot on Feb. 17, 2013, after an arrest on several charges including burglary shows added artwork including a star under his right eye and lettering on his neck, left cheek and chin.

By the time Hardister was arrested in July for a probation violation, his face was almost entirely tatted up, leaving only a small area on the right side of his face without ink.

Hardister did not show any new markings on his face following his arrest Friday by Jupiter police for alleged vehicle theft. But his hair — brown in previous mugshots — had been bleached blonde.

Hardister is being held in the Palm Beach County jail on a $4,500 bond, according to court records.

 

West Palm police: Man with baseball bat robbed woman holding child

Demetrius Jackson
Jackson

A 24-year-old man with a baseball bat robbed a woman holding her 3-year-old daughter Monday morning in West Palm Beach, according to city police.

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Demetrius Jackson, who faces charges of robbery, theft and resisting an officer, refused to come to court Tuesday morning. Jackson will be held without bail in the Palm Beach County Jail until his next court appearance this morning.

Just before 10 a.m. Monday, a woman was walking along the 400 block of 47th Street, just west of Flagler Drive, according to police. She said a man, later identified as Jackson, came up to her and her child and held a bat over his head. She said Jackson demanded her purse, then pulled on it, injuring her neck.

Police found Jackson nearby and officers used a Taser on him after they said he resisted arrest. When police took him to the hospital, he allegedly told police that the woman’s purse “didn’t have that much money, anyway.”

Jackson has previously been convicted of battery, trespassing, possession of cocaine and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, according to Palm Beach County court records.

PBSO: Two teens charged for video of fight with Glades Central High student

Andrew Louis III is charged with aggravated battery. (Provided by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office)
Andrew Louis III is charged with aggravated battery. (Provided by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office)
Nicholas Butts is charged with conspiring to commit a crime (Provided by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office)
Nicholas Butts is charged with conspiring to commit a crime (Provided by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office)

Two Belle Glade teens were arrested Monday for a video that circulated among students at Glades Central High School last weekend, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said.

In the video, 18-year-old Andrew Louis III punches another teen in the face while they’re in a car not far from the high school, where Louis and the teen are seniors, according to a sheriff’s office report.

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The video shows Louis attacked the teen and “violently” kick his head, according to the sheriff’s office report. The altercation was “unprovoked,” according to the sheriff’s office.

It was recorded by the driver, 18-year-old Nicholas Daniel Butts, who can be heard saying the video would go viral.

Louis faces an aggravated battery charge and is out of jail on supervision from the sheriff’s office. Butts, a senior at a different high school, is charged with criminal conspiracy and scheduled to appear in court Oct. 25, according to court records.

 

Boca police: Three men caught with dozens of counterfeit credit cards, cocaine

Boca Raton police pulled over a BMW with three men in it Friday afternoon for running a red light.

But a quick search of the car — and the men’s groin areas — turned up 31 counterfeit credit cards and cocaine.

Cesar Primila is charged with having counterfeit credit cards. (Provided by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office)
Cesar Primila is charged with having counterfeit credit cards. (Provided by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office)

Cesar Primila, 37, of Aventura and 31-year-old Jucivaldo Amaral of Medianeira, Brazil, were arrested on charges of possessing counterfeit credit cards, according to court records. Johny Araujo Do Amaral, 25 and a Brazilian citizen, faces counterfeit credit card charges in addition to a cocaine possession charge.

Johny Araujo Do Amaral is charged with having counterfeit credit cards and cocaine. (Provided by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office)
Johny Araujo Do Amaral is charged with having counterfeit credit cards and cocaine. (Provided by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office)

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Boca police were in an unmarked car Friday afternoon at the Publix Super Market in the Palmetto Park Square shopping plaza just east of Interstate 95, according to a police report. Three men in a BMW pulled into the parking lot. Two of the men went into the store separately and returned with items.

The driver, later identified as Primila, pulled out of the parking lot and ran through a red-turn signal on Palmetto Park Road. Primila slowly rolled to a stop when the officers pulled him over.

A license plate search showed the BMW was from Sixt Rent-a-Car. An employee told police none of the men were on the rental agreement and the car was overdue.

Police had the men climb out of the car, which is when they found cocaine near the front passenger seat where Do Amaral had sat. Fifteen counterfeit credit cards were nearby and in plain view, police said. They were wrapped in a rubber band.

Jucivaldo Amaral is charged with having counterfeit credit cards. (Provided by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office)
Jucivaldo Amaral is charged with having counterfeit credit cards. (Provided by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office)

A search of Primila turned up 15 credit cards stashed in his groin. Do Amaral had eight credit cards near his groin and eight more in his wallet, police said.

Police did not find any credit cards on Amaral, according to their report.

Do Amaral and Primila were being held Monday in the Palm Beach County Jail on $15,000 bonds, court records show.

Amaral was released on a $15,000 bond early Monday, jail records show.

PBSO: Relationship, sparked on Instagram, ends with Lake Worth teen behind bars

Marcos Perez-Ordonez is charged with lewd battery on a minor. (Provided by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office)
Marcos Perez-Ordonez is charged with lewd battery on a minor. (Provided by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office)

Two teens met on Instagram and talked for months. She skipped school this month and they went to his place where they fooled around.

She’s 14. He’s 18.

Now the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office charged Marcos Perez-Ordonez with lewd battery, according to jail records.

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In August the girl’s parents found out she was talking to Perez-Ordonez, 18, and told her she had to stop. They were concerned because he was older and they’d met online, according to the sheriff’s office report.

She continued to talk to Perez-Ordonez and Sept. 7, they met up near John Prince Park near Lake Worth when she was supposed to be in school.

They talked for a while and he bought her a soda. Then they went to his house and began to become intimate. As soon as she said it hurt, Perez-Ordonez stopped, both told deputies. He told deputies it was consensual.

He was being held Monday in the Palm Beach County Jail on a $50,000 bond, according to court records.

 

PBSO: Man slapped mom in face at suburban Boca Wal-Mart

Van Nguyen Dang is charged with battery on an elderly person. (Provided by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office)
Van Nguyen Dang is charged with battery on an elderly person. (Provided by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office)

A man hit his 70-year-old mother in the head Thursday night in a suburban Boca Raton Wal-Mart, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said.

Why? She was talking to another customer, 41-year-old Van Nguyen Dang told deputies.

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Dang hit his mother twice in the head and grabbed her arm, a witness told deputies. The woman yelled, “Someone call cop,” the witness said. Several employees at the Wal-Mart, on Glades Road near State Road 7, separated the son and mother before deputies arrived.

Dang, of Boca Raton, is charged with battery, according to court records. He was released on his own recognizance Friday, court records show.

Delray police: Man says he didn’t steal sports car, but took it for ‘joyride’

Anderson
Anderson

A Delray Beach teen got caught Thursday stealing a sports car, but told police that he didn’t actually steal it “rather just went for a joyride,” according to city police.

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Police arrested Jesse Lee Anderson, 19, on Thursday on charges of grand theft auto.

On Sept. 19, a Delray Beach resident reported to police that his 2014 Chevy Camaro was stolen at his apartment east of Interstate 95 just south of Linton Boulevard. He said a spare set of keys was in the car’s glove compartment.

As police investigated, a woman called a few days later and said she saw the same Camaro in her gated community near West Atlantic Avenue that was backed into a parking space. She told police she saw Anderson, and when she tried to say hello to him, he covered his face, mumbled, and walked away.

Police located and arrested Anderson less than a mile away from where the Camaro was parked. As officers questioned Anderson, he said that he knew the car was stolen “but he did not steal it, rather just went for a joyride,” the arrest report states.

Anderson remained in the Palm Beach County Jail on Friday on a $1,000 bail.

Riviera police: Teen stabs woman for dating her ex-boyfriend

Thomas
Thomas

Riviera Beach police arrested a teen Thursday after they say she chased her ex-boyfriend with a knife and then stabbed a woman for dating him.

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Moenay Thomas, 19, went to the woman’s home east of Australian Avenue, and started to knock “very loudly on the door,” the police report said. When the woman refused to answer, Thomas tried to break into a window with a baseball bat.

The woman finally exited the house and began a verbal argument with Thomas. When the woman started to walk back inside the house Thomas’s ex-boyfriend and father of her child started to argue with Thomas.

Thomas then pulled out a long knife and chased the ex-boyfriend down the street, police said. The woman followed and tried to help him, not knowing that Thomas had a knife. Thomas then stabbed the woman in the chest and ran away/

Police located Thomas at her home where she was arrested and charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Thomas claimed that she is four months pregnant with the ex-boyfriend’s child and was “feeling pain in her lower stomach,” the arrest report said.

She was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach for medical treatment and then taken Palm Beach County Jail. She was being held Friday on $5,500 bail.

 

Police: Delray man robbed Walgreens stores to support $350-a-day drug habit

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Edelstein

A Delray Beach man arrested last week in connection with multiple Walgreens store robberies told authorities he committed the crimes to feed his cocaine and heroin addictions, according to police reports made public Friday.

Daniel Edelstein, 34, said he spent about $150 per day on heroin and $200 per day on cocaine, the reports said. He was arrested Sept. 17 after authorities tracked him to a hotel in Osceola County, south of Orlando.

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Edelstein had been wanted in connection to at least five robberies that occurred since early September in Palm Beach and Broward counties. He was transferred to the Palm Beach County Jail on Thursday, where he is being held without bail. Edelstein was most recently residing at a halfway house in Delray Beach, police said.

Police say he used a knife during most of the robberies.  Prior to the Sept. 17 arrest, Edelstein began that day robbing a Walgreens on South Federal Highway, according to Delray Beach police. He allegedly entered the store early that morning and approached the register to buy a lighter. When the cashier opened the cash register to give him change, Edelstein  reportedly pulled a knife and demanded that the register be left open.

He grabbed $300 to $500 in cash, then fled, police said. Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office investigators say that two days earlier, Edelstien stole an undisclosed amount of cash from a Walgreens on South Military Trail in suburban West Palm Beach.

Boca Raton police used information shared by other law-enforcement agencies to link Edelstein to a Sept. 6 robbery at a Walgreens on Southwest Second Avenue.  He pretended he was buying cigarettes, but instead demanded that cashier open the cash register  and”give me everything,” police said.