New York man found in the water, dead
Sheriff’s detectives and the Medical Examiner say there are no obvious signs of foul play in the death of a 68 year old New York man, found in the water at an Islamorada resort early today.
Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to Smuggler’s Cove Resort at the 85.5 mile marker of the highway at 3:30 a.m. to do a welfare check on 58 year old Dennis O’Rourke. O’Rourke was in the Keys visiting from Hicksville, New York. The person who called was in New York. He said he is a friend of O’Rourke and said he hadn’t heard from him and was worried about him. The caller said O’Rourke was staying on a house boat he and a friend had rented for a week.
Deputies Nicholas Thaler and Caridad Calloway were walking toward the houseboat when they spotted a body in the water. The body was eventually pulled from the water and identified as O’Rourke. The friend who was staying with him on the boat said he last saw O’Rourke at the resort bar earlier. He said he looked for him, but couldn’t find him so he returned to their rental boat .
O’Rourke’s body was transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office where an autopsy will be done to determine the cause of his death. There were no obvious signs of foul play.
Two men picked up on outstanding Monroe County warrants
46 year old Timothy Scott Farmer of Marathon was arrested yesterday (Monday) on an outstanding warrant for robbery. Farmer and 21 year old Cordney Hayes are both accused of robbing a man as he rode his bicycle home from work in Marathon on February 2nd. Hayes was arrested on robbery charges on February 9th. Both men are still in jail on the charges.
40 year old William Stokes was arrested this weekend by Homestead Police Department on a Monroe County warrant for possession of cocaine, marijuana, heroin and drug paraphernalia.
Deputies Joshua Gordon, Jon Riggs and Sgt. Linda Mixon responded to 2nd Street and Maloney Avenue at 9:30 a.m. Saturday January 21 to reports of an unconscious man behind the wheel of a running vehicle. When they arrived, they found 40 year old William Stokes of Big Coppitt Key, passed out behind the wheel of a silver colored Toyota. The car was in gear and there were a number of witnesses on scene who were trying to keep the car from moving backwards. Stokes was unresponsive in the driver’s seat. Deputy Gordon broke the window of the vehicle, opened the door and turned the vehicle off.
Fire/rescue responded to the scene and began to treat Stokes. Paramedics told Deputy Gordon they found a syringe in the suspects arm. A glance into the car revealed more syringes, several crack cocaine rocks and several small bags of white powder suspected to be cocaine. There was a small dog in the back seat and the vehicle smelled strongly of marijuana. The dog was turned over the SPCA for safe keeping.
Stokes gave deputies a false name, Will Smith; but a check of the vehicle’s registration revealed his real name. He was taken to the hospital for treatment. He fled from the hospital before deputies could get there to detain him. In the car, deputies found crack and powdered cocaine, marijuana, Heroin, drug paraphernalia and a large amount of cash. A warrant was issued for his arrest on charges of possession of cocaine, marijuana, Heroin and drug paraphernalia. Bond on the warrant was set at $70,000.
Palm City man charged with sexual battery
A man from Palm City, Florida was arrested in Miami-Dade County on a Monroe County warrant for sexual battery.
The incident took place February 19th in the early morning hours at Point of View RV Park at the 99 mm of the highway in Key Largo. The victim and her husband were drinking at a Key Largo bar with the suspect and his girlfriend. The suspect and his girlfriend were staying in an RV at the Point of View RV Park and, when the bar closed at 1 a.m., they invited the other couple, who are from Homestead, back to the park with them to stay in their RV.
Once at the RV Park, the victim’s husband went into the RV for some water; as he was leaving the RV, he heard his wife yelling. He found her nearby on the other side of a parked vehicle, laying on the ground. He saw the suspect running away. She told him the suspect had raped her. The victim was transported to Mariner’s Hospital for treatment.
After interviews with the victim and witnesses, Major Crimes Detective Rosa DiGiovanni obtained a warrant for the suspect, identified as 25 year old Daniel Rankin of Palm City, Florida. Rankin was charged with sexual battery. Bond on the warrant is set at $100,000.00.
Upper Keys Alcohol Coalition Checks
On February 22, 2017, The Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit conducted an operation checking businesses that sell alcohol in the Upper Keys. Seventeen businesses were checked including restaurants, convenience stores and bars.
Four of the businesses served alcohol to a minor during our investigations. The four clerks who sold the alcohol were issued Notices to Appear before a Monroe County Judge.
The following are a list of the Business, and attendants who sold the alcohol:
• Walgreens Liquor: 99501 Overseas Highway, Key Largo. Attendant: Mary J. Villa, 65 years of age. Notice to appear issued.
• CVS: 99434 Overseas Highway, Key Largo. Attendant: Maria Miranda, 46 years of age. Notice to appear issued.
• Mobile Gas: 92439 Overseas Highway, Tavernier. Attendant: Charnisa L. McCray, 26 years of age. Notice to appear issued.
• CVS: 91410 Overseas Highway, Tavernier. Attendant: Bonnie S. Glade, 72 years of age. Notice to appear issued.
The Sale Clerk violations are up to 60 days in jail, a $500.00 fine, $235.00 in court cost, $75.00 in cost of prosecution, and $40.00 in cost of investigation.
The Licensee Violations are:
1st-Offense $1000 fine and 7 day suspension.
2nd-Offense $3000 fine and 30 day suspension.
3rd-Offense Revocation of license.
The remaining business checked, were in compliance with the law. This operation was conducted in cooperation with the Monroe County Coalition for a Safe and Drug Free Community.
Miami man charged with fleeing on motorcycle
A 19 year old Miami man was arrested Wednesday morning, charged with fleeing from numerous deputies at high rates of speed on a motorcycle.
Daniel Mendez Perez and a female passenger were first spotted at 8 a.m. by deputies northbound at the 55 mile marker. Perez was traveling at a high rate of speed and passing vehicles recklessly on the right hand shoulder of the road. Between the 55 mile marker ant the 98.5 mile marker, he continued with this dangerous driving, fleeing from numerous deputies who tried to stop him at speeds reaching 100 miles per hour.
He finally slowed at the 98.5 mile marker and Deputy Matt Koval managed to block him in against a guard rail. Perez was taken into custody. The 17 year old female passenger, a student at Marathon High School, was turned over to the custody of her father.
Perez was charged with reckless driving and fleeing and eluding police. He had two driver’s licenses in his possession, neither of which had a valid motorcycle endorsement. He was further charged with possession of more than one driver’s license and driving a motorcycle without the proper endorsement.
Note: The information in these crime reports is furnished by local law enforcement agencies. Please remember that all suspects are innocent until proven guilty.