In the course of their daily duties, Key West police officers often pick up persons wanted on outstanding arrest warrants. Their pictures are a prominent feature of the briefing room at the Key West police station. Every Friday, a list of the people they find during the week is listed here.
If you know of anyone who is wanted and where he or she might be found, Crime Stoppers of the Keys will pay you a cash reward for that person’s arrest. You do not have to identify yourself in any way to call Crime Stoppers. The tips line number is 1-800-346-TIPS.
Tipsters can now use the Internet to submit anonymous tips to Crime Stoppers of the Keys. Prior to this, tipsters could only utilize a 24-hour phone line if they wanted to remain anonymous. Tips could be sent via the web to Crime Stoppers, but the senders could technically be traced. Now, tipsters who use the web to send Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys information are assured of anonymity.
This new Crime Stoppers service can be accessed by simply clicking on a link on the home page of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office at www.keysso.net or at www.tipsubmit.com. These links bring up a form that the tipster can fill out with crime-related information that is submitted to Crime Stoppers of the Keys. After the crime tip form is submitted, the tipster will receive a code number that will be used to pick up a reward if the tip results in an arrest. The crime tip form also provides information on how to inquire about the status of the tip. No trace of the tipster is ever recorded. All Internet server logs are turned off, provider logs are disabled and every submitted tip is automatically purged from the Internet database once the tip is delivered to Crime Stoppers of the Keys.
Paul DeMoldau, 47, of Key West, for failing to appear in court on a battery charge. While on routine patrol, Officer Jared Gabbay was flagged down by a security guard working at the Bare Bottom Beach Club. In checking on the situation, Gabbay ran a computer check on DeMoldau and discovered the warrant. March 12.
A 16-year-old girl, of Key West, for violating curfew and not returning home and for failing to appear in juvenile drug court. She turned herself in at City Hall, where Officer Todd Stevens picked her up. March 12.
Leon Bryant Russell, 48, of Key West, for theft of utilities. Bicycle Officer Bradley Lariz served the warrant on Russell at his Catherine Street apartment. March 14.
Bradley Noak, 48, of Key West, for violating probation granted on two DUI convictions. Officer Todd Stevens found Noak sleeping in an alley on the 400 block of Fleming Street. He ran a check on him after waking him up. March 14.
Taron Myles, 23, of Key West, for failing to appear in court on a charge of driving with a suspended license. Bicycle Officer Bradley Lariz recognized Myles when he saw him walking on the 1200 block of Whitehead Street and knew he was wanted. He confirmed the warrant via radio and arrested him. March 15.
George A. Hunter, 30, of Key West, for sale of cocaine. Sgt. David Smith and Officer Todd Stevens were on the 800 block of Thomas Street when they saw Hunter. They knew that detectives from the Street Crimes Unit had an active warrant out for him. When they got out of their marked car in uniform and called to Hunter, he took off running. They chased him on foot through Bahama Village until he ran up against a 6-foot fence in an Olivia Street back yard. They arrested him and a search reportedly produced 17 small plastic bags of marijuana. He was charged with resisting an officer without violence, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and the sale of cocaine warrant. March 16.
Edward Charles Decker, 38, of Key West, for issuing a worthless check. Officer Larry Caruso met with a city bus on North Roosevelt Boulevard because of a drunken man, Decker, who refused to get off the bus. Officer Jeff Williamson was already there when Caruso arrived, and Williamson had already had dispatchers check on Decker. The warrant came up and Caruso arrested him. March 16.
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