Police officers encounter wanted people with varying frequency and under a variety of circumstances, reflecting the diversity of their daily duties.
Any time an officer stops someone, he or she radios dispatchers and they run the name and date of birth through a national database of outstanding arrest warrants. If that person is wanted, the officer immediately arrests him.
For reasons nobody can really explain, fugitives are drawn to the Keys and Key West. Perhaps itís the areaís freewheeling reputation and transient population. But, with only one way in and one way out, that seems to be an unwise choice. Once police know a wanted person is in the city and mug shots and descriptions are circulated, that personís chances of remaining at large here are significantly reduced.
Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys has money in reserve for rewards to persons who let them know about persons in our area who are wanted for felony crimes. Cash rewards of as much as $1,000 go to tipsters whose information leads to fugitivesí arrests. Callers donít even have to identify themselves. The tips line number is 1-800-346-TIPS or you can submit the tip through the web at www.tipsubmit.com or by clicking on the Crime Stoppers Tip link on the Sheriff's website at www. keysso.net. Tips by e-mail are also completely anonymous.
Jeanette McGowan Long, 45, of Miami, for a California warrant for her arrest for fraud. Officer Kuniko Keohane stopped Long for a traffic infraction, ran a routine check and found the warrant. California will extradite. March 18.
David E. Bowen, 26, of Key West, for failing to appear in court on a charge of driving with a suspended license. Officer Todd Stevens stopped Bowen for riding a bicycle without a light at night and ran a warrants check. March 20.
Gary Lee, 22, no address, for violating probation granted on a conviction for possession of cocaine. Officer Henry Arroyo knew Lee was wanted and knew what he looked like. He recognized when he saw him sitting at the corner of Chapman Lane and Petronia Street and arrested him. March 20.
A 17-year-old boy, of Key West, for a juvenile pickup order for absconding from supervision on March 18. Officer Kuniko Keohane picked him up at a juvenile facility where a caretaker turned him over to her. Keohane notified the Department of Juvenile Justice of the pickup. March 19.
A 19-year-old boy, of Key West, also for a juvenile pickup order for absconding from supervision on March 18. Officer Kuniko Keohane picked him up at the same juvenile facility as the other boy, where a caretaker also turned him over to Keohane. Keohane notified the Department of Juvenile Justice of the pickup. March 19.
Leef Lenor, 24, of Miami, for five active warrants out of Miami-Dade County: violating probation granted on a conviction for tampering with evidence, violating probation granted on a conviction for battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting an officer with violence, possession of cocaine, and possession of marijuana. Lenor was arrested along with two other suspects who came into town from Miami on a Greyhound bus allegedly for the purpose of selling drugs in Key West. On a tip from the DEA, police intercepted the bus at the bus stop by the Gato Building on Simonton Street. Lenor was not arrested on drug charges but a check was run on each of them for outstanding warrants and these came up. Miami-Dade police will extradite him. March 21.
Robert McKendry, 65, of Key West, for failing to appear in court on charges of battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting an officer with violence. Officer Matt Klosowski stopped McKendry for running a red light and ran a routine check on him. March 23.
Brian Matthew Mills, 19, of Key West, for a warrant out of Lake County for violating probation granted on a conviction for possession of cocaine. Bicycle Officer Bradley Lariz knew he was wanted and recognized him when he saw him in the 1300 block of Petronia Street. March 23.