Key West police routinely pick people wanted for arrest. Whenever officers have an official contact with someone, they run a national computer check and, surprisingly often, the person is wanted.
They’re constantly amazed at how careless some people can be even though they know an active warrant is out for their arrest – they run stop lights, get into brawls, they call attention to themselves in very public ways. And, because of its free-wheeling reputation, fugitives from all over the country seem to think Key West is a good place to hide out and have a good time. They don’t seem to realize there’s only one way in and one way out and we have real cops here.
If you know of someone who is wanted for a felony offense, you could be eligible for a cash reward from Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys, 1-800-346-TIPS, if your information leads to that person’s arrest.
Duane Mark Engles, 42, of Key West, for failing to appear in court on a charge of having an open container of alcohol in public. Officers were called to the local hospital to pick him up on the warrant. The report does not say who called them or how that person became aware of the warrant. Sept. 30.
Joseph Farmer, 36, of Key West, for failing to appear in court on a charge of driving with a suspended license. Officer E. J. Cuneo saw him at the corner of Catherine and Thomas streets and knew he was wanted. Oct. 1.
David Hammack, 43, of Key West, for violating probation granted on a conviction for violating a restraining order. Officers spotted him at the corner of Duval Street and Truman Avenue and knew he was wanted. Oct. 1.
Frank Balbuena, 28, of Key West, for violating probation granted on a conviction for leaving the scene of an accident with damage. Officer Pablo Rodriguez encountered Balbuena in the 200 block of Duval Street late at night and a routine check disclosed the warrant. Oct. 2.
Alan Nathaniel Brennan, 33, of Key West, on a warrant out of Volusia County for failing to appear in court on an assault charge. Volusia County authorities said they will extradite him. Officer Larry Caruso found Brennan on the front steps of the lobby of the Fairfield Inn on North Roosevelt Boulevard, sick to his stomach. He called paramedics and ran a computer check on him, finding the warrant. At Caruso’s request, the hospital called Caruso when they finished treating Brennan and Caruso took him to the jail.
Kathleen Walker, 50, of Key West. The report does state for what crime she was wanted. Officer Jared Gabbay saw her walking in the 400 block of Truman Avenue, stopped her, ran a computer check to confirm the warrant, and arrested her. Oct. 4.
Elizabeth Lee, 37, of Key West, for violating probation granted on a conviction for possession of cocaine. Officer Henry Arroyo, who knew she was wanted, saw her riding a bicycle at the corner of Front and Duval streets. He stopped her and arrested her.
Lowell Laake, 19, of Stock Island, for three warrants. The report does not state for what kinds of crimes these warrants were issued. Officer Eric Defilippo arrested Laake for possession of marijuana at Higgs Beach, where Defilippo had been called because of a group of people that included Laake, had been camping out on the sidewalk. Oct. 5.
Robert Crowsthwict, 40, of Key West, for failing to appear in court on a charge of having an open container of alcohol. An officer was called to the area behind “The Tunnel” car wash because of a man sleeping there, who was Crowsthwict. A routine check turned up the warrant. Oct. 6.
Todeuz Bucko, 64, of Key West, for violating probation granted on a conviction for failure to pay. Officer Larry Caruso was working a detail at the Safe Zone homeless shelter when he saw Bucko, who he knew was wanted. He confirmed the warrant via computer and arrested him. Oct. 7.
David R. Somers, 46, of Stock Island, for violating probation granted on a conviction for possession of cocaine. Officer Alvaro Rodriguez was called to the Probation and Parole office to pick him up. Oct. 7.
Terri Lynn Bryant (Cohen), 44, of Key West, for violating probation granted after conviction for theft. The officer went to her home to pick her up on the warrant. She was there, and he arrested her. Oct. 7.