Key West police routinely pick up 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.
Every Friday a running summary of people Key West police pick up on outstanding warrants will appear here, updated weekly.
Eugene Antonio Govan, 20, of Marathon, for violating probation granted on a conviction for sale of cocaine. Street Crimes Unit detectives Frank Zamora and Frank Castor were on routine patrol on the 800 block of Emma Street at about 2 a.m. when they saw Govan. They knew he was wanted, so they walked up to him and told him he was under arrest. Govan struggled and had to be taken to the ground to be handcuffed. Oct. 31.
Carmena Scott, 41, of Fort Lauderdale, for two warrants for violating probation granted on charges of possession of cocaine. She and a man were caught by Lt. Alan Newby allegedly smoking crack in a car parked on Whitehead Street just after midnight. Nov. 3.
Glenn A. Ogden, 42, of Key West, for violating probation granted on a conviction for attempted sexual battery and committing a lewd and lascivious act in the presence of a minor. An officer was sent to the Parole and Probation office to pick up Ogden. Nov. 3.
Stephen Vazquez, 23, of Key West, for burglary of a conveyance, burglary of an occupied structure, battery, violation of the Florida Pawnbroking Act, dealing in stolen property and petit theft in connection with a string of crimes he allegedly committed within a few hours in the Bay Street area early in the morning of Nov. 1. After Detective Brenda Sellers swore out the arrest warrant, his photo was featured in the briefing room at the police station. Later that same day, Officer Eric DeFilippo spotted Vasquez at Higgs Beach and arrested him on the warrant. Bond was set at $25,000. Nov. 3.
Sandy Garcia, 23, of Key West, for violating probation granted on conviction for 11 counts of grand theft, 11 counts of uttering forged instruments and nine counts of forgery. An officer was sent to the Probation and Parole Office to pick her up. Nov. 3.