Four suspects arrested in burglary and armed robbery
Boca Raton, FL – Boca Raton Police have arrested four suspects in connection with a string of auto burglaries and an armed robbery early Tuesday morning. It started shortly before 6:00 am when an officer on patrol spotted a young man walking down the middle of Federal Highway. The 14 year old told the officer that he was with three other individuals who had just broken into multiple cars in the Broadstone neighborhood located off of North Federal Highway. He said he became nervous and jumped out of the car.
Minutes later, Boca Raton dispatch received a 911 call from the Spanish River Bridge tender, who said three suspects just held up another bridge tender, who was just coming on duty. Officers responding to the area quickly spotted the suspect vehicle getting onto northbound I-95. Officers pursued the vehicle into West Palm Beach. With the assistance of West Palm Beach Police and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, all three suspects were taken into custody. The .22 caliber rifle suspected of being used in the armed robbery was also recovered. Harrell and Frison are charged with the auto burglaries and Haywood and Wellons are charged with armed robbery.
Travious Harrell Raequan Haywood Xavier Frison Antwan Wellons
15 years old 15 years old 14 years old 15 years old
West Palm Beach Riviera Beach West Palm Beach West Palm Beach
Boca Raton Police Investigating Suspicious Incident near Verde Elementary School
Boca Raton, FL – Detectives from the Boca Raton Police Services Department are investigating a suspicious incident reported Thursday, May 21, 2015. An 11 year old juvenile from Verde Elementary was walking home from school at approximately 2:30 pm, heading west on Verde Trail, when he said he was approached by a man driving an SUV. The juvenile said the driver asked if he wanted to play with his son who was in the back seat and also offered him candy if he did. The student refused and walked away.
The subject driving the vehicle is described as a white male, 35-40 years of age, “stubble” on his face, wearing a black shirt and a silver watch on his left wrist. The vehicle is described as a light colored SUV, unknown make, with rust in the area of the rear driver’s side wheel well.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Scott Hanley at 561-338-1344 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at 800-458-TIPS
Motorcyclist killed in crash
Boca Raton, FL – Officers with the Boca Raton Police Department’s Traffic Homicide Unit are investigating a fatal crash which occurred today at 08:37 a.m., at the intersection of North Dixie Highway and East Glades Road.
A Jeep Liberty was traveling southbound on North Dixie Highway approaching the intersection of East Glades Road when it attempted to make a left turn onto East Glades Road. The Jeep Liberty turned into the path of a Yamaha motorcycle that was traveling northbound on Dixie Highway. As a result, the Yamaha motorcycle collided with the passenger side of the Jeep Liberty, causing the operator of the motorcycle to be ejected.
The operator of the motorcycle was transported to Delray Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased as a result of his injuries. If anyone has information about the crash, please contact Traffic Homicide Investigator Brian Pare at (561) 620-6168.
2005 Jeep Liberty driver:
58 years old
Boca Raton, Fl
2002 Yamaha Motorcycle operator:
28 years old
Deerfield Bch, Fl.
College student raped at step show after party
Boca Raton, FL – On Sunday, April 12, 2015 at about 5:00 in the morning, Boca Raton Police officers met with a victim of a sexual battery at the Boca Raton Regional Hospital.
The victim told officers she attended an after party called “Oil Spill” at the Wayne Barton Center, 269 NE 14th Street earlier in the night. The victim said after a “step show” at FAU, she went to the after party with some friends, but they got separated some time after 2:00 a.m. The victim told officers she had been drinking and at some point, was pulled up on stage behind the curtain by several males who then raped her. The victim left the stage, went outside and found a friend who brought her back to her dorm room at FAU.
Boca Raton Police detectives have been interviewing the victim’s friends, witnesses and party goers, checking for video and thoroughly investigating the crime. If you have any information about this case, please call Detective Tim Kurdys at (561) 338-1377 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.
Boca Raton Police investigate grand theft at bank
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Boca Raton, FL – Detectives from the Boca Raton Police Services Department are looking for multiple suspects who stole jewelry, cash and documents from five safety deposit boxes at the Chase Bank, 3901 N. Federal Highway. The incident happened around noon on Saturday, April 25, 2015.
According to bank employees, six individuals entered the bank separately over the course of a couple of minutes. Once inside, two suspects with duffle bags went to the area where the safety deposit boxes are located, while the other individuals distracted employees. Once in the safety deposit area, the two suspects pried open five boxes and removed the contents and then exited the bank. The suspects were observed wearing Bluetooth earpieces. Witnesses say they saw a champagne colored minivan leave the area at a high rate of speed. They also saw one suspect walk north toward the BP gas station and one walk south toward the Wells Fargo bank.
The suspects are described as Hispanic males, in their 20’s-30’s, no hats, 5’08”-5’10” tall, average build. Well dressed, one wearing white dress shirt with pin stripes, the other wearing a blue dress shirt. If anyone has information, please call Detective Terry Payne at 561-620-6221 or Crime Stoppers at 800-458-TIPS.
Man charged with attempted felony murder
Boca Raton, FL – On Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 8:50 a.m., Boca Raton Police officers responded to an aggravated battery at 911 South Ocean Boulevard. When officers arrived they found the victim lying on the ground bleeding from several head wounds.
The victim told officers she went down the stairwell of her apartment building to the parking garage. When she entered the garage, a male wearing a plaid shirt and blue pants and carrying a baseball bat approached her. The suspect told her to be quiet and she wouldn’t be hurt. When the victim began screaming, the suspect hit her in the head and continued hitting her after she fell to the ground. The suspect fled the scene without stealing any of the victim’s belongings. The victim was transported to the Boca Raton Regional Hospital.
Responding officers located an aluminum bat in the bushes north of the building and property in the stairwell. Officers also found unattended property near the Camino Bridge. A burglarized automobile was parked near where the victim was attacked.
The investigation led Boca Raton Police detectives to Xavier Sullivan. Detectives obtained a search warrant for Sullivan’s DNA and the recently obtained results of the analysis linked Sullivan to the aggravated battery.
Detectives charged Sullivan with attempted felony murder and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
Remains from 1993 homicide identified
Boca Raton, FL – On August 19, 1993, Boca Raton Police officers responded to 6401 East Rogers Circle after a local man discovered what he believed to be human remains in a nearby pond. Officers and detectives located several body parts in the pond. The Palm Beach County Medical Examiner determined the remains belonged to a white female in her 20’s and ruled the death as a homicide.
Detectives checked the description against reported missing women and followed up on leads from the public and other police agencies, but the victim remained unidentified and the case went cold.
The victim’s prints were processed through the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) on numerous occasions, most recently in September 2013, but no identification was made. In late October 2013, a new identification system replaced the old AFIS operating platform and the victim’s prints were re-submitted. This time, we received a tentative hit and our Fingerprint Technician verified the prints belonged to Michelle Deann Cooper.
Since this identification, Boca Raton detectives have been pursuing additional leads, in Florida and in other states. Investigators believe Cooper may have been living in the West Palm Beach Area at the time of her death. If anyone has information about Cooper, please call Detective Tim Kurdys at (561) 338-1377 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.
Michelle Deann Cooper
Publix employee robbed at gunpoint
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Boca Raton, FL - On Thursday, March 19 at about 8:20 p.m., Boca Raton Police officers responded to an armed robbery that occurred at the Publix Liquor Store, 4135 North Federal Highway.
Arriving officers met with the victim/employee who said she was outside having a cigarette when a customer entered the business. As she was about to follow the customer inside, a male approached her, pointed a handgun against her chest and demanded she, “Go back inside and get me all your money.” The suspect shoved the victim through the door and yelled at the other customer to get on the ground. The victim/employee gave the suspect the cash from the registers, which he placed in a bag. The suspect ordered the victim/employee to the ground and fled out the front door.
A witness in the parking lot saw the suspect exit the store and saw him drop something on the ground. As the suspect bent to retrieve the object his hood and mask came off. The witness described the suspect as a white male with a bald head. The suspect then got into a dark colored, older model Nissan Maxima and left east through the parking lot.
The victims described the suspect as about 5’10” tall, medium build, 30 to 40 years old, wearing a black hoodie sweatshirt, blue jeans and a mask. Neither victim was injured. If you have information about this crime, please call Detective Michelle Macy at (561) 620-6222 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.
Teen charged in multiple robberies
Boca Raton, FL – On Tuesday, February 24, at shortly after 3:00 a.m., Boca Raton Police officers responded to a robbery that happened at TD Bank, 2301 North Federal Highway.
The victim originally went to Delray Beach to get money from a TD Bank ATM. After getting the money, he got into his car, but before he could close and lock the door, he was approached by two armed suspects. The suspects demanded his cash and wallet, struck him in the face with the gun, got into the car with him. The suspects then had him drive to a second TD Bank in Boca Raton where he was forced to withdraw $300. The victim then took the suspects to his business at 7600 North Federal Highway, but when he entered the business, he was unable to deactivate the alarm before it sounded, which scared the suspects and they ran off.
Officers located Marquis Pierre-Louis floating on a pool raft in the Intracoastal Waterway several hours later. The victim identified Pierre-Louis as one of the suspects who kidnapped and robbed him. Officers arrested Pierre-Louis, who later admitted to participating in the robbery.
During the arrest process, officers fingerprinted Pierre-Louis. These prints were analyzed and compared to fingerprints recovered from the hood of a truck belonging to the victim of the February 11th Boca Raton Post Office robbery. The prints were determined to be a match. Based on this information, Boca Raton detectives again spoke with Pierre-Louis.
Pierre-Louis admitted to participating in the Post Office robbery and named Kenneth Belvin as the second suspect. He also admitted to participating in several other robberies that were committed in the last few months, including one on January 11 in the 8300 block of NW 7th Court, Boca Raton, one at the Palm Tran Bus Station in Delray Beach (that happened an hour after the Post Office robbery), and one in Ocean Ridge on February 19th. Detectives are investigating to see whether Pierre-Louis is linked to any other crimes in the surrounding area.
Detectives charged Pierre-Louis with armed robbery and kidnapping for the TD Bank ATM crime and one count of robbery for the Post Office crime. Charges for the other crimes are pending further investigation.
15 years old
Boynton Beach, FL
Boca Raton Police investigating fatal accident
Boca Raton, FL -- Officers of the Boca Raton Police Services Department’s Traffic Homicide Unit are investigating a fatality crash, which occurred at 10:00 P.M. in the 600 block of S. Federal Highway on Sunday, March 1, 2015..
A 2005 Ford F-150 was southbound on S. Federal Highway approaching the intersection of E Camino Real when it attempted to pass a 2012 Nissan Altima. The Ford collided with the rear of the Nissan, causing the Ford to lose control. The Ford then left the roadway and struck a pedestrian on the west sidewalk of S. Federal Hwy. The Ford collided with a light pole and a palm tree before coming to rest up against the north wall of the City National Bank.
Both occupants of the Ford sustained minor injuries and were treated on scene by Boca Raton Fire Rescue. The driver of the Nissan did not report any injuries. The pedestrian was pronounced deceased on scene by BRFR.
The investigation is ongoing. If you have information call Officer Brian Pare 561-620-6168.
Vehicle and People Involved:
Bryce Samartino (22 YOA)
Boca Raton, FL
John Schafer (23 YOA)
Boca Raton, FL
Lorena Hilel (25 YOA)
Pompano Beach, FL
Boca Raton, FL
Two post office employees robbed
Boca Raton, FL – On Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at about 3:00 a.m., Boca Raton Police officers responded to an armed robbery at the Boca Raton Post Office at 2800 North Military Trail.
Arriving officers met with the two victims, who saw a suspicious, dark colored sedan parked in the lot when they arrived to work. One victim entered the building as the other victim parked his car. The victim walked toward the building with his cooler in hand when a male approached him. The suspect showed the victim a handgun and said it was a robbery. The suspect asked the victim which vehicle was his and then walked him over to it. As they walked to his truck, a second suspect joined them. One suspect took the victim's wallet and black baseball cap with “Lost” written on it, ate his lunch and then threw his cooler and cell phone into the bushes.
The two suspects walked the vicitm into the post office where they found the second victim. They pointed their guns at him and took his cash and cell phone. The suspects then fled out of the building and threw the second victim's phone in the bushes before they left in the dark colored vehicle. Neither victim was injured.
Both suspects are black males, wore dark colored clothing, are in their late 20’s to early 30’s and were armed with handguns. The first suspect was described as tall, about 6’1” tall, medium build, with longer hair, possibly dread locks. The second suspect was described as shorter, about 5’6” tall. The victims told officers both suspects were polite and spoke with them throughout the robbery. Boca Raton detectives are working with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service on the investigation.
If you have information about this crime, please call Detective Jeff Stepp at (561) 620-6196 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.
Armed man robs Publix
Boca Raton, FL – On Thursday, January 22 at about 11:10 p.m., Boca Raton Police officers responded to a report of an armed robbery at Publix, 1968 NE 5th Avenue. Employees called 911 after they saw a man pointing a gun at other employees.
Arriving officers met with several employees outside the store who told them that shortly before closing, a male entered the store pushing a shopping cart and was looking down at a store flyer. The male left the shopping cart in front of the customer service area and went into the bathroom. After about 10 minutes, an employee went to check on him. At that point the male exited the bathroom and pointed a gun at employees.
The suspect had a neon green mask over his face and was holding a silver handgun. The suspect was described as a black male, about 5’8” tall, thin build, wearing a grey and black hooded sweatshirt and carrying a backpack.
The suspect knocked on the closed and locked office door, where an employee was counting money. The employee didn’t open the door, but then the suspect began smashing the glass window in the door. The suspect displayed the gun and demanded she open the door, which she did. The suspect then took an undetermined amount of cash from the safe, put it in his backpack and left. No one was injured.
If anyone has information about this crime, they are asked to call Detective Jeff Stepp at (561) 620-6196 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.
Man robs woman at ATM, steals her car
Arrested in Martin County
Boca Raton, FL – On Saturday, January 10 at about 8:10 p.m., Boca Raton Police officers responded to an armed robbery and carjacking at the Chase Bank, 3901 North Federal Highway.
The victim told officers she was using the ATM when a male approached her from behind. The suspect was carrying a large hunting knife and demanded that she give him $500. The victim was eventually able to withdraw the money, which she handed to the suspect. The suspect then demanded her car keys, but told her she could remove any personal property before he took her car. The victim took her purse from her green Jeep Wrangler and the suspect drove away.
Officers had the victim’s Jeep entered into the State crime database as stolen and Boca Raton detectives interviewed the victim. The next day detectives received a call from a sergeant with the Martin County Sheriff’s Office who said they arrested the driver of the stolen Jeep, Duaine Knisely. Knisely told detectives that he spent the last week in Pompano Beach on a drug binge. Knisely also admitted to asking people for money at an ATM and taking the victim’s Jeep. He added that due to his level of drug intoxication, he could not recall many details.
Detectives charged Knisely with robbery with a deadly weapon and carjacking.
Vero Beach, FL
Group robbed at their front door
Boca Raton, FL – On Sunday, January 11 at about 2:15 a.m., Boca Raton Police officers responded to an armed robbery that happened outside a residence in the 8300 block of NW 7th Court.
The husband, wife and their friend arrived home from a night out in downtown Delray Beach. As they waited for their babysitter to open the front door, the victims heard a male voice behind them say, “Get on the ground and give me everything you have.” The victims saw a male wearing dark clothing and holding something over his face, pointing a small, black handgun at them. The male victim complied and placed his money and credit cards on the floor of the porch. The two female victims both said they were so shocked that they did not comply. The suspect grabbed the items and walked away. No one was injured.
The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 6’0” tall, thin build, short hair and he possibly had a Haitian accent. One victim saw a second suspect standing a short distance away. He is also described as a thin, black male wearing dark clothing.
If anyone has information about this crime, they are asked to call Detective Tim Kurdys at (561) 338-1377 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.
Woman robbed at gunpoint
Boca Raton, FL – On Saturday, December 27 at about 8:15 p.m., Boca Raton Police officers responded to a report of a robbery that occurred at 2801 NE 2nd Avenue.
The victim told officers she had just returned home from Publix and was sitting in the car in her driveway with her 22 month old child in the backseat. After several minutes she heard a noise, which she believed to be the racking of a handgun, and saw a male outside her open window, pointing a 9mm handgun at her. The suspect yelled, “Give me your phone!” He then reached into the car and grabbed the phone from her hand. The suspect demanded her money, but the victim told him she didn’t have anything else. The suspect opened the rear driver’s side door and began rummaging around in the backseat. The victim was afraid for her child so she got out of the car and as she did, she saw the suspect pointing the gun at her child. The victim pleaded with the suspect and yelled for help.
The suspect ran westbound on foot towards Dixie Highway. Neither the victim nor her child, were injured. The victim described the suspect as a black male, approximately 25 years old, tall, medium build, and wearing a dark colored shirt, jeans, and a diamond chain.
If anyone has information about this crime, they are asked to call Detective Jeff Stepp at (561) 620-6196 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.