Monday, November 23, 2015

Police Beat: OPD's Monday morning event sheets show a rash of bad behavior in Orlando over the weekend

Posted By on Mon, Nov 23, 2015 at 10:29 AM

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Every weekday morning, the Orlando Police Department's public information officer sends the media what it calls "event sheets" – brief reports about various incidents to which police were called in the prior couple of days. Usually, the reports aren't particularly notable. They detail some break-ins, robberies, fights and occasional assaults. This morning's event sheets, which cover Nov. 20-23, though, show a rash of batshit crazy happened over the weekend. 

First, on Friday Nov. 20, around 1:30 p.m., police report that a man drove a woman to a retention pond on Judge Road. He then allegedly dragged her out of the car, battered her, choked her and attempted to drown her. He didn't succeed, and somehow he was apprehended by police and arrested on charges of attempted homicide, battery by strangulation, aggravated assault and battery. If the timestamp on the event sheet is accurate, this all took place in broad daylight. 

That same day, also in broad daylight, police report that a 29-year-old man robbed a man in a wheelchair of a jar of money he had in his lap. Officers located the suspect in about 30 minutes and arrested him. This happened on South Orange Avenue in the middle of the afternoon. 

On Sunday, Nov. 22 at about 3 p.m., police were called to respond to a "vehicle versus pedestrian traffic accident." When they arrived, officers say, they discovered that a woman and her husband were in the car together, when the man allegedly attempted to cut and stab her with a box cutter. She attempted to escape the vehicle while it was moving, and she was dragged and "run over sustaining an injury." She managed to run away and escape on foot, and her husband is still at large, according to the police. 

Finally, in the early morning hours of Nov. 23, OPD bicycle officers responded to Orange and Wall Street to deal with a "battery involving a stolen fire extinguisher." The victim was treated on the scene, and the suspect was charged with theft, felony battery and possession of cannabis. 

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