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Indian River County Man Arrested for Suspected Rape
  • Published: December 12, 2018

A 22-year man residing in the 600 block of 24th Place Southwest was arrested by Indian River County Sheriff’s Office earlier this week on a charge of sexual battery. The alleged victim stated that she attempted to push the man away on several different instances once he started making inappropriate physical advances. Ultimately, the victim alleged, the suspect forcibly raped her. Representatives from the Sherrif’s Office indicated that the suspect told a very similar story to that of the victim upon questioning by a detective. He maintained that he felt confused by the alleged victim’s protestations, as he believed her to be aroused during their encounter. After his arrest on Wednesday, the suspect secured his release from the Indian River County Jail on Thursday by posting bail in the amount of $25,000. Whenever a charge of sexual battery is lodged in Florida,…Read More

Video Surveillance Helps Police Make Arrest
  • Published: November 30, 2018

Video surveillance showed that a man, 36-year-old Barlow Simpson, was kicked and punched nearly 30 times outside a bar in St. Lucie County. According to police records, most of these blows were delivered after he was already unconscious. When the police arrived at Filthy’s Fine Cocktails & Bar around 2 a.m., they discovered Simpson slumped on the sidewalk, his face covered in blood. He was rushed to the hospital and was found to have a broken eye socket, severed facial muscles and severe bleeding and bruising of the brain. He was unresponsive and unable to communicate in any way for many days after his attack. He will never be the same as he was before his accident. An arrest was made this past Tuesday of 32-year-old Conway Fields. Fields has been charged with attempted second-degree murder. The owner of Filthy’s told…Read More

Man Charged With DUI Manslaughter
  • Published: November 23, 2018

The most common scenario for a motorcycle accident that’s caused by the driver of a passenger vehicle is when that driver makes a left turn in front of the motorcyclist. That’s what happened Indian River County recently when a 64-year-old man who was driving an SUV failed to yield the right-of-way to the driver and passenger of a three-wheeled motorcycle. As per the Sebastian Police Department, the man has been charged with two counts of DUI manslaughter. A police spokesperson reported that the driver of the SUV had a blood alcohol level that was over three times of the legal limit of .08. Neither of the riders on the trike were wearing helmets, and both were thrown from the vehicle. Both were pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the motorcycle was a military veteran who served in Viet…Read More

Car Chase Suspect in Indian River County Pursuit Arrested
  • Published: November 13, 2018

A man in Indian River County, Florida was arrested after leading police on a high speed chase on Thursday, November 1, 2018. The entire event was captured on video. The man, who is 27 years old and resides at the 8800 block of Fifth Avenue in Sebastian, was charged with fleeing from the police, fleeing and eluding without regard for the safety of other people and property, aggravated assault on a police officer, resisting arrest and driving with a suspended license. On Friday, November 2, he was held at the St. Lucie County Jail on a bail of $265,000. The chase lasted almost an hour and started at around 3 pm, according to a time stamp found on the video, which was released by the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office. It began with a stolen vehicle after the car’s owner made a…Read More

Man Arrested on Weapons Charges
  • Published: November 2, 2018

A 37-year-old Indian River County man was arrested last week after reportedly attacking and threatening to shoot a woman who was walking on the side of 29th Avenue. She reported that he knocked her cell phone from her hand and punched her in the face. The Indian River County Sheriff’s Office reports that the man then pulled a gun out from his waistband and then told the woman “I’ve got nothing to lose.” The woman said that she then ran away. After the woman called police, the man was located in a vehicle. Upon searching it, deputies found two pistols along with more than 100 rounds of ammunition. The man denied ownership of the guns. He was taken into custody, and he’s being held on $67,000 bail. The suspect is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, two counts…Read More

Suspected Drug Traffickers from Miami-Dade Arrested
  • Published: October 25, 2018

An Indian River Sheriff’s Office sting operation resulted in the arrest of a Vero Beach couple on drug trafficking charges. The duo was arrested after a confidential informant ordered 60 Oxycodone pills and 2 ounces of cocaine. The man and woman were stopped in their vehicle by a K-9 Unit en route to Vero Beach Inn & Suites, 8797 State Road 60. The arresting officer says the vehicle was pulled over after going through a traffic light. A search of the vehicle produced the drugs hidden inside of a KFC box. Both were taken to jail on drug trafficking charges. Officers office searched the woman’s purse and found a 0.4 grams of marijuana. After posting $100,000 and $101,000 bonds, the man and woman were released from Indian County Jail. If live in the Port Lucie, FL. area, and are in need…Read More

5 Accused Killers Charged with Beating Murder Suspect
  • Published: October 19, 2018

During the week ending Friday, October 5, 2018, five accused killers in the Indian River County jail in Florida now face additional battery charges after beating another inmate who was arrested during the summer. The inmate who was the victim is a 47 year old man who resides at the 4200 block of 26th Avenue. He was kicked and punched repeatedly by five inmates who went into his cell at the jail, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The attack was caught on camera and occurred just before 8 AM on Tuesday, October 2, 2018. The deputies stated that the reason for the attack was revenge for the man killing another man who was shot on August 16 in the Gifford area. The man who committed the murder later turned himself in and claimed that he had acted in self-defense. The 47 year…Read More

Man Arrested for Sexually Assaulting Woman Outside of the Indian River County Main Library
  • Published: October 4, 2018

On Friday, September 21, 2018, police of the Vero Beach Police Precinct in Florida arrested a man after he sexually assaulted a woman just outside of the Indian River County Main Library. That Friday morning, a woman went to the police to report that she had been raped outside of the library building while she was sleeping in the area. Vero Beach police officers subsequently arrested the man, who was reported as being 44 years old but was later determined as being 45. The man resides on the 1500 block of 14th Avenue in Vero Beach, Florida. Upon his arrest, the police charged him with sexual battery. He was taken to the Indian River County Jail and held without bail until he was scheduled to make his first court appearance on Saturday, September 22, 2018.  The man is now in need of…Read More

Victim’s Parents Sue Doctor in Fatal Hit-and-Run
  • Published: September 27, 2018

A Viera-based doctor is accused of leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in the death of a 33-year-old man on April 27, 2016. At the time of the alleged hit-and-run accident, the doctor was returning to her home in Sebastian after having dinner with her friend in Viera. Coming up to 104th Avenue after having exited Interstate 95, the doctor struck a 33-year master electrician who was walking home from work along County Road 512. In a taped statement to the state highway patrol in the immediate aftermath of the accident, the doctor indicated that she was under the belief that she had hit a road sign. That cam The highway patrolman investigating the accident claims that a check of the SUV, which was impounded after the accident, found damage to the headlight, fender, bumper and hood. If…Read More

Indian River Man Arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine
  • Published: September 17, 2018

When on routine patrol at about 2:00 a.m., an Indian River County sheriff’s deputy discovered a pickup truck parked in a dark parking lot outside of a business named Estate Treasures in Vero Beach. The business had been closed for the day for several hours. The deputy spoke with the driver who said he was at that location to meet a man named “Bert” to find locations to pick palmetto berries. The man had no last name, address or phone number for “Bert.” He reportedly said that “Bert” lived in a nearby woods. A woman who was with the driver of the pickup truck confirmed that they were to meet “Bert,” but she gave a different location than Estate Treasures. When looking inside of the bed of the truck, the officer saw a “push rod and tube of a syringe”…Read More

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