(As originally published with another photo, Wed, December 20th 2023, 9:00 PM EST)
KEY WEST, Fla. (TND) — A man in the Florida Keys is facing charges after hotel guests told police “someone had entered their hotel room and stolen several high-value items,” his arrest report says.
The burglary happened last Wednesday and the items reported stolen included “two MacBook pros, one valued at $6,500 and the other valued at $1,500, one pair of Versace sunglasses valued at $600, one pair of Louis Vuitton sunglasses valued at $1,000, one pair of Versace sneakers valued at $1,100, three pairs of Nike sneakers valued at $300 each, 2 Louis Vuitton purses, one valued at $200 and the other valued at $2,000, three Louis Vuitton shirts valued at $300 each, one gold necklace valued at $400, one Brazilian passport, and $400 in cash. There were also several credit cards taken.”
The officer was able to watch surveillance video from the hallway showing a man “entering the hotel room through a closed but not locked window. The man in the video was wearing what appeared to be a black hoodie with white stripes going down the sleeves. The man was also wearing shorts and dark colored shoes with light colored soles. The man was also seeing carrying a gray backpack.”
A picture of the suspect in the video was given to all on duty officers
and one of them “spotted the suspect several times throughout the evening, each time instructing the suspect to stop, each time the suspect ran from officers, eluding detention and identification.”
Of course, that didn’t last.
An officer on the next shift was somehow able to identify the suspect as Jesus Perez and the next morning, officers found him when they got called about a trespasser.
The arrest report said, “I noticed that Mr. Perez was wearing the same clothes he had on during the burglary, as well as when officers tried to stop him hours ago; however, he did not have the gray backpack with him.”
Then, the officer wrote, “Mr. Perez told me he didn’t remember anything he did last night because he was drunk.”
Perez was arrested and searched, and “I found the victim’s stolen credit cards, as well as U.S. and Brazilian currency in his wallet.
“When I asked Mr. Perez how these items stolen in the burglary ended up in his wallet, he told me that he didn’t know what I was talking about.
“I also located two pairs of the stolen sunglasses in Mr. Perez’s bag.
“I also noticed that Mr. Perez had one taser prong stuck in his clothing from the officer’s attempts to tase him while he was fleeing.”
Perez, 24, was charged with burglary of an unoccupied dwelling and grand theft, but the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office lists several other charges.
Finally, he was taken to a hospital for medical clearance and after, the officer wrote, “While at the jail, I noticed Mr. Perez maneuvered the handcuffs to the front of his body. I requested [another officer] assist me with placing the handcuffs behind Mr. Perez.
“After the handcuffs were placed behind Mr. Perez, I began to walk him from the sally port to the jail elevator when Mr. Perez jerked his arm away from me in an attempt to stop me from escorting him to the jail elevator.
“When I attempted to regain control of Mr. Perez, he continued to jerk and pull away from me.
“After it became clear Mr. Perez was not going to calm down, I redirected Mr. Perez to the ground until I was able to gain his compliance.
“After a short time, Mr. Perez was turned over to detention staff without further incident.”