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Updated: 10/05/2013 08:00:02AM

Man allegedly pulls handgun on sons

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A 65-year-old man was arrested Sept. 7 for allegedly pulling a handgun on his two sons in their apartment, Bartow Police Department reports.

Leopoldo Vazquez, of 845 U.S. 17 S., Bartow, was booked into the Polk County Jail on the two charges, a police report said.

At 11 p.m., Sept. 7, Leopoldo went to his sons’ apartment (shared by Christoffer and Omar Vazquez) at 980 E. Church St. and while he was there, police say he got into an argument with Omar. Wanting Christoffer to come back to live in his house, Omar told police that Leopodo confronted Christoffer and began arguing with him.

Reports say Omar told police he left the room and went into the kitchen to find something to defend himself with because their father has a history of violent tendencies toward him. Omar returned from the kitchen with a knife and held it at his side, police reported.

Omar said he kept away from Leopoldo as he stood by the front door of the apartment. Reports say Omar told police Leopoldo became more upset and reached into his waistband and pulled out a silver handgun with wood grips. Omar said Leopoldo cocked the gun and started to point it at him, police reported.

At that time, Christoffer said he approached Leopoldo and tried to get the gun from him. Both Omar and Christoffer said they were in fear of their lives, police reported.

Christoffer advised he was able to calm Leopoldo and make him leave the apartment. That’s when Bartow Police were contacted. Both Christoffer and Omar said they were not physically injured and did not need medical attention.

Officers were able to find Leopoldo in his apartment. He advised officers where the gun was, which they found under the pillow in his bedroom. Leopoldo was then arrested. Upon booking he complained of stomach pains and was taken to Bartow Regional Medical Center, checked out and released. He was then booked into the Polk County Jail.

Report: Retail theft leads to felony charge

A 61-year-old woman was charged with stealing items from Walmart and got a felony charge for it because it was the third time she was charged with retail theft, the Bartow Police Department reported.

On Sept. 19 Marsha Thompson Murphy of 1125 E. George St., was seen taking items in the sporting goods section of the store and placing them into her purse. She was also buying other items that were in view, a store security person told police.

The security officer saw her pay for some items but never paid for the other items from her purse, a report said.

When she left the store, the security person stopped her at the exit and questioned her. She told him that she had stolen the items and she was taken back into the store’s security area where they waited for the police to arrive.

Loud music leads to fight, arrest

A dispute over loud music led to a burglary with battery charge against David Harold Martier when he was arrested on Sept. 21, the Bartow Police Department reported.

Martier shares a residence with Nikko Gonzalez at 410 W. Manor Drive, and shortly after midnight on Sept. 21, Martier was drunk and the two began to argue over the loud music coming from Martier’s room, police reported.

Gonzalez then went into his room and locked the door with a security latch and soon after Martier knocked on the door and told Gonzalez that the house was also his residence and he was not turning down the music, according to reports.

Then Martier pushed on the door, broke the latch and went into the room, police reported. Martier fell to the floor, banged his head on the wall and when he got back up, he grabbed Gonzalez’ left arm, police reported.

Afraid for his life, Gonzalez punched Martier in the left side of his face and called the Bartow Police Department, reports note.

Reports say Gonzalez said Martier did not have permission to go into his room and never has had permission for such. Seeing the bruises on Gonzalez’ arms and the broken door which matched the story, police arrested Martier on the felony charge.


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