A 34-year-old man was charged with kidnapping, strangulation and domestic battery for beating on his wife and threatening to kill her and harm her family if she told law officers about it, the Bartow Police Department reports.
Jordan E. Shapiro was booked into the Polk County Jail on the charges on Dec. 30. Police responded to his and his wife’s house on Dec. 29 after the department got a report about a possible missing endangered adult, reports note.
According to reports, a woman told police she received a telephone call from the victim at about 11:30 p.m. Dec. 29 and said she was speaking quietly because she felt she was in danger. She said she’d been battered and choked by Shapiro and he threatened to kill her, police reported. The witness said she heard on the phone Shapiro yelling at her in the background and then the phone disconnected. The witness said she’d last seen the victim at about 5:30 p.m. earlier that day.
The witness then called the victim’s biological daughter. Police contacted the daughter, who told them her mother contacted her at 9:30 p.m. saying she needed help. She said she didn’t know where they were but she believed Shapiro was going to hurt her, the police report said. She also told her daughter not to contact police officers because Shapiro threatened to kill her if she did, the report said.
Because of the situation, police contacted Metro PCS to find out where the call came from. When officers responded they found both Shapiro and the victim. Police reported the victim appeared to be scared and was thankful they were there.
The victim told officers Shapiro had been hitting her face, arms, chest, pushing her against walls constantly during the last eight months. He has constantly threatened to kill her if she left him and he has threatened to do harm to her family if the victim notified police officers, the report said.
At one time, the victim said she tried to get into contact with a neighbor who is a police officer and when she did Shapiro grabbed her arm and hair and dragged her about 50 feet back into their house, the police reported.
After getting back into the house, Shapiro pushed his victim onto a chair and punched her two times on her left arm and then tried to choke her while threatening to kill her.
Police officers noticed injuries on the victim and photographed them.
Upon being arrested, they noted in the report that Shapiro is listed as a violent felony offender of special concern.
Report: Man tried to fool urine test
A 19-year-old Lakeland man was charged with trying to submit urine he had stored in a condom in his underwear during a drug test at the Polk County Courthouse on Dec. 27, the Bartow Police Department reports.
Dakota Thomas Mangus, of 5224 Post Lane, was booked into the county jail on the charge after a lab technician found the condom in his underwear and a straw coming out of it, a report said.
Mangus was at the courthouse giving a urine sample with a lab technician observing. Reports say the lab tech felt Mangus was taking too long with the zipper on his pants and he was asked to pull down his pants. Mangus denied he anything in his pants but when he did pull down his pants, the lab technician found a tied condom filled with urine and a yellow straw coming through the tied portion of the condom, the report said.
Polk Sheriff changes agency’s tattoo policy
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is loosening its policy on tattoos.
Effective immediately, applicants who have visible tattoos will no longer be turned away — as long as they can cover them while on duty.
Sheriff Grady Judd says the change was made after they learned highly qualified candidates were concerned about applying for jobs there because of their body art. He says the formal policy should be completed in the next few weeks.
The department has always allowed tattoos if they could be covered by the agency’s short sleeved uniform. But now, deputies with arm tattoos will be allowed to cover tattoos with long sleeve shirts.
Judd says the new policy is similar to those at some other law enforcement agencies.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is the latest law enforcement agency in the Tampa Bay area to modify its policy on tattoos, and it comes as a way to open the door to more job candidates.
BP gas station shooting suspect in custody
Lake Wales Police have made an arrest in the Sunday, Jan. 5 shooting that took place at the BP gas station located at 704. N. Scenic Hwy., Lake Wales.
According to reports, on Wednesday, Jan. 8, at approximately 1 p.m., Hilbert “Shiney Gillz” Garza, 30, of Frostproof, turned himself in to the Polk County Jail. Garza had an active warrant for aggravated battery with a firearm. Police had been searching for him since Jan. 6, when a warrant was obtained.
In the shooting, 21-year-old Earnest Hampton Jr., was taken to Lake Wales Medical Center for his injuries and later airlifted to Lakeland Regional Medical Center, according to reports. Hampton was in stable condition as of Jan. 8, according to Lake Wales Deputy Chief Troy Schulze.
Schulze said the Jan. 5 shooting was apparently over money owed to Hampton. According to reports, Hampton saw a female at the business who owed him money, so he approached her asking about the money. Police say the female was the driver’s side backseat passenger in a vehicle occupied by three other people, one of whom was Garza.
As the discussion turned into an argument, a male who was the passenger side backseat passenger told Hampton to leave the female alone and deal with him if he had a problem. As Hampton was walking around the vehicle to the male passenger who became involved, he was allegedly shot by Garza, who was a front seat passenger, according to reports.
After being shot, police say Hampton fled the area, as did Garza and the occupants of the vehicle, police reported.
On Jan. 6, detectives were able to locate the three passengers who allegedly were in the vehicle with Garza. The witnesses told detectives Garza dropped them off after the shooting and fled with the vehicle, reports say. Police note the witnesses identified Garza as the shooter; police added that Hampton was also able to identify Garza as the shooter.
Garza was charged with aggravated battery with a firearm.