Weird things happen every week in Florida. Every Friday we're here to bring you the weirdest. This week: a heroic jujitsu class, a profane God-lovin' man, and Florida's worst getaway driver.
Robbery Stopped by Jujitsu Class
David Menzies had his eye on about $15,000 worth of merchandize from a triathlon store in Pasco County, Florida. He had been inside the Kona Swim Bike Run store before, had staked out the goods, and last Thursday decided he'd pull off his heist, police say. The only problem: A Krav Maga and jujitsu studio — Hammerfist Krav Maga — was next door and holding classes at the time.
Menzies, 30, apparently broke a window in the store, alerting the next-door neighbors. He then grabbed about $15,000 worth of merchandise, including clothing and expensive bicycles.
Hammerfist co-owner Jason Carrio was among those who saw the theft. He asked Menzies if the items belonged to him. Menzies, however, continued to load the items into a Jeep parked behind the store. Someone called 911, and Menzies said he'd wait in the car.
Carrio had a hunch the thief wouldn't. He took the suspect out of the car and held him in a iujitsu move.
“I just reacted, to be quite honest with you," he told Bay News 9. "I just reacted. I just felt like, This is the right thing to do.”
Menzies ended up admitting to stealing the bikes, along with the Jeep.
God-Loving Broward Man Asks Judge: "How You Doin', Asshole?"
David Riffle is best known as a frequent pesterer of guests of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino by aggressively yelling religious proverbs at them. He is also homeless. Seminole police officers spotted Riffle Tuesday washing his feet in a fountain. He was asked to leave but refused and was arrested on trespassing charges.
Wednesday morning, Riffle appeared in bond court in front of Judge John Hurley.
"How you doin', asshole?" Riffle asked as he moseyed into court.
"I'm doing fine. How are you, sir?" Hurley replied.
After a continued exchange, Riffle stated, "You are now going to hell... For the glory of God... He is the judge. Amen. Goodbye."
Judge Hurley apparently has quite an even-keeled temper. He ended up setting Riffle's bond at only $100.
Woman Robs Three Banks in 30 Minutes
Fifty-year-old Cindy Carabeo of Valrico, Florida, is nothing if not efficient. From 3:19 p.m. to 3:43 p.m. Monday, she robbed three banks. What did you do with your afternoon? Huh?
She first showed up at a BB&T branch and handed the teller a note saying she had a gun and wanted cash. She made off with an undisclosed sum. She then walked into a Wells Fargo, repeated the procedure, and was successful again. Finally, she went to the Florida Central Credit Union and walked out with more cash.
Deputies, however, were able to get her license plate number and were waiting for her when she pulled into her apartment complex.
Robber Turned In by His Getaway Driver
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Pro tip for Florida convenience-store robbers: Carefully vetting your getaway drivers is a must for any successful crime.
Brian James Storsinder, a 27-year-old in St. Lucie County, learned that lesson the hard way. Sheriff's deputies say Storsinder robbed a local 7-Eleven and then ran outside, where he flagged down a random motorist to ask for a ride.
The driver wasn't keen on being a getaway driver, though. Sheriff's deputies say Storsinder promptly admitted he needed a ride because he'd just robbed the store. The driver responded by throwing him out of the car and calling police.
Storsinder later gave himself a bloody eye by banging his head against a wall at the sheriff's office.