Monday June 20, 2022

OPERATION “CHILD PROTECTOR TWO”

Twelve people were arrested by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office on Friday as part of “Operation Child Protector Two”. This was part of an undercover partnership between the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, the Auburndale, and Winter Haven Police Departments to catch child predators.

Sheriff Grady Judd of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office state that, “The suspects thought they were talking to real 13, 14, 15-year-old little girls, or little boys, when in fact, they were talking to undercover detectives.”

One of the 12 arrested suspects was Johnny Hughley, 43 of Lehigh Acres. According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Hughley, from Lehigh Acres, was messaging a detective disguised as a 14-year-old girl.

According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Hughley began chatting with an undercover detective on June 5.

Hughley faces one count of 2-way communication device to commit a felony and one count of transmission of material harmful to a minor.

Hughley has an extensive criminal history that dates back to 2003, including drug charges and probation violation, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said. He was arrested on Wednesday.

Sheriff Judd said aside from the 12 arrested, they’re looking for two more. As for Hughley, he’s out on bond.

DOG BREEDER KIDNAPPED

 A Port St. Lucie dog breeder was kidnapped by three out of town travelers.

According to the Martin County Sheriff’s Office, the victim boasted about his dog breeding business online. That is when 22-year-old Tsdekiel Sellers of Atlanta, 25-year-old Benyahveen Radcliffe of Buffalo, and 22-year-old Kashaveeyah Bragdon of Tallahassee posed as interested dog buyers. When they showed up at the breeder’s home, they robbed and assaulted him and demanded he hand over the cash he made from his breeding business.

Investigators say that the assault lasted nearly two days before the suspects kidnapped the man and forced him to drive to a location that took them through Martin County. That is when the victim saw a deputy and intentionally broke traffic laws so they would pull him and his kidnappers over.

During the traffic stop, the man used a hand motion to try and tip off the deputy, who ordered the driver to leave the vehicle. Once out of the car, the victim explained his situation to the deputy, who then called in the Port St. Lucie Police Department and arrested the three suspects.

When searching the car, investigators found guns, knives, and large amounts of cash. The Sheriff’s Office charged the men with unlicensed carry of a firearm, possession of a controlled substance, and providing a false name. Additionally, Port St. Lucie Police charged them with kidnapping, assault, home invasion, false imprisonment, and witness tampering.

The suspects told authorities they are part of a group called the Israelites, All three were taken to the St. Lucie County Jail

BEAR IN ROYAL PALM BEACH

 A bear caused a stir in Royal Palm on Saturday.

The bear climbed up a tree behind a home on Belmont Drive in the Saratoga Lakes subdivision, near HL Johnson Elementary.

Neighbors in the area stated that officials with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission were quick to the scene. The bear has since been captured.

MAN DEAD AFTER FIGHT IN LAKEWORTH BEACH

One person is dead following a fight in Lake Worth Beach Saturday evening, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

The incident occurred shortly after 10:30 p.m. in the 300 block of North G Street.

Deputies arrived at the scene and located a man suffering from a stab wound.

The man was transported to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.

Detectives from the Violent Crimes Division are investigating this stabbing as a homicide.

Suspect information is unknown at this time.

Anyone with information about the fight is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-458-TIPS.