10/04/2016 Two People Charged with Trafficking in Heroin

A joint investigation between the Pensacola Police Department’s Vice & Narcotics Unit and the U.S. Marshal’s Services resulted in two people being arrested last week and charged with trafficking in heroin. 

Ockisha Kawonus Bates, 40, and Shamar Rafel Dawson, 43, were arrested September 29. Neither has a permanent address, and were taken into custody at Motel 6, 5829 Pensacola Blvd., said Sgt. Martez Lawrence. 

Dawson also was charged with selling cocaine, tampering/destroying evidence and possession of drug equipment. 

When the couple was taken into custody around 4 p.m. on Thursday, they had approximately $12,000 worth of heroin in their possession. Dawson also had an outstanding warrant from Chicago, IL, for distribution of more than 120 grams of cocaine, and Bates had felony warrants from the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office for grand theft and fraud.

Ockisha Bates
  Ockisha  Bates                                          
Shamar Dawson
Shamar Dawson

10/04/2016 Police Searching for Bank Robbery Suspect

Bank robbery suspect
Bank robbery suspect

No one was injured this afternoon when a man robbed a local bank of an undisclosed amount of cash. 

The incident occurred just after noon at the Centennial Bank, 2200 Airport Blvd.  

The suspect walked up to a teller and handed her a note demanding cash. He said he had a gun but didn’t show one. The suspect then left the bank possibly in a dark green full-sized GMC truck with tinted windows. 

The suspect was a black male, possibly in his early 30s and about six feet tall. He had a mustache, and was wearing a long-sleeved yellow shirt with a patch on the left shoulder sleeve, rolled up dark jeans, dark hat, and sunglasses. 

Anyone having information on the incident is asked to contact the Pensacola Police Department at 435 – 1900.

Bank robbery suspect
Bank robbery suspect
Bank robbery suspect
Bank robbery suspect                       
Bank robbery suspect
Bank robbery suspect

10/03/2016 Coffee with a Cop Day set for October 7

Friday (Oct. 7) is your chance to visit with law enforcement officers at various locations around Pensacola, ask questions and drink a cup or two of coffee as part of national Coffee with a Cop Day.

The goal of the event is to improve trust and build relationships one cup of coffee at a time.

“Increasing face-to-face contact with the public is essential to building better relationships between the public and police,” said Pensacola Police Chief David Alexander III.

National Coffee with a Cop Day was launched in 2011 in Hawthorne, CA, by the Hawthorne Police Department as a means of improving communication with the public. Since then, Coffee with a Cop events have been hosted in all 50 states, and has become one of the most successful community oriented policing programs across the country.

The casual atmosphere is designed to encourage people to sit down with officers, ask questions and share what’s on their minds.

So if you’re not doing anything between 7 and 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 7, please plan to visit one of the following locations and spend some time talking with law enforcement officers:

  • Coffee Cup restaurant, 520 E. Cervantes St.
  • Bagelheads, 916 E. Gregory St.
  • Oscar’s Restaurant, 2805 W. Cervantes St.
  • Starbucks, 5040 Bayou Blvd. (south of Cordova Mall).

Command staff from the Pensacola Police Department will be at the designated locations, and officers will be encouraged to stop at various locations as they can between calls.

 

10/01/2016 Bomb Threat Suspect Arrested

Multiple charges have been filed on a Pensacola man who made telephone bomb threats to local businesses in September.

Lamarte Bre Flynn, 21, of 2415 N. Seventh Avenue was arrested late Friday night. He was charged with one count of threat to bomb/false report bomb explosive weapon mass destruction and three counts of threat to bomb/threaten discharge destructive device.

The phone calls were made to 911 between September 3 and 26. In addition to numerous law enforcement resources used to investigate the incidents, bomb K-9 units were deployed from Pensacola International Airport and from Eglin Air Force Base.

Flynn was developed as a suspect by Detective Chris Grantham and was taken into custody on Friday.

09/28/2016 More Arrests Made in Operation Undertow

Another man has been arrested in connection with Operation Undertow, an internet sting that targeted adults who traveled to a designated location in Pensacola to have sex with minor children.

Kenneth Bruner, 53, of Milton was arrested around 11 a.m. this morning in Pensacola. He was charged with two counts of distributing obscene materials to a minor, and one count each of using a computer to seduce/solicit/lure a child, traveling to meet after using a computer to lure a child, and using a two-way communication device to facilitate a felony.

The names and charges of 22 men arrested during Operation Undertow, which took place from September 7 to 11, were released on September 14. Warrants were issued for all of the suspects after they contacted undercover agents via computer about arranging to have sex with teen-aged males or females. The agents posted information on various websites and began talking with the suspects once the suspects initiated conversation with them. The suspects were taken into custody once they arrived at a designated location with intentions of having sex with minor children.

Three additional men were arrested September 14. They were Sean McKinley, 31, of Pensacola, arrested by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office. Two other men – Peter Frey, 52, of Scott, LA, and Kenneth Hill, 68, of Slidell, AL, and/or Grand Bay – were arrested by Bay County Sheriff’s Office/Panama City Police Department.

The Pensacola Police Department, in coordination with the North Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, worked the investigation with the following agencies: Escambia County, Walton County, Okaloosa County, and Brevard County sheriff’s offices; State Attorney’s Office; Florida Department of Law Enforcement; Homeland Security; U.S. Marshal’s Service; Gainesville, Tallahassee, Gulf Breeze, Panama City, and Cocoa police departments; Escambia Jail; and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.

The investigation is continuing.

09/28/2016 Teen-aged Male Charged With Homicide

A disagreement between two brothers escalated into violence this morning and ended with one of them being murdered and the other arrested.

Denzel Dywan Williams, 15, of 715 North H St., Pensacola, has been charged with second-degree murder.

His brother – Malik Kewsie Williams, 19, of the same address – died after he was stabbed twice, said Sgt. Stephen Bauer.

Police were dispatched to the residence around 12:20 p.m. after receiving a phone call regarding an armed disturbance at the residence.

Officers determined the brothers got into a verbal disagreement that escalated into a physical confrontation. While they were fighting, Denzel, who had been holding a knife, stabbed his brother.

Denzel Williams was taken into custody at the scene; Malik Williams died a short time later at a local hospital.

 

09/26/2016 Man Wanted for Questioning in Woman’s Death Turns Himself in on Outstanding Warrant

A man wanted for questioning in connection with a homicide that occurred September 9 has turned himself in on an outstanding warrant for grand theft and uttering a forged instrument. 

Sgt. Stephen Bauer said Perry James Ford Jr., 18, of 7004 Lanier Dr., Pensacola, turned himself in at police headquarters late this morning. He was charged with two counts each of grand theft and uttering a forged instrument.

Ford was developed as a suspect in a vehicle burglary that occurred August 13 at 700 College Blvd. A checkbook and other items were taken in the burglary. Ford was developed as a suspect in the vehicle burglary when he tried to deposit two forged checks into a bank account.

Ford was wanted for questioning in the death of Carolyn Barnes, 75, whose body was found in her home in the 5300 block of Flintwood Circle. A friend of the victim found her body when she went to check on her when she didn’t answer her phone. An autopsy confirmed foul play was involved in Barnes’ death, but the cause is not being released.

Bauer said the investigation continues into Barnes’ death.

 

09/26/2016 Man Wanted for Questioning in Woman’s Death

Perry James Ford Jr.
      Perry James Ford Jr.

Pensacola Police are searching for a man wanted for questioning in connection with a homicide that occurred September 9. 

Perry James Ford Jr., 18, is wanted for questioning in the death of Carolyn Barnes, 75, whose body was found in her home in the 5300 block of Flintwood Circle. A friend of the victim found her body when she went to check on her when she didn’t answer her phone. An autopsy confirmed foul play was involved in Barnes’ death, but the cause is not being released. 

Ford is a black male, 6 feet 4 and approximately 225 pounds. His last known address was 7004 Lanier Dr., Apt. 3, Pensacola. He also is known to frequently stay at 13 Coweta Dr., Cantonment. 

Ford should be considered armed and dangerous. He currently has an active warrant for grand theft and uttering a forged instrument.

Anyone having information on his location is asked to contact Detective Shannan Briarton at 435 – 1978 or the Pensacola Police Department at 435 – 1900.

 

09/19/2016 Officer Randy Rickard Retires

Randy Rickard
      Randy Rickard

Officer Randy Rickard quietly ended a 30-year career in law enforcement on Friday (Sept. 16) when he retired from the Pensacola Police Department. 

Officer Rickard was initially hired by the department as a cadet on September 15, 1986, and was promoted to police officer on April 29, 1987.

Among his assignments were Uniform Patrol, TAC, Investigations, Traffic, and field training officer. He served as a K-9 handler from 1995 until he assumed additional duties as officer-in-charge of the K-9 Unit from November 1998 until December 2013 when he transferred to COPS (Community Oriented Policing Services).

 

 

09/18/2016 Traffic Crash Claims the Life of a Pensacola Woman

A two-vehicle crash Saturday night on North Ninth Avenue has claimed the life of a Pensacola woman. 

Michele Noble, 71, died at a hospital a short time after the crash occurred around 8:15 p.m. on Ninth Avenue just north of Keating Road, said Officer Jamie Briarton. 

Noble was a passenger in a 2011 Nissan Altima driven by her husband, Christian Noble, 60. Briarton said the couple was wearing seatbelts. Christian Noble was taken to a local hospital for treatment.  

The second vehicle was a 1968 Dodge Coronet driven by John Samaras, 26, also of Pensacola. Samaras and two passengers in his vehicle – Jeffrey Skinner, 28, of Elberta, AL, and Ryan Harrington, 24, of Pensacola – were all taken to a local hospital for treatment. Briarton said it has not yet been determined if they were wearing seatbelts. 

Briarton said Samaras was northbound on Ninth Avenue when he lost control of his car and entered the southbound lane. His vehicle then collided semi-head on with the Altima, which was southbound in the left-hand lane. 

Charges are pending the outcome of the investigation. Traffic was diverted from the area for approximately four hours.

 

09/14/2016 Internet Sting Nets 22 Arrests

Alex Johnson
Alex Johnson
Alfred Foster
Alfred Foster

Twenty-two men have been arrested in an internet sting that targeted adults who traveled to a designated location in Pensacola to have sex with minor children.

“It is through the collaborating, partnering and building relationships that we protect our children and make the internet a safer place,” said Pensacola Police Chief David Alexander III. “This effort of arresting and prosecuting these individuals helps to stop future abuse. This was five days of hard work for our officers, dispatchers, support personnel, and personnel from other agencies in addition to the planning of this operation.”

Operation Undertow took place September 7 to 11. Warrants were issued for all of the suspects after they contacted undercover agents via computer about arranging to have sex with teen-aged males or females. The agents posted information on various websites and began talking with the suspects once the suspects initiated conversation with them.

The suspects were taken into custody once they arrived at a designated location with intentions of having sex with minor children.

“This collaborative effort of law enforcement agencies demonstrates the cooperative spirit needed to keep our children safe,” said Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward. “As a father, I am at ease knowing our law enforcement personnel are successful in dealing with this issue. If these were real children in real conditions, these children would never be the same again, and it affects their entire life.”

Charged with traveling to meet after using a computer to lure a child and their last known address were:

  • David Olmos, 24, of 8800 Pine Forest Road, Pensacola.
  • Calvin Pearson, 31, of 320 W. Ensley St., Pensacola.
  • Claudio Mistri, 56, of 7111 N. Blue Angel Parkway, Pensacola.
  • Devin Gilchris, 21, of 200 Ruby Ave., Pensacola.
  • Adelardo Gonzales, 51, of 233 Aquamarine Ave., Pensacola.
  • Alfred Foster, 71, of 1250 S. Sutton Trace Court, Mobile, AL.
  • Grayson Blanton, 18, of 440 Roberts Ave., Pensacola.
  • Jackson Silliman, 21, of 3359 Silkwood Lane, Pace.
  • Frank Rhobotham, 68, of 1508 E. Blount St., Pensacola.
  • Darius Lambert, 33, 449 Evening Falls Dr., Pensacola.
  • Alex Johnson, 19, 4848 Chumuckla Highway, Pace.
  • David Hoppenjan, 52, of 5622 Thistledown Court, Pace.
  • Charles Phillips, 53, of 9253 Bellingrath Road, Mobile, AL.
  • Mison Johnson, 22, of 2917 Patch Ave., Crestview.
  • Alexander Croyle, 22, of 440 Roberts Ave., Pensacola.

Also arrested and their last known addresses were:

  • Jose Ramirez-Magos, 51, of 7081 W. Lee Sir, Irvington, AL. Charged with traveling to meet after using a computer to lure a child, transmitting information harmful to minors, and using a two-way communication device to facilitate a felony.
  • John Staples, 24, of 9566 Hay Meadow Road, Milton. Charged with traveling to meet after using a computer to solicit a guardian, and possession of marijuana less than 20 grams.
  • Jeff Harrison, 26, of 46 E, Pearl Ave., Pensacola. Charged with using a computer to solicit a parent/guardian for consent and traveling to meet using a computer to solicit a guardian.
  • Erik Huber, 29, of 317 MacArthur Ave., Biloxi, MS. Charged with misrepresenting age using a computer to solicit/lure/seduce and traveling to meet after using a computer to lure a child.
  • Justin Hill, 28, of 706 E. Fairfield Dr., Pensacola. Charged with traveling to meet after using a computer to lure a child and transmitting information harmful to minors.
  • Christopher Foster, 24, of 10171 Weldwood Dr., Meridian MS. Charged with using a computer to seduce/lure/seduce a child and traveling to meet after using a computer to lure a child.
  • Bradly Jones, 46, of 21278 Deer Circle, Lake View, AL. Charged with traveling to meet after using a computer to lure a child, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and possession of drug equipment.

This was the largest multi-jurisdictional internet sting targeting people wanting to have sex with children since Operation Blue Shepherd headed by the Pensacola Police Department. Operation Blue Shepherd resulted in the arrests of 25 men in June 2011 during a one-week period.

The Pensacola Police Department, in coordination with the North Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, worked the investigation with the following agencies: Escambia County, Walton County, Okaloosa County, and Brevard County sheriff’s offices; State Attorney’s Office; Florida Department of Law Enforcement; Homeland Security; U.S. Marshal’s Service; Gainesville, Tallahassee, Gulf Breeze, Panama City, and Cocoa police departments; Escambia Jail; and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.

Warrants have been issued for several more suspects.

Adelardo Gonzales
Adelardo Gonzales
Alexander Croyle
Alexander Croyle
Bradly Jones
Bradly Jones
Christopher Foster
Christopher Foster
Calvin Pearson
Calvin Pearson
Claudio Mistri
Claudio Mistri
Darius Lambert
Darius Lambert
David Hopenjan
David Hoppenjan
David Olmos
David Olmos
Devin Gilchris
Devin Gilchris
Erik Huber
Erik Huber
Frank Rhobotham
Frank Rhobotham
Grayson Blanton
Grayson Blanton
Jeff Harrison
Jeff Harrison
John Staples
John Staples
Jose Luis Ramirez-Magos
Jose Luis Ramirez-Magos
Justin Hill
Justin Hill
Mison Johnson
Mison Johnson
Charles Phillips
Charles Phillips
Jackson Silliman
Jackson Silliman

 

 

09/14/2016 Having a BLAST With Youths

Pensacola Police officers and attorneys from the U.S. Attorney’s Office had a BLAST Tuesday (Sept. 13) with students at Camelot Academy.

The event – Building Lasting Relationships Between Police and Community- is geared toward interactions with at-risk youths to help them gain positive understandings of law enforcement.

Included in the day’s activities were role playing and information sharing on use of force, hypothetical crime and injustice, traffic/street stop simulations, and home/domestic law enforcement officer responses.

Pensacola Police Chief David Alexander III recounted the story of how a police officer named Joe Martin once helped a 12-year-old youth named Cassius Clay get interested in boxing. The widow of the boxer, who later changed his name to Muhammed Ali, said the interaction between Martin and the young man was a reminder that ‘when a cop and an inner-city kid talk to each other, then miracles can happen.”

“We – youth and police – are all key PLAYERS (Police Legitimacy and Youth Engagement Equals positive Results) in making our communities safer,” Alexander said.

Key players in BLAST included representatives from city government; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Federal Bureau of Investigation, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Probation & Parole, local pastors, and the staff at Camelot Academy.

Camelot Academy, 401 Brigadier St., Pensacola, is an alternative education site attended by students who have had challenges in public schools. At Camelot they receive help and guidance with their issues and get a new start with their behavior and academics. Most students, ranging in age from 11 to 18, successfully return to their original schools within six months.

The day ended with a basketball game between students and law enforcement personnel. The students won: 15 – 12.

“The children won the game, but we were all winners in the event,” Alexander said.

 

 

09/13/2016 Police Investigating Broken Windows

Pensacola Police are investigating at least 13 reports of windows being shattered overnight within city limits. 

Churches, businesses, vehicles, and houses had windows shattered during the criminal mischief spree. The 13 reports had been filed with police as of 1 p.m. today. 

The damage was caused by some type of projectile being shot at glass from a vehicle. The suspect car was described as an older model dark sedan with a light colored roof and large tires.

Anyone having information on the incidents is asked to contact the Pensacola Police Department at 435 – 1900.

 

 

09/12/2016 Death Investigation Continues on Flintwood Circle

The name of a woman found dead Saturday inside her home on Flintwood Circle has been released. 

The woman has been identified as Carolyn Barnes, 75, of the 5300 block of Flintwood Circle. 

Sgt. Candace Miller said a friend of Barnes went to check on her after she was unable to reach her by phone. Police were dispatched to the residence around 10:45 a.m. 

An autopsy will be done to determine cause of death. 

Anyone having information on the incident is asked to contact the Pensacola Police Department at 435 – 1900.

 

09/10/2016 Police Conducting Death Investigation on Flintwood Circle

Pensacola Police are conducting a death investigation after a woman’s body was found inside her home in the 5300 block of Flintwood Circle this morning.

Sgt. Candace Miller said a friend of the woman went to check on her after she was unable to reach her by phone. Police were dispatched to the residence around 10:45 a.m.

Lt. Kristin Brown said an autopsy will be done to determine cause of death. 

Anyone having information on the incident is asked to contact the Pensacola Police Department at 435 – 1900.

 

09/02/2016 Woman Charged with Two Counts of Child Neglect

A Pensacola woman whose boyfriend was charged with homicide after her son died last month was arrested this afternoon.

Mary Riddle, 25, of 500 E. Fairfield Dr. was arrested around 3:45 p.m. She was charged with two counts of child neglect with great bodily harm.

Her boyfriend – Alonzo Thompkins, 26, of the same address – was arrested August 8 after Riddle called police when she returned home and found the two-year-old boy was not breathing. Thompkins had been left alone with the child.

Riddle was charged after detectives responded to the residence and determined two children living there – a five-year-old male and a 10-month-old female – were not receiving proper medical care and supervision for medical conditions.

Thompkins was charged on August 8 with one count of aggravated child abuse. A second charge of aggravated child abuse was placed on him August 9 after an investigation determined a three-year-old child in the residence had multiple bruises on her body and a broken collar bone.

One of the aggravated child abuse counts on Thompkins was upgraded on August 12 to homicide based upon a preliminary autopsy report on the two-year-old boy.

The three children were removed from the residence and placed in protective custody where they are receiving proper medical attention.

Detectives Shannan Briarton and Lisa Alverson were the investigators on this case.

 

08/29/2016 Man Charged with Molestation of Child

A Pensacola man was arrested Friday after an investigation determined he fondled a 12-year-old female in her home.

Richard Donald Quamme Jr., 33, of 896 Lexington Dr. was charged with lewd and lascivious molestation of a child between age 12 to 16 and battery.

The incident occurred around 12:30 a.m. Thursday while Quamme was staying at the girl’s house. The girl told police she was awakened by Quamme lying next to her in bed, and that he had touched her vaginal area with his hand. She said he left her room when she asked him to leave.

Anyone having information on this or similar incidents involving Quamme is asked to contact Detective Lisa Alverson at 435 – 1971 or the Pensacola Police Department at 435 – 1900.

Richard Quamme
Richard Quamme

08/26/16 Three People Charged With Arson

Three people have been charged in connection with setting a house on fire Thursday night.

Charged with arson and criminal mischief were:

– Jeremy Hagan, 19, of 914 58th Avenue, Pensacola.

– Tehya Lee, 18, of 1002 N. Seventh Avenue, Pensacola.

– Paige Condon, 18, of 1002 N. Seventh Avenue, Pensacola.

The fire at 1002 N. Seventh Avenue was reported around 9 p.m. Thursday. Witnesses told police they saw three people leaving the house on foot. Offices found the three suspects a short time later pulling on car door handles near the residence.

The Pensacola Fire Department determined the fire began in a front room and in front of a sliding glass door at the back of the house. The State Fire Marshal’s Office also was contacted.

The investigation determined Lee and Condon live at the house. A motive remains under investigation.

For more information on the fire, please contact the Pensacola Fire Department.

08/16/2016 Man Charged With Homicide in Connection With Child’s Death

A Pensacola man has been charged with homicide in connection with a child’s death that occurred last week.

Alonzo Thompkins, 26, of 500 E. Fairfield Dr., has been in the Escambia County Jail since last week on two counts of aggravated child abuse.

One of the counts was upgraded on August 12 to homicide based upon a preliminary autopsy report that showed a two-year-old boy died while left in Thompkins’ care.

Police were dispatched to the residence around 9 a.m. August 8 after the child’s mother returned home and found her two-year-old son was not breathing. Thompkins had been left alone with the two-year-old male, who was the son of Thompkins’ girlfriend.

Thompkins was arrested August 8 after the child died. The second charge was placed on him August 9 after an investigation determined a three-year-old child in the residence had multiple bruises on her body and a broken collar bone.

The investigation is continuing.

08/15/2016 Multiple Charges Filed on Man for Sending Lewd Photographs to a 12-year-old Female

Multiple charges have been filed on a Pensacola man after an investigation determined he sent lewd photographs of himself via cell phone to a 12-year-old female. 

Brandon J. Sams, 20, of the 1300 block of Germain Street was arrested Sunday. He was charged with one count each of cruelty toward a child, possession of obscene material, distribution of obscene material to a minor, obscene communication using a computer to seduce/solicit/lure a child, obscene communication to a minor, and using a two-way communication device to facilitate a felony.

Detective Peter Kennedy began the investigation August 12 after receiving information that Sams had forwarded lewd photographs of himself to a female juvenile on her cell phone.

Anyone having information on this or similar incidents involving Sams is asked to contact Detective Peter Kennedy at 435 – 1976 or the Pensacola Police Department at 435 – 1900.

 

08/12/2016 Foul Play Not Suspect in Man’s Death This Afternoon

Foul play is not suspected in the death of a man whose body was found this afternoon inside a building on South Palafox Street. 

Police were dispatched to the old Escambia County Courthouse, 223 S. Palafox St., around 2:25 after receiving a call that at least one gun shot was heard from an office on the second floor where the man’s body was found.

Sgt. Pat Bradley said the building was evacuated and that streets around the courthouse also were briefly closed but have since reopened.

 

08/11/2016 Second Aggravated Child Abuse Charge Filed on Pensacola Man

A second charge of aggravated child abuse has been filed on a Pensacola man arrested Monday after police responded to a residence and found a child not breathing. 

Alonzo Thompkins, 26, of 500 E. Fairfield Dr. was charged with aggravated child abuse on Monday after a two-year-old male died.

On Tuesday, the second charge was placed on him after an investigation determined a three-year-old child in the residence had multiple bruises on her body and a broken collar bone.

Police were dispatched to the residence around 9 a.m. Monday after the children’s mother returned home and found her two-year-old son was not breathing. Thompkins had been left alone with the two-year-old male, who was the son of Thompkins’ girlfriend.

The investigation is continuing.

 

 

08/09/2016 Name of Traffic Fatality Released

The name of a man who died in a traffic crash Sunday night has been released. 

Officer Ronald Boutin said James Bennett, 19, of El Campo, TX, died at the scene of the crash, which occurred shortly before 8 p.m. near the intersection of North D and West Garden streets. 

Another man – Joshua Torres, 19, of San Antonio, TX – was seriously injured and was taken to a local hospital for treatment, Boutin said.

Boutin said Bennett was stationed with the U.S. Navy at Corry Station Naval Technical Training Center in Pensacola. Torres also is stationed at Corry.

Officer Jason Browning said a 2006 Suzuki motorcycle occupied by Bennett and Torres was eastbound on Garden Street and was proceeding through the intersection when it was struck by a pickup truck. Both had a green light.

Steven P. Lambert, 52, of Pensacola, who was driving a 2001 Dodge Dakota pickup truck, was westbound on Garden Street and was in the left-hand turn lane to turn onto Barrancas Avenue when he turned in front of and struck the motorcycle.

Both occupants of the motorcycle were wearing helmets. Bennett was driving the motorcycle.

Charges have not yet been filed pending the outcome of the investigation.

 

08/08/2016 Man Charged with Aggravated Child Abuse

A Pensacola man has been charged with aggravated child abuse after police responded to a residence this morning and found a child not breathing.

Alonzo Thompkins, 26, of 500 E. Fairfield Dr. was arrested on the charge this afternoon.

Thompkins was left alone this morning with the two-year-old male, who was the son of Thompkins’ girlfriend. The mother called police around 9 a.m. after she returned home and found her son was not breathing.

An initial investigation determined the deceased child had multiple injuries. The investigation is continuing.

No additional information will be released tonight.

 

 

08/08/2016 UCR Stats for First Six Months of 2016 Indicate Decrease in Crime Within City Limits

Semi-annual crime statistics for the Pensacola Police Department show a 6.3 percent decrease in crime within city limits for the same time period last year.

“I am pleased with these results,” said Pensacola Police Chief David Alexander III. “I believe that transparency, communication and respect make these results possible. Working together promotes understanding and understanding builds trust. This is an example of what 21st Century community policing looks like: Citizens working with law enforcement agencies to make their community a safe place to live.”

“When you contrast these statistics to what we used to know in this city, it’s an extraordinary testament to the consistency of the progress that the Pensacola Police Department has made,” Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward said. “I am extremely proud of the comprehensive efforts between the PPD and our community partners to continue to drive crime downward.”

The figures have been submitted to and approved by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Here are the crime trend statistics for the Pensacola Police Department for the first six months of each year since 2012.

                       January- June 2016 Crime Trends

 

 

Year

Index Total Crimes  

% Change

 

Violent Crime

 

% Change

 

Property Crime

 

% Change

 

 

2012

 

1,816

 

 

22.4

 

217

 

6.4

 

1,599

 

24.9

 

2013

 

1,561

 

 

– 14.0

 

193

 

– 11.1

 

1,368

 

– 14.4

 

2014

 

1,349

 

 

– 13.6

 

188

 

– 2.6

 

1,161

 

– 15.1

 

2015

 

1,368

 

 

1.4

 

185

 

– 1.6

 

1,183

 

1.9

 

2016

 

1,282

 

 

– 6.3

 

186

 

0.5

 

1,096

 

– 7.4

 

 

08/08/2016 Investigation Continues into Fatal Traffic Crash

An investigation continues into a traffic crash that killed one man and injured another Sunday night. 

The crash occurred shortly before 8 p.m. near the intersection of North D and West Garden streets. 

Officer Jason Browning said a 2006 Suzuki motorcycle occupied by two males was eastbound on Garden Street and was proceeding through the intersection when it was struck by a pickup truck. Both had a green light. 

Browning said Steven P. Lambert, 52, of Pensacola, who was driving a 2001 Dodge Dakota pickup truck, was westbound on Garden Street and was in the left-hand turn lane to turn onto Barrancas Avenue when he turned in front of and struck the motorcycle. 

Both occupants of the motorcycle were wearing helmets. Their names are not yet being released pending family notifications. 

Browning said no charges have been filed pending the outcome of the investigation. 

The intersection was closed for approximately 4 ½ hours (from about 8 p.m. Sunday until 12:30 a.m. today) while police conducted the initial investigation.

 

 

08/07/2016 PPD Investigating Fatal Traffic Crash

Pensacola Police are investigating a traffic fatality that occurred tonight at the intersection of North D and West Garden streets.

Police were notified of the crash shortly before 8 p.m. Motorists are asked to please try to avoid the area.

Additional details on the crash will be released Monday.

 

07/21/2016 Fatal Shooting Being Investigated as a Homicide

As an investigation continues into a fatal shooting that occurred Wednesday, police continue pursuing leads on a suspect.

Lt. Kristin Brown said the shooting is now being called a homicide.

Police were dispatched to the corner of East Avery and North Tarragona streets just before 8 a.m. after a woman reported hearing at least one gun shot, Brown said.

The victim – identified as Mark E. Freeman, 34, of the 200 block of East Bobe Street – died at the scene, Brown said.

Anyone having information on the incident is asked to call 435 – 1900.

 

07/20/2016 Name of shooting victim released

The name of a man who was fatally shot this morning at the corner of East Avery and North Tarragona streets has been released.

The man – identified as Mark E. Freeman, 34, of the 200 block of East Bobe Street – died at the scene, said Lt. Kristin Brown.

Police were dispatched to the area shortly before 8 a.m. after a woman reported hearing at least one gun shot, Brown said.

Anyone having information on the incident is asked to call 435 – 1900.

 

 

07/20/2016 Police Conducting Death Investigation

Pensacola Police are conducting a death investigation after a man was found with a bullet wound this morning at the corner of Avery and Tarragona streets.

A woman called police after hearing gun shots shortly before 8 a.m., said Lt. Kristin Brown.

Motorists are asked to please avoid the area while police are conducting the investigation.

Anyone having information on the incident is asked to call 435 – 1900.