Monroe County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Monroe County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 5525 College Road, Key West, 33040 FL
  • Chief:
Phone: (305)292-7000
Fax: (305)292-7070

Monroe County Sheriff's Office is located at 5525 College Road, Key West, 33040 FL. The Monroe County Sheriff's Office phone number is (305)292-7000.

Monroe County Sheriff's Office News

Man arrested on multiple drug charges A 22-year-old Hialeah man was arrested Wednesday afternoon on cocaine- and marijuana-related charges after he was stopped in a school zone with expired tags. Jose Arley Diaz was charged with cocaine possession, two counts of marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. Sgt. James Hager was conducting traffic enforcement at 3:30 p.m. at Key Largo Elementary School when he stopped a Hyundai with an expired tag. The driver, identified as Diaz, stated he had expired tags because of toll violations. There was a strong odor of marijuana emitting from the car and Sgt. Hager noticed loose marijuana leaves or “shake” throughout the vehicle. A search of the vehicle ensued. The following was found in the vehicle: • A bag under the passenger seat contained 23.8 grams of marijuana; • Two marijuana cigarettes in the center console; • 100 small bags in the fuse box commonly used to sell small amounts of marijuana; • A hollowed-out WD-40 can containing 4.1 grams of cocaine; • About 2 grams of marijuana in the trunk; • $225 in cash in the center console. Diaz was taken to jail.

Sheriff’s Office seeks help in stolen truck case Detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating the blue, 2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 pickup truck seen here with a tag number: HBJY82 The truck has a green sticker that says, “Otherside” on the rear passenger window. There are scratches and dents along the passenger side of the truck. It has chrome in the wheel wells and the rear driver’s side bumper is dented. The truck was reported stolen from the Caribbean Club, 104080 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, between 1:10 a.m. and 1:20 a.m. on Nov. 7. If anyone has information about the pickup truck, please call Detective Sgt. Scott Ward at 305-853-3211 or Detective Vaughn O’Keefe at 305-853-7482.

Upper Keys traffic advisory for this weekend Three events may slow traffic this weekend on Saturday, Nov. 10 and Sunday, Nov. 11. Motorists are asked to note the times, plan accordingly and be patient. • Upper Keys traffic to be temporarily diverted on Nov. 10, Saturday morning for the bridge run. Northbound traffic at Mile Marker 106 will be diverted from U.S. 1 to Card Sound Road from 6 a.m. to approximately 10 a.m. Saturday due to the First State Bank Key Largo Bridge Run. Southbound traffic will not be impacted. For more information, please visit https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/KeyLargo/KeyLargoBridgeRun • About an hour after the bridge run, motorists will begin seeing southbound bicyclists on Card Sound Road. The Tour De Force 9/11 Memorial Bike Ride will start making its way onto Card Sound Road about 11 a.m., Nov. 10, on Saturday. About 100 to 200 riders will ride down Card Sound Road into Key Largo. They will cross U.S. 1 at Mile Marker 106 and continue south to Mile Marker 97. Their estimated time of arrival a Mile Marker 97 is between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. For more information, please visit http://floridatourdeforce.org/southern-leg/ • About 200 motorcyclists will be riding into Key Largo on Nov. 11, Sunday, for a charity ride. They will ride south on U.S. 1 into Key Largo. They are expected to arrive in Key Largo between 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. The motorcyclists will turn around at Mile Marker 106. From there, they will head back to Homestead via County Road 905 before turning left on Card Sound Road.

TRAFFIC UPDATE: All lanes open following crash on US 1 @ MM 27. ALL LANES OPEN

TRAFFIC ALERT: Crash on US 1 @ MM 27. 1 SB lane blocked

Man arrested for battery A 32-year-old Miami man was arrested Tuesday after he reached up a woman’s skirt in a parking lot while she was loading her car with groceries. Dulin Nelson Ebanks was charged with battery. Deputies, Cody Jackson, Tommy Durham and Alexandra Palau were called to the Publix Super Market at Tradewinds Plaza about 6: 30 p.m. where a woman stated she was in the parking lot when she felt a hand reach under her dress and touch her backside. The man then ran away. The woman gave deputies a description of the suspect. Deputy Palau found a man matching the description, later identified as Ebanks, at a nearby restaurant. The man denied being at Publix. The woman identified Ebanks as the man who touched her. Ebanks was taken to jail.

Upper Keys traffic advisory for this weekend Two events may slow traffic this Saturday, Nov. 10. Motorists are asked to note the times, plan accordingly and be patient. • Upper Keys traffic to be temporarily diverted Saturday morning for the bridge run. Northbound traffic at Mile Marker 106 will be diverted from U.S. 1 to Card Sound Road from 6 a.m. to approximately 10 a.m. Saturday due to the First State Bank Key Largo Bridge Run. Southbound traffic will not be impacted. For more information, please visit https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/KeyLargo/KeyLargoBridgeRun • About an hour after the bridge run, motorists will begin seeing southbound bicyclists on Card Sound Road. The Tour De Force 9/11 Memorial Bike Ride will start making its way onto Card Sound Road about 11 a.m. About 100 to 200 riders will ride down Card Sound Road into Key Largo. They will cross U.S. 1 at Mile Marker 106 and continue south to Mile Marker 97. Their estimated time of arrival a Mile Marker 97 is between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. For more information, please visit http://floridatourdeforce.org/southern-leg/

Sheriff's Office Detectives ask for the public's help in identifying two people in credit card case Detectives want to speak to the two women pictured here regarding multiple credit card theft cases in the Florida Keys, including a recent one in Tavernier. In the Tavernier case, a woman who reported stolen credit cards suffered $2,000 in loses before she was able to cancel the cards. The cards were stolen the victim's vehicle on Oct. 11 at a church pumpkin patch where she worked. The suspects are seen here using the credit cards several retail stores in Homestead, Florida. Typically, the cards were used at grocery stores. Anyone with information is asked to call Upper Keys Detective Sgt. Scott Ward or Detective Gil Gonzalez at 305-853-3211.

TRAFFIC UPDATE: All lanes open on US 1 @ Snake Creek Bridge/MM 86 following multi-vehicle crash. ALL LANES OPEN

TRAFFIC ALERT: 6-vehicle crash w/injuries on US 1 @ Snake Creek Bridge/MM 86. NB traffic diverted to center lane. SB traffic flowing

Deputy involved in Tuesday crash Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Enforcement Unit Deputy Andrew Leird was taken to Mariners Hospital Tuesday following a 12:19 p.m. two-vehicle crash on U.S. 1 at Mile Marker 98. Deputy Leird was the only person taken to the hospital. He did not suffer life-threatening injuries. The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. The crash briefly closed northbound traffic on U.S. 1. Deputy Leird has been a deputy with the Sheriff’s Office since 1998 and has been serving on the Traffic Enforcement Unit since 2003. He is also often seen at community events as a member of the Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard.

TRAFFIC UPDATE: All lanes open on US 1 @ MM 98 following crash. ALL LANES OPEN

TRAFFIC ALERT: Crash on NB US 1 @ MM 98. One NB lane blocked.

Man arrested after breaking into truck A 50-year-old man was arrested Saturday on multiple vehicle burglary-related charges after Sheriff Office Deputies used a mobile tracking app to find him on U.S. 1. Juan Saturnino Avila Lopez, formerly of Key West, was charged with grand theft, burglary, larceny and possession of burglary tools and property damage. Upper Keys Deputy Jacques Rozek responded Saturday morning to a gym parking lot on the 91000 block of the Overseas Highway in Tavernier regarding a vehicle burglary. A man and his wife reported their pickup truck’s passenger window had been smashed the woman’s purse taken. Her phone, credit cards, $140 in cash and other assorted items were in the purse. The husband said his wife’s iPhone 6 was still on and he was tracking it with the “Find My iPhone” app. Deputy Rozek called Sgt. James Hager and told him the phone was stationary at a nearby gas station. Shortly thereafter, the iPhone began moving northbound on U.S. 1. Sgt. Hager gave chase an kept in contact with Deputy Rozek. Eventually, Sgt. James Hager stopped a vehicle using the information being relayed to him by Deputy Rozek regarding the iPhone’s location. The vehicle Sgt. Hager stopped was being driven by a man later identified as Avila Lopez. Sgt. Hager radioed Deputy Rozek and asked for the husband to call his wife’s phone. Sgt. Hager then heard a phone ringing. Sgt. Hager detained Avila Lopez at that time. Sgt. Hager asked for a description of other stolen items. Sgt. Hager radioed Deputy Rozek and told him he found the purse. The woman was able to recover all the stolen items. Avila Lopez admitted to stealing the purse. Avila Lopez was taken to jail.

Man arrested in domestic attack A 23-year-old Big Pine Key man was arrested Sunday for injuring his girlfriend and threatening to kill a deputy. John Niles Linley was charged with two counts of battery, assault on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest. Lower Keys Deputies Richard Wang and Jenna Moeller responded responded to a home on the 30000 block of Delgado Lane Sunday morning after receiving reports of a domestic disturbance. Deputies Wang and Moeller found the woman and Linley sitting on the steps. The woman was naked and had a large amount of blood coming from her head and face. Deputies immediately called for paramedics. As the woman attempted to speak to the deputies, Linley raised his voice and attempted to speak over her. Linley refused orders to silence himself and began yelling at the woman. The deputies then went to restrain Linley. He pulled away violently and began screaming again. Upon being handcuffed, Linley dragged both deputies to the ground before they were able to place him in a patrol car. Once inside the patrol car, Linley began kicking the interior and banging it with his head. The woman stated that Linley had “smashed” her head. The woman was taken to Lower Keys Medical Center where she received stitches to her head and face. Witnesses reported seeing a woman wearing no clothes with blood covering her head and face in street. One neighbor reported the woman had been banging on her door for help. Multiple witnesses and neighbors recounts similar events: Hearing a loud commotion and then seeing a woman in distress in the street. The deputies searched the house and found it in disarray with evidence a fight occurred, such as blood smears on the walls and blood pooled on the floor. Linley was arrested shortly thereafter. While en route to jail, Linley threatened Deputy Wang’s wife and daughter. Linley stated he was going to cut off Deputy Wang’s ears and make a necklace. Linley also made repeated death threats as well as seemingly unrelated statements such as, “the south will rise.” Linley was booked into jail.

Missing boater/diver found deceased A 64-year-old Stock Island man reported missing by his landlord Friday night was found by the Coast Guard Saturday night. Raymond Fenton Robbins of 12th Street was pronounced dead at that time. The landlord stated Robbins went to sea on his boat Friday morning as usual, but did not return before dark as per usual. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission found his boat about 11 p.m. Friday, but Robbins was not on board. The FWC took possession of the boat. Both the FWC and Sheriff’s Office Dive Teams as well as the Coast Guard took part in the ensuing search. Coast Guard searchers found Robbins’ remains late Saturday in waters near Stock Island. Robbins was wearing dive gear. An autopsy and further investigation is pending.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Long Key Bridge open after Trauma Star landed to evac a patient. LONG KEY BRIDGE OPEN

Quarterly award winners honored On Friday, the Sheriff’s Office held its quarterly Employee Awards ceremony in Marathon. Employees were recognized for their five, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years of service to the agency. Sheriff Rick Ramsay also recognized his Employees of the Third Quarter, 2018. The employees received this award for exemplary and outstanding service to the agency and to the citizens of Monroe County. In the photo, left to right: Explorer of the Quarter Varonica Steele, Support Member of the Quarter Mary Valdez, Detention Deputy of the Quarter Sgt. Alvarez Rice, Sheriff Rick Ramsay, Deputy Sheriff of the Quarter Corbin Hradecky and Reserve Deputy of the Quarter Samuel Lapinsky.

TRAFFIC UPDATE: All lanes open @ MM 99 after motorcycle crash. ALL LANES OPEN

TRAFFIC ALERT: NB lane blocked on US 1 @ MM 99/motorcycle crash/traffic backed up/heavy delays

TRAFFIC UPDATE: Long Key Bridge open after Trauma Star landed to evac injured bicyclist