Couple arrested for attacking snorkeler

A 65-year-old man and 61-year-old woman, both of Marathon, were arrested Sunday after attacking a snorkeler near their residence during a dispute over the snorkeler’s proximity to their waterfront property.

Paulo De Oliveira and Katia De Oliveira were both charged with aggravated battery and battery.

The Sheriff’s Office was called to a residence on the 100 block of 12th Street, Gulfside, at approximately 1:30 p.m. regarding a battery. All involved in the incident were present as well as multiple family members of the victim. The victim’s family members were in a boat approximately 25 yards from shore. The victim, a 36-year-old St. Petersburg, Florida man, was bleeding profusely from the head.

Before the victim was taken to Fisherman’s Hospital, he told Deputies he was snorkeling close to the dock and got into an argument with the two suspects over his right to snorkel in the area. He stated both suspects struck him in the head and other parts of his body — Paulo De Oliveira with some kind of pole and Katia De Oliveira with a fishing rod. The other people on the boat all corroborated the victim’s story. Security camera footage also corroborated the victim’s story.

Paulo De Oliveira and Katia De Oliveira were taken to jail.


Man arrested after large amount of methamphetamines found

A 64-year-old Stock Island man was arrested Sunday following a traffic stop in which he was found to be in possession of more than 1.5 pounds of crystal methamphetamine.

Manuel Gutierrez-Perez was charged with trafficking in methamphetamines, driving on a suspended license and resisting arrest.

Gutierrez-Perez was driving a Toyota Corolla on Geiger Road at approximately 10:51 a.m. when he was stopped by a Deputy who recognized Perez as someone with a suspended driver’s license. Gutierrez-Perez refused to exit the car. Gutierrez-Perez was placed under arrest.

More than 1.5 pounds of crystal methamphetamine total was found in the car in various locations and in different packaging, including one plastic grocery store bag containing more than 1.4 pounds of crystal methamphetamine.

Gutierrez-Perez was taken to jail.

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