Crime Up - Arrests In Glades And Hendry Falling Behind

While the Hendry and Glades county population has stayed relatively steady, crime rate increases have risen to double digits, but arrests have not kept up to meet the increases in crimes. Full Story
Matt

Faribault, MN

#1 Jul 20, 2006
On Tuesday, June 27th, I was the victim of what the Hendry County Sheriff's Office calls felony aggravated battery. While sleeping on the couch of a friend, her ex-boyfriend entered the house and crushed a glass vase against my face, resulting in tremendous physical trauma. In the ensuing emergency care and subsequent facial reconstructive surgery, a bill of approximately $26000.00 was presented to fix a shattered left maxillary sinus, a cracked left maxillary siinus, a crushed right orbital floor, a shattered nose bridge, and a break in the right zygomatic bone, next to my ear. In addition, a cut between my eyebrows went to the skull and required 23 stitches to close. The suspect fled on foot, 1 minute before the police pulled up.
After speaking with the ex-girlfriend, the deputies arriving on scene initiated cell phone contact with the suspect (an illegal Mexican), who was easily identified, but allowed until Friday the 30th at 6pm to turn himself in. Not surprsingly, the deadline passed without incident, and in the meantime I left for the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota for an emergency appointment with a surgeon.
Repeated attempts to reach the deputy in charge of the case were unsuccessful, until I received a call and assured that a bench warrant was being issued for the suspect's arrest, and the deputy would "keep in touch." Currently 24 days have passed without a warrant being issued, and I have waited thorugh a judge's 2 week vacation as well as reassurance that the Hendry County S.O. is "doing all we can. We have him on the run." I have also been told by Hendry County dispatch to stop calling to check if the suspect has been arrested.
I am a veteran of the armed forces, am college educated, with no criminal record, and this is how justice is being served. I am well aware that if I attempted to seek the suspect out and exact revenge for the physical, emotional, and psychological damage that is still fresh in my mind and face, I would be arrested immediately and sent to jail. Where is the justice?
Again, this probably isn't of much interest to you, but I am in Minnesota recuperating from a painful surgery, and keep reliving the event; such a brutal, unprovoked, psychotic crime should be regarded at a minumum, and punished. I feel as impotent and frustrated as I've felt in my life. This is what I protected this country for. Thanks, Hendry County.
sorry

AOL

#2 Sep 23, 2007
I am so sorry for what has happened to you It is sad that some people fill this way in Clewiston. It is worring me to live here with all of what is going on around this small town where almost everyone knows everyone and these awful things are happening nothing makes me more sad/angry that I am from here and I am thinking of moving from here because I feel that I can not trust anyone any more, again I am so sorry for what has happened to you I hope you can do something about it.. I will keep you in my prayer......
RAUL FERNANDEZ

Georgetown, FL

#3 Oct 1, 2007
The Hendry County Sheriff Office is the primary law enforcement agency in the County and is responsible for investigating such a serious crime.
This case should be a priority, however it was not.
Wish you a speedy recovery.
Raul Fernandez
Hendry County Sheriff Candidate
2008
silent but

Barnesville, OH

#4 Oct 2, 2007
Please seek justice. Use resources such as the SO candidate to assist you. I am also sorry.
No Annuit Cceptis

United States

#5 Feb 24, 2008
Hendry County is a protected criminal environment. It is controlled by confirmed Racketeer Influenced Corrupt organization/s. Entire subdevisions such as Montura are strongarm controlled by Racketeers, crooks drunks, drug addicts, and traffickers. Protected members are assured minimal or nonexistant police investigation resources while they are reportedly and confirmed to have been allowed to lie on police reports and attempt to falsely incriminate those that oppose them with no penalties resulting. The place is a criminal protection heaven bought and paid for in part by Falcon and Magluta just ask Former drug Convict Sheriff Dyess.
OUN861

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#6 Jan 2, 2009
Sheriff R. Lee has 2 days left in Office, he should be investigated and arrested with all his imcompetent deputies. This is a perfect RICO case. I hope the FBI takes a look at his activities.
Let's support the new Sheriff and wish him luck.
gatorbait

Lehigh Acres, FL

#7 Feb 10, 2011
Matt wrote:
On Tuesday, June 27th, I was the victim of what the Hendry County Sheriff's Office calls felony aggravated battery. While sleeping on the couch of a friend, her ex-boyfriend entered the house and crushed a glass vase against my face, resulting in tremendous physical trauma. In the ensuing emergency care and subsequent facial reconstructive surgery, a bill of approximately $26000.00 was presented to fix a shattered left maxillary sinus, a cracked left maxillary siinus, a crushed right orbital floor, a shattered nose bridge, and a break in the right zygomatic bone, next to my ear. In addition, a cut between my eyebrows went to the skull and required 23 stitches to close. The suspect fled on foot, 1 minute before the police pulled up.
After speaking with the ex-girlfriend, the deputies arriving on scene initiated cell phone contact with the suspect (an illegal Mexican), who was easily identified, but allowed until Friday the 30th at 6pm to turn himself in. Not surprsingly, the deadline passed without incident, and in the meantime I left for the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota for an emergency appointment with a surgeon.
Repeated attempts to reach the deputy in charge of the case were unsuccessful, until I received a call and assured that a bench warrant was being issued for the suspect's arrest, and the deputy would "keep in touch." Currently 24 days have passed without a warrant being issued, and I have waited thorugh a judge's 2 week vacation as well as reassurance that the Hendry County S.O. is "doing all we can. We have him on the run." I have also been told by Hendry County dispatch to stop calling to check if the suspect has been arrested.
I am a veteran of the armed forces, am college educated, with no criminal record, and this is how justice is being served. I am well aware that if I attempted to seek the suspect out and exact revenge for the physical, emotional, and psychological damage that is still fresh in my mind and face, I would be arrested immediately and sent to jail. Where is the justice?
Again, this probably isn't of much interest to you, but I am in Minnesota recuperating from a painful surgery, and keep reliving the event; such a brutal, unprovoked, psychotic crime should be regarded at a minumum, and punished. I feel as impotent and frustrated as I've felt in my life. This is what I protected this country for. Thanks, Hendry County.
Sorry that happened but sounds about right for this county. Call the state attorneys office and put the presure on them.
Mrs Autrey

North Fort Myers, FL

#8 Sep 11, 2012
I am so very sorry that this happened to you. Pursue the prosecution of this vermin! Do not let him get away with it. Yes, the S.O., is incompetent; I know from previous exp., w/ them. There are victim's advocates, they will help you, get justice, & Compensation, but, you have to contact them. Just a heads-up: Not all the people that live in Hendry Co. side w/ the S.O. I pray, that your recovery goes well, and that justice for you will prevail.(it could take 'time' obviously) But keep on it! Contact the St. Atty's Office. Put pressure on them!

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