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Publix employee robbed at gunpoint

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Boca Raton, FL - On Thursday, March 15 at about 8:20 p.m., Boca Raton Police officers responded to an armed robbery that occurred at the Publix Liquor Store, 4135 North Federal Highway.

Arriving officers met with the victim/employee who said she was outside having a cigarette when a customer entered the business. As she was about to follow the customer inside, a male approached her, pointed a handgun against her chest and demanded she, “Go back inside and get me all your money.” The suspect shoved the victim through the door and yelled at the other customer to get on the ground. The victim/employee gave the suspect the cash from the registers, which he placed in a bag. The suspect ordered the victim/employee to the ground and fled out the front door.

A witness in the parking lot saw the suspect exit the store and saw him drop something on the ground. As the suspect bent to retrieve the object his hood and mask came off. The witness described the suspect as a white male with a bald head. The suspect then got into a dark colored, older model Nissan Maxima and left east through the parking lot.

The victims described the suspect as about 5’10” tall, medium build, 30 to 40 years old, wearing a black hoodie sweatshirt, blue jeans and a mask. Neither victim was injured. If you have information about this crime, please call Detective Michelle Macy at (561) 620-6222 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.

Teen charged in multiple robberies

Boca Raton, FL – On Tuesday, February 24, at shortly after 3:00 a.m., Boca Raton Police officers responded to a robbery that happened at TD Bank, 2301 North Federal Highway.

The victim originally went to Delray Beach to get money from a TD Bank ATM. After getting the money, he got into his car, but before he could close and lock the door, he was approached by two armed suspects. The suspects demanded his cash and wallet, struck him in the face with the gun, got into the car with him. The suspects then had him drive to a second TD Bank in Boca Raton where he was forced to withdraw $300. The victim then took the suspects to his business at 7600 North Federal Highway, but when he entered the business, he was unable to deactivate the alarm before it sounded, which scared the suspects and they ran off.

Officers located Marquis Pierre-Louis floating on a pool raft in the Intracoastal Waterway several hours later. The victim identified Pierre-Louis as one of the suspects who kidnapped and robbed him. Officers arrested Pierre-Louis, who later admitted to participating in the robbery.

During the arrest process, officers fingerprinted Pierre-Louis. These prints were analyzed and compared to fingerprints recovered from the hood of a truck belonging to the victim of the February 11th Boca Raton Post Office robbery. The prints were determined to be a match. Based on this information, Boca Raton detectives again spoke with Pierre-Louis.

Pierre-Louis admitted to participating in the Post Office robbery and named Kenneth Belvin as the second suspect. He also admitted to participating in several other robberies that were committed in the last few months, including one on January 11 in the 8300 block of NW 7th Court, Boca Raton, one at the Palm Tran Bus Station in Delray Beach (that happened an hour after the Post Office robbery), and one in Ocean Ridge on February 19th. Detectives are investigating to see whether Pierre-Louis is linked to any other crimes in the surrounding area.

Detectives charged Pierre-Louis with armed robbery and kidnapping for the TD Bank ATM crime and one count of robbery for the Post Office crime. Charges for the other crimes are pending further investigation.



Marquis Pierre-Louis
15 years old
Boynton Beach, FL



Boca Raton Police investigating fatal accident

Boca Raton, FL -- Officers of the Boca Raton Police Services Department’s Traffic Homicide Unit are investigating a fatality crash, which occurred at 10:00 P.M. in the 600 block of S. Federal Highway on Sunday, March 1, 2015..

A 2005 Ford F-150 was southbound on S. Federal Highway approaching the intersection of E Camino Real when it attempted to pass a 2012 Nissan Altima. The Ford collided with the rear of the Nissan, causing the Ford to lose control. The Ford then left the roadway and struck a pedestrian on the west sidewalk of S. Federal Hwy. The Ford collided with a light pole and a palm tree before coming to rest up against the north wall of the City National Bank.

Both occupants of the Ford sustained minor injuries and were treated on scene by Boca Raton Fire Rescue. The driver of the Nissan did not report any injuries. The pedestrian was pronounced deceased on scene by BRFR.

The investigation is ongoing. If you have information call Officer Brian Pare 561-620-6168.                                                                                                        

Vehicle and People Involved:

2005 Ford


Bryce Samartino (22 YOA)

Boca Raton, FL

Injury: Minor


John Schafer  (23 YOA)

Boca Raton, FL

Injury: Minor

2012 Nissan

Lorena Hilel (25 YOA)

Pompano Beach, FL

Injury: None



Elourdes Ostagne

4/15/49 (deceased)

Boca Raton, FL


Two post office employees robbed

Boca Raton, FL – On Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at about 3:00 a.m., Boca Raton Police officers responded to an armed robbery at the Boca Raton Post Office at 2800 North Military Trail.

Arriving officers met with the two victims, who saw a suspicious, dark colored sedan parked in the lot when they arrived to work. One victim entered the building as the other victim parked his car. The victim walked toward the building with his cooler in hand when a male approached him. The suspect showed the victim a handgun and said it was a robbery. The suspect asked the victim which vehicle was his and then walked him over to it. As they walked to his truck, a second suspect joined them. One suspect took the victim's wallet and black baseball cap with “Lost” written on it, ate his lunch and then threw his cooler and cell phone into the bushes.

The two suspects walked the vicitm into the post office where they found the second victim. They pointed their guns at him and took his cash and cell phone. The suspects then fled out of the building and threw the second victim's phone in the bushes before they left in the dark colored vehicle. Neither victim was injured.

Both suspects are black males, wore dark colored clothing, are in their late 20’s to early 30’s and were armed with handguns. The first suspect was described as tall, about 6’1” tall, medium build, with longer hair, possibly dread locks. The second suspect was described as shorter, about 5’6” tall. The victims told officers both suspects were polite and spoke with them throughout the robbery. Boca Raton detectives are working with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service on the investigation.

If you have information about this crime, please call Detective Jeff Stepp at (561) 620-6196 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.

Armed man robs Publix

Boca Raton, FL – On Thursday, January 22 at about 11:10 p.m., Boca Raton Police officers responded to a report of an armed robbery at Publix, 1968 NE 5th Avenue. Employees called 911 after they saw a man pointing a gun at other employees.

Arriving officers met with several employees outside the store who told them that shortly before closing, a male entered the store pushing a shopping cart and was looking down at a store flyer. The male left the shopping cart in front of the customer service area and went into the bathroom. After about 10 minutes, an employee went to check on him. At that point the male exited the bathroom and pointed a gun at employees.

The suspect had a neon green mask over his face and was holding a silver handgun. The suspect was described as a black male, about 5’8” tall, thin build, wearing a grey and black hooded sweatshirt and carrying a backpack.

The suspect knocked on the closed and locked office door, where an employee was counting money. The employee didn’t open the door, but then the suspect began smashing the glass window in the door. The suspect displayed the gun and demanded she open the door, which she did. The suspect then took an undetermined amount of cash from the safe, put it in his backpack and left. No one was injured.

If anyone has information about this crime, they are asked to call Detective Jeff Stepp at (561) 620-6196 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.



Man robs woman at ATM, steals her car
Arrested in Martin County

Boca Raton, FL – On Saturday, January 10 at about 8:10 p.m., Boca Raton Police officers responded to an armed robbery and carjacking at the Chase Bank, 3901 North Federal Highway.

The victim told officers she was using the ATM when a male approached her from behind. The suspect was carrying a large hunting knife and demanded that she give him $500. The victim was eventually able to withdraw the money, which she handed to the suspect. The suspect then demanded her car keys, but told her she could remove any personal property before he took her car. The victim took her purse from her green Jeep Wrangler and the suspect drove away.

Officers had the victim’s Jeep entered into the State crime database as stolen and Boca Raton detectives interviewed the victim. The next day detectives received a call from a sergeant with the Martin County Sheriff’s Office who said they arrested the driver of the stolen Jeep, Duaine Knisely. Knisely told detectives that he spent the last week in Pompano Beach on a drug binge. Knisely also admitted to asking people for money at an ATM and taking the victim’s Jeep. He added that due to his level of drug intoxication, he could not recall many details.

Detectives charged Knisely with robbery with a deadly weapon and carjacking.


Duaine Knisely
DOB 09/17/1978
Vero Beach, FL

Group robbed at their front door

Boca Raton, FL – On Sunday, January 11 at about 2:15 a.m., Boca Raton Police officers responded to an armed robbery that happened outside a residence in the 8300 block of NW 7th Court.

The husband, wife and their friend arrived home from a night out in downtown Delray Beach. As they waited for their babysitter to open the front door, the victims heard a male voice behind them say, “Get on the ground and give me everything you have.” The victims saw a male wearing dark clothing and holding something over his face, pointing a small, black handgun at them. The male victim complied and placed his money and credit cards on the floor of the porch. The two female victims both said they were so shocked that they did not comply. The suspect grabbed the items and walked away. No one was injured.

The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 6’0” tall, thin build, short hair and he possibly had a Haitian accent. One victim saw a second suspect standing a short distance away. He is also described as a thin, black male wearing dark clothing.

If anyone has information about this crime, they are asked to call Detective Tim Kurdys at (561) 338-1377 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.

Woman robbed at gunpoint

Boca Raton, FL – On Saturday, December 27 at about 8:15 p.m., Boca Raton Police officers responded to a report of a robbery that occurred at 2801 NE 2nd Avenue.

The victim told officers she had just returned home from Publix and was sitting in the car in her driveway with her 22 month old child in the backseat. After several minutes she heard a noise, which she believed to be the racking of a handgun, and saw a male outside her open window, pointing a 9mm handgun at her. The suspect yelled, “Give me your phone!” He then reached into the car and grabbed the phone from her hand. The suspect demanded her money, but the victim told him she didn’t have anything else. The suspect opened the rear driver’s side door and began rummaging around in the backseat. The victim was afraid for her child so she got out of the car and as she did, she saw the suspect pointing the gun at her child. The victim pleaded with the suspect and yelled for help.

The suspect ran westbound on foot towards Dixie Highway. Neither the victim nor her child, were injured. The victim described the suspect as a black male, approximately 25 years old, tall, medium build, and wearing a dark colored shirt, jeans, and a diamond chain.

If anyone has information about this crime, they are asked to call Detective Jeff Stepp at (561) 620-6196 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.










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Cyber Safety Week

The wide range of devices available, allow immediate access to the internet from almost anywhere. This connectivity brings an increased risk of theft, fraud, and other criminal activity. In an effort to reenergize our focus on safe practices of internet usage, October 6 to October10 is designated Cyber Safety Week. During this week, evaluate how you use the internet and what steps you have taken to reduce your vulnerability to cyber crime. The following tips will start you on the right track:

Set strong passwords, change them regularly, and don’t share them with anyone.

Keep your device and security software optimized by installing the latest updates.

Run security scans often.

Use privacy settings and limit the amount of personal information you post online.

Be cautious about offers online – if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Talk to your children about the importance of online safety.

For additional online safety tips, follow the Boca Raton Police Department on Facebook or @BocaPolice on Twitter or contact the Boca Raton Police Crime Prevention Unit at 561-347-3938.

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