Would-Be C-Section Burglar Blames Xanax; Shoplifter Sees Taser After Swiping Lego Sets
FlaglerLive | October 21, 2013
It was a few minutes after midnight when the victim at a house on Palm Coast’s on Carr Lane, a 48-year-old woman, heard what no one wants to hear in one’s house in the middle of the night: the noise of someone trying to break in from the garage.
At first the victim thought something was running loose in the garage. She turned on the interior light there, but as she stood on the stoop of the door between the garage and the house, “she observed the door knob to the side garage door move and begin to rotate,” according to a police report. She called the cops.
By the time Flagler County Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the scene, the door knob had fallen off the door itself, and “the inner working of the door knob was visibly bent from appearing to be broke[n] out of the door,” the report states.
Deputies brought a K-9 unit to the scene and began a search of the neighborhood. They discovered fresh tire marks from a bicycle in the west grass around the back of the residence, and not long after that, spotted a small BMX style bike under a palm tree, in the front lawn of 5 Carr Lane, a few doors down from where what was now considered an attempted burglary had taken place.
Soon deputies encountered Ruben Cortes, 23, a habitual offender and a resident of nearby 1 Campbell Court in Palm Coast, who’s been booked into the Flagler County jail 11 times between 2009 and last year. He was about to be booked in for the 12th time.
Cortes was hiding in the carport behind a chair, a garbage can and a recycling bucket. Deputies instructed him to place his hands in the air, get down on his stomach and crawl out, at which point he was handcuffed.
When a deputy asked him why he was hiding, Cortes said because he’d just taken a Xanax, the popular anti-anxiety medication blamed as a contributing factor in 29 deaths in Florida last year. Cortes told deputies he knew he was in trouble from taking the prescription medication (though his booking does not include a charge for illegal possession of prescription pills). He then began to wobble and said he was not feeling well.
Cortes was taken to Florida Hospital Flagler then booked at the Flagler County jail on attempted burglary, criminal mischief and prowling charges. He remained at the jail Monday afternoon on $2,000 bond. His previous bookings were the result of probation violation, burglary, drug possession, dealing in stolen property, shooting or throwing a deadly missile, and marijuana possession. Florida prison records show he was sentenced to a two-year prison term in June 2010, serving in state prison from July to December 2011.
In an unrelated incident Friday afternoon (Oct. 18), Elliott Dixon, 19, a resident of Nolan Street in Jacksonville, was arrested and charged with shoplifting bed sheets, clothing and Lego sets, among other items, at Walmart. According to a Wamart employee, Dixon placed the items in a tote in a shopping cart than pushed the cart out of the store without paying. He went out through the garden side of the store. When the employee approached him and identified himself, Dixon fled on foot.
Based on the description provided 911, a deputy located Dixon near Dunkin Donuts—and took out his Taser, ordering Dixon to get on the ground. The arrest report does not make clear why the Taser was taken out, though the weapon was not used (and deputies seldom take out their weapons). The Walmart employee identified Dixon as the suspect, and Dixon was booked at the Flagler County jail on a shoplifting charge and a “resisting merchant” charge. He posted $1,500 bond and was released.