Student hit by car while riding to high school
On April 2, Port St. Lucie High School student Hunter Henry, 16, was hit by a car while riding his bike to school.
According to reports, Mr. Hunter remained in critical condition at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute until he died from his injuries on April 4.
Couple terrorized by home invasion
On April 3, Shinoy Mailackel was ambushed by a white male suspect, who pulled a gun on him as he walked to his apartment from the parking lot.
He and his wife, Maya, were tied up as their two-year-old child slept in the other room. Another suspect then entered the apartment and demanded money.
The report goes on to state Mr. Mailacket was ordered to drive to his store to get more money. He was followed by one of the suspects.
Afterwards, he was told to go to the home of an employee to get more money, and at that point crashed his car to get the attention of law enforcement.
His wife was found still tied up and the child asleep. Both were unharmed.
The Port St. Lucie Police Department is looking for any information regarding this incident. Please call (772) 871-5001 or Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at (800) 273-TIPS.
Police need help with fraud case
On March 28, a woman reported she parked her car in the parking lot of Emerald Healthcare on Walton Road in Port St. Lucie.
Reports show that between 8:30 and 9 p.m., an unknown suspect had smashed out the window of the car and stolen her purse.
Her debit card was used shortly afterwards at a Publix in Fort Pierce. Police have video of two females shopping in the store and using the credit card.
If anyone has any information, please call the police (772) 871-5001 or Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at (800) 273-TIPS.
Woman accused of $46,000 in childcare provider fraud
The state of Florida Department of Financial Services announced that Jennifer Godown of Port St. Lucie was arrested for public assistance fraud, theft and forgery.
Ms. Godown is the owner of Inspirational Minds Academy, formerly known as Little Hands Academy, and has been charged with receiving more than $46,000 from September 2009 through June 2011 in funding for a voluntary prekindergarten program.
Reports show the state investigated after receiving a tip from the Early Learning Coalition of St. Lucie County.
Police seize weapons during search
On April 1, Fort Pierce officers responded to a home on Avenue F in response to information received about suspects in a recent shooting.
When officers arrived, several males ran into the apartment and attempted to leave from the back.
The report states the owner was not home, and after contacting the owners, the officers entered the home and found fire firearms, including a .357 magnum revolver and a .22 caliber gun.
The police are currently investigating to see if the guns were illegally possessed by the individuals that ran into the home.
Man arrested for arson
Fort Pierce police arrested Robert Powers of Avon Park and charged him with an arson that occurred at the Days Inn on U.S. 1 overnight on April 2 to April 3.
According to reports, police responded to what was originally thought to be an electrical fire near a transformer.
Additional investigation, and after viewing a security video which showed the incident, detectives now believe Mr. Powers lit a fire outside the hotel.
Two other fires that occurred at the same time at the hotel are still under investigation. The total amount of all the damage is currently estimated at $20,000.