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Of all the coronavirus-related crimes that have occurred amid the panic these past few months, this may be the most bizarre: On Thursday, a Florida man used threats of violence to force a random 17-year-old teen girl to drive him and an unnamed woman through a coronavirus checkpoint.
According to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, early that morning the man, Alexander Michael Sardinas, 37, and an unnamed 43-year-old woman, tried to enter the Florida Keys, which is located in the same county.
However, the duo was blocked due to a lack of identification and subsequently dropped off at nearby Florida City by a Florida Highway Patrol trooper.
The Keys have been closed off to non-residents amid the coronavirus pandemic.
— Justin Michaels (@JMichaelsNews) September 16, 2017
Undeterred by their failed attempt, the duo approached the 17-year-old teen in a supermarket parking lot, demanded she drive them through the checkpoint and threatened her with harm if she squealed.
Why her specifically? Because she reportedly had Monroe County plates and a re-entry sticker on her car.
Scared for her life, the teen complied with the duo’s demands.
“The victim drove south to the checkpoint at Mile Marker 112.5 where she provided her driver’s license with a Florida Keys address. The victim told Detectives she did not say anything to Deputies at the checkpoint about the man in the car threatening to harm her, because she was scared,” the MCSO reported.
“The victim continued south to a gas station at Mile Marker 92, whereupon Sardinas exited the car. The female told the victim to drive her to a pharmacy in Tavernier. The victim dropped off the woman at the pharmacy. The victim then called a family member who notified law enforcement.”
When the FHP trooper who’d driven the pair to Florida City heard a be-on-the-lookout radio notice about the pair, he contacted the department to offer additional details.
“Deputies and Detectives [then] searched the area near Mile Marker 92 and soon had Sardinas in custody. The female formerly with Sardinas was found shortly thereafter on Navajo Street in Islamorada,” the office reported.
“Detectives Kerns and Askins conducted interviews where both Sardinas and the female gave conflicting stories on how and where they met the victim. Furthermore, neither Sardinas nor the female denied being in the vehicle with the victim.”
Thankfully, the teen was able to identify Sardinas in a photo lineup, and so he’s since been tossed into jail. The woman meanwhile wasn’t, but the office noted that “[m]ore arrests and charges may be pending in this case.”
“I am relieved this suspect is currently sitting in jail and the young victim in this case was not seriously hurt,” Monroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsay said in a statement.
“I want to thank and commend my staff as well as our partners at the Florida Highway Patrol for quickly putting two and two together that resulted in a quick arrest.”
This crime differs from many of the other coronavirus-related crimes that have occurred recently in two primary ways.
One, about half of the other coronavirus-related crimes haven’t actually been crimes. They’ve instead been examples of police state tactics being used to infringe on the constitutional rights of American citizens.
Here just one recent example:
BREAKING: Bellmawr police have arrested a man who was working out inside Atilis Gym. It’s unclear what the charge is. pic.twitter.com/ljjxpEAJdB
— Ellie Rushing (@EllieRushing) May 19, 2020
Many more exist.
The second half of crimes have been actual crimes committed by convicted criminals who were purposefully released from jail or prison by Democrat officials.
On Thursday, the same day as the incident in Florida, a woman with a history of “indecent exposure, trespassing, terroristic threatening and harassment” was released from jail in the blue state of Hawaii because of the coronavirus.
Seen below, that criminal, Diamond Simeona Agoo, was rearrested hours later for robbing a woman:
Days earlier in Washington, another criminal who’d been released from prison early was rearrested — this time for trying to kill a woman.
“The victim, a woman in her 60s, was taking a break from hiking on a trail Friday when police say 33-year-old Matthew Cory came up from behind her and started choking her,” local station KCPQ reported.
“According to court documents, the victim said she managed to loosen his grip and scream loud enough that he ran off. Police found Cory running through the woods, and the victim positively identified him as her attacker.”
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In Sardinas’ case, at least he wasn’t supposed to have been behind bars when he committed his crime. And given that he committed the crime in the red state of Florida, chances are low he’ll be getting any special perks because of the coronavirus.
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