When his girlfriend ignored his demands to stop cursing, a Florida man got angry and allegedly washed her mouth out with soap.

26-year-old John Vincent Caruso was arrested following a confrontation with Stephanie Madewell, 20, in the home they share with their two children.

Madewell told Pasco County Sheriff’s Office deputies that she had been arguing with Caruso early last night when he warned that, “if she raised her voice again he would put soap in her mouth.”

While Madewell was seated on a couch, Caruso “came up behind her” and “put a bottle of liquid dish soap in her mouth and squeezed the bottle,” according to a sheriff’s report.

Madewell, who said that the Dawn soap “went into her mouth and throat,” told deputies that as she sought to knock the bottle out of Caruso’s hand, he pulled it out of her mouth, slicing her lip in the process.

A deputy reported that Madewell had a cut on her upper lip, and that there was “dried up dish soap on her right cheek/chin and down her neck into her bra and shirt.”

When questioned by a deputy, Caruso “admitted he squirted soap into Stephanie’s mouth,” according to a criminal complaint charging him with domestic battery. Pictured in the adjacent mug shot, Caruso was booked into the Pasco County jail, where he remains in custody.

Before he was arrested, Caruso told an investigator that his parents used to put soap in his mouth. He added, strangely, that he “will still put soap in his mouth now out of respect for his parents.”


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A Florida man was charged with battery after he allegedly hit his brother with a Styrofoam plate.

On Aug. 17 the two brothers and their father were in the dining room of a Fort Walton Beach residence when an argument. According to the father, the spat began when one of the brothers began making disparaging comments about his mother.

During the argument, one brother apparently picked up a Styrofoam plate and swung at his brother, striking him in the face. The victim suffered several small cuts to his cheek and the left side of this face, an Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputy wrote in the arrest report.

The brother was charged with misdemeanor battery and will report to a judge on Sept. 4.


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A 74-year-old Florida grandmother is hoping a short stint in jail has allowed the man who allegedly spit on her during a Wednesday road rage incident to cool off.

“He needs to account for what he’s done,” said Lois Artino from Cape Coral. “He needs to take an anger management course. Everybody has a rotten day. Some people learn to deal with it quietly. Other people, like him, go off the deep end.”

Kurt Ronis, 33, was arrested Thursday and charged with battery of a person 65 years or older. He was released around 2 p.m. Friday after spending a little more than a day at the Lee County Jail.

Artino said the trouble began Wednesday afternoon when her son was driving her home from the airport. A car on the left started honking and then another vehicle, driven by Ronis, showed up on the right and pulled up real close, she said.

“He was so very angry and I didn’t know what he was angry about,” Artino said. “He’s screaming and yelling and he spit right through the window. His DNA is still on the car if the police want it.”

She was stunned and disgusted, she said, and is still hoping he doesn’t have any diseases that could be transmitted through a small cut she had on her hand. She has also washed her sweater twice.

After they both passed through the toll plaza on the Midpoint Memorial Bridge, Artino said they pulled over and her son and grandson got out of the car. Seeing them, Ronis took off again, she said.

The Artinos called police, who released a photo snapped of Ronis at the toll booth. Within minutes, an administrative assistant in the major crimes unit recognized him and provided a name. Officers then paid Ronis a visit at his home, where he admitted to everything, according to police.

No one answered the door at Ronis’ home Friday.

For now, Artino said she’s trying to stay busy to keep from constantly replaying the incident in her mind. Even so, she said she doesn’t hold a grudge against him.

She will, however, take action to prevent a similar situation next time she’s in the car.

“I’m gonna keep them windows rolled up,” she joked. “I got air conditioning.”

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A woman accused of “firmly” grabbing her husband’s left testicle and refusing to let go for about two minutes was arrested after the husband showed a photograph of his testicle to a sheriff’s official, according to a recently released affidavit.

Maryann Scott, 49, told an Indian River County Sheriff’s deputy Nov. 26 that her husband had been drinking. She said he took a ring he’d given her as a present and hid it.

Scott’s husband said they’ve experienced marital issues, saying he’s going to file for divorce. He said he hid the ring, which he said was valued at about $15,000.

He said he was on the couch when Scott noticed the ring missing from where she typically kept it. He said Scott got upset when he wouldn’t tell her where he hid it.

He said she got a knife and said “she was going to kill him and that he was going to tell her where he had hidden her ring.

He said Scott “firmly grabbed his left testicle and refused to let go.”

“(Scott’s husband) stated he then grabbed Maryann’s wrist to try and get her to let go of his testicle,” an affidavit states. “(Scott’s husband) stated Maryann held on to his testicle for about two minutes or more before he was able to get her to let go.”

Scott’s husband said he called 911 after Scott relinquished the testicle.

He said his left testicle had “red marks and bruising” from Scott “grabbing and holding on to it so hard,” an affidavit states.

Scott’s husband took a picture of his left testicle with the deputy’s camera, and the deputy saw two apparent “red marks/bruises on the testicle in the photograph.”

Scott was arrested on a battery charge.

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A Californian five-year-old was handcuffed and charged with battery after allegedly kicking a police officer in the knee.

Michael Davis had his hands tied behind his back with zip ties and was driven in a police car to psychiatric hospital after apparently lashing out at the officer during a meeting at his primary school.

Michael had been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and his teachers suggested that he meet with a school police officer, Lieutenant Frank Gordo, in the hope that a uniformed presence might curb his disruptive behaviour.

According to a police report, Lt Gordo put his hand on Michael’s and “the boy pushed my hand away in a batting motion, pushed papers off the table, and kicked me in the right knee”.

The officer said Michael refused to calm down and so his hands and feet were secured with zip ties of the sort used to restrain violence criminals.

Without informing the boy’s parents, Lt Gordo drove him in the back of his police car to Stockton Kaiser Psychiatric Hospital for an evaluation.

His mother, Thelma, said she “was led to believe that Michael saw a police officer and attacked a police officer on sight,” and only learned that he had been handcuffed several weeks later after reading the report.

One charge of battery on a police officer was later dropped by a juvenile court.

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Thieves who stole a mobility scooter found their 4mph thrilling escape quickly coming to a stuttering end – when the vehicle’s battery ran out of power.

The thieves only managed to travel 500m before the £1,600 vehicle ran out of power.

Pensioner Len Cook had briefly left the scooter outside his house in Belvedere, Kent, when it was taken. The 76-year-old, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease, was unable to leave his house for three days.

‘I’m marooned and isolated,’ he told reporters.

‘I think the people who took it are low life because they don’t think about what the consequences are.

‘I don’t think they give a monkey’s whether that is important to me or not.’

He suspected the scooter could have ended up in a van and been carried miles away but was elated when it was found close to home.

‘It was difficult to believe when I was told it had showed up – I thought how wonderful it was,’ he said.

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Brent Jameson Morgan, a would-be thief from Prince George, B.C. armed with an axe has learned that when it comes to stealing cars, common sense may come in handy.

Morgan, 20, now knows that the Corvette he tried to steal becomes nothing more than a four-wheeled holding cell when the battery dies and common sense goes out the window.

He allegedly jumped into the idling Corvette just as the owner was putting away a charger used to revive the sports car’s dead battery.

The owner watched in disbelief as the suspect rolled up the power windows, locked the power doors and promptly stalled the vehicle.

“Unfortunately for the (suspect), he was not good with a standard transmission and stalled the Corvette when he attempted to reverse out of the driveway,” RCMP Cpl. Craig Douglass said.

The shocked owner wasn’t able to take any action because the man in his car was brandishing bear spray, Douglass said.

With not enough juice in the battery to restart the car, the suspect was trapped inside the Corvette after failing to break the window with the victim’s anti-theft steering wheel lock and an axe in his backpack.

As police arrived, Morgan was attempting to exit the vehicle after allegedly smashing the driver side window with his screw driver — apparently for no good reason.

“As it turns out, all the suspect would have had to do was manually slide the door lock to the side and the door would have opened,” Douglass said.

Morgan was arrested and his bicycle was removed from the scene.

He’s been charged with theft, mischief, possession of break-in instruments and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

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A Chicago woman was charged with misdemeanor domestic battery on Sunday after police said that she threw cupcakes at her husband and hit him over the head.

Dawn Montesdeoca, 60, is accused of tossing the treats at her 56-year-old husband in their home Saturday. The fight started with a verbal quarrel, but escalated until Montesdeoca began hitting her husband over the head.

After that, she reached for the box of desserts and tossed them at her husband’s head and body, he told police. Several of the confections apparently hit their mark, as the man’s head and shirt were smudged with icing when officers arrived.

Her husband told police he was scared for his safety, although the Chicago Tribune reported he has been arrested three times since 2003 on battery or domestic battery charges.

All of the charges were eventually dropped.

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