Category Archives: Elder Abuse

Elderly Good Samaritans Stop Christmas Day Robber

The Three Gentlemen stepped in to help a 68-year-old Woman.

Armed Robber
Larry S. Kent Jr

A 45-year-old Winter Haven man spent Christmas night behind bars courtesy of three good Samaritans who came to the rescue of a 68-year-old woman who was being robbed.

According to the Winter Haven Police Department, the crime in question took place around 5:45 p.m. as Valerie Melzer was returning to her vehicle after enjoying Christmas dinner with friends at a restaurant. When she approached the car, police said, Larry S. Kent Jr. ran up behind her and tried to snatch her purse. Melzer wasn’t such an easy target, Kent discovered.

Police say she began screaming and wouldn’t give up her purse. When they heard her screams, two of Mezler’s friends “sprang into action,” police wrote in an email to media. “At this time, Kent was dragging the victim at least 15 feet across the parking lot,” the email said. “The witnesses, 66 year-old Marvin Hotakainen and 73 year-old Paul Murray tackled Kent, pinning him to the ground while Melzer was able to break free.”

At this time, Patrick Cameron, 67, was leaving the restaurant and heard the commotion. When witnesses started yelling that Kent had a gun, “Cameron ran to assist holding Kent’s legs while Hotakainen and Murray held his upper body to the ground and retrieved the gun.” Kent’s weapon turned out to be a BB gun, but the men held him for special delivery to police officers anyway.

Melzer suffered minor cuts during the attack and was treated at the scene. Kent, however, had to take a side trip to Winter Haven Hospital for treatment of a broken rib and a few minor injuries, police noted. While making the pit stop, police found a clear baggie in Kent’s possession. That baggie contained .9 grams of methamphetamine, police said.

Kent was eventually booked into the Polk County Jail on robbery with a firearm, battery on a person 65 or older, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia charges. He was being held without bond Friday morning. Kent, police say, is no stranger to Florida law enforcement. He has been arrested 17 times in Polk County and has served 4 years in Florida State Prison for grand theft auto, forgery and grand theft convictions.

Paying back for what I was freely given

Nothing in life is Free, especially Knowledge

I know everyone of us has heard, at some point in their life, someone saying “I worked for EVERYTHING I got“, “NOBODY ever gave me anything“, or especially this one “Get out and buy your own self a car, nobody ever gave me nothing unless I earned it“.

I can remember the look on his face as he told the story; I know there had to be a smile on my face, because Frank was smiling.  I look at Frank everyday, and everyday he smiles at me, just like He did, so long ago.  ” .…and it was cold, I mean REAL cold.  You can’t imagine day after day being cold, so cold you hurt, then there’s the nights”.

I never knew many good men, until I was 17;  “….finally our winter uniforms and gear caught up to us.”  I can still see his face, smiling, always smiling at his boys.  One thing never changed my whole life, make that 2, I always knew My Dad was the Best Man I ever knew.

I can’t imagine anyone hurting a Child, that has never happened around me and Frank but maybe 2 times since I was 17.  I also can’t imagine anyone gutless enough to say something bad to an Elder.  Today, in this dog eat dog, what’s wrong is right and what’s right is wrong world we’re living in, all that matters is I, I, I, or me, me, me.  All of a sudden we got hundreds of thousands of self proclaimed sages pontificating proudly from behind their computers “it’s that homophobic mouse’s fault, HE named the Redskins”….

The bottom line is, people are playing knockout with Our Parents and GrandParents. They are being robbed as they come out of the supermarket; bones are being broken as they punch and kick the ones who used to give us caramel apples on Halloween.  How can you not hear the call for help;  someone, anyone, Help Please…. 

Parenting and Elder Abuse

Adding Elder Abuse and Parenting to Our Post Categories

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