Rookie deputy sheriff faces firing following arrest for theft

April 30, 2014 

A Monroe County Sheriff's Office deputy on the force for just seven months faces likely firing following his Saturday arrest in Miami-Dade County on two criminal charges.

Juan Morales Jr., hired in September, is now on administrative leave without pay. Following an internal investigation, which could be complete this week, he'll know his job status.

Deputy Becky Herrin said Morales, 19, and two other men are charged with grand theft and criminal mischief in Miami-Dade for allegedly trying to steal a tire and rim off a vehicle on SW 149th Avenue.

Pot seized

Sheriff's Office detectives arrested a 27-year-old Key Largo man Tuesday morning after he reportedly was found with 60 grams of marijuana and $4,000 in cash the agency says is suspected drug proceeds.

Herrin said detectives served a search warrant at 50 Andros Road and inside was Kevin J. Cornell. There were also three warrants out for his arrest, specifics of which weren't immediately available.

He's charged with three counts of sale of marijuana, possessing drug paraphernalia and using a two-way device to facilitate a felony. Bail was set at $44,000.

Road rage

A Marathon man was arrested Monday after allegedly showing another driver a gun during a road-rage incident.

Andrew Bermudez, 26, is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Herrin said that just before 9 p.m. Monday, reported victim said a man driving a blue Ford minivan pointed a black handgun at him in the parking lot of the Mobile station on Big Coppitt Key. He gave dispatchers the van's tag number.

Deputies Andrew Hudson and Donald Stulken stopped the van on Stock Island and Bermudez was at the wheel. He reportedly admitted having a gun in the van.

Herrin said he told the deputies he was driving south on U.S. 1 around mile marker 16 and that a Mercedes behind him was following too closely. He said he put on his brakes to let the Mercedes driver know he was following too closely and that the Mercedes then passed him and did the same thing in front of him.

Herrin said Bermudez the took his gun out of his glove compartment, passed the Mercedes and tapped the gun against his driver's side window to let the other driver know he was armed.

Four felonies

The daughter of a former Monroe County sheriff was jailed on four felonies Monday in connection with stolen jewelry being pawned at a Marathon pawn shop.

Allison Peryam, 27, daughter of former Sheriff Bob Peryam, is accused of stealing the jewelry from her roommate. She's charged with burglary, grand theft, dealing in stolen property and fraud.

The younger Peryam was arrested in late 2012 for stealing from Home Depot in Key West, where she was cashier, through fraudulent returns. A search of her purse following her arrest turned up 18 syringes and two spoons.

Following her arrest, Peryam entered a rehab program at Plantation General Hospital. She pleaded out and did no jail time.

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