Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Investigative Operations Bureau
-Criminal Intelligence Unit
Patrol Operations Bureau
-Violent Crimes Task Force
-Community Policing Unit
Judicial Operations Bureau
-Violent Offender Warrants Unit
Pasco County Sheriff’s Office
Florida Parole and Probation
Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE)
Florida Highway Patrol
Dade City Police Department
New Port Richey Police Department
Zephyrhills Police Department
Tarpon Springs Police Department
“Operation Cold Justice” was a two day partnership between the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office and the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office in an effort to serve both outstanding felony and misdemeanor warrants and probable cause affidavits. The operation resulted in a total of 302 arrests.
“Operation Cold Justice” ran for two days beginning Tuesday, January 28, 2014 through Wednesday, January 29, 2014. The operation ran each day for 12 hours from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
“Operation Cold Justice” took place from Gulf to Bay north to the county line in Pinellas County and throughout all of Pasco County.
“Operation Cold Justice” was a two day partnership between the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office and the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office in an effort to serve both outstanding felony and misdemeanor warrants and probable cause affidavits. The intent of the operation was to combine resources and personnel in an effort to get these criminals off of the streets.
During the operation, deputies made 557 warrant attempts and served 339 warrants. This resulted in the arrest of 302 individuals. The individuals were arrested on various charges to include VOP Providing False Information to Pawn Broker, Possession of Controlled Substance, Possession of Paraphernalia, Obstruction, Battery by Strangulation, Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Failure to Appear – Driving While License Suspended/Revoked, VOP Felony Battery, Grand Theft and VOP Burglary Structure Unoccupied. Based on the arrest location, the individuals were transported to either the Pinellas County Jail or the Pasco County Jail.
“Operation Cold Justice was a multi-jurisdictional operation that allowed us to arrest subjects with outstanding warrants in the most effective and safe manner. We were able to build relationships between various agencies, while working together to get criminals off the streets and help our communities become a safer place to live” said Sheriff Bob Gulatieri.
“Neighborhoods in Pasco and Pinellas were positively impacted by this united law enforcement operation. We struck criminals off-guard and gained valuable information for further investigations” said Sheriff Chris Nocco.
Here is a link to the video from the operation courtesy of Pasco County Sheriff’s Office : http://youtu.be/K7MK0ZkLmAc
Click this link to view the entire press conference courtesy of the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office:
A few notable Pinellas County arrests are below:
Brandi Leigh Frankart (Arrested)
Address: 2310 Denmark Street, Unit 14, Clearwater
Charges: Warrant VOP Providing False Information to Pawn Broker, Possession of Controlled Substance, Possession of Paraphernalia, Obstruction
Christopher Paul Trautman (Arrested)
Address: 2310 Denmark Street, Unit 14, Clearwater
Charges: Warrant Failure To Appear Driving While License Suspended/Revoked, Possession of Controlled Substance, Possession of Paraphernalia, Obstruction
Synopsis: During an attempt to locate a suspect at 2310 Denmark, Unit 14 (Top of the World Condos), deputies could hear movement inside the residence. After approximately 20 minutes, a male subject answered the door with a loose pit bull, attempting to use the pit bull to keep law enforcement from entering. Deputies advised the male subject of the reason for their being at the residence. The subject, identified as 33-year-old Christopher Trautman denied that the wanted subject, 25-year-old Brandi Frankart was inside the residence. Trautman agreed to let deputies inside the unit to search. Once inside, Frankart was found hiding in a bedroom closet underneath a pile of dirty clothes behind the solid wall that adjoins to the closet doors. During the initial search of the residence, numerous items of contraband were observed in plain view. These items included multiple forms of drug paraphernalia and narcotics. Both Frankart and Trautman were arrested and transported to the Pinellas County Jail without further incident.
Quentin Allen Ford (Arrested)
Address: 608 Belleair Place, Clearwater
Charges: Warrant Domestic Battery By Strangulation, Warrant Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Warrant Failure To Appear Driving While License Suspended/Revoked, False Imprisonment, 2 counts of Grand Theft Auto and 2 counts of VOP Aggravated Battery.
Synopsis: Clearwater Police Department contacted the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office with a request to help apprehend a violent fugitive that has fled from them over the past several weeks. The subject has a criminal history that includes homicide, armed trafficking, assault and battery. Through various tips, leads and investigative techniques, deputies assigned to the Violent Offender Warrant Unit were able locate the suspect residing in the Clearwater area. The subject, identified as 29-year-old Quentin Ford, who has been an absconder of justice for over one year, was apprehended and taken to the Pinellas County Jail without incident.
Christopher Robin Sanchez (Arrested)
Address: 1001 N. Martin Luther King Avenue, Clearwater
Charges: Warrant VOP Felony Battery, VOP Battery, Possession of Controlled Substance, and Possession of Paraphernalia
Synopsis: While attempting to make contact with a subject, it was learned that the fugitive had left the location ten minutes prior on a PSTA bus bound for South St. Petersburg. The DUI unit closest to the route taken by the bus was contacted. The fugitive was observed entering the second bus at the bus stop. As the bus began its route to the secondary location, the DUI unit was able to conduct a traffic stop on the bus and apprehend the fugitive who was still on the bus. During the arrest, several items of contraband were found on the subject. The subject, identified as 26-year-old Christopher Sanchez was arrested and transported to the Pinellas County Jail.
Jonathan Harrison (Arrested)
Address: 1918 Shenango Avenue, Clearwater
Charges: Warrant VOP Burglary Structure Unoccupied, Resisting Arrest without Violence
Chadwick McElroy (Arrested)
Address: 427 S. Disston Avenue, Tarpon Springs
Charges: Warrant VOP Battery, Resisting Arrest without Violence
Synopsis: While checking an address in Tarpon Springs, several subjects fled out of the back door between a pair of protective pit bulls. The K-9 unit was deployed and an area check was activated. While checking a wooded area, both subjects, 20-year-old Jonathan Harrison and 22-year-old Chadwick McElroy were located and fled again. With the hard work and dedication of our deputies, the two were apprehended shortly after and taken in to custody.
John M. Shepherd (Arrested)
Address: 2429 Hama Drive, Holiday
Charges: Warrant Felony Grand Theft
Synopsis: During an attempt to locate a subject in Tarpon Springs, near the Pasco County line, it became known that the subject moved to another location in Pasco County. Through various leads, landmarks and an area canvas, a new location for the subject was identified. Due to the cooperative agreement between the Pinellas County and Pasco County Sheriff’s Offices during this operation, the suspect, identified as 46-year-old John Shepherd, was apprehended and taken into custody without incident.
The investigation continues.