WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.May 24 2012 - A judge this morning denied bond for one of the brothers who allegedly murdered a Palm Beach Gardens security guard last year with a shovel.
Joseph Frisbee, 28, of suburban West Palm Beach, was arrested yesterday on charges of first-degree murder, robbery with a firearm, dealing in stolen property and fraud.
This morning, Palm Beach County Circuit Court Judge Krista Marx ordered he be held without bond.
While holding Frisbee’s probable cause affidavit in her hand, Marx said sternly, “I find proof evident, presumption great.”
As of this morning, Frisbee’s brother – 33-year-old Stephen Frisbee, of Jacksonville – has not been booked into the Palm Beach County Jail.
The brothers allegedly murdered Jacques Novembre, a father of five and grandfather of 11, July 14. The 61-year-old security guard was found beaten last summer behind Promenade Shopping Plaza on Alternate A1A. The tall, bespectacled Novembre never awoke. He died in Kindred Hospital in Riviera Beach on Sept. 29.
On Tuesday, the day after Jackie Novembre graduated from John I. Leonard High School, the 18-year-old watched police officers announce the arrest of the two brothers in the brutal murder of her father.
“I wish he was there to watch me yesterday. But he wasn’t,” sobbed Novembre, tightly gripping a white tissue.
“There is no joy today. Our dad was our life,” said daughter Frantzcesse, balancing her three-year-old son Quentin on her knee.
The Frisbee brothers could get the death penalty if convicted of the first-degree murder charges. The brothers tried to steal a brass backflow device from behind the shopping center. The water-control devices can be sold to scrap dealers for cash, police said.
Novembre, who was on duty, interrupted them. The brothers beat him with a shovel. They stole his necklace, bracelet and wallet. Novembre’s nose was broken, and he suffered severe facial and skull fractures, police said.
The brothers took the backflow device and left Novembre unconscious behind the plaza.
That same day, Stephen sold the bracelet for $435 at a Lantana pawn shop. He sold several backflow devices the next day to a scrap metal dealer for $300 in Pompano Beach. The store owners called police.
“Various witnesses also called Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County and provided information,” said Gardens Police Chief Stephen Stepp at the press conference at the Gardens police station called to announce the arrests.
Frantzcesse said the arrests were a great relief to her family.
“I’m glad justice is served. But it does not bring my dad’s life back,” she said, trying not to cry.
COLUMBUS, Ohio April 27 2012 - Police said on Thursday that they identified the man who struck a security guard with a vehicle at Riverside Methodist Hospital in October.
According to police, Bryce Allen Jr., of Jacksonville, Ark., used his car to strike security guard Sgt. Chad Rosser near the Emergency Room entrance, at about 11 p.m. on Oct. 13.
Rosser was called to respond when Allen, 46, argued with a valet parker, 10TV’s Maureen Kocot reported.
Allen, 46, allegedly used his 2000 black Cadillac to push Rosser into a stop sign before fleeing the scene. Rosser suffered minor injuries because of the incident.
Investigators said that they tracked Allen down when they traveled to Jacksonville, Ark. He was charged with felonious assault and tampering with evidence.
Allen was being held in the Pulaski County Jail, in Arkansas, on a homicide charge unrelated to the Riverside Methodist Hospital incident.
According to police, Allen drove around a barricade and ran over two firefighters and a police officer who were responding to a crash involving his mother in Arkansas.
Jacksonville Fire Capt. Donald Jones was killed. Allen is facing a second-degree murder charge in Jones’ death.
Bryce Allen, Allen’s father, said that he was stunned.
“I know he was trying to get to his mother, but as far as that other part of the catastrophe, I can’t believe it,” Bryce Allen said.