Stupid crimes: Bathroom trysts and more
DECATUR, Georgia (Court TV) -- An inmate's daring courtroom escape attempt fell through.
Ben N. Rogozensky, 31, was captured September 8 literally "in chambers," when he crashed through a ceiling tile into the offices of Judge J. Antonio Delcampo prior to a scheduled bond hearing before the judge.
Rogozensky reportedly was one of about a dozen inmates in DelCampo's courtroom awaiting hearings when he was taken to an empty jury room to speak with his attorney.
With a deputy waiting outside, Rogozensky asked to go into the adjacent restroom. There he allegedly climbed into the ceiling crawl space, according to police.
Workers in Judge Delcampo's chambers reportedly began hearing a rumbling from above. Seconds later, the barefoot inmate fell through the ceiling near the judge's desk, where a technician was fixing the computer. The judge was in court at the time.
"He was here for a bond hearing when he made his entrance," said one of the judge's clerks, Samantha Whaley, who was on the phone with the sheriff's jail security office when Rogozensky dropped in.
"I've been working here for 14 years and I've never had that happen," Whaley added.
Court deputies were notified of the break-through and grabbed Rogozensky in the hallway.
Rogozensky was originally arrested on September 2 on charges of giving false information and obstructing officers, according to the sheriff's department. He also is wanted in Gwinnett County for violating probation for a hit-and-run conviction and in New Jersey on a car theft charge, according to authorities.
Rogozensky now also faces an escape charge. He is not yet scheduled to re-appear in DeKalb County Court, according to Whaley.
Bank flasher gets rude awakening
LARGO, Florida -- A naked napper got a rude awakening.
Donald E. Whitney, 53, was charged with burglary and exposure of sexual organs after an indecent incident at a Republic National bank last week.
Whitney reportedly entered the bank and proceeded to the men's room. While inside, he removed his pants, underwear and socks, according to police.
He then walked into the lobby of the building, stood in front of a wall and exposed himself to the dismayed depositors in the bank, according to the arrest report.
Perhaps tired from the alleged x-rated exploit, Whitney retired to a private kitchen area in the bank and fell asleep naked on a couch.
When police tried to rouse him, Whitney reportedly replied: "This is the bar. Go away," states the police report.
Despite Whitney's claim, he was in fact still in the bank and promptly arrested. After being held in lieu of $10,500 bail in Pinellas County Jail, a judge ordered Whitney released on his own recognizance.
He entered a not guilty plea and a psychological evaluation was ordered. No court dates are yet scheduled. Whitney is on probation for a 2001 battery charge.
Fake cops bust love birds
HOUMA, Louisiana -- A pair of apparently bogus cops is accused of trying to profit from a couple's restroom rendezvous.
Tyson James Farkas, 22 and Tina Marie Robichaux, 28, each were charged with extortion and impersonating an officer after they threatened to jail a couple they caught having sex in the women's bathroom of restaurant called Boudreau and Thibodeau's Cajun Cookin'.
The two allegedly told the ladies' room love birds that they would be jailbirds unless they handed over $100. The couple's names have not been released and they were not charged.
According to police, a customer at the restaurant reportedly told the management after discovering the restaurant romp. The management promptly asked the restroom romantics to leave the premises and called the sheriff's department.
Farkas and Robichaux, who had also been customers in the restaurant, then allegedly identified themselves as police officers and demanded $100 from the couple. The man reportedly gave Farkas and Robichaux $20 cash and a check for $80 before police arrived.
Robichaux was reportedly carrying business cards identifying her as the owner of Li'l Dog Bail Bond Co. She also was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance after police allegedly found another person's prescription drugs in her possession.
Robichaux was released from Terrebonne Parish jail on $5,000 bond while Farkas was released on $3,000 bond. They are scheduled to be arraigned on October 28.