OKEECHOBEE — Two women were allegedly arrested inside a U.S. 441 North business and the arresting deputy thinks one of them may have been “squatting” there.
An arrest report by Deputy Brian Cross, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO), stated the women were arrested after a neighbor called the business owner, who was out of town at the time.
The neighbor reportedly told the business owner there were two people inside his business. The business owner then contacted the sheriff’s office.
Sunday, Aug. 16, Deputy Cross arrested Tacie Kaye Guevara, 47, of Myrtle Creek, Ore., and Vickie Lynn Johnson, 47, N.E. 69th Terrace, Okeechobee. Both women were charged with one felony count of burglary of an unoccupied dwelling and one misdemeanor count of resisting a law enforcement officer without violence.
Guevara was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail on a bond of $5,250, while Johnson’s bond was set at $10,500. Jail records indicate Guevara has been released on bond.
Deputy Cross also stated that Johnson was wanted on an Okeechobee County warrant that charged her with missing a weekend work crew.
According to the deputy’s report, the owner of the business has been out of town for about a month.
Deputy Cross, along with OCSO Deputy Quinton Speed, were sent to the business just before midnight and when they arrived they found lights on inside the business and Guevara standing in the front doorway.
Deputy Cross then opened the back door and found footprints leading away from the building and toward some thick weeds. When he entered those weeds he reportedly found Johnson hiding in the weeds with pieces of wood lying on top of her.
He then shined his flashlight on her.
“Vickie did not move, she played dead. I could see her hands at her side and (her) eyes open looking at me,” stated Deputy Cross. “I pulled my taser out of my duty belt, turned it on and put the red laser light on her body. I told Vickie ‘you better come out now or I will taze you.’”
“Vickie immediately responded,” added the deputy.
The deputy’s report went on to point out that he found women’s clothing scattered about the floor as if Guevara was staying there because she has no local address.
“I observed tool markings on the back door where someone had pried it open, and an open bottle of wine and empty beer cans,” continued the deputy.
The business owner reportedly told Deputy Cross there was no open bottle of wine or empty beer cans in the building when he left.
Arraignment for both women has been set for Oct. 6 at 10:30 a.m.
Eric Kopp is a staff writer for the Okeechobee News