Short pursuit ends in arrest of registered sex offender

After a brief car chase on Christmas Day, Monroe County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested a Stock Island man on five felony counts, including failure to register as a sex offender.

Deputy Lazaro Valdes spotted 29-year-old Orlando Grimon -- who Lazaro knew was wanted on warrants for not showing up for three court dates for previous cases -- driving a white Kia on 5th Street on Stock Island around noon.

When Lazaro tried to stop Grimon, he sped up, going as much as 60 mph in a 25 mph zone, according to Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Becky Herrin. Grimon drove to the Stock Island Apartments on 3rd Avenue and "jumped out of the vehicle and ran into apartment 213," where he and his wife live.

When police knocked, Grimon came out and was arrested for felony fleeing and eluding police, misdemeanor reckless driving, misdemeanor violating a domestic-violence injunction, the felony failure-to-appear warrants and failure to register as a sex offender, also a felony.

According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's sex-offender database, Grimon was convicted in November 2010 of lewd and lascivious sexual battery of a minor between ages 12 and 15. He served state prison time at the South Bay Correctional Facility in Palm Beach County until his release on June 17, 2012.

Grimon was charged with the sex offense in November 2009 while already in custody following a Nov. 20 incident that started when deputies spotted Grimon driving around mile marker 11 with a broken taillight. He was stopped and a search of the vehicle turned up 56 grams of cocaine, authorities said.

Less than a week later, Grimon was charged with obstructing justice, another felony, for apparently trying to tamper with a witness.

He has been arrested more than a dozen times since 2004 and is being held at the Monroe County Detention Center without bond. Sheriff's Office booking information indicates Grimon works as a fisherman.