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Wednesday, July 2, 2014
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Burglar gets 5 years in state prison

A Stock Island man arrested in December after a series of burglaries and a related crime spree was sentenced to five years in state prison Tuesday.

County Judge Wayne Miller sentenced Manuel Hotniel Argomaniz, 20, to serve five years with a mandatory three years in which he will not be eligible for good behavior time off. Argomaniz will also be on house arrest for one year following his release with nine years of probation.

He was also ordered to stay away from the victims and the neighborhoods were the burglaries occurred.

Argomaniz was accused of pointing a handgun at a man on Miriam Street during a home burglary while he was wanted for four outstanding warrants for violation of probation.

Shortly after the incidents, neighbors reported hearing gunfire, according to police reports. Detectives found a .45-caliber handgun casing in the street near the site of the burglary.

Neighbors' video surveillance allegedly captured Argomaniz bicycling away from the scene.

Meanwhile, Key West police were investigating reports of a man pointing a gun at two men near Bayview Park, according to both law enforcement agencies. The two alleged victims told Key West police that "Manuel" showed them a handgun in a fast-food parking lot after they exchanged "dirty looks."

Argomaniz was eventually arrested by detectives, who surrounded him on the 5600 block of Third Avenue.

Key West police told sheriff's office detectives that Argomaniz was at Third Avenue.

Argomaniz reportedly was still wearing the same clothes, and had the same bike, as he did in the surveillance video. He was also carrying the gun, reports state.

The bike apparently was stolen from another house on Miriam Street, police said at the time of the incident.

alinhardt@keysnews.com

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