After receiving a tip from a witness, Clewiston police officers responded to a burglary in progress at Yovi’s Market on South Francisco Street on July 19.
At around 3 a.m., the witness called 911 saying she could see a man trying to break into the back of the convenience store using a sledge hammer to break through the concrete wall, according to a report released by the Clewiston Police Department.
When officers arrived, the man had allegedly fled across Francisco Street into the Fairgrounds Mobile Home Park, but officers soon located the man, identified as Francis Talleyrand, 22, of Belle Glade.
Talleyrand reportedly told officers he was the victim of a kidnapping, and was inside the kidnappers’ vehicle while one of the two men tried to break into the store with the sledge hammer.
Talleyrand requested medical attention for his arm and leg, which he stated were injured when he was thrown from the kidnappers’ vehicle, and was transported to Hendry Regional Medical Center. As Talleyrand received treatment, officers gathered evidence at the convenience store and located the sledge hammer in a flower bed near a mobile home in the Everglades Mobile Home Park on East El Paso.
The witness was also able to identify Talleyrand as the man she saw trying to break into the convenience store.
Stating Talleyrand’s kidnapping story continually changed as he was questioned and considering the evidence collected, officers found probable cause to arrest him.
Talleyrand was arrested and charged with burglary and criminal mischief-property damage.
Talleyrand was also charged with violation of probation, as he was currently on probation for attempted robbery and attempted murder.
At the age of 13, Talleyrand was accused of shooting and nearly killing a 16-year-old girl working at a Subway restaurant in West Palm Beach.
He was found guilty in 2007 and sentenced to 20 years, 10 years in prison and 10 years on probation, according to media reports.