Criminal Corner 7 – Your week in crime for Manatee County

Manatee Herald staff report

Bradenton elderly care employee charged with battering elderly woman

An investigation into an employee at an elderly care facility in Bradenton has been charged with battering an 85-year-old woman, according to the State of Florida Attorney General’s office.

The investigation began in November of 2019, which has led to the arrest of Kris-Shanique Bane.

According to the investigation, Bane was working as a medical technician at Langdon Hall when she was attempting to feed the victim her medications, which were crushed in applesauce.

Law enforcement notes that the victim has dementia and is blind.

According to court documents, the victim spit the medicine out because Bane was not being gentle, at which time Bane violently forced the victim’s jaw open and shoved the medicine into her mouth with a spoon causing some minor injuries in the victim’s mouth.

Investigators say Bane then began to yell at the victim, calling the elderly woman, “Nasty.”

According to the documents, several efforts were made to contact Bane beginning in 2020, but Bane refused to cooperate. Bane was terminated from the facility shortly after the incident after an internal investigation was completed.

An arrest warrant was issued June 17 and Bane was located and arrested in Sarasota on June 22.

Bane was booked into the Sarasota County jail where she was allowed to post bond the same day and released.

Aggravated assault with a blowtorch

Mark Russell, 58, is facing an aggravated assault charge after chasing around his roommate with a lit blowtorch, according to the Bradenton Police Department.

Police say Russell attempted to light the victim on fire on May 23 at around 3:20 a.m. at a residence in the 4100 block of 43rd Avenue West.

During questioning, Russell asked police which blowtorch they were referring to because he has several of them, according to the arrest warrant.

Russell was recently arrested for chasing the same victim around with a knife.

Russell was arrested on the latest charge on June 19 and booked into the Manatee County jail.

He was released two days later after posting a $1,500 bond despite facing two charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Bradenton man leaves behind ID at crime scene

A 25-year-old Bradenton man made it easy for law enforcement when he left his drivers license inside a vehicle he had burglarized, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies say they recognized Ricky Ladouceur’s image on his license from a domestic disturbance they had responded to just 30 minutes prior.

Deputies located Ladouceur a short time later walking in the 1800 block of Cortez Road West where he was taken into custody.

Ladouceur remains in custody on a $1,500 bond for the vehicle burglary and no bond on a contempt of court charge.

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