Camilo Alejandro Nanfra, [ GCSO ]
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Teen spring breaker stalks, batters deputy

A 17-year-old spring breaker is facing felony charges after seeking out and battering an off-duty Gulf County Sheriff’s Office deputy Thursday evening.

According to a news release from the sheriff’s office, shortly before 6:30 p.m. ET on March 14, three males crawled under the fence of a Gulf County deputy’s house on Cape San Blas. One unidentified male was taking pictures of the deputy’s patrol vehicle parked at the residence.

As the males approached the deputy’s front door, the deputy immediately recognized 17-year-old Camilo Alejandro Nanfra, of Tampa, from prior on-duty contacts this week that included the deputy issuing him a notice to appear for possession of alcohol by a minor. 

The release said Nanfra was holding a wooden stake from the deputy’s property, and that as the deputy made contact with the three males in his garage, the two unidentified males fled on foot down the boardwalk to the beach.

Nanfra also fled down the deputy’s private boardwalk toward Cape San Blas after attempting to strike the deputy in the face. As the deputy ran after him, he pushed the deputy, sending them both off the boardwalk into the marsh grass area, according to the news release.

Nanfra started clawing and punching the deputy, then fled to the beach, where he ended up on an adjacent boardwalk where an off-duty Gulf County reserve deputy began chasing after him. 

Nanfra stuck the reserve deputy in the chest, causing him to fall off the boardwalk into the marsh grass. Nanfra also fell off the boardwalk where a struggle ensued between the two. The deputy joined the reserve deputy to help restrain Nanfra until a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission law enforcement officer arrived. The deputy assisted the FWC officer to place Nanfra in handcuffs.

The deputy received minor injuries; the reserve deputy and Nanfra did not sustain any injuries.

“Our full support is with our deputy who was targeted at his own home by an angry individual. While this is an isolated situation, we are preparing for the future as spring breakers gravitate to our beaches that have less restrictions than some of our neighboring counties,” said Sheriff Mike Harrison. “As a show of support for our deputy and reserve deputy, we will have extra patrols out starting this weekend to let residents and visitors know this type of behavior will not be tolerated. Gulf County is known for its safe and family friendly environment and we want to keep it that way.”

Nanfra is charged with battery, burglary, and possession of a counterfeit driver’s license or ID card, all of which are felonies:. He is also charged with battery, criminal mischief, trespassing, and fraud – impersonation. He was booked in the Gulf County Detention Facility and transported to the Department of Juvenile Justice in Bay County.

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Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

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