From Voice of the Voiceless
Read the police report in
the arrest of Chris Lagergren, caught allegedly trying to free a whale
Some new information is coming out about the allegations against the man
arrested on vandalism and trespassing charges at the Marine Mammal Conservancy
in Florida. News reports have been vague, but have indicated that Chris
Lagergren was arrested tampering with a fence in an attempt to free a captive
police report sheds more light on the allegations, which include, among
*The FBI alerted local police that Langraum was in town,
was "affiliated" with the Animal Liberation Front, and was going to "attempt to
release any caged animals/mammals into their natural habitat".
had observed Lagergren "for the past two weeks standing on the Hampton Inn
property, video taping the Marine Mammal property and its staff".
and another unidentified male were observed by police vandalizing the whale
holding area by "damaging and taking apart the fence which was in the water. The
males pulled several PVC pipes and metal rebars out of the water and threw them
on the rocks, causing damage to the pieces. Their intentions were to make a hole
in the gate to the fenced area".
The full text of the
police report reads as follows:
"On 08-21-2011 at approximately 0416
hours, I responded to the Marine Mammal Conservancy located at 102200 Overseas
Highway in Key Largo, Florida in reference to a criminal mischief.
with complainant, R.Lingenfelser who stated the following: On today�s date at
approximately 0200 hours, he was working at the Marine Mammal Conservancy. His
position is the director of stranding operations and helps rehabilitate injured
mammals so they can be released back into their respective habitat. Currently,
him and his team of volunteers are rehabilitating a 1,100 pound whale which was
stranded months ago. He stated every morning, he redirects the whale from the
holding area, to the rehabilitation area. These areas are part of the Florida
Bay, however they are sectioned off with gates and cages to keep unwanted
animals/mammals out. R.Lingenfelser walked over to the rehabilitation area at
approximately 0200 hours to get the area ready. He observed two white males on
the rocks by the Hampton Inn. The males were damaging and taking apart the fence
which was in the water. The males pulled several PVC pipes and metal rebars out
of the water and threw them on the rocks, causing damage to the pieces. Their
intentions were to make a hole in the gate to the fenced area. The two males saw
R.Lingenfelser after pulling up approximately 10 pieces of the gate, and fled
the scene on foot.
R.Lingenfelser stated prior to the males running away
towards the Hampton Inn, he recognized one of them to be "Chris Langraun", a
late 20's early 30's year old white male. R.Lingenfelser told me he was provided
a picture of this male by an F.B.I. agent a short time ago. The F.B.I. agent
told him that Chris is affiliated with the animal rights group, "A.L.F.". He
further stated that Chris is in town and is going to attempt to release any
caged animals/mammals into their natural habitat.
he has seen Chris for the past two weeks standing on the Hampton Inn property,
video taping the Marine Mammal property and its staff. From the Marine Mammal
Conservancy property, it is divided from the Hampton Inn by the rehabilitation
area and mangroves. R.Lingenfelser stated, Chris� intentions were to release the
whale from the area, only he didn�t know the whale was not there yet.
R.Lingenfelser was unsure of the spelling of Chris�s last name, therefore I was
unable to locate his information through various investigative programs such as
D.A.V.I.D. or MCSO MNI. I conducted a canvas of the Hampton Inn and surrounding
area and was unable to locate the two males described to me as follows:
Chris Langraun � white � male � late 20's early 30's � thing build � brown hair
� 5�10″ � 160 lbs. � blue jeans and a t-shirt
unknown male � white � male
� 20's � black shoulder length hair � 5�10″ � 170lbs. � "Gothic looking".
No further information at this time.
On 08-25-2011 at approximately
2130 hours, I met with Sgt. J.Ortiz (Miami police department) at the marine
mammal conservancy in reference to a followup on the original complaint of
trespassing and criminal mischief. Sgt. Ortiz stated he volunteers at the marine
mammal conservancy regularly. He told me that for the past several weeks, other
volunteers including the original complainant R.Lingenfelser, had numerous
negative encounters with Chris on their property. Sgt. Ortiz provided me with
the correct spelling of Chris�s last name as well as his true and full name. He
stated that he goes by his middle name Christopher. His true name is Arnold
Christopher Lagergren, date of birth 08-21-1970.
A records check confirms
Arnold Christopher Lagergren is a resident of south Florida (1800 North Bayshore
Drive #1502, Miami Florida 33132). It also confirms a criminal history which
includes prior convictions of burglary, criminal mischief and larceny.
Sgt. Ortiz provided me with a photograph taken by a volunteer a few weeks ago of
Arnold Christopher Lagergren on the Hampton Inn property while holding a camera
near the Marine Mammal Conservancy property. He also provided me with a
photograph taken on the same day of Arnold Christopher Lagergren leaving from
the Hampton Inn parking lot in his dark colored Ford Mustang bearing Florida tag
"PBZ5T". A records check confirms he is the sole registrant of this vehicle.
R.Lingenfelser stated Arnold Christopher Lagergren has been told several
times over the past few weeks to leave the property and most of the
representatives have knowledge of, and could identify him. Most of the times he
refused to leave, however volunteers did not call the police.
updated information on true name of suspect Arnold Christopher Lagergren, as
well as witness statements obtained by this officer, I am submitting arrest
warrants for one count of trespass on property other than structure/conveyance
F.S.S. 810.09 and one count of criminal mischief more than $200 but less than
$1,000(actual damage $500) F.S.S. 806.13.
All statements and two
photographs were turned in with a copy of this report at Monroe County Sheriff�s