A 39-year-old man wanted for murder in Serbia was arrested in Naples early Thursday after police officers were sent to a home to investigate a noise complaint.
After Aleksandar Cvrcle Stepanovich was accused of kicking an officer in the face, other officers ran a routine check for warrants and found Stepanovich had an active warrant through Interpol, an international organization for law enforcement.
As of late Friday, Lt. John Barkley said Naples police had not been informed about details of the murder warrant. Attempts to reach Interpol representatives were unsuccessful Friday.
Barkley said Naples police have had prior encounters with Stepanovich for traffic infractions, although he had no serious charges brought against him. During those encounters, police knew there was an international warrant naming Stepanovich, but Serbian officials had declined to extradite him back to their country, giving officers no reason to detain him, Barkley said.
When officers pulled up the warrant information Thursday, it had changed to indicate Serbia would take steps to extradite Stepanovich back to Europe. Barkley said he expected Stepanovich would remain at the Naples Jail Center until Interpol authorities intervene.
Confirmation of the warrant could take up to 10 days, reports said.
Naples police reports giving the following account of Stepanovich’s arrest:
Around 4 a.m., officers were called to an apartment at 450 Bayfront Place, where neighbors had reported there were dogs barking and people loudly talking, screaming and singing. When an officer tried to get the residents’ attention by shining his flashlight on their balcony, Stepanovich used an expletive and told him to bring a warrant upstairs if he needed to speak with him.
Two women at the apartment, Anamarija Miric, 32, and Monika Mozolicova, 33, began to talk with officers but would not let them inside, saying they were wasting their time and should be arresting “real” criminals. The officers issued Mozolicova a notice to appear for the noise violation and told her to turn down the music.
About five minutes later, however, the neighbor called police and said the residents had turned their music up loudly again. When the officers went to speak with the residents, they had the door slammed in their face.
When they went to arrest Mozolicova for disorderly conduct, the residents began to hit officers before locking themselves in a back bedroom. At one point, Stepanovich, who was handcuffed, kicked an officer in the face, causing the officer to fall back.
The officer used a stun gun to subdue Stepanovich, who was taken into custody. The officer was taken to a Naples hospital, according to reports, but was treated and released with no serious injuries, Barkley said.
Stepanovich, of Springfield, Va.; Miric, of Washington D.C.; Mozolicova, of the 300 block of Third Avenue South, Naples; Milan Uzunovic, 25, of Oakland Park, near Fort Lauderdale; and Ivana Kavaja, 39, whose Naples address was not released, each face charges of resisting arrest, resisting arrest with violence and disorderly conduct.
Stepanovich also faces one count of aiding escape and one count of battery on a law enforcement officer. Miric also faces one count of aiding escape.