Key Largo man stabbed trying to break up fight

A 34-year-old Key Largo was stabbed sometime Saturday while trying to break up a fight between two people, the Monroe County Sheriffs Office said.

The victim told Deputy Ignacio Molina that he had been drinking with a friend named Tom on board the friend’s boat, along with another man he didn’t know.

Molina was told that the unknown man began to argue with Tom and that the victim stepped between the pair to calm things down.

That’s when he felt something hit him on the back.

Soon after, the victim felt pain on his side and told Tom he needed to go to the hospital, deputies said. The victim was given a small paddle boat to go to shore, where he met with Molina.

The victim was taken to Mariners Hospital for treatment of a puncture wound in his lower back.

The victim was unable to provide a name for his attacker and only knows his friend by the first name Tom, deputies said.

The case is under investigation.

 

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Police investigate fatal shooting in Hialeah

Hialeah police investigated a fatal shooting Sunday morning in the parking lot of the Nexx Motel. 

The shooting appears to be the result of an argument between two men, police said. 

The men, both in their 30s, began to fight at about 4 a.m. at the motel in the 600 block of East Ockeechobee Road.

One was dead when police arrived to the motel.

The other man was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital with minor injuries and was later released. 

It’s unclear what may have led to the exchange of gunfire, police said.

 

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Police officers investigate shooting in Miami Beach

Detectives were investigating a shooting Saturday afternoon in Miami Beach. 

Police officers were called to Collins Avenue and Sixth Street, according to the Miami Beach Police Department. Four men were taken into custody.

A witness watching from a second story window said he heard a group of men arguing, then gunshots.

Officers were searching for a victim they believed fled the scene of the shooting.

“There was blood located nearby, which leads us to believe that there maybe a potential victim or subject, but that person left the scene,” said Ernesto Rodriguez, of the Miami Beach Police Department.

Some of the stores in the area, a few blocks away from Ocean Drive, include Zara, Tommy Hilfiger, Club Monaco and True Religion. Memorial Day weekend is busy in South Beach.

While the U.S. military participated in the new Air & Sea Show on the beach, authorities were on high alert for tourists who show up to party. Urban Beach Week’s hip-hop and gangster rap events were also ongoing this week. 

To deal with the crowds and traffic jams Saturday, authorities limited access to Collins Avenue to northbound traffic. After the shooting, police officers blocked access to Collins Avenue between Fifth and Seventh streets.

Groups of people waited hours to get to their vehicles parked within the crime scene.

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Woman armed with grilling fork attacks firefighters, police officers say

Barbara Rojas called 911 to report a medical emergency. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue rushed to the home she directed them to in Miami-Dade County’s South Miami Heights neighborhood. 

Firefighters said when they arrived at the house at 20101 SW 115 Ave., near Southland Mall, they found Rojas was angry and ready to attack.

Rojas, 49, was holding a stainless steel grilling fork with a black handle, according to a police report.

Firefighters grabbed the fork, took Rojas to the ground and called police. Firefighters said they had been to her home before, and she was known for calling 911 with false reports. 

Rojas is accused of also attacking police officers with the fork. Records show she was booked Friday night at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center.

She faces charges of making a false 911 call and two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer or firefighter. 

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Woman accused of paying teen for sex

Detectives are accusing Rebecca McGraw of paying a 15-year-old boy upwards of $300 for sexual encounters.

McGraw worked as an assistant manager at the apartment complex where the boy lived.  Detectives said the 38-year-old woman also allowed him to use her credit card and let him drive her car. 

Zahadi Ortis, a resident at the apartment complex, said she couldn’t believe the child sex abuse allegations. 

“She’s always so super kind and sweet,” Ortis said. 

The boy’s mother reported the alleged child sex abuse to police officers, after she found a text message in her son’s phone.

According St. Lucie County Detective Joe Norkus the message said the boy needed to seek out medical attention for a possible sexually transmitted disease. 

Local 10 News’ partner ABC affiliate WPBF News contributed to this report. 

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False bomb threat causes street closures in Doral

Police officers closed access to a row of businesses in Miami-Dade County’s City of Doral for about two hours during an investigation on Saturday.

While police dogs looked for a bomb, police officers blocked the area of Northwest 79th Avenue between 33th and 34th Street near the Miami International Airport. They never found it.

The precautionary measures ensued after a business owner reported receiving an e-mail with a false bomb threat, according to the Doral Police Department. 

Detectives were asking anyone with information to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.

Local 10 News’ Melissa Alvarez and Marcus Effinger contributed to this report. 

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