Fort Lauderdale bank robber gets away with money in Bath & Body Works bag

The FBI is trying to identify a man who robbed a bank Tuesday morning in Fort Lauderdale.

FBI spokesman Jim Marshall said the man entered the SunTrust branch at 6260 Powerline Road shortly after 11:30 a.m. and told a bank employee to put all the money into a Bath & Body Works bag.

No injuries were reported.

Marshall didn’t say how much money was taken.

Surveillance photographs showed the man wearing a green camouflage gardening cap, black gloves and a black bandanna covering his face.

Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI office in South Florida at 754-703-2000.

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Clerk at Sweeney’s Liquors pistol-whipped during robbery

A Pembroke Park liquor store clerk who was pistol-whipped during a robbery last week said he hopes the gunman is caught.

The armed robbery was reported about 4:30 a.m. May 25 at Sweeney’s Liquors on Hallandale Beach Boulevard.

Surveillance video shows a gunman entering the store while the clerk and his brother-in-law were inside. The video shows the robber hitting the clerk in the head three times with the gun.

“I was hoping I wouldn’t get shot,” the employee, who asked not to be identified, told Local 10 News.

The clerk said his attacker was posing as a customer.

“He was just asking about bottles, you know, just like a normal customer,” the clerk said.

The manager at Sweeney’s is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

“It’s crazy just knowing he’s still out there,” the clerk said.

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Palmetto Expressway shooting suspect fired more than 100 rounds from AK-47, police say

A Miami Gardens man fired more than 100 rounds from an AK-47 at passing vehicles on the Palmetto Expressway, hitting two vehicles and causing the driver of another vehicle to crash, according to an arrest affidavit.

Horvin Ruiz, 36, faces multiple charges, including attempted murder, attempted murder of a law enforcement officer, aggravated assault with a firearm and child abuse.

Miami-Dade police Detective Daniel Ferrin said Ruiz was driving south early Monday morning in his Toyota Corolla when he started shooting at vehicles. Ferrin said Ruiz lost control of his car, causing it strike the center concrete barrier. Ferrin said Ruiz turned the car around and started driving north in the southbound lanes, causing the driver of a Honda Odyssey to crash into Ruiz’s car, before Ruiz crashed again.

According to the police report, the driver of the Honda Odyssey was driving home with his pregnant wife and three children, ages 2, 4 and 6.

The Florida Highway Patrol shut down the expressway while police tried to get the shooter to surrender.

According to the report, Ruiz eventually ran out of ammunition, dropped the AK-47 and sat inside his car, pulling out a pistol and pointing it at officers.

Ruiz fired through the car window, shooting at the barriers along the expressway wall, the report said.

A Miami-Dade police officer, fearing for his life and the lives of others, fired at Ruiz as he continued to fire his pistol and point it at officers, the report said.

Ruiz, “after discharging approximately 108 rounds, unexpectedly surrendered, raising his arms and (lying) on the roadway,” the report said. 

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Miami Beach mayor, city leaders propose changes for Ocean Drive

The mayor of Miami Beach and other city leaders said Tuesday that they want to trim alcohol sales and do away with a noise exemption on Ocean Drive.

Mayor Philip Levine was joined by Miami Beach police Chief Daniel Oates and City Manager Jimmy Morales at a Tuesday morning news conference as they announced plans that they hope will curtail the escalating violence on and near the famed beachfront drive.

“During the last five, six, seven, eight years, we’ve seen a downward trend in Ocean Drive, and what we need to do as a city is reform and clean up Ocean Drive,” Levine said.

Levine proposed cutting alcohol sales at 2 a.m. along Ocean Drive. He also proposed removing the noise reduction exemption for businesses.

The response comes after a violent Memorial Day weekend in South Beach.

One man died and another man was injured Sunday in a shooting that stemmed from a dispute about a parking space, police said.

Dontavious Johnson was arrested after he opened fire on an occupied taxi cab Saturday afternoon at the corner of Collins Drive and Sixth Street, police said.

A person was stabbed with a bottle during a brawl Monday near Sixth Street, police said.

David Wallack, the owner of Mango’s Tropical Café on Ocean Drive, asked Levine if the city had done an economic impact study on how earlier alcohol sales would affect Miami Beach businesses.

Levine said Mango’s is one of the businesses that benefits from later sales, but the conversation quickly turned into a shouting match.

“You are talking about a business that created the famous label of Miami Beach,” Wallack said. “You should be talking with respect.”

“I appreciate it very much, and you know what you did? You inherited a business,” Levine told Wallack. “Go get a job, go build a company and go tell me when you’ve built something. Thank you.”

Levine said he believes ending alcohol sales at 2 a.m. could have prevented the Memorial Day weekend violence in South Beach.

Some business owners and bar managers along Ocean Drive said a 2 a.m. cutoff for alcohol sales would hurt business.

Wallack said bars and clubs aren’t to blame for the recent violence, and that an earlier last call “would create a severe depression on Ocean Drive.”

He also said it would have a ripple effect on businesses in surrounding neighborhoods and fears locals and tourists would go elsewhere for fun.

Richard Van Leuvan, manager at Ocean’s Ten, also said an early call would hurt.

“It’s just a matter of controlling the alcohol that’s out on the street, and I think that’s more from the liquor stores,” Van Leuvan said. “For example, this weekend, everybody’s walking around with bottles. It’s controlled here. But once they’re out on the street, it’s uncontrollable.”

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Vehicle involved in MacArthur Causeway hit-and-run crash found abandoned

Police are investigating a hit-and-run crash on the MacArthur Causeway in Miami Beach.

Miami Beach police said a car was traveling west on the causeway about 7 a.m. when it was rear-ended by a vehicle that fled the scene.

Police said the vehicle was later found abandoned near the Dolphin Expressway and Northwest 12th Avenue.

The driver of the car that was rear-ended was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center. The driver’s condition was not immediately known.

Two westbound lanes on the causeway were blocked for much of the morning during the investigation.

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Teen arrested after harassing ex-girlfriend, her new boyfriend, deputies say

An 18-year-old was arrested after he harassed his girlfriend and her new boyfriend in February, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies were called out on Feb. 17 to a Checkers at Northeast Sixth Avenue and East Oakland Park Boulevard where a victim told them that he’d been attacked.

The victim told deputies that his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend, Raymond Boor, was cursing at her, a friend, a mechanic and a shop owner, an arrest report said.The victim later picked her up from the mechanic garage.

That’s when the couple noticed that Boor was following them in a smaller red Dodge four-door, deputies said.  The victim said he then stopped his car and tried to calm Boor down.

The victim said he never left the car as Boor got out of his, stood in the middle of the road and repeated “Really (ex-girlfriend) this is how you do me,” deputies said.

Boor then approached the vehicle, and through an open window punched, the victim’s face, deputies said. Boor struck the victim in the nose and then several more times to the face. 

The victim was able to eventually push Boor out of the way.

He then drove away, but Boor was able to catch up and rammed his vehicle into the victim’s, deputies said.

The victim then called his mother, who took him to Holy Cross Hospital to be treated for a broken nose.

Boor was arrested on charges of assault, battery and criminal mischief. 

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