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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Miami detectives investigate fatal shooting in Allapattah

Detectives were investigating a fatal shooting on Saturday in Miami’s Allapattah neighborhood.

Miami police officers said there was a shooting at El Nuevo Patio Restaurant & Lounge at 1861 NW 22 St.

Leonardo Perera, 34, ran for about a block and collapsed in front of a two-story apartment building, where his bloody clothing remained. 

Miami Fire Rescue rushed Perera to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center, where doctors pronounced him dead. 

Detectives closed off an industrial warehouse and a residential area at Northwest 19th Avenue from Northwest 23rd to 22nd Street near the Juan Pablo Duarte Park.  

Residents in the area told police officers that they heard the shots fired, but didn’t see the shooter. 

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

Local 10 News’ Melissa Alvarez, Elsa Bolton and Landon McRaynolds contributed to this story. 

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Miami detectives investigate fatal shooting in Allapattah

Detectives were investigating a fatal shooting on Saturday in Miami’s Allapattah neighborhood.

Miami police officers said there was a shooting at El Nuevo Patio Restaurant & Lounge at 1861 NW 22 St.

Leonardo Perera, 34, ran for about a block and collapsed in front of a two-story apartment building, where his bloody clothing remained. 

Miami Fire Rescue rushed Perera to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center, where doctors pronounced him dead. 

Detectives closed off an industrial warehouse and a residential area at Northwest 19th Avenue from Northwest 23rd to 22nd Street near the Juan Pablo Duarte Park.  

Residents in the area told police officers that they heard the shots fired, but didn’t see the shooter. 

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

Local 10 News’ Melissa Alvarez, Elsa Bolton and Landon McRaynolds contributed to this story. 

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Broward Sheriff’s Office skips honors for police dog killed off duty

The Broward Sheriff’s Office often shows off its proud K-9 unit at community events and there was even a reality TV show featuring often dangerous work of the trained dogs. But when the K9 officer Pedro was gunned down nearly two weeks ago, the agency kept the tragic death from the public.

Pedro was living at the Parkland home of his handler, Sgt. Ian Sklar, who also supervises the K-9 unit. Without his knowledge, Pedro escaped. The dog got out of the heavily gated yard the night of May 14, which was Mother’s Day. He made it to a home more than a half mile away, where he was shot and killed by resident John Dagati, who mistook the German shepherd for a coyote.

According to the report, Pedro — who was 4 years, 7 months old — initially startled Dagati’s father, Frank, by jumping up on him. When the son heard his father yell, he grabbed his 9 mm pistol. Pedro, meanwhile, walked into the family’s guest house before walking back out into the yard. 

When John Dagati arrived with his pistol, he mistook the dog for a coyote and believed the coyote had attacked his father.

“John fired the complete magazine containing 10 rounds,” the deputies wrote in the incident report. “The dog was struck and fell to the ground. The dog died on scene. … John and Frank were fully cooperative and John stated he felt bad that he shot the dog.”

Neighbor Cindy Schnell said she wanted to know how the dog got out of the house. 

“I’m shocked and horrified,” Schnell said.

Pedro was not given a memorial service. While the Broward Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff Scott Israel refused to comment on the death, Sklar was not found to have violated any of the policies of the Sheriff’s Office.

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