Shoplifter pepper-sprays security guard at store in Kendall, police say

A shoplifter pepper-sprayed a security guard earlier this month at a store at The Palms at Town and Country, authorities said.

The incident was reported June 17 at Forever 21’s even cheaper F21 RED store.

According to an incident report, a woman saw the thief putting clothes into a shopping bag without paying for the items and notified the store’s security guard.

Miami-Dade police recently released surveillance video that shows the shoplifter pepper-spraying the security guard before taking off with a bag full of stolen merchandise.


It’s unclear how much the merchandise was worth. 

According to an incident report, the store was evacuated because of the chemicals in the air.  

Anyone with information about the woman’s identity is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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Man dies in hit-and-run crash in Davie, police say

A 50-year-old man was killed overnight in a hit-and-run crash in Davie, authorities said on Monday.

The crash was reported near State Road 7 and Griffin Road.

Police said a red sedan struck the victim, identified as Alfonso Ordonez, and continued north on State Road 7.

A witness said she saw the victim before the crash inside a nearby gas station and said that he appeared to be drunk. 

“He was a little intoxicated and his friend was holding him,” Holly Wilson said. “He asked to use the bathroom and when he came out he walked across the street, and I just saw him fall, and I heard a loud boom and a loud smack, and that was it.” 

Wilson said she didn’t see the vehicle strike Ordonez, but heard a loud noise and saw him fall to the ground.

“I was standing outside of the Shell (gas) station, and I was glancing over to the right, and I saw a man walking up to the curb,” she said. “I just saw him fall and heard a loud smack on the ground, and I knew that he was gone, because he wasn’t moving or getting up.”

Wilson said the man’s friend stood over him, screaming, but there was no response from the victim.

“I checked his pulse. I checked his artery, but the guy had died,” another witness, Robbie Evans, said. 

Ordonez was pronounced dead at the scene.

Anyone with information is asked to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. 


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Man, 15-year-old brother among victims injured in block party shooting

One of four people injured over the weekend in a shooting at a block party in Fort Lauderdale spoke to Local 10 News on Monday.

A fifth person, identified as Jerrod Bel Air, 22, was killed in the shooting.

For Christopher Smith, 24, the pain of being shot in the leg is nothing compared to the pain of losing his friend.

“It’s crazy. It doesn’t seem real,” Smith said.

Smith, his 15-year-old brother and Bel Air were among the five people who were shot at about 1 a.m. Saturday at a block party near the 2300 block of Northwest 16th Court in Fort Lauderdale.

Smith said he was shot in his thigh and his brother was shot in the arm. The bullet went out of the teen’s arm and got lodged in his back, his mother said.  

“It just all happened so fast. It’s just like a blur,” Smith said.

Smith and the other three surviving victims were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Bel Air died at the scene.

“(He was) a good man, (a) hardworking man, (who went) to work every morning. Even if you needed a job, he’d help you find a job,” Smith said.

Tony Harden, 27, who was shot in the side and shoulder, spoke to Local 10 News over the weekend.

He too had only positive things to say about Bel Air.

“My dog was trying to become someone. He was trying to become the best he can be,” Harden said. “They took a good man. That’s all I can say.”

Two days after the shooting, a homicide detective returned to the scene, looking for shell casings, a murder weapon and any clues that could lead to the killer.

The detective told Local 10 News that a fight on Northwest 16th Street led to the shooting. 

He said Bel Air was shot in a parking lot near houses. 

“At the end of the day, the cowards that did this, if the police don’t take care of you, the Lord will,” Smith’s mother, Patrecia Dillon, said. “This is ridiculous. You guys need to put these guns down.  Now I have two injured children that could have been dead, and I have one godson that is dead. There’s no words.”

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. 


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Woman found passed out behind wheel of Cadillac with 2-year-old in car

A 31-year-old woman was arrested on a child neglect charge after she was found passed out behind the wheel of car at a South Florida intersection with an open bottle of vodka in the front passenger’s seat and a 2-year-old child in the backseat, deputies said.

Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to Northwest 33rd Avenue and Commercial Boulevard in Oakland Park on Sunday after a concerned citizen spotted a woman, later identified as Jennifer Hernandez, asleep in the driver’s seat of a Cadillac that was stopped at the intersection.

The concerned citizen tried to wake Hernandez by banging on the window, but she was unsuccessful. Oakland Park paramedics arrived and successfully woke Hernandez.

Hernandez told paramedics that she hadn’t slept in the past 24 hours because she had worked from 9 p.m. Saturday until 9 a.m. Sunday. Hernandez said she has prescriptions for Xanax, mirtazapine and painkillers from a recent surgery.

When deputies questioned Hernandez, her eyes appeared “watery and bloodshot, her speech was slurred and she had a slight odor of alcoholic beverages” on her breath, according to an arrest report.

Deputies said there was a bottle of vodka in the front passenger’s seat that was only about two-thirds full.

Hernandez claimed that she picked up the toddler about noon without having slept to go to a birthday party.

Deputy Richard Klima wrote in his report that Hernandez placed herself and the child “at risk for serious bodily harm by operating a motor vehicle in such a sleep-deprived state.”

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Ex-husband of Florida mayor arrested on domestic battery charge in Miami Beach

The ex-husband of a Florida mayor has been arrested in Miami Beach on a domestic battery charge.

Kenneth Retzer, the 48-year-old ex-husband of Cape Coral Mayor Marni Sawicki, was arrested early Saturday after a domestic dispute call to Miami Beach police.

A police report said officers found the unidentified victim with a swollen eye and red throat in a room at the Fontainebleau. She told police Retzer hit her.

Retzer, a former Cape Coral Fire Department lieutenant, was treated and released from a local hospital before being jailed.

Sawicki went to a weekend national mayors’ convention at the hotel and attended a Friday news conference there. The Miami Herald couldn’t reach her for comment Sunday night.

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Man arrested in Southwest Ranches purse-snatching

A 19-year-old man has been arrested after smashing the window of a vehicle and stealing a 64-year-old woman’s purse, Davie police Capt. Dale Engle said.

Robert K. Flagg Jr., who made his first court appearance Sunday, was arrested after an extensive investigation and with the assistance of Miami-Dade police, and the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

Police believe Flagg took Patricia Coxe’s purse on June 2 while she was pumping has at a Shell gas station off Sheridan Street and Dykes Road.

Coxe attempted to chase after Flagg, police said, and at one point grabbed the purse through a window.

The driver didn’t stop, police said, and  dragged Coxe through the parking lot.

Coxe suffered deep bruises to her arms. 

The driver of the vehicle used in the robbery remains at large. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. 

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