‘I will blow this s*** up,’ man yelled at MIA before attacking CBP officer, authorities say

More details were released Friday morning about an incident at Miami International Airport earlier this week that resulted in one man’s arrest.

According to an arrest affidavit, Nivaldo Emilio Lopez parked his car curbside outside Terminal D and entered the airport.

Authorities said Lopez began to walk back and forth between checkpoints in the terminal, waving his arms in the air and yelling loudly.

“He walked in there where people were checking their bags and just started screaming,” witness Orlando Perez said. “They just started screaming back and forth, and then I saw one of the TSA guys say, ‘Call the cops,’ because he was screaming louder and louder and louder.”

At one point, Lopez yelled, “I will blow this s*** up,” the affidavit stated.

Authorities said a witness notified a Customs and Border Protection officer, who tried to calm Lopez down.

But authorities said Lopez continued to be aggressive toward the officer, saying, “You want a piece of me?”

The officer grabbed his baton and held it at the low-ready position when Lopez swung at the officer, hitting him in the head, authorities said.

A TSA officer saw the officer struggling with Lopez and attempted to help subdue the suspect.

Authorities said Lopez grabbed a trashcan lid that was nearby and struck the officer in the face and head area. Authorities also said Lopez bit the officer in the hand, causing severe bleeding that required medical attention at a hospital.

Miami-Dade police officers eventually arrived at the scene and deployed a Taser to detain Lopez, the affidavit stated.

“They held him down, but he didn’t want to be held down and it took like four or five cops — it took a little while,” Perez said. 

Lopez was arrested and charged with assaulting a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer.

He was assigned a federal public defender on Thursday, and his next court hearing is scheduled for Tuesday. 

 

 

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Deputies investigate fatal Pompano Beach shooting

The Broward Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal shooting that took place Thursday in Pompano Beach. 

Deputies got a call at about 7:30 p.m. regarding shots being fired at 220 Northwest 15th Place.

According to deputies, 46-year-old Trevor Mitchell was grilling when he was shot and killed. He was pronounced dead on scene.

A witness told Local 10 that Mitchell got into an altercation with someone at the cookout and that’s when he was shot and killed. 

The witness told Local 10’s Louis Aguirre the shooter emptied the entire clip into the victim, then reloaded the gun and shot a second clip into the man before taking off in a pickup that was driven by someone else. 

About an hour after the shooting, deputies say the suspect was involved in a minor crash with a different car on I-95 near Davie Blvd, which led to a standoff with law enforcement officers. Eventually, the suspect was coaxed out of his car and taken into custody.

According to deputies, a shot was fired during the standoff, but it was not directed at law enforcement officers.

The identity of the suspect has not been released.

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2 sought in armed robbery, carjacking at Hollywood Gateway Inn

Hollywood police are seeking two people who committed an Oct. 19 armed robbery and carjacking at the Hollywood Gateway Inn.

The incident took place at about 12:26 p.m. at 2900 Polk Street.

Police said the victim was approached by a man and a woman who asked him for a ride. When he refused, the pair then demanded the victim’s vehicle, and the woman took the victim’s keys and entered his vehicle.

While the victim struggled to keep the woman from taking the car, the man began attacking the victim with a knife, police said.

The man and woman then dragged the victim onto the roadway and fled in the victim’s vehicle, police said. 

The victim was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital.

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

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Thieves who stole fragrances from North Lauderdale Walgreens sought, deputies say

Authorities are searching for two thieves who got away with more than a grand in merchandise, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said.

The male and female thieves were seen around 4 p.m. Oct. 10 walking into a Walgreens store at 7105 West McNab Road in North Lauderdale.

Deputies said the male thief grabbed a plastic shopping bag and handed it to his accomplice.

The male thief crouched behind the register, slid open the glass door to the perfume case and handed various fragrances to his partner, deputies said. The female thief kept an eye out for employees.

Deputies said the male thief stepped out from behind the counter and then repeated the sneaky maneuvers at least three more times before the two walked out of the convenience store.

Nearly 20 bottles of perfume and cologne were stolen, deputies said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact BSO Detective Lisa Sokol at 954-722-5800. Deputies said tipsters who you wish to remain anonymous can contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or online at browardcrimestoppers.org. Anonymous tips that lead to an arrest are eligible for a reward of up to $3,000.

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No foreign terror links in Dolphin Mall bomb plot, FBI says

The FBI said no evidence has surfaced of links to foreign extremists in an alleged plot by a Honduran man to bomb Dolphin Mall despite his claimed allegiance to the Islamic State group.An FBI agent testified at a bail hearing Thursday that Vicente…

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Man arrested in connection with stabbing death of nuclear engineer

A man was arrested Thursday in connection with the fatal stabbing of a nuclear engineer in southwest Miami-Dade, authorities confirmed.

Edwin Rios, 24, faces charges of second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder. He is being held without bond. 

According to an arrest report, Rios was part of a group of men who attacked two brothers as they were leaving a Halloween party early Saturday at a home on Southwest 147th Street.  

“We don’t know who these people were,” Christopher Restrepo said.

Christopher Restrepo said he was stabbed in the arm as they were ambushed. His brother, Alex Restrepo, 33, was stabbed in the back and left to die.

“He saved my life because he was fighting off, I don’t know how many guys, for me to be able to get away,” Christopher Restrepo said.

Witnesses said the incident started as a verbal altercation inside the home and the hosts asked the people involved in the altercation to leave.

Witnesses said the argument, involving about six people, escalated in the street. 

The attack was caught on surveillance video, neighbors said.

The arrest report did not specify whether Rios was the person who stabbed the victims, but only stated that he was involved in the physical altercation. 

It’s unclear exactly how many people authorities are still searching for. 

A motive for the attack is unknown. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. 
 

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