Officers search for Miami burglar with appetite for high-protein foods

Selva Negra Restaurant in Miami’s Little Havana serves Nicaraguan food from about 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on most weekdays. Most recently a thief has been showing up after hours, and he isn’t after their popular fried cheese or their gallo pinto. 

The regular of the restaurant at 2025 W. Flagler St., near the Marlins Park, prefers beef, poultry and seafood. He is accused of taking about $3,000 worth of consumable goods during a series of robberies. 

Officer Kenia Fallat, who serves as a spokeswoman for the Miami Police Department, said the thin-built male has been breaking into the restaurant’s refrigerator.  Surveillance video shows he usually rides a white bicycle, carries a black Nike backpack and wears a baseball cap. 

Authorities were asking anyone with information to call the Miami Police Department at 305-603-6420 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.

 

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Animal found dead in cooler in North Miami Beach was wild boar, police say

An animal that was found dead in a cooler Monday in North Miami Beach was not a dog, as originally thought, but was actually a wild boar, authorities confirmed on Friday.

Police said the boar’s body was found in the area of Northeast 159th Street and 21st Avenue.

An anonymous tipster told Local 10 News that the body was decapitated and mutilated.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call police at 305-949-5500 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. 
 

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Cypress Bay High School student receives text threatening her life

A South Florida mother is on edge after she said threatening text messages were recently sent to her daughter.

The teen believes the messages are from a 10th-grader at Cypress Bay High School in Weston.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office confirmed Friday that a teen received a citation and was not arrested since this is his first offense. 

The mother said the student threatened to kill and dismember her daughter.

“I don’t want to be that mom standing over my daughter’s grave and say, ‘The cops told me it was just talk,'” Staci Grogan said. 

Grogan said she fears for her daughter’s life.

The 14-year-old told her mother that she randomly received several screenshots of text messages that appear to be between two boys discussing harmful things they would do to her and a friend.

“There’s explicit threats, even this morning, of how the guy asking to help the other person how to dispose the bodies, feed them to the sharks. There’s explicit details. To me, that’s premeditated rape, premeditated kidnapping, premeditated murder — not OK,” Grogan said. 

A screenshot of one of the text chats reads, in part: “So how are you going to kidnap them and get away with it?”

The person responds, “I’m going to go with my gang in my boy’s car and snatch them from wherever they are hanging out with no cameras or witness (expletive).”

“It makes me very concerned that this is happening in the school and we don’t know where it’s coming from or who it is,” Grogan said. 

Grogan said her daughter believes the string of texts came from someone at her school.

Grogan said she took her concerns straight to the Weston Police Department. 

“The sergeant basically said that, ‘Well, you know the threat wasn’t directly made to your daughter,'” Grogan said. “I said, ‘Direct or indirect, my daughter’s name was mentioned in this thread and her pictures are in the thread. To me, that’s a direct threat and it’s very concerning.'” 

BSO deputies said they worked with the Weston Police Department to determine who was behind the texts. 

Authorities said the teen will have to attend a juvenile civil citation program. If he completes the program successfully, he will be not be charged. 

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Man wearing FC Barcelona jersey disrupts flights at North Perry Airport

Could this FC Barcelona fan be on edge over Lionel Messi’s contract? Authorities spotted him walking on a runway at North Perry Airport, and his erratic behavior prompted investigators to order a psychiatric evaluation.  

The 26-year-old man who was wearing an FC Barcelona number 10 soccer jersey prompted security concerns at the Broward County Aviation Department airport in Pembroke Pines Friday afternoon. 

According to Sgt. Adam Feiner investigators identified the culprit as Carlos Steven Caicedo-Orejuela. When he saw Pembroke Pines Police Department officers approaching, he took off running. During the arrest, he shouted he was HIV positive and spit at a police officer. 

After the arrest, North Perry Airport resumed operations about 4:45 p.m. Caicedo-Orejuela faces battery on a law enforcement officer and trespassing charges pending the results of a psychiatric evaluation. 

The FBI, the Broward County Aviation Department and the Federal Aviation Administration were notified and there was an ongoing investigation. 

Feiner said Caicedo-Orejuela lives about 15 minutes away from the airport down Hollywood Boulevard near the Hollywood Branch Library. 

Police officers didn’t say if Caicedo-Orejuela was a fan of FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, but his fans have been on edge since the Argentine star has yet to renew his contract with the team, which will be playing championship games against Leganes Saturday and Juventus Wednesday. 

 

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Man wanted on murder charges in shooting of pregnant woman who lost baby girl

Miami-Dade police are searching for a man they said shot a pregnant woman early this month.

Police said doctors at Jackson Memorial Hospital were forced to deliver Heidy Bowen’s daughter early, but the baby died Wednesday at just 12 days old. 

The newborn had not yet been given a name by her mother and was listed at the hospital as “Infant Baby Bowen.” 

Bowen, 27, remains hospitalized in critical, but stable condition.

Detectives believe Wayne Collier, 28, shot Bowen the morning of Nov. 3 outside a home on Northwest 49th Street near Northwest 19th Avenue.

Police found out about the shooting about 5:15 a.m. through the Shot Spotter system, a microphone that detects the sound of gunfire in high-crime areas and tells police the location.

“It’s not really the best neighborhood, so it’s not really too shocking,” a neighbor told Local 10 News.

Police said Bowen knew Collier, but the nature of their relationship wasn’t immediately clear.

Collier faces charges of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. A reward of up to $3,000 is offered for information that leads to an arrest. 

 

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