‘There’s a bomb set to go off in Doral at 3 restaurants,’ man tells 911

A man who called 911 last week and claimed that there were bombs planted at three Doral restaurants has been arrested, police said.

Demond James, 39, faces multiple charges, including falsely reporting a bomb and misuse of the 911 system.

Doral police said James called 911 last Friday, the same day that a bomb exploded in a London subway.

“There’s a bomb set to go off in Doral at three restaurants,” the 911 caller, later identified as James, said.

The caller claimed the bombs were planted at Bulla, Dragonfly and Piola.

“You have 30 minutes,” he said.

When questioned as to the addresses of the restaurants, the caller said, “You’re pushing my patience, ma’am.”

Police evacuated the restaurants and used bomb-sniffing dogs to search them. After an extensive search, police didn’t find any bombs.

According to a police report, detectives determined that the man who placed the call was an employee at Dragonfly. Police said James admitted to making the bomb threat.

When questioned by detectives, James said that he made the threat because he was suicidal and planned to blow up the restaurant to kill himself. If he couldn’t do it, James told police, he planned to engage officers to force them to shoot him.

Police said James has a criminal record that includes a prior arrest for making a bomb threat.

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Knife-wielding, masked man robs bank in Doral, FBI says

A knife-wielding man who had his face covered by a cloth or shirt robbed a bank Monday afternoon in Doral, the FBI said.

The robbery was reported about noon at an Eastern National Bank branch at 7800 NW 25th St.

FBI Special Agent Michael Leverock said the robber pulled out a knife and demanded money from an employee.

An undisclosed amount of cash was taken.

No injuries were reported.

Investigators believe the robber is the same person who robbed at least five other banks:

  • Aug. 14, Sun Trust Bank, Miami
  • Aug. 21, City National Bank, Miami
  • Aug. 25, Chase Bank, Miami
  • Aug. 29, PNC Bank, Miramar
  • Sept. 7, Banco Community Bank, Hialeah

Anyone with information about the robber’s identity is asked to call the FBI at 754-703-2000 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. 

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Pence speaks about unrest in Venezuela during Doral visit

Vice President Mike Pence met with members of the Venezuelan exile community Wednesday in Doral.

The vice president met with recent Venezuelan migrants and local leaders about the unrest in the South American country.

He was joined at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church by Gov. Rick Scott, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, and U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Florida.

But the vice president first make a stop at the U.S. Southern Command in South Florida. 

Pence received a briefing there at 12:30 p.m. and then did a small meet and greet with service members before heading to Doral.

Joining hands in prayer for Venezuela, groups of people gathered Wednesday morning outside Our Lady Guadalupe Catholic Church ahead of the vice president’s arrival.

“I am really sad what is happening nowadays, how the government can do with the people and the citizens,” Venezuelan immigrant Maria Fuentes said.

Fuentes didn’t get to meet the vice president, because the event is invitation only, but she said she had to be at least outside the church because her nephew was shot and killed earlier this month while protesting in Venezuela.

“He just turned 19 in May, so he stayed and he believed in freedom and democracy like so many of the teenagers, and it’s very difficult,” Fuentes said. “I have to support him, his memory. That’s why I’m here.”

Pence met with Venezuelan exiles, recent migrants and other local leaders about the ongoing unrest there before giving remarks.

“Communism and socialism is like cancer. You can’t just take a little bit out, you got to strip the whole thing out, and if you leave it there, it keeps fermenting and fermenting,” Ignacio Yanes, who was invited to attend the event, said.

Pence spent last week touring Latin America to win over allies unnerved by a possible U.S. military intervention in the socialist nation.

President Donald Trump’s explosive remarks earlier this month that he would not rule out a “military option” in Venezuela came two days before Pence had previously scheduled his Latin America tour.

The vice president traveled to Colombia, Argentina, Chile and Panama to rally friends in the hemisphere, but switched to damage control in a region scarred by past U.S. invasions.


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Shoplifters steal thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from Toys ‘R’ Us store

Doral police are searching for a number of people who they said shoplifted last month at a Toys “R” Us store.

The first theft at the Toys “R” Us at 1645 NW 107th Ave. was reported July 7.

Police said a man and a woman were captured on surveillance cameras breaking into a locked display cabinet.

The couple placed 19 iPods, valued at more than $4,000, inside the woman’s purse and walked out of the store, police said.

Authorities said four women were also captured on surveillance cameras July 28 stealing baby monitors at the same store.

The baby monitors were valued at more than $450. 

Anyone with information about the identities of any of the suspected thieves is asked to call Doral police at 305-593-6699, ext. 2505 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Callers may remain anonymous.


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Illinois woman dies after cosmetic procedure in Doral

An Illinois woman has died after traveling to the Miami area for cosmetic surgery.

Lattia Baumeister, 30, of Rock Island, Illinois, was undergoing a cosmetic procedure Thursday morning at the Seduction Cosmetic Center, 2500 NW 107th Ave., in Doral when she experienced a medical emergency, Miami-Dade police Detective Robin Pinkard said.

Baumeister was taken to Kendall Regional Medical Center, where she died.

An incident report listed Dr. Osak Omulepu, 44, as the physician who operated on Baumeister.

“Dr. Omulepu is absolutely devastated by the complication that occurred in this case,” his attorney, Monica Rodriguez, said. “This is the first patient death he has had. Although what happened has been widely documented as a complication of the procedure the patient underwent, it is not a situation any surgeon wants to have.”

According to Florida Department of Health records, there was a February 2016 order of emergency restriction of license filed against Omulepu, who was previously affiliated with Encore Plastic Surgery.

Omulepu, formerly of Vanity Cosmetic Surgery and Spectrum-Aesthetics Center for Cosmetic Surgery, was accused of injuring four patients, ages 29 to 35, in 2015.

Omulepu received the Florida Surgeon General order of emergency restriction after he was accused of botching medical procedures in 2015 that resulted in hospitalizations from three days to three months.

Some of his alleged mistakes included not using the correct proportion of anesthesia.

Records show he has had 12 formal complaints made against him. The current status of his medical license is listed as “clear/active.”

The Seduction Cosmetic Center was closed Friday morning.

Local 10 News reporter Amy Viteri said there was a violation notice posted on the door, saying that the center is closed because of emergency conditions involving a serious danger to the public’s health or safety after a code compliance investigation revealed violations.

Below is a list of each violation inspectors with the city of Doral found at the business:

-Six medical doctors did not possess the city business license.

-Business was performing massage therapy without an active State of Florida massage therapy establishment license.

-Business did not possess an active massage therapy establishment city business license.

-Massage therapists did not possess current city business licenses.

-There were interior alterations within the establishment without the required building permits, including modifications within two operating rooms.

Miami-Dade police are working with Doral police in the death investigation.

Viteri attempted to speak with the cosmetic center’s owner, Gretel Jardon, but she didn’t want to talk.

“You don’t have to come to my house,” Jardon said while standing behind the front gate of her home. “Move, move.”

Jardon refused to answer questions about the death or why she hired a doctor who has had numerous complaints made against him.

“Oh, so this is a story? So, it’s like, this is a story? That somebody died is a story? Wow,” Jardon said.  

Local 10 News has covered several deaths at cosmetic surgery centers in South Florida, including in March when Ranika Hall, 25, died after getting a Brazilian butt lift at Eres Plastic Surgery in Hialeah.

Another woman from West Virginia died at the same center in 2016.

It’s unclear what type of procedure Baumeister was having.

The trend of out-of-state patients traveling to South Florida for cosmetic procedures is common as many offices advertise low prices and financing plans that attract patients.

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Vigil held for mother, daughter who vanished a year ago

It has been a year since Liliana Moreno, 43, and Daniela Moreno, 9, vanished.

To mark the moment Moreno’s family members are set to hold a vigil Tuesday outside Castano’s home in Doral.

“All day we’re thinking if they’re eating,” Eduardo Moreno, said about his missing sister and niece. 

Gustavo Castano, the little girl’s father, was the last person to see them when he dropped the pair off on Florida’s Turnpike near Okeechobee Road.

Shortly after, he tried to kill himself.

Miami-Dade detectives had called Castano a person of interest but he was never arrested and is not facing charges.

Castano’s attorney did not respond to requests for a comment.

Moreno’s family said that he hasn’t had contact with them since the disappearance. 

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of the mother and daughter are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. 



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