Miami Beach police making fewer arrests this Memorial Day weekend

Under the watchful eye of the Miami Beach police, the  Memorial Day weekend entered its “hump day” Sunday.

In the air is a reminder of what this weekend is all about: the National Salute to America’s Heroes Air & Sea Show.

On the streets, crowds have remained under control but things haven’t gone without a hitch.

Miami Beach police are investigating a shooting that took place at about 6 p.m. Saturday on Collins Avenue and Sixth Street.

Police have arrested Dontavious Johnson, 25, as a suspect in the shooting. 

Officers believe the victim fled after the shooting.

Overall, Miami Beach police have made roughly half the number of arrests they did  last year. They attribute the  lower number to the heavy police presence out on the beach.

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Key Largo man stabbed trying to break up fight

A 34-year-old Key Largo was stabbed sometime Saturday while trying to break up a fight between two people, the Monroe County Sheriffs Office said.

The victim told Deputy Ignacio Molina that he had been drinking with a friend named Tom on board the friend’s boat, along with another man he didn’t know.

Molina was told that the unknown man began to argue with Tom and that the victim stepped between the pair to calm things down.

That’s when he felt something hit him on the back.

Soon after, the victim felt pain on his side and told Tom he needed to go to the hospital, deputies said. The victim was given a small paddle boat to go to shore, where he met with Molina.

The victim was taken to Mariners Hospital for treatment of a puncture wound in his lower back.

The victim was unable to provide a name for his attacker and only knows his friend by the first name Tom, deputies said.

The case is under investigation.


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Police investigate fatal shooting in Hialeah

Hialeah police investigated a fatal shooting Sunday morning in the parking lot of the Nexx Motel. 

The shooting appears to be the result of an argument between two men, police said. 

The men, both in their 30s, began to fight at about 4 a.m. at the motel in the 600 block of East Ockeechobee Road.

One was dead when police arrived to the motel.

The other man was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital with minor injuries and was later released. 

It’s unclear what may have led to the exchange of gunfire, police said.


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2 Miami-Dade police officers injured after wrong-way crash

Two Miami-Dade police officers were injured in a crash Sunday morning in Southwest Miami-Dade. 

Investigators believe alcohol or drugs may have played a role in the crash.

Jovary Hill, 30,  reportedly was driving a Volkwagen Jetta in the wrong direction at about 4:45 a.m. near Southwest 163rd Street and Southwest 157th Avenue when he crashed head-on into a police cruiser, Miami-Dade police spokeswoman Robin Pinkard said.  

Two officers, ages 33 and 31, were in the cruiser at the time.

Miami Fire Rescue extricated one of the officers, who was trapped in the squad car, Pinkard said. 

Both vehicles were totaled in the crash. 

One of the officers was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital with serious dislocations to his lower extremities and some fractures, Pinkard said. 

The other officer and Hill were taken to Jackson South with possible broken bones. 

“It’s a busy holiday. It’s Memorial Day weekend,” Pinkard said. “We always advise the community to be safe while they are out there.” 




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