Miami detectives investigate fatal shooting in Allapattah

Detectives were investigating a fatal shooting on Saturday in Miami’s Allapattah neighborhood.

Miami police officers said there was a shooting at El Nuevo Patio Restaurant & Lounge at 1861 NW 22 St.

Leonardo Perera, 34, ran for about a block and collapsed in front of a two-story apartment building, where his bloody clothing remained. 

Miami Fire Rescue rushed Perera to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center, where doctors pronounced him dead. 

Detectives closed off an industrial warehouse and a residential area at Northwest 19th Avenue from Northwest 23rd to 22nd Street near the Juan Pablo Duarte Park.  

Residents in the area told police officers that they heard the shots fired, but didn’t see the shooter. 

Detectives were asking anyone with information to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.

Local 10 News’ Melissa Alvarez, Elsa Bolton and Landon McRaynolds contributed to this story. 

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Miami detectives investigate fatal shooting in Allapattah

Detectives were investigating a fatal shooting on Saturday in Miami’s Allapattah neighborhood.

Miami police officers said there was a shooting at El Nuevo Patio Restaurant & Lounge at 1861 NW 22 St.

Leonardo Perera, 34, ran for about a block and collapsed in front of a two-story apartment building, where his bloody clothing remained. 

Miami Fire Rescue rushed Perera to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center, where doctors pronounced him dead. 

Detectives closed off an industrial warehouse and a residential area at Northwest 19th Avenue from Northwest 23rd to 22nd Street near the Juan Pablo Duarte Park.  

Residents in the area told police officers that they heard the shots fired, but didn’t see the shooter. 

Detectives were asking anyone with information to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.

Local 10 News’ Melissa Alvarez, Elsa Bolton and Landon McRaynolds contributed to this story. 

This is a developing story. Refresh this link periodically for the latest information. 

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Thief steals laptops, tablet from doctor’s office in Miami, police say

Miami police are searching for a man who they said burglarized a doctor’s office last week.

The burglary was reported May 18 at the Miami Back and Neck Specialist office at 2800 Biscayne Blvd.

Surveillance video shows the thief, who was wearing an orange shirt and black jeans, entering several rooms in the office.

Police said he stole two Apple laptops and a mini tablet.

Anyone with information about the man’s identity is asked to call Miami police at 305-603-6030 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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Lightning strike forces Air Europa flight to return to Miami

Passengers on an Air Europa flight from Miami to Madrid said their airplane was forced to return to Florida in midflight because of a cracked windshield in the cockpit.

Tony Wood, who was on Air Europa flight 98 when it left Miami International Airport just before 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, said there was a storm outside during the flight.

“It was bumpy, and it was concerning,” he told Local 10 News.

Fellow passengers Adam Wright and Cristina Dwyer said the turbulence was intense.

“I’ve never been in that much turbulence in my life,” Wright said.

Wood, Wright and Dwyer said an announcement was made about an hour into the flight that the plane was turning around.

“Then we started circling a couple of times,” Wright said.

Wood said the flight crew said why.

“(They said) that we’d been struck by lightning,” he said.

Miami International Airport spokesman Greg Chin confirmed that a lightning strike caused damage to the plane. The Federal Aviation Administration said flight officials reported damage to the windshield after takeoff.

The FAA said the flight safely returned to the airport at 11:30 p.m.

Wood took a photograph of a windshield as he passed the cockpit to get off the plane. He was one of dozens of passengers forced to wait in a long line to check in at a nearby hotel.

The airline told Local 10 News that there was a safety issue during the flight that required the plane to return to Miami.

A Local 10 News camera spotted an Air Europa plane on the tarmac.

Cellphone video showed the plane landing while passengers could be heard clapping in the background.

Another photo of the plane, taken from inside the terminal, showed another view of the cockpit’s windshield.

“It looked like it was almost completely shattered,” Wright said.

The passengers who were on the flight are waiting to see when they’ll be back in the air.

“My heart kind of went out to the pilots at that point,” Wright said. “Because it must have been a lot more drastic for them than it was for us at the back.”

Chin said 178 people were on the plane.

He said all passengers were provided transportation to lodging for the night.

Passengers told Local 10 News that they were told to return to the airport in the morning, only to find out that the plane was sitting on the tarmac waiting for repairs to be done.

Passengers have been instructed to return to the airport at 5 a.m. for a light to Madrid. 

Frustrated passengers had a message for the airline.

“If something happens like this again, I know it wasn’t your fault, but you really need to inform the passengers of what’s going on because we have all been sitting here waiting for hours for answers and we haven’t gotten any,” Ariel Riske said.

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Man beats woman after stealing iPhone on bus in Miami, police say

A woman was beaten after a man stole her iPhone on April 18, police said.

The Miami Police Department said the woman was sitting on a Miami-Dade Transit bus on her way to school in the area of Northwest Third Avenue and Northwest 14th Street about 6:30 a.m. when the man snatched her iPhone from her hand, got off the bus and ran north on Northwest Third Avenue.

Police said the victim chased the man for a few blocks before losing sight of him and returned to the scene of the crime to retrieve her backpack. When she arrived, she saw the thief, approached him and asked for her phone back, but he told her he didn’t have it, police said.

Police said the victim used her Apple Watch to activate the pinging feature on her phone and heard the phone pinging in the man’s pocket.

Police said the man then shoved the victim and struck her repeatedly until they both fell to the ground. The victim struggled for her phone and the man eventually got up and ran away, leaving behind the iPhone, police said.

The thief was last seen wearing a black zip-up hooded sweatshirt with thin white lines, a yellow polo shirt, black cargo pants, black sneakers and a black book bag.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call police at 305-603-6370.

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Accused rapist mistakenly released from custody, on the loose, police say

A rape suspect was mistakenly released from custody on Tuesday.

Randy Early had been charged with sexual battery, trespassing and strong armed robbery. But there’s a caveat – he has mental health issues and was deemed incompetent by the court.

Therefore, Early was living in a Miami assisted living home in a house-arrest capacity.

Early was being monitored by the courts, but sometime last week he was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital for treatment for medical issues and was discharged.

The startling revelation was made in court Tuesday, where a Miami-Dade County circuit court judge found out that Early, who has a violent past and whose victims have been elderly women, is now missing.

In court it was said that transport workers were supposed to drop Early off back at the facility under court orders, but there was an address mix-up.

The judge assigned to the case was upset over how something like this could happen and issued an arrest warrant.

Jackson Memorial Hospital declined to comment on this matter, citing patient privacy concerns. 

Anyone with information about Early’s whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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