Man snatches cash register through drive-thru window at Miami Burger King

Miami police are searching for a man who was captured on surveillance video stealing a cash register from a Burger King.

The burglary was reported at about 7 a.m. Aug. 5 at the Burger King at 3601 NW 27th Ave.

Police said a man approached the restaurant’s drive-thru window and tried to open it.

Realizing that the window was locked, the man then pried the lock open with an unknown object, authorities said.

Surveillance video shows the thief reaching inside the window, taking the cash register and driving away.

Police said employees were inside the restaurant at the time of the incident.

Anyone with information about the thief’s identity is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. 

 

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Swastikas appear on palm trees near MacArthur Causeway

A vandal spray painted swastikas and the SS for Schultzstaffel, the Nazi Germany paramilitary force in support of Adolf Hitler, on palm trees near the Mac Arthur Causeway. 

The iconography of hate appeared near the westbound off-ramp at Northeast 13th Street Wednesday. Someone used paint matching the color of the palm trees to cover the white symbols hours after The Miami Herald’s Joe Flechas spotted them.

The symbol, which has also appeared in other parts of the country, was triggering fury after 32-year-old Heather Heyer was killed Saturday, while protesting against a group of white nationalists — including neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members. 

James Alex Fields Jr., the 20-year-old driver who killed Heyer in Charlottesville, Virginia, is an admirer of Hitler and Nazi Germany. 

The growing white nationalists’ movement, also known as the alt-right, uses the swastika not only to express their anti-Semitic sentiment. They also use it to express their opposition to immigrants, African-Americans, Muslims and the LGBTQ community. 

Earlier this year, a vandal etched swastikas on five parked cars in Miami Beach, where there is a large Jewish community and several holocaust survivors and their descendants found refuge. 

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Miami detectives search for Flagami armed robber

A Stop & Shop in Miami’s Flagami neighborhood has become a regular spot for robbers in search of quick cash.

In April, a gunman who was dressed all in black robbed the store about 3:30 a.m. In May, a knife-wielding man who was wearing a skull mask robbed the same store. Alfredo Garcia, 32, was arrested for robbing the store in February.  

On Wednesday night, Miami detectives were searching for an armed man who stole money from the store, according to Officer Kenia Fallat, a spokeswoman for the Miami police department.

Fallata said the man was wearing a grey stripped shirt, dark black pants and was holding a black duffel bag when he walked into the Stop & Shop store at 4777 W. Flagler St., about 9:50 a.m., Saturday. The man who weighs about 180 pounds demanded cash. 

“The employee complied and gave the suspect all the money from inside the cash register,” Fallat said in a statement. “The suspect grabbed the money, placed it inside a black bag, and fled from the store towards a southbound direction.”

Fallat said detectives were asking anyone with information about the Saturday robbery to call the Miami Police Department’s Robbery Unit at 305-603-6370 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.

 

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Former Dolphins cornerback ‘disrespected’ courtroom before tackling officer, report says

An arrest report released Wednesday detailed the moment a former Miami Dolphins cornerback is accused of trying to escape from a courtroom at the Lawson E. Thomas Courthouse Center in downtown Miami.

The report stated that Dimitri Patterson, 34, appeared Tuesday before Judge William Altfield in family court on allegations that he violated a no-contact order in relation to a past domestic violence case on which he had been acquitted of the charges. 

The hearing was an opportunity for Patterson to tell the judge why he should not be held in contempt of court. 

Police said officers were requested inside the courtroom to “keep the peace.”

According to the arrest report, Patterson “disrespected the courtroom” as Altfield was trying to begin the hearing and the judge ordered that Patterson be taken into custody for direct civil contempt.

Police said an officer grabbed Patterson’s right wrist and placed the handcuff on. The officer then tried to handcuff Patterson’s left hand, but Patterson ran toward the exit doors of the courtroom, authorities said.

Police said Patterson tackled an officer in the process, causing her to fall down and hit the back of her head.

Authorities said six officers and Patterson fell to the ground during the struggle, and the officer who was initially trying to handcuff Patterson was able to eventually place him into custody.

At one point during the struggle, Patterson pulled the officer with the handcuffs to avoid being handcuffed, the arrest report said.

Authorities said another officer suffered an injury to her left wrist during the struggle.

Both injured officers were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center.

Records show that Patterson was previously arrested after an incident with his child’s mother on Aug. 1, 2015, at the Aventura Mall.

An arrest report stated that Patterson met with his ex-girlfriend for a custody exchange of their then-1-year-old son, and an argument ensued over child support payments.

Police said that the baby suffered a bruise to the back of his head.

Authorities said the ex-girlfriend, Erika Medina, suffered redness to her neck area and a cut to her left elbow.

Patterson was arrested on charges of felony child abuse and misdemeanor battery.

Records show that Patterson was previously acquitted by a jury on charges of misdemeanor battery and culpable negligence.

Patterson, who was was signed by the Washington Redskins as an undrafted free agent in 2005, also played for the Kansas City Chiefs, Philadelphia Eagles, Cleveland Browns and New York Jets.
 

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Protest planned for Miami during scheduled visit from Attorney General Jeff Sessions

A protest is planned for Wednesday in Miami while Attorney General Jeff Sessions visits.

Several resistance groups are planning to gather in downtown Wednesday afternoon to protest President Donald Trump’s immigration policy.

Protesters are expected to meet at Bayfront Park and mark to PortMiami.

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2 officers injured when former Dolphins player tries escaping courtroom in downtown Miami

Two officers were injured Tuesday when a former Miami Dolphins cornerback tried to escape from a courtroom at the Lawson E. Thomas Courthouse Center in downtown Miami, authorities said.

Miami-Dade police spokeswoman Jennifer Capote said Dimitri Patterson, 34, was appearing in family court in the courthouse at 175 NW First Ave. when Judge William Altfield told him that he would be going to jail.

Authorities said Patterson tried to escape from Courtroom 2A and tackled a female officer.

The officer struck her head and was taken to a hospital. Her condition has not been released.

Capote said another officer suffered minor injuries during the attempted escape.

No other details were immediately released by authorities about why Patterson was in family court.

Patterson played for the Dolphins during 2013 season and tied for the team high with four interceptions.

According to an ESPN report, Patterson was arrested after an incident with his child’s mother on Aug. 1, 2015, at the Aventura Mall.

The report stated that Patterson met with his ex-girlfriend for a custody exchange of their then-1-year-old son and an argument ensued over child support payments.

A police report stated that the baby suffered a bruise to the back of his head.

ESPN reported that the ex-girlfriend, Erika Medina, suffered redness to her neck area and a cut to her left elbow.

Patterson was arrested on charges of felony child abuse and misdemeanor battery.

Records show that Patterson was previously acquitted by a jury on charges of misdemeanor battery and culpable negligence. 

Patterson, who was was signed by the Washington Redskins as an undrafted free agent in 2005, also played for the Kansas City Chiefs, Philadelphia Eagles, Cleveland Browns, and New York Jets.

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