Miami Police Department Sgt. James Faris got in the car when Mario Perez decided to chase a pair of teens in a convertible to hit them and threaten to kill them at gunpoint, according to Pembroke Pines detectives.
Pembroke Pines Police Department Officer Daniel P. Donato said Perez was upset because the teens were noisy in his neighborhood, the gated Pembroke Shores community, according to the arrest report.
Perez, 49, was a police officer with the Hialeah Police Department from 1988 to 1994.
With Faris in the car, Perez searched for the teens and chased their black Honda S2000 until they stopped to see what he wanted. Faris allegedly stayed in the car when Perez reportedly got out and shouted at the teens, “You mother [expletive]!”
The teen behind the wheel, 19-year-old Tyler Thornton Muraida, said he sped away, because he was afraid of Perez. But Perez didn’t give up. He allegedly got back in the car with Faris and chased the teens again. When Muraida stopped and was waiting for a slow gate to open, Perez allegedly saw an opportunity.
Muraida, a college student, said Perez pulled out a gun and said, “If you move again, I’m going to put three in you.” Muraida said Perez ordered him to turn the car off and remove his keys from the ignition, and punched him on the side of the head.
Perez allegedly walked to the passenger’s side of the convertible and placed the gun to the neck of the 15-year-old boy who was traveling with Muraida. The boy said Perez also threatened to kill him and struck him with the gun in the back of the head with such force he caused minor swelling.
Muraida said Perez walked back to the driver’s side of the car and said, “If I ever see you again, I’m going to [expletive] kill you.” He said Perez hit him in the head again and let them go. But the boy who was with Muraida lives in the Pembroke Shores community. Perez is his neighbor.
The teens had injuries to prove their account of what happened.