Marathon man arrested in fatal stabbing at Florida Keys mobile home park

A Marathon man was arrested Monday after he fatally stabbed another man and stole a car, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Becky Herrin said.

Kyle Miller, 29, was stopped by deputies in Tavernier while driving north in a stolen 2000 Cadillac Eldorado, Herrin said.

The car was missing from the driveway of a mobile home park where Andre Howard, 34, was found dead on the side of a road.

Homicide detectives said they believe Miller fatally stabbed Howard during an early-morning argument. A newspaper delivery woman found Howard’s body about 4 a.m. and called 911.

Detectives followed a blood trail from the body to a mobile home belonging to Jack Belknap, who was the registered owner of the stolen car. Detectives said Miller is an acquaintance of Belknap whom he calls “uncle.”

Miller told detectives that he stabbed Howard after Howard made unwanted sexual advances toward him, Herrin said.

Belknap said Miller didn’t have permission to use his car.

Miller faces charges of second-degree murder and grand theft auto.

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Memorial service held for Delray Beach police officer killed in Key West

A Delray Beach police officer who was killed in a motor scooter crash in Key West earlier this month was remembered Sunday during a memorial service.

The memorial service for Officer Christine Braswell, 40, was held at Atlantic Community High School in Delray Beach.

Hundreds of people, including law enforcement officers from across the state, attended the service to pay their respects.

One of the officers who attended the service was Bernenda Marc, who was with Braswell at the time of the crash.

“She always had a smile on her face, and one thing that I will always cherish about her is her drive and how much she was willing to help other people and love people more than she loved herself,” Marc said.

The officers were on vacation together and riding a motor scooter April 8 when they were struck by another vehicle.

Braswell was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, where she later died.

Marc, 25, was released from Jackson South Community Hospital last week.

Braswell joined the Delray Beach Police Department in 2005.

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Memorial service held for Delray Beach police officer killed in Key West

A Delray Beach police officer who was killed in a motor scooter crash in Key West earlier this month was remembered Sunday during a memorial service.

The memorial service for Officer Christine Braswell, 40, was held at Atlantic Community High School in Delray Beach.

Hundreds of people, including law enforcement officers from across the state, attended the service to pay their respects.

One of the officers who attended the service was Bernenda Marc, who was with Braswell at the time of the crash.

“She always had a smile on her face, and one thing that I will always cherish about her is her drive and how much she was willing to help other people and love people more than she loved herself,” Marc said.

The officers were on vacation together and riding a motor scooter April 8 when they were struck by another vehicle.

Braswell was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, where she later died.

Marc, 25, was released from Jackson South Community Hospital last week.

Braswell joined the Delray Beach Police Department in 2005.

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3 arrested after trying to use fraudulent credit cards in Key Largo, deputies say

A woman and two men were arrested Saturday in Key Largo after deputies said they attempted to use a fraudulent credit card to purchase two Go Pro cameras at Diver’s Direct at mile marker 99.6.The three suspects in custody are Brian Moreno Olivera…

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Man convicted of Key West bomb plot sentenced to life in prison

A man convicted in January of plotting to detonate a bomb at a Florida Keys beach was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison.

Harlem Suarez, 26, was convicted Jan. 27 of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and providing material support to a terrorist organization.

U.S. District Judge Jose E. Martinez sentenced Suarez to life in prison for the weapon of mass of mass destruction count of conviction and a concurrent term of 20 years in prison for attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organization.

According to a criminal complaint, Suarez, who is also known as Almlak Benitez, caught the attention of the FBI in April 2015 after posting extremist rhetoric and promoting the Islamic State group through posts on his Facebook page.

Last spring, a Facebook user called the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office to report seeing messages from an ISIS recruiter. FBI agents traced the posts to Suarez and said they found a trove of ISIS-related postings.

One post read: “Stand up with us my brother. Stand up with the black flag and the AK with 10 mag, fight with us, be a gangster with us, kill our enemies and convert to Islam now in USA.”

The FBI put a confidential informant on the case. Agents said Suarez plotted with that informant to make a “timer bomb” and planned to test his explosives in the garage under his parents’ apartment.

According to the complaint, Suarez ordered AK-47s online that were to be delivered to a Key West pawnshop, where he intended to pick them up. Employees at the pawnshop also alerted the FBI.

The complaint said Suarez created an ISIS recruiting video inside a Homestead motel.

The script for the video, according to the complaint, was: “I call to other brothers worldwide to create Caliphate in the Middle East. Destroy our enemies against us. Let live only who are our brothers and sisters. Send our mujahideen to a different soil with tanks, missiles grenades and other tactical needs. America soil is the past, we will destroy America and divide it in two. We will raise our black flag on top of your white house and any president on duty (cut head).”

The complaint said Suarez had planned other attacks before deciding to bomb a Key West beach, including a Fourth of July attack in South Beach or in Marathon.

Investigators said Suarez later decided to bury the bomb at a public beach in Key West and detonate it using a cellphone. He met with an informant at the motel and showed him the homemade bomb before being taken into custody, the complaint said.

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Second Delray Beach police officer released from hospital after motor scooter crash

A second Delray Beach police officer who was injured in a motor scooter crash in Key West has been released from a Miami-Dade County hospital, the Delray Beach Police Department said.

Officer Bernenda Marc, 25, was released and is recovering at home in Palm Beach County, Delray Beach police spokeswoman Dani Moschella said.

Marc and Officer Christine Braswell, 40, were on vacation together and riding a motor scooter April 8 when they were struck by another vehicle, Key West police spokeswoman Alyson Crean said.

Marc had been in critical but stable condition at Jackson South Community Hospital.

Braswell died at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. Her body received a police escort as it was moved last week from the Miami-Dade County medical examiner’s office to a Lake Worth funeral home.

Moschella said Marc hopes to attend Braswell’s April 23 funeral service.

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