Man threatens to blow up mosque after incident at Muslim-owned convenience store

A South Florida man was arrested Thursday after he threatened to blow up a mosque in Pompano Beach, authorities said.

The incident was reported at about 4 p.m. Thursday at the Islamic Center of South Florida at 507 NE Sixth St.

According to an arrest report, Shawkat Mzayek, 38, called the mosque and said, “Your mosque is going to be blown the (expletive) up tonight. We are going to kill all of you and ISIS in America.”

Deputies said Mzayek hung up the phone and the person who received the call at the mosque called 911 and evacuated the building.

The director of the mosque, Mihad Sakallah, told Local 10 News that the mosque was preparing to have people come to break their fast for the holy month of Ramadan when the threat was made. 

He said there were 10 to 20 people inside the building when the call was made.

Deputies said caller ID linked the phone number to Mzayek’s wife, but said Mzayek confirmed that he is the sole user of that phone number.

Detectives said Mzayek told them that he used to be Muslim, but converted to Judaism and believes the Muslim community considers him a “dead man” now.

He said he made the call to the mosque and to a Muslim-owned convenience store in Plantation after he got into an altercation with employees at the store, the report said.

Detectives said Mzayek said that he threatened to burn down the mosque and the store.

He was arrested on a charge of falsely reporting a bomb threat.

Court records show that Mzayek was on probation at the time of the incident for pointing a gun at another driver in a road rage case. 

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Inmate on ‘monitor-release’ flees from officers in Miami, authorities say

An inmate on “monitor-release” fled from officers Thursday afternoon in Miami, authorities said.

Miami-Dade Corrections spokesman Juan Diasgranados said in an email that the inmate took off in the area of 3900 First Avenue.

An officer had gone to the Concept Health System Inc., Assistance for Substance Use and Mental Disorders, an unsecured residential treatment facility to conduct a routine check on Arsinio Lannigan, police said. 

The director of the facility told the officer that Lannigan had violated program rules and regulations, police said. The director requested Lannigan be removed. 

Lannigan then managed to escape while he was being taken back into custody. 

City of Miami police were notified of the incident and a perimeter was set up. 

Lannigan  turned himself in to police Thursday night. 



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Young mother shot in head placed in medically induced coma

A young mother is clinging to life after being shot in what police are calling a road rage incident in Miami.

Police said the 19-year-old mother of two was a passenger in her boyfriend’s car when it was riddled with bullets.

“My sister means a lot to me. It really hurts to see her like this,” the victim’s brother, Lazaro Sanchez, said.

Sanchez spoke to Local 10 News reporter Michael Seiden on Thursday outside Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center, where Alyssa Sanchez is being treated.

Police said she was shot in the head Monday during a suspected road rage incident.

“I get a call from her boyfriend stating that my sister had gotten shot in the head,” Lazaro Sanchez said. “He told me he took her to the hospital. He was so freaked (out and) he didn’t have any details for me.”

Alyssa Sanchez and her boyfriend were on the way to the boyfriend’s house near Southwest 27th Avenue and 14th Street when police say Alyssa Sanchez’s boyfriend got into an argument with another driver.

Police said the driver pulled out a gun and started firing.

One of the bullets struck the young mother in the head.

Police said the gunman fled the scene before officers arrived.

Alyssa Sanchez remains in a medically induced coma.

“She’s just 19. She’s super young. She really doesn’t deserve this,” Lazaro Sanchez said. “She has a long life ahead of her with her kids. They don’t have a father, so the least they can have is a mother.”

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. 

Click here to donate to a GoFundMe page set up to help pay for the victim’s medical expenses. 

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Inmate on ‘monitor-release’ flees from officers in Miami, authorities say

An inmate on “monitor-release” fled from officers Thursday afternoon in Miami, authorities said.

Miami-Dade Corrections spokesman Juan Diasgranados said in an email that the inmate took off in the area of 3900 First Avenue.

He said inmates on monitor-release are monitored in the community by officers. 

He said city of Miami police are leading the search for the suspect.

No other details were immediately released.


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‘Major’ drug dealer arrested in South Miami-Dade, prosecutors say

A convicted felon was arrested Thursday on drug trafficking charges after a long-term narcotics investigation by the Office of the State Attorney and Miami-Dade police.

Prosecutors said in a news release that Luis Manuel Charchabal, 53, was found in possession of 2.5 kilograms of suspected heroin and fentanyl.

According to the news release, Charchabal knew how deadly fentanyl was and told detectives that if he wanted to see it work, he would give a small dose to someone he didn’t like to “watch them fall.”

Prosecutors said Fentanyl is 50 to 80 times stronger than heroin and is so potent that an amount the size of three grains of sugar can kill the average adult.

“Selling fentanyl is selling death by a different name,” State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said. “The opioid epidemic that America, Florida and Miami-Dade County are all experiencing is made possible by those individuals who see illegal profits as more important than human life.

“In this community, we will continue to fight such drug dealers on the streets and work to end addiction through our drug court. Working hand-in-hand with the Miami-Dade Police Department, we have potentially saved thousands of lives with this superb investigation. These officers deserve the thanks of the entire community.”

Authorities said fentanyl is cheap to produce and is often mixed with heroin or sold as heroin on the streets.

“The Miami-Dade Police Department’s primary concern is for the safety and security of our residents,” Miami-Dade Police Department Director Juan J. Perez said. “Illegal opioids have had a deadly impact on our community.

“This case serves as just one example of the ongoing efforts of Narcotics Bureau detectives, who will continue to work diligently, together with our law enforcement partners, to prevent additional overdose tragedies related to this poison. Working with our community, we will overcome the opioid epidemic that has plagued the entire country.”

Charchabal is charged with three counts of illegal trafficking in heroin and three counts of possession of fentanyl with intent to deliver. 

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Burglar stares at surveillance camera as he slithers through window of home

The Broward Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man who was captured on surveillance video last week breaking into a home in Dania Beach.

Deputies said surveillance video shows the thief stare directly at the camera about 11:45 a.m. June 11 as he crawls through a window to get inside.

The homeowner received an alert that there was movement inside his property.

As he reviewed the recording, he said he saw the burglar struggle to slide through a window behind a couch.

The video shows the man walking around the home before leaving the same way he went in.

It’s unclear whether the burglar stole anything from the home.

Anyone with information about his identity is asked to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. 


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