Man calls for driver to come forward after sister seriously injured in hit-and-run

A South Florida woman remains hospitalized as her family appeals for someone to come forward with information about the driver who struck the woman over the weekend in Sunrise.

“I thought she was gone,” the victim’s brother, Joseph Holguin, said.

Joseph Holguin’s sister, Michelle Holguin, 53, remains in the intensive care unit at a local hospital after she was struck by a car just after midnight Saturday while she was riding her bicycle home from work.

“It was horrible. Words can’t describe it. I just broke down,  just like I am now,” Joseph Holguin said.

According to police, Michelle Holguin was riding her bike when she was hit by a car on Sunrise Boulevard near Flamingo Road and was dragged 25 yards.

The driver sped off without stopping to help, leaving Michelle Holguin unconscious in the roadway.

“Leaving her on the side of the road like a piece of meat, it’s just not right,” her brother said.

Without much information to go on, police and Michelle Holguin’s loved ones are pleading for the driver to come forward.

“Take responsibility for what you did. It’s just an accident. Stuff does happen, but fess up,” Joseph Holguin said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. A reward of up to $3,000 is offered for information that leads to an arrest.
 

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Man in custody after injuring himself during domestic dispute, police say

A Pembroke Pines man was taken into custody Monday, a day after he burned his wife with hot water and then cut his arms with broken bottles, authorities said.

It’s unclear whether Everton Harrison, 62, was taken to jail or to a hospital.

Police said in a news release that he was taken into custody “without incident” and did not suffer life-threatening injuries from cutting himself.

According to authorities, Harrison attacked his wife Sunday morning with burning water while she was in bed.

Police said the victim pleaded with her husband to take her to a hospital and he agreed.

However, once inside the vehicle, Harrison drove around to unknown locations along U.S. Highway 27.

He eventually pulled over and picked up bottles from the brush along the side of the road, police said.

Authorities said he broke the bottles and cut both of his arms.

Harrison then got back into his car and took his wife back home after about an hour or two of driving, authorities said.

The victim called police just before 1 p.m. after she was able to escape and call 911 from a neighbor’s home.

Police said she was taken to a hospital to be treated for her injuries.

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Miami-Dade state attorney asks for help in solving teen’s killing

Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez-Rundle is asking for the public’s help in finding the shooter who killed a 17-year-old boy last week in Miami. 

“At 8 p.m. (Friday), 17-year-old Robert Smith was gunned down in the city of Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood,” Fernandez-Rundle said in a video posted Monday on Twitter. “Robert was standing outside a friend’s home on Northwest 63rd Street and Third Court when someone drove by and opened fire on Robert and his friends.”

The shooting happened just a block away from Miami Edison Senior High School. 

A Miami Fire Rescue crew took Smith to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center, where he died.

“If you know anything about this senseless murder, please call in your anonymous tips to Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS,” Fernandez-Rundle said. “We need your eyes and ears to help us solve Robert’s murder. His life matters. We need your help to stop the killing.”

We need your help to find those responsible for the senseless murder of Robert Smith this past Friday night @CityofMiami #LittleHaiti area. pic.twitter.com/axYLHrLpqv

— Kathy Rundle (@KathyFndzRundle) July 17, 2017

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Miami-Dade state attorney asks for help in solving teen’s killing

Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez-Rundle is asking for the public’s help in finding the shooter who killed a 17-year-old boy last week in Miami. 

“At 8 p.m. (Friday), 17-year-old Robert Smith was gunned down in the city of Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood,” Fernandez-Rundle said in a video posted Monday on Twitter. “Robert was standing outside a friend’s home on Northwest 63rd Street and Third Court when someone drove by and opened fire on Robert and his friends.”

The shooting happened just a block away from Miami Edison Senior High School. 

A Miami Fire Rescue crew took Smith to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center, where he died.

“If you know anything about this senseless murder, please call in your anonymous tips to Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS,” Fernandez-Rundle said. “We need your eyes and ears to help us solve Robert’s murder. His life matters. We need your help to stop the killing.”

We need your help to find those responsible for the senseless murder of Robert Smith this past Friday night @CityofMiami #LittleHaiti area. pic.twitter.com/axYLHrLpqv

— Kathy Rundle (@KathyFndzRundle) July 17, 2017

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BSO seeks teen who pulled fire alarm at Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort

The Broward Sheriff’s Office is searching for a teenager who they said pulled a fire alarm inside a hotel in Deerfield Beach.

The incident was reported just after 12:30 a.m. June 14 at the Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort at 2096 NE Second St.

Authorities said security cameras captured a group of teenage boys entering the hotel through the lobby and roaming around aimlessly for several minutes.

Deputies said the group made their way to the back of the hotel and left through panic bar exit doors.

As the group left, one of the boys stepped back inside and pulled the fire alarm, deputies said.

The hotel was evacuated, and Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue crews responded to the hotel.

Authorities said the teen who pulled the alarm was wearing a yellow shirt, which at times he had pulled up above his head.

Anyone with information about his identity is asked to call Detective Andrew Gianino at 954-571-4597 or Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. 

 

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Hotel clerk takes keys from valet cabinet, fatally strikes pedestrian, police say

Miami Beach police said a man who is accused of fatally striking a pedestrian Sunday had left work to go to a nearby Walgreens to get a Red Bull drink.

According to an arrest report, Angel Cuesta, 31, who works the front desk at the Red South Beach Hotel at 3010 Collins Ave., took the keys of a 2017 Chevrolet Cruze from the valet keys cabinet and headed to the store.

Police said Cuesta was heading north on Collins Avenue when he struck a woman who was crossing the intersection of 38th Street.

Police said the woman, who was homeless and in her 50s, was crossing the street a notable distance south of the marked crosswalk.

The woman was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where she died. 

The crash caused extensive damage to the front left side of the windshield and bumper, the report said.

Police said Cuesta told someone about the crash about an hour after it happened. 

That person identified Cuesta as a hotel employee to police.

Police said Cuesta confessed to striking the victim with the car and leaving the scene, even though he saw her lying in the street.

A cab driver who witnessed the crash told Local 10 News that he tried to stop Cuesta.

“He seem like he (was) gonna stop. He slow down, then he go,” Joseph Deceus said. “I saw the car make a left and I followed the guy. I seen the lady got hit and I say, ‘You gonna stop?'”

Police said Cuesta claimed that he tried to avoid the crash, but couldn’t.

Cuesta also admitted to trying to hide the vehicle in a gated parking garage at 3535 Indian Creek, the arrest report said.

He faces a charge of leaving the scene of a crash resulting in a death.

Cuesta was released from jail overnight on a $10,000 bond. 

A manager at the Red South Beach Hotel told Local 10 News reporter Sanela Sabovic that she had no comment about the incident.

Another employee at the hotel said management had instructed all employees not to speak to the media as the investigation is ongoing. 

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