Miami Beach man accused in Louisiana skimming scheme

A Miami Beach man was arrested Monday on a warrant out of Louisiana, authorities said.

The Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office said Manuel Espinosa, 41, was taken into custody by Monroe County Sheriff’s Office deputies in Key West after he was stopped by U.S. Navy military police who discovered  that he had an active warrant.

Caddo Sheriff’s Detective Jeremy Edward said Espinosa was working with a group of people who obtained victims’ personal information by skimming credit cards at gas station pumps throughout Shreveport-Bossier City in northwestern Louisiana. 

Authorities said the information was then used to produce counterfeit debit cards that were turned over to Espinosa.

Espinosa used the cards to purchase gift cards from businesses in the area, authorities said.

Detectives said the gift cards were then split with others involved in the skimmer scam.

Espinosa is being held in the Monroe County Jail in Stock Island until he can be returned to Caddo Parish. He faces a charge of access device fraud.

Two others were previously arrested in connection with the case and warrants remain outstanding for four more, authorities said.

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Police search for suspects near Pembroke Pines Elementary School

Pembroke Pines Elementary School was temporarily placed under a precautionary lockdown Wednesday morning as authorities searched for suspects in the area.

Pembroke Pines police said Miramar police officers were also in the area near the school at 6700 SW Ninth St. and is the lead agency involved in the search. 

It’s unclear who police were looking for or why, but Local 10 News was at the scene as at least two people were placed into the back of a police cruiser.

Police said the lockdown was lifted shortly before 9:45 a.m. and units have since cleared the scene. 

No other details were immediately released. 

Watch Local 10 News or refresh this page for updates. 

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Mother of 4 gunned down while riding in car in Miami, police say

Police are searching for the shooter who killed a mother of four last week in Miami. 

The shooting was reported about 11 p.m. Sept. 26 near Northwest 17th Avenue and 65th Street.

Miami police said Victoria Tutson, 30, was riding in a vehicle with a man when someone shot into their car.

Tutson was shot multiple times.

Police said the man was not injured and drove her to North Shore Medical Center, where she died.

Tutson’s family pleaded with the public Tuesday to come forward with any information that can help detectives make an arrest.

“Somebody murdered our sister, and someone has to have it in their heart to say, ‘You know what, she has four children,'” the victim’s sister, Shakurah Tutson, said. 

“Somebody had to see something, but we live in a time where people are scared to come forth,” Victoria Tutson’s father, Clarence, said. 

Detectives said the man who was driving the vehicle that Victoria Tutson was in is cooperating with the investigation. 

A motive for the shooting is unknown. 

Anyone with information can call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers anonymously at 305-471-TIPS. 

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Family demands answers after man fatally shot by Hialeah police

A South Florida family is demanding answers after a man was fatally shot over the weekend by Hialeah police.

“Why is there a need to shoot someone 50 times? Why?” Lester Machado’s girlfriend, Yolaisy Perez, said. 

Authorities said Machado, 24, was fatally shot by Hialeah police officers early Sunday after a police chase. 

Police said the incident began after shots were fired at 4 a.m. Sunday outside the Heads or Tails Gentlemen’s Lounge at 766 E. 25th St.

Officers ended up following Machado, who was in a white Honda, along Northwest 79th Street, police said. The chase came to an end at Northwest 35th Avenue.

Authorities said at least one officer opened fire during the incident. 

The side of Machado’s white car was hit with dozens of bullets after the brief pursuit ended with the rear-end of the vehicle smashed in.

At least one other Hialeah police cruiser sustained front-end damage and the windshield of another cruiser was riddled with bullets.

Police did not say who shot at the police cruiser.

Machado’s family said he suffered from Addison’s disease, and the medication he was on often made him paranoid.

“He gets panic attacks — everything gets him scared, so he was probably scared, and he just didn’t stop,” Perez said.

“I’m really frustrated because he wasn’t a bad guy,” Machado’s cousin, Lesley Gonzalez, said through tears. “He was really friendly with everybody. As you can see, he was a really smart kid.”

Police have not yet identified the officers involved in the shooting. 


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Surveillance video captures gunman yelling at man cutting grass before fatal shooting

Surveillance video released Friday shows a man yelling at an elderly man who was cutting the grass near a Pembroke Park convenience store before the altercation escalated into a fatal shooting.

Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies said Philip Antonino, 57, was walking back to his place of work about 9 a.m. Sept. 22 when he saw an elderly homeless man being berated by another man while cutting the grass in a field adjacent to the Kwik Stop at 5551 W. Hallandale Beach Blvd.

Deputies said Antonino told the man to back off. 

They said moments later, the man pulled out a gun and shot Antonino multiple times.

A Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue crew took Antonino to a local hospital, where he died.

Deputies said the gunman ran north on West 56th Avenue after the shooting.

Anyone with information about his identity 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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Police seek man who struck teen in face, head with pool cue

Davie police are searching for a man who was captured on surveillance video attacking a teenager with a pool cue.

The attack was reported last Friday at the Toscana apartment complex at 5971 Toscana Drive.

According to an incident report, Jason Colmenares was drinking coffee with his friend inside the lobby when a man who had been playing pool nearby came up from behind him and struck him twice on the right side of his head and face with a pool cue.

Jason said the man asked him, “Do you remember what you did to my sister?” before walking out of the building.

The South Plantation High School junior said he doesn’t know the man and certainly doesn’t know his sister. 

Jason was taken to Broward Health Medical Center with serious injuries to his head and face.

“He hit me twice and he was coming for me,” Jason said. “It’s scary. To go out of my house, or go to the pool. It is scary.” 

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

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