Man accused of fatally shooting sisters at Miami-Dade restaurant was their uncle

An 84-year-old man who is accused of fatally shooting two sisters at a Miami-Dade County restaurant before turning the gun on himself was their uncle, relatives told Local 10 News on Monday.

The shooting was reported Saturday at the Latin Cafeteria Restaurant at 7360 SW 24th St.

“He was my neighbor, friend of the area, friend of mine,” Marcelino Garcia said about Jose Reina. “He was very good people. Nice neighbor.”

Garcia said Reina struggled to care for his elderly wife, who was suffering from Alzheimer’s.

“The situation was very bad because his wife had been sick for many years with Alzheimer’s,” he said. 

Witnesses said Reina was circling the parking lot outside the restaurant just before the shooting.

Madelin Guardado, 39, died at the scene.

Her sister, Yanet Guardado, 38, was taken to Kendall Regional Medical Center, where she also died.

Madelin Guardado’s mother-in-law told Local 10 News that her son and daughter-in-law lived with Reina at one time. She said the family never expected this and that they’re faith in God is giving them peace. 

“There is peace within the family despite what’s happened,” she said.

Hours after the shooting, Reina was found dead inside his green Jeep Cherokee that was parked just two blocks from the hospital.

Police said Reina fatally shot himself.

Police found a handgun box and rifle bag inside the SUV.

Garcia and many others are now left wondering why Reina would do kill his nieces.

“It was a surprise — a surprise for me,” Garcia said.

Police have not said whether they are aware of a motive for the killing.  

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Man accused of trying to purchase Cadillac Escalade with stolen identity appears in court

A South Florida man appeared in bond court Thursday after police said he tried to purchase a Cadillac SUV with a stolen identity.

Salespeople at Vera Cadillac in Pembroke Pines said Israel Valle, 57, walked in Wednesday like a regular customer, wanting to buy a black Cadillac Escalade worth almost $100,000.

They said Valle said he was in hurry and had only 10 minutes to purchase the vehicle.

Pembroke Pines police said Valle has done the same thing at other dealerships, and that this is an ongoing investigation.

Employees said they were tipped off by sister dealership Williamson Cadillac that a ring of people have been trying to buy vehicles with fake information.

“Williamson forwarded us photos of the gentleman, so we knew what he looked like prior to (this incident), and then once the situation began to unfold, it was just too similar,” salesman Jorge Ovalles said.

Valle, who authorities said got away with a car from the Williamson dealership, was arrested at the dealership in Pembroke Pines.

“We’re glad he’s off the streets because this happens everyday in this business,” general sales manager Jorge Morales said.

Morales said vigilance and communication on their part helped put a stop to the accused repeat fraudster.

“I tell all my salespeople to be vigilant, let us know if they think something’s not right and we’ll talk to that customer,” Morales said.

Valle is being held in lieu of a $70,000 bond.

He faces multiple charges, including possession of a forged driver’s license or ID, grand theft auto and fraudulently impersonating or using another person’s ID.

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Masked robber points gun at cashier’s head at Dania Beach convenience store

An armed masked robber jumped in front of a customer at a South Florida convenience store to rob a clerk, authorities said.

The robbery was reported shortly before 11:30 p.m. April 8 at a Stop N Go at 2501 Stirling Road.

Surveillance video shows the thief waving a gun at the clerk through the open partition and demanding cash.

Deputies said the robber jumped through the opening of the partition when the clerk didn’t move quickly enough and pressed a gun to the clerk’s head.

The thief snatched money from a box, pistol-whipped the clerk across the head and ordered the clerk to open the cash drawer, deputies said.

Authorities said the thief then dragged and pushed the clerk to open a door for him so he could escape.

The armed robber was wearing a ski mask, a black hoodie with red writing on the front and jeans, deputies said.

Anyone with information about his identity is asked to call Detective Theophilus Woulard at 954-321-4553. Anonymous tips can be made by calling Broward Crime County 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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Auto repair shop owner shoots customer during dispute, deputies say

An auto repair shop owner fatally shot a customer Friday morning during a business dispute, authorities said.

Broward sheriff’s deputies said the victim, Richard Buchanan, 28, approached the owner of the repair shop at 2100 N. Powerline Road just before 9:40 a.m. 

Authorities said the men began to argue about repairs made to the victim’s 2004 Lexus IS 300.

Witnesses told deputies that the shop owner, William Mann, 52, shot Buchanan one time.

Buchanan was taken by Pompano Beach Fire Rescue to Broward Health North, where he died.

Mann remained at the scene.

Detectives are still investigating circumstances surrounding the shooting, and it’s unclear whether Mann will be charged.

Anyone with further information is asked to call Detective Walt Foster at 954-321-4219. Anonymous tips can be made by calling Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.

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Man found dead in pool of blood after firefighters respond to reports of fire

A man was found dead overnight in a Miami home after authorities received a report about a fire at the Poinciana Grove Apartments.

Authorities said Miami firefighters forced their way into the apartment at 5601 NW Second Ave. shortly after midnight Friday and found the victim, identified as Joseph Gonzalez, 64, lying in a pool of blood.

Police said there was a small fire in the kitchen which firefighters quickly extinguished.

Detectives said Gonzalez had been stabbed to death.

Authorities said the victim’s car was found at about noon by Opa-locka police in the area of Northwest 37th Court and 157th Street.

Two people were taken into custody and questioned by detectives.

It’s unclear whether they will face charges.

Anyone with information is asked to call Miami police at 305-603-6350 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.





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Man arrested in shooting of 15-year-old girl in North Miami Beach

North Miami Beach police arrested a man Friday morning in connection with the shooting of a 15-year-old girl earlier this month that left her critically wounded.

Genesis Anderson, 24, faces charges of attempted first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Police said Milinda Michel Pierre was shot May 11 outside her home in the area of Northeast 155th Terrace and Northeast 14th Avenue.

Milinda’s mother, Gina Pierre, told Local 10 News that she checked on her daughter, who was sleeping, shortly before the shooting. Pierre said she went to sleep and was awakened by her daughter screaming.

“By 11 o’clock, I just hear, ‘Mommy! Mommy! I got shot!’ That’s it,” she said.

Pierre said her daughter was taken to a local hospital in critical condition after the shooting.

“Bless her heart. Milinda is a very strong girl, and we just ask that we continue with prayers for the family, for Milinda, and we’re here fighting for Milinda,” Maj. Richard Rand said.

Authorities interviewed Milinda from her hospital bed, who told them that she knew Anderson for about five months.

Milinda told detectives that she had a falling out with the suspect, who she knew as “G” and considered a friend. She said he showed up to her home with another man May 11, knocked on the door and shot her when she opened it.

Pierre said her daughter attends North Miami Beach High School, where she is a member of the JROTC program and plays volleyball.

“She’s a sweetheart. (I’ve) never had problem with her, and she’s an A student,” Pierre said.

Anderson is being held without bond.

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