Accused drunken driver arrested months after crash in Davie that killed girlfriend

A man turned himself in to authorities Thursday at the Broward County Courthouse, months after he was accused of driving drunk and getting into a crash that killed his girlfriend.

Davie police said Edgar Reyes is being held in lieu of a $130,000 bond.

According to authorities, Reyes was driving on State Road 7 near Interstate 595, shortly after 3:30 a.m. April 8, when he lost control of his vehicle.

Police said the car rolled over multiple times and Reyes’ girlfriend, Martha Hernandez Rondon, was ejected from the vehicle and killed.

Police said Reyes stopped communicating with his attorney shortly after making arrangements to turn himself in to authorities.

Reyes does not have a driver’s license and is not a U.S. citizen, authorities said.

Hernandez Rondon was a single mother of two teenage sons.

Reyes faces a DUI manslaughter charge in the case.

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Mother demands answers after son fatally shot in Miami Gardens

A South Florida mother is pleading with the public to come forward with any information about her son’s killers, a month after he was fatally shot.

Loraine Jean Pierre said the killing of the young father is consuming her family.

“It hurts so bad that they just took him away like that,” Jean Pierre said.

The emotion is still raw for Jean Pierre and her family, a little more than four weeks since her son Raheem Jean Pierre was killed in front of their house as he sat in his car.

“These people are ruthless killers and they’re cold-blooded murderers,” Loraine Jean Pierre said.

The shooting was reported about 10:30 p.m. July 27 in the 2400 block of Northwest 175th Terrace in Miami Gardens.

Loraine Jean Pierre said more than one person ran up to her son’s car and shot it up.

She said two passengers were wounded.

Police have since turned over the car to the victim’s mother.

“I tried to, like, tape it up and glue it up right here,” she told Local 10 News as she showed the vehicle.

Loraine Jean Pierre also showed where the bullets entered their house.

“It was so close and so loud. I told my girls, ‘Get down on the floor, get down on the floor,’ and they shoot for maybe 10 rounds,” she said.

No one inside the home was injured, despite a bullet traveling all the way inside and hitting a bedroom closet.

Loraine Jean Pierre said she went outside and found her son clinging to life.

Raheem Jean Pierre leaves behind two little sisters and a 1-year-old baby of his own.

Miami Gardens police have announced no arrests or motives in the case.

“They’re going to pay for what they (did) to my son,” Loraine Jean Pierre said. “They’re not going to get away with it. My tears are not going in vain.”

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

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Surveillance video captures man snatching woman’s purse outside Miami home

A South Florida woman said her purse was stolen outside her mother’s home in Miami, and now, police need the public’s help in identifying the thief.

The victim said she was robbed Monday afternoon while she was picking up her grandson.

She said she was putting him into her car that was parked in the driveway when a man swung the door open, grabbed her purse and took off back down the street.

The crook got away with her cellphone, all of her credit cards and more.

Surveillance cameras caught a clean shot of his face.

The video shows a blue or silver sedan pull up in front of the home and back up slightly before the crook, who was wearing a dark hooded jacket, crept up to the car’s passenger side.

He took a quick peek inside the car before quickly opening the door and grabbing the purse. He then made a beeline for the waiting getaway vehicle.

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

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Surveillance video captures man snatching woman’s purse outside Miami home

A South Florida woman said her purse was stolen outside her mother’s home in Miami, and now, police need the public’s help in identifying the thief.

The victim said she was robbed Monday afternoon while she was picking up her grandson.

She said she was putting him into her car that was parked in the driveway when a man swung the door open, grabbed her purse and took off back down the street.

The crook got away with her cellphone, all of her credit cards and more.

Surveillance cameras caught a clean shot of his face.

The video shows a blue or silver sedan pull up in front of the home and back up slightly before the crook, who was wearing a dark hooded jacket, crept up to the car’s passenger side.

He took a quick peek inside the car before quickly opening the door and grabbing the purse. He then made a beeline for the waiting getaway vehicle.

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

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Husband of Delray Beach woman who vanished at sea accused of stealing coins in Caribbean

A Delray Beach man being investigated in the disappearance of his wife who vanished at sea earlier this year was arrested Monday by the FBI.

The Palm Beach Post reported that Lewis Bennett was arrested in West Palm Beach on federal charges for allegedly stealing as much as $100,000 worth of silver and gold coins while he was working on a ship in the Caribbean.

The owner of the boat told the FBI that Bennett was a crew member on the vessel in May 2016 while it was located in St. Maarten.

He said the coins were stolen after someone broke open the floor of the boat beneath a pallet of food.

Bennett’s wife, Isabella Hellmann, 41, was reported missing May 15 during a sailing trip near the Bahamas.

Bennett, told the U.S. Coast Guard that he and Hellmann were on their 37-foot catamaran, “Surf into Summer,” on Mother’s Day when it struck an unknown object, causing it to take on water. He told the Coast Guard that he abandoned the catamaran and couldn’t find his wife.

Bennett, 40, was rescued the next day from a life raft about 30 miles west of Cay Sal, Bahamas. The catamaran was later found overturned in the Florida Straits.

FBI agents said they found some of the coins while taking an inventory of the items found in Bennett’s life raft.

Authorities said the coins were inside nine plastic tubes that were wrapped in clear tape.

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Woman hits man in groin with umbrella during attempted kidnapping, deputies say

A South Florida woman struck a man in the groin with her umbrella last week as he tried to force her into his car, Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies said.

The attempted kidnapping was reported just after 3 p.m. Wednesday in the 4000 block of Northwest First Place.

Deputies said the woman was walking in the area when a man who was driving a dark gray Nissan Altima yelled out to her to get into his car.

The victim refused and continued to walk away.

Authorities said the man began yelling obscenities at the woman and then got out of his car, grabbed her by the arms and tried to force her into his vehicle.

“He grabbed me by my arms and tried to force me toward the passenger side of the vehicle,” the victim, who did not want to be identified, said. 

Deputies said the two struggled and the man punched the victim in the face several times.

During the struggle, the woman used her umbrella to strike her attacker “forcefully in the groin,” deputies said.

“At that point, I took my umbrella and I stabbed him in the groin area,” the victim said. 

Authorities said the man threw the woman to the ground and she ran to safety.

“Somebody else may not fight back like I did and, (for) somebody else, it may end a lot worse for them,” the victim said. 

Anyone with information about the man’s identity is asked to call Detective Larry Heath at 954-321-4719 or Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.
 

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