Florida Department of Corrections officer accused of having sex with inmate

A Florida Department of Corrections officer was arrested Friday on accusations that he had sex with an inmate at a Miami-Dade County facility.

A law enforcement source told Local 10 News reporter Andrew Perez that the alleged incident happened inside a broom closet at a facility holding female inmates. 

Miami-Dade police confirmed that a state corrections officer was arrested on a sexual battery charge.

“The actions of this officer are absolutely intolerable,” Florida Department of Corrections spokeswoman Michelle Glady said in an email. “Following this allegation, FDC contacted the Miami-Dade Police Department and took immediate steps to remove the officer from all inmate contact.

“The Department is taking action to terminate his employment and will assist in any investigative efforts to ensure he is held fully accountable.”

Glady said the FDC’s Office of Inspector General will also conduct an administrative investigation.

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Man wearing security hat, jacket robs Chase Bank branch in Miami

A man who was wearing black gloves and a security hat and jacket robbed a Chase Bank branch Friday in Miami, the FBI said.

The robbery was reported just before 3:30 p.m. at the Chase Bank at 8534 SW Eighth St.

FBI spokesman Jim Marshall said the man entered the bank, displayed a knife and demanded money from an employee.

An undisclosed amount of cash was taken.

No injuries were reported.

Anyone with information about the robber’s identity is asked to call the FBI at 754-703-2000 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. 

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3 accused of trying to pimp out foster child in southwest Miami-Dade

Three people were arrested Thursday for trying to pimp out a 16-year-old foster child in southwest Miami-Dade, authorities said.

According to an arrest report, the victim notified employees at the Family Resource Center that she had been physically abused.

Employees took the girl to the office of Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle because they believed that she might have been commercially sexually exploited.

“She’s a runaway,” Fernandez Rundle said. “She was in the foster care system. She ran away multiple times, and that’s what they wait for. These bad guys, these predators, wait for girls and boys who are lost, that are alone, that are runaways, that are throwaways, that are forgotten, that are vulnerable.” 

The girl’s case manager told a human trafficking assistant state attorney that the girl had run away five times between June 13 and Wednesday. 

The victim was interviewed by authorities and said that she had been staying on and off at the home of Michael Coney Jr., 18, on Southwest 225th Street and 118th Avenue.

Authorities said Coney repeatedly tried to get the teen to agree to prostitute herself and when she refused he got aggressive, kicked her out of his house and told her, “You look like a h**, so go make me some money. You’re not going to use my water for free.”

The teen told Coney’s mother, but the woman told her that it’s not her business and to get out of the house, the arrest report said.

The victim told authorities that she went across the street to Coney’s relatives’s home, but the man, identified as Landis Wordly, 39, told her that she also had to “f*** for money and bring him back the money.”

The girl said Worldly told her this while they were alone and in front of a woman, identified as Jerrini Virgin, 24, who worked as a prostitute.

The victim said Virgin beat her a week ago for refusing to prostitute herself.

Authorities said the teen said that she had sex with Wordly six to seven times and said that he had recorded some of the incidents.

She said she also had sex with Coney and both men gave her marijuana on multiple occasions and Ecstasy once. 

Coney, Wordly and Virgin were arrested on various charges, including human trafficking, battery, creating child pornography, unlawful sexual activity with a minor and giving a minor drugs. 

 

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Retired police officer accused of stalking, harassing officer who arrested him

A retired police officer was arrested Thursday for stalking and harassing a Coral Gables police officer who arrested him in May, authorities said.

Dennis Moore, 57, was originally arrested May 8 on a battery charge for allegedly headbutting a woman who rented a cottage in the back of his ex-girlfriend’s home. 

According to an arrest report, Moore went to the Coral Gables police station on Thursday and asked to speak with the officer who arrested him.

The officer inside the lobby told Moore that the other officer was not on duty at that time. Police said Moore refused to tell the officer on duty why he wanted to speak with the other officer.

Police said he returned later in the afternoon and once again requested to speak with the officer who had arrested him.

This time, the officer was at the police station and went to the lobby to speak with Moore. Authorities said she was accompanied by another officer.

According to the arrest report, Moore requested that he speak to the officer alone, but his request was denied.

Police said he pointed his finger in the face of the officer and shouted at her: “You said everything would be OK, and it’s not OK. You know what you saw. You’re going to pay.”

The officer told Moore that she couldn’t discuss the case and advised him to speak to his attorney. 

Police said Moore put his hand in his pocket, and the officer, knowing that Moore had knowledge of police tactics and weapons and had a violent history, ordered him to remove his hand from his pocket.

Authorities said Moore removed his hand, but put it back inside his pocket. The officer, once again, ordered him to remove his hand from his pocket.

Moore then snatched his hand from his pocket, as if drawing a weapon, but pulled out a white cellphone charger, the report stated.

A sergeant then entered the lobby and ordered Moore to leave the building.

Police said Moore was spotted on the north side of the building, concealing himself in an indentation in the building about six feet from the officer’s patrol car.

Moore was arrested.

A National Crime Information Center and Florida Crime Information Center check of Moore revealed an active alert message advising of a previous statement he made in March 2016 of his intent to commit harm to police, authorities said.

Police said Moore repeatedly told officers, “I’ll be out tomorrow,” as he was taken to the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center.

Moore faces charges of stalking and harassing a victim.

According to an arrest report from earlier this year, Moore went to his ex-girlfriend’s house on May 8 and she ordered him to leave because she had a protection order against him.

Police said a woman who rents a cottage in the back of the ex-girlfriend’s home was outside during the altercation and said that Moore eventually directed his attention to her.

Authorities said Moore made a “slitting the throat” motion with his hand and told the woman, “You’re dead,” multiple times.

The woman told officers that she was scared because she knew that Moore was known to carry weapons and had a history of violence against his ex-girlfriend.  

Police said the woman told Moore to “back off” and he headbutted her before leaving in his black Mercedes Benz. 

Moore was pulled over by police and arrested on charges of battery, assault and violating a court order.

It’s unclear what police department Moore retired from.  

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Knife-wielding thief targets 2 convenience stores in Pompano Beach

Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies are searching for a knife-wielding thief who targeted two convenience stores last month in Pompano Beach.

The first robbery was reported July 28 at a Liberty gas station at 3000 W. Copans Road.

Deputies said the robber tried to purchase a pack of cigarettes, but his card was declined.

Authorities said he took the cigarettes and walked out of the store.

An employee followed the thief and exchanged words with him before the robber pulled out a large knife as he got into his car, deputies said.

The second robbery was reported July 30 at a Speedway gas station convenience store at 2350 N. Powerline Road.

Deputies said the thief grabbed three 12-packs of beer, pulled out a large knife and walked out of the store to his car.

Authorities said the man dropped one of the packs of beer as he fled the scene in a white, newer-model Ford Edge SUV.

Anyone with information about the man’s identity is asked to call Detective Victor Carrasquillo at 954-321-4208 or Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. 

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Man arrested in connection with armed gas station robbery

A South Florida man was arrested Thursday in connection with an armed robbery early this month at a gas station in Miami.

The robbery was reported about 9:15 p.m. Aug. 2 at the Valero gas station at 2200 SW 27th Ave.

Miami police said Darshiel Pratt, 30, of Miami, approached the counter, pointed a handgun at the clerk and demanded all of the money from inside the cash register.

Police said the clerk, who was in fear for her life, complied with Pratt’s demands and handed him all of the money in the register.

Pratt grabbed the cash and fled south on Southwest 27th Avenue, authorities said.

Authorities said the victim identified Pratt in a six-photo lineup.

Pratt faces an armed robbery charge.

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