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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FHP Trooper Carlos Rosario released from hospital 2 months after being struck by car

A Florida Highway Patrol trooper was released from Jackson Memorial Hospital Friday, two months after he was struck by a car on the Dolphin Expressway.

Trooper Carlos Rosario underwent several surgeries at the hospital and was thankful to head home.

“Because of God’s grace, I’m alive,” he said. “God saved me that day. I know that the road to a full recovery is long, but I thank God everyday that I am alive.”

“I am so thankful for the doctors (and) everyone who worked on my husband. Because of them is why he’s here. But first, I give the glory to God,” Rosario’s wife, Ana Rosario, said.

Authorities said Carlos Rosario was conducting a traffic stop along the Dolphin Expressway near Northwest 107th Avenue on the night of March 17 when he was struck by a distracted driver who was texting.

The trooper was standing near a vehicle pulled over in the shoulder when a black Chevy came barreling right at him.

Troopers said the driver hit Rosario and two patrol cars.

Rosario was taken to JMH’s Ryder Trauma Center, where doctors discovered critical injuries to his face, spine and lower body.

He spent two months receiving treatment.

“God willing, soon I can return to what I love and enjoy doing, which is being a Florida Highway Patrol State Trooper,” Rosario said.

Police said the driver, Hugo Olivares, 26, stayed on the scene.

He was arrested last week after detectives determined that he was texting and speeding when he ran off the road and struck Rosario.

Olivares faces charges of reckless driving causing serious bodily injury and reckless driving causing property damage.

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Former swim instructor found guilty of molesting 3 girls

A former swim instructor found guilty of molesting three young girls in Deerfield Beach.

Court found Francisco De Aragon guilty on all counts against him, which include one count of sexual battery on a child, three counts of lewd and lascivious molestation and one count of battery. 

The sexual battery on a child charge comes with a mandatory life sentence. 

Upon hearing the verdict De Aragon cried and later mouthed “I love you” to his wife who was in the gallery.

“There’s  no motive for these little girls. They didn’t know him. They didn’t hold a grudge. He was the swim teacher and there was really no reason, other than it really happened, that they came back and told that this guy touched them in their genitals. We couldn’t be happier,” prosecutor Stacey Honowitz said. 

De Aragon made the decision later Wednesday afternoon to testify in his defense.

He is accused of molesting three 6-year-old girls several years ago at the Deerfield Beach Aquatic Center.

Each girl testified against him this week.

“He was touching my bathing suit and then he went under … his hand, and then he touched my private,” one girl said.

De Aragon firmly denied the accusations against him.

“So why are you here?” his attorney asked him.

“I have no idea. This to me — I can’t explain it,” De Aragon said. 

De Aragon turned down a plea deal Monday that would have sentenced him to 25 years in prison.

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‘I would never do that,’ former swim instructor says about molestation accusations

A former swim instructor testified in his trial Thursday, claiming that he did not molest three young girls in Deerfield Beach.

“No, no, never. I would never do that,” Francisco De Aragon said. “I would never, ever, in a million years molest a child.”

De Aragon made the decision later Wednesday afternoon to testify in his defense.

He is accused of molesting three 6-year-old girls several years ago at the Deerfield Beach Aquatic Center.

Each girl testified against him this week.

“He was touching my bathing suit and then he went under … his hand, and then he touched my private,” one girl said.

De Aragon firmly denied the accusations against him.

“So why are you here?” his attorney asked him.

“I have no idea. This to me — I can’t explain it,” De Aragon said.  

Authorities said the victims do not know each other and do not attend the same school. Their accounts of De Aragon’s actions were all similar.

Prosecutors also questioned De Aragon, who told them that swim instructors have to hold various body parts while showing someone how to swim.

“You have to hold various body parts: the hands, the arms, the chest, the stomach, waist, legs,” he said.

De Aragon insisted that he never intentionally did anything inappropriate, but admitted that standard teaching practices wouldn’t allow him to have touched the girls inappropriately. 

“Did any of those kids flail or thrash, or do anything to have you grab them in an uncertain way?” the prosecutor asked.  

“They could have,” De Aragon said.  

“Yes or no? Do you remember that?” the prosecutor asked. 

“I don’t remember that, but they could have,” De Aragon said.

De Aragon insisted that the day in question back in 2015 was unremarkable and there were no issues, that is until deputies came for him a day later.

“You don’t remember a lot thing about the day, correct, sir?” the prosecutor asked. 

“Because, as I said, it’s a day that was unremarkable — just a normal day at the pool,” De Aragon said.  

“Unremarkable to you, sir, but not those three girls,” the prosecutor said.

The jury began deliberating Thursday afternoon.

De Aragon turned down a plea deal Monday that would have sentenced him to 25 years in prison.

He faces up to life in prison if a jury finds him guilty of sexual battery on a minor and lewd and lascivious molestation on a minor.

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Robbers shoot woman after snatching her purse in Oakland Park

Authorities are searching for five young men who robbed and shot a woman earlier this month in Oakland Park.

Broward sheriff’s deputies said the victim, who was visiting from out of town, was sleeping in the passenger seat of her car about 4:15 a.m. on May 5, while her boyfriend went inside a Waffle House at 4840 NW Ninth Ave.

Deputies said a man jumped in the car and grabbed the woman’s purse.

The woman struggled with the thief, but he was able to get away with her bag, deputies said.

Authorities said the victim didn’t realize that the group drove away in two vehicles, and she jumped in the driver’s seat and followed a black Ford Fusion, even though the man who robbed her was in a silver four-door car.

Deputies said the men in the Fusion realized they were being followed on Interstate 95 and pulled over after exiting onto Sunrise Boulevard.

Deputies said one of the men got out of the car and began firing at the victim’s vehicle.

The woman, who was injured, put her car into reverse and then sped forward past the shooter.

Authorities said the victim tried to flag down a passerby, but the driver wouldn’t stop.

She eventually made her way back to Sunrise Boulevard, where she remembered seeing a BSO deputy minutes earlier.

The woman was taken to Broward Health Medical Center to be treated for her injuries.

Anyone with information about the robbery and shooting is asked to call Detective Trevor Goodwin at 954-321-4275. Anonymous tips can be made by calling Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. A reward of up to $3,000 if offered for information that leads to an arrest.

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High school student accused of stabbing classmate appears in court

A North Park High School senior accused of stabbing a classmate Tuesday morning outside the school appeared in court on Wednesday.

Derion Lamar Howell, 20, said he was supposed to graduate next month, but not he’s in jail and school officials said he has been expelled.

Howell told police that he was jumped Monday morning at the high school in Opa-locka by a group of students.

He said he wanted to be ready when he showed up to school Tuesday morning.

“The fight was happening, he allegedly swung at someone else who was involved in that fight before that without a knife, judge,” Howell’s public defender said.

Police said Howell stabbed Al-Yonni Canez Aumeus, 18, in the abdomen with a 4-inch pocket knife.

Aumeus, 18, was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition.

“He’s going to be fine,” his mother told Local 10 News.

Police spent much of the day Tuesday in the school parking lot, turned crime scene.

“We were on lockdown. We really couldn’t leave the school,” one student, Jose Cabrera, said.

A neighboring school for children with autism was also placed on lockdown as everything was sorted out.

Police said the stabbing began as an argument between Howell and Aumeus.

Howell was ordered held in lieu of a $16,000 bond. He will be placed on house arrest if he is released and was ordered to have no contact with the victim.

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