Second suspect arrested in connection with fatal shooting near South Beach karaoke bar

A second suspect was arrested Friday in connection with a fatal shooting near a popular karaoke bar in South Beach, authorities said.

Miami Beach police said Tyrone Jackson was found Friday in the city of Miami.

Jackson and Jeremiah Dorvilus face first-degree murder charges in connection with the death of Kamil Patel.

Police said Patel, 29, and a friend were walking in an alley near the Kill Your Idol karaoke bar Jan. 25 when a gunman got out of the passenger side of a Honda Accord and killed Patel.

Police said Dorvilus was the driver of the car used during the crime.

Katy Park, who witnessed the shooting, told Local 10 News that Patel was killed just hours after picking her up from the airport.

“He literally saved my life,” Park said. “He, without hesitation, pushed me behind him and moved in front of me, and his last words were — still trying to protect me — ‘Katy, keep walking.'” 

According to an arrest report, a man who claimed to be in the car with Dorvilus and Jackson at the time of the shooting said he was picked up in Miami’s Overtown neighborhood and rode with the suspects to Miami Beach.

Patel had recently moved to South Florida from Dallas for a new job with Prada at the Bal Harbour Shops.

A motive for the shooting is unknown. 

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Teens face judge after allegedly stealing vehicles from Pompano Beach car dealership

A group of teenagers accused of breaking into a car dealership in Pompano Beach and stealing several vehicles have been arrested, authorities said.

Ducas Auto Sales at 1550 N. Andrews Ave. is back up and running, but the vehicles that have been recovered are badly damaged and to fix them isn’t going to be cheap. 

Surveillance video captured the moment when five teens broke into the business through a side door Sunday night.  

One-by-one, they made their way into the sales office without covering their faces and went through desk drawers, stealing keys, before making their way outside and stealing seven vehicles.  

Video shows one of the thieves crashing a Buick SUV into a fence to get to other vehicles.

Broward County sheriff’s deputies arrested five teens who are all under the age of 15. The youngest is just 13.

All five teens face seven counts of grand theft auto, one count of burglary and one count of grand theft. 

Three of the teens faced a judge Friday morning, who told them if they had been charged as adults they could have each received a sentence of 30 years in prison if convicted of the crime.

Two of the teens, who are also brothers, were given 10 days in juvenile detention followed by home detention with a mentoring device. The judge said she came to that ruling because both teens were first-time offenders and had a good school record.

The third teen was given 21 days of detention.

While investigators were able to recover all seven of the vehicles, business owner Andre Silva said it will still set him back about $30,000 to repair them. 

“We’ve been working so hard, you know? It’s not easy to get money like people think it is, and to see somebody inside my building doing everything that they want to do is just — it’s amazing,” Silva said.

Investigators are still searching for an adult accomplice.

Anyone with information that can help deputies track him down is asked to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.

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Man suspected in UM laptop theft believed responsible for other on-campus thefts

A man suspected of stealing a laptop at the University of Miami’s main campus is believed to be responsible for other on-campus thefts, authorities said.

Police said the man was most recently captured on surveillance video Jan. 25 walking onto the fourth floor of the university’s Flipse Building during a short time frame when the victim’s laptop was stolen from her office.

Police said the man resembles a subject of interest in numerous other office thefts that have been reported on campus.

Anyone who recognizes the man is asked to call UM police at 305-284-6666 or Coral Gables police at 305-442-1600.

Authorities advise the public to place purses and valuables in a locked drawer when stepping away from your desk and locking all doors into your office, even if you are close by or leaving for a few minutes.


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Baby monitor captures thief burglarizing home in Weston

A burglar was captured on a baby monitor Wednesday breaking into a home in Weston.

The footage shows the thief forcing his way into the home by prying open a window and climbing into the bedroom of the homeowner’s 2-year-old daughter.

“My phone started pinging and letting me know someone may be in the house. And it was my baby monitor for my child’s room,” Guillermo Gonzalo said. 

Gonzalo told Local 10 News that he was at work about noon Wednesday when he got the alert.

“I checked the footage and it showed that someone had broken into the house. In fact, it showed someone coming in through the window, in my child’s room,” he said. 

Gonzalo and his wife both work, and fortunately, he said his daughter was safe at day care. 

Video shows the burglar walk back to close the window before going through the rest of the home. 

“The person was in the house for about 10 minutes, at least, looking for and going through the house looking for any valuables,” Gonzalo said. 

Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies went to the house, but the burglar was already gone.

The burglar was wearing distinctive reddish gloves and a sweatshirt with the word “Italia” across the front. Gonzalo said the window that was broken into was secured and locked.

In the meantime, he is using hurricane shutters to protect his home.  

“You feel violated when these kinds of things happen,” Gonzalo said. “My wife — I sent her and my daughter to my in-laws house in the meantime.”

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

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Accused serial robber from West Park arrested, FBI announces

A West Park man was arrested Wednesday night in connection with two robberies in Broward County, the FBI announced Thursday.

Russell Bennett, 44, was arrested on federal bank robbery and Hobbs Act charges for his alleged involvement in the robberies of a Chase Bank branch at 5545 Sheridan St. in Hollywood and a Subway restaurant at 2850 Stirling Road in Hollywood.

Both robberies were reported Tuesday.

FBI spokesman Jim Marshall said law enforcement officers from multiple agencies assisted in the efforts to find and arrest Bennett.

Marshall said Bennett was taken into custody without incident.

“I want to commend all of the law enforcement officers who were involved in this successful arrest operation,” said Robert F. Lasky, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Miami. “Investigating violent crimes is not a 9-to-5 job and is often times dangerous. These officers deserve our thanks and respect for the work they do keeping our communities safe.”

Bennett’s initial appearance in federal court was scheduled for Thursday in Fort Lauderdale.

Investigators believe Bennett might be responsible for numerous other robberies that were reported throughout Miami-Dade and Broward counties.

Law enforcement agencies that are involved in the investigation into Bennett includes the Broward Sheriff’s Office, the police departments in Hollywood, Pembroke Pines, Miramar, Aventura, Hallandale Beach, Miami Gardens, ATF and the FBI’s South Florida Violent Crime/Fugitive Task Force.

Anyone with any further information about Bennett is asked to call the FBI at (754) 703-2000, Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. 

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Girl surprised with new bicycle while thief pedals away with mom’s bike

Nayaraq Alvarez, 7, was surprised with a new bicycle from police officers Wednesday. It was an award for a poster she made for an anti-bullying project promoting compassion.

When she arrived home with her father and that new bike, they ran into a suspicious man running from their building.

The pair then discovered thieves had broken into their apartment building and stole her mother’s bike.
Carlos Alvarez said the crooks took his wife’s white Cannondale Quick 4 bicycle, valued at $1,000.

“It’s a shame because we have lots of good memories with it,” Alvarez said. “We ride it all the time down to South Pointe with my daughter. So we’ll have to look for a new one now. Hopefully maybe someone can find it for us.”

Alvarez reviewed surveillance footage and found that one of the buildings cameras captured clear footage of a man, wearing a backpack, coming and going from the building several times Wednesday. During one of those visits, he is seen wheeling the white bike out. Alvarez showed Local 10 News the damage done during the burglary.

“They used wire cutters to cut into the mesh and then open the gate and then they come back later,” Alvarez said. “They were able to use a wrench to open up our bike room here. They destroyed the handle and they gained access to it.”

Alvarez and other residents moved several of the bikes into apartments, including the new bike donated to his daughter from police.

“She was really happy about her ‘no place for hate’ poster,” Alvarez said. “There were other kids also involved, so it was a really nice event, and so for us to come back home later on and find my wife’s bike is gone, well, it’s kind of sad.”

Alvarez filed a police report and gave detectives the surveillance video. Several other Miami Beach residents have reported their bikes stolen over the past couple of weeks.

“He’s carrying a big backpack with all kinds of tools, so what else does he have in there?” Alvarez said. “So it could be a potentially dangerous situation for everybody.”

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