Miami-Dade state attorney asks for help in solving teen’s killing

Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez-Rundle is asking for the public’s help in finding the shooter who killed a 17-year-old boy last week in Miami. 

“At 8 p.m. (Friday), 17-year-old Robert Smith was gunned down in the city of Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood,” Fernandez-Rundle said in a video posted Monday on Twitter. “Robert was standing outside a friend’s home on Northwest 63rd Street and Third Court when someone drove by and opened fire on Robert and his friends.”

The shooting happened just a block away from Miami Edison Senior High School. 

A Miami Fire Rescue crew took Smith to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center, where he died.

“If you know anything about this senseless murder, please call in your anonymous tips to Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS,” Fernandez-Rundle said. “We need your eyes and ears to help us solve Robert’s murder. His life matters. We need your help to stop the killing.”

We need your help to find those responsible for the senseless murder of Robert Smith this past Friday night @CityofMiami #LittleHaiti area. pic.twitter.com/axYLHrLpqv

— Kathy Rundle (@KathyFndzRundle) July 17, 2017

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BSO seeks teen who pulled fire alarm at Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort

The Broward Sheriff’s Office is searching for a teenager who they said pulled a fire alarm inside a hotel in Deerfield Beach.

The incident was reported just after 12:30 a.m. June 14 at the Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort at 2096 NE Second St.

Authorities said security cameras captured a group of teenage boys entering the hotel through the lobby and roaming around aimlessly for several minutes.

Deputies said the group made their way to the back of the hotel and left through panic bar exit doors.

As the group left, one of the boys stepped back inside and pulled the fire alarm, deputies said.

The hotel was evacuated, and Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue crews responded to the hotel.

Authorities said the teen who pulled the alarm was wearing a yellow shirt, which at times he had pulled up above his head.

Anyone with information about his identity is asked to call Detective Andrew Gianino at 954-571-4597 or Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. 

 

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Hotel clerk takes keys from valet cabinet, fatally strikes pedestrian, police say

Miami Beach police said a man who is accused of fatally striking a pedestrian Sunday had left work to go to a nearby Walgreens to get a Red Bull drink.

According to an arrest report, Angel Cuesta, 31, who works the front desk at the Red South Beach Hotel at 3010 Collins Ave., took the keys of a 2017 Chevrolet Cruze from the valet keys cabinet and headed to the store.

Police said Cuesta was heading north on Collins Avenue when he struck a woman who was crossing the intersection of 38th Street.

Police said the woman, who was homeless and in her 50s, was crossing the street a notable distance south of the marked crosswalk.

The woman was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where she died. 

The crash caused extensive damage to the front left side of the windshield and bumper, the report said.

Police said Cuesta told someone about the crash about an hour after it happened. 

That person identified Cuesta as a hotel employee to police.

Police said Cuesta confessed to striking the victim with the car and leaving the scene, even though he saw her lying in the street.

A cab driver who witnessed the crash told Local 10 News that he tried to stop Cuesta.

“He seem like he (was) gonna stop. He slow down, then he go,” Joseph Deceus said. “I saw the car make a left and I followed the guy. I seen the lady got hit and I say, ‘You gonna stop?'”

Police said Cuesta claimed that he tried to avoid the crash, but couldn’t.

Cuesta also admitted to trying to hide the vehicle in a gated parking garage at 3535 Indian Creek, the arrest report said.

He faces a charge of leaving the scene of a crash resulting in a death.

Cuesta was released from jail overnight on a $10,000 bond. 

A manager at the Red South Beach Hotel told Local 10 News reporter Sanela Sabovic that she had no comment about the incident.

Another employee at the hotel said management had instructed all employees not to speak to the media as the investigation is ongoing. 

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53-year-old woman remains in ICU after hit-and-run in Sunrise

A woman remains in intensive care at a South Florida hospital Monday, days after she was struck by a hit-and-run driver in Sunrise, authorities said.Sunrise police identified the victim as Michelle Holguin, 53.According to police, Holguin was riding he…

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Some accused co-conspirators of Broward County employee missing, authorities say

Some of the accused co-conspirators of a Broward County employee, who was recently arrested for allegedly using forged documents to steal more than $1.6 million, are nowhere to be found.

Roberto Martinez was arrested July 6 for allegedly helping to rip off $1.6 million in taxpayers’ money meant for unfortunate residents who’d lost their homes.

A week later, four of his alleged co-conspirators, including accused ringleader Marc Eugene, his sister, Patricia Eugene, and his brother, Denis Eugene, remain at large.

Attorneys for the Eugene’s said prosecutors set a deadline for them to turn themselves in.

That deadline was Thursday and now the Broward Sheriff’s Office is actively searching for them.

Local 10 News investigative reporter Bob Norman knocked on the door at the Eugene’s listed address.

A woman, who identified herself as their grandmother, said through a translator on the phone that they had gone back to Haiti because of a death.

“Somebody died and they went to Haiti,” she said.

Marc Eugene’s attorney, Howard Schumacher, said he was 100 percent certain that his client was not in Haiti and said that Eugene was trying to come up with collateral so he could post bail, which is set at more than $400,000 in his case.

Schumacher said he was confident Eugene would turn himself in eventually, but couldn’t guarantee it.

Meanwhile, the whereabouts of another suspect, Gawens St. Victor, are also unknown.

Martinez remains at the Broward County Jail on a $915,000 bond.

A fifth co-defendant, Dim Vallarson, was arrested July 7 in Massachusetts on fraud charges and is awaiting extradition to Broward County.

 

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Hialeah man accused of burglarizing at least 3 vehicles

A Hialeah man was arrested Thursday, a day after he burglarized at least three vehicles in Hialeah, authorities said.According to an arrest report, Gregory Gonzalez, 23, was captured on surveillance getting out of an older-model car, possibly a Crown V…

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