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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Tractor-trailers explode, burn outside Opa-locka warehouse

Dozens of tractor-trailers exploded and caught fire Monday afternoon at a warehouse in Opa-locka.

Sky 10 was flying above American Fruit & Produce on Northwest 42nd Avenue as numerous tractor-trailers were burning in the parking lot.

American Fruit & Produce and neighboring South Gold Corp. were evacuated.

Thick, black smoke could be seen from miles away.

Authorities said about 30 tractor-trailers, as well as fuel and propane tanks, burned. Several vehicles parked on the other side of a fence also caught fire.

“We heard a big explosion,” a man who works nearby, identified only as Humberto, said. “It sounded like gas tanks or something and it started catching fire pretty quick. We had to close down, put all the cars in because the flames were unbearable.”

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews spent almost an hour battling the flames.

“Miami-Dade Fire Rescue did a great job,” Chief James Dobson of Opa-Locka police, said. “It never made it to the building.” 

Two runways at nearby Miami Opa-locka Executive Airport were temporarily closed because of the intense flames and smoke.

Northwest 128th Street was shut down from Northwest 37th Avenue to Northwest 42nd Avenue while firefighters battled the flames.

No injuries were reported.


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