Off-duty officer with baby, shoots and kills robbers

A wild scene caught on video shows an off-duty police officer shooting and killing two burglary suspects, all while he held a baby in his arms.

Saturday’s incident inside a pharmacy in Sao Paulo, Brazil was captured by security cameras in the store.

The New York Post reports two men entered the pharmacy with guns drawn. One of the suspects pointed his weapon at Sgt. Rafael Souza, who was inside with his wife and son.

Despite being off-duty, Souza was also armed, and with his baby in one arm, used his other hand to shoot and kill the suspect in front of him.

Souza then went after the second suspect and was able to shoot and kill him as well. Both shootings occurred with Souza holding his baby.



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Suspect in custody after police chase in West Miami

A suspect was being taken into custody Tuesday morning after a police chase in West Miami.

Sky 10 was above the scene as police were handcuffing the suspect near Southwest Fourth Street and Southwest 77th Avenue.

Police appeared to be focusing on a white SUV that was stopped in the grass with its driver’s side door open.

Local 10 News has contacted the West Miami Police Department for additional information.

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Haitians’ protection from deportation to end, Trump administration announces

The Trump administration announced it would end special protection from deportation for Haitians.

Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke announced her decision Monday to terminate the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Haiti, which will affect more than 50,000 Haitians living in the United States, most of whom live in Florida.

According to the DHS website, there will be “a delayed effective date of 18 months to allow for an orderly transition before the designation terminates on July 22, 2019. This decision follows then-Secretary John F. Kelly’s announcement in May 2017 that Haiti had made considerable progress, and that the country’s designation will likely not be extended past six months.”

For Peterson Exais, 17, who has been living in Miami since being injured in the country’s 2010 earthquake, the news was tough to hear.

“It’s very devastating hearing this news,” Exais said.

Exais is now a student at the New World School for the Arts and lives with his mother, who is also a recipient of TPS. He said his family in Haiti is struggling to survive.

“They’re hungry. They’re not receiving food,” he said. “They’re not receiving clothing. It’s very difficult for them. And I could not imagine myself in that situation again.”

South Florida lawmakers across party lines voiced their disappointment with the DHS announcement.

U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart wrote in a statement that forcing Haitians “… to leave the United States would be detrimental. Almost eight years later, Haiti remains in total disarray and still requires much rebuilding.”

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson tweeted that the decision was “unconscionable,” and, “Ultimately, we need a permanent legislative solution.”

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South Florida Uber drivers continue to file false charges against users

South Florida residents who use Uber claim the popular ride-sharing program continues to game the system by charging fees for messes they never made.

Local 10 News first highlighted the fraud fees in July when a couple was charged $150 by an Uber driver who claimed they threw up in his car on the way home from Miami International Airport. The company later removed the charges and suspended the driver.

But the charges keep coming, and more people are stepping forward to complain.

Samantha Owens, a bartender who uses Uber to commute from her home to her job in Oakland Park, said she was also charged a $150 cleaning fee for a ride she took in September with her daughter.

“I was dumbfounded because I couldn’t believe somebody would actually do that,” Owens said. 

Owens’ driver, identified as Robert, submitted the claim, saying she threw up in the car. But when pictures showed vomit in the front seat and not in the back, where she was seated, Owens knew something was up.

“It’s a scam,” Owens said. “I feel like I’m an easy target. I work at a bar. I’m getting picked up at 2 a.m. To Uber, it’s going to look bad.”

Christine Tellez said her mother-in-law faced the same problem after a short ride on Miami Beach with her 1-year-old daughter.

“I got an email from Uber in the morning saying we’ve recalculated your fee based on urine on the seat,” Tellez said.

The driver had submitted a picture of a wet seat, attempting to justify the $150 cleaning fee. Tellez claims the wet seat was not caused by her family.

“It’s very frustrating,” Tellez said. “I think Uber needs to investigate more.”

Both Owens and Tellez said they were never able to contact anyone with Uber. 

The company eventually refunded Owens’ charges after she went to a help desk for drivers. After Local 10 spoke with Uber, Tellez also received her money back.

Tellez’s driver, Edwin Ayerdis Castellon, claimed not to remember the incident, but said clean-up charges are sometimes necessary.

“Well, it happens in some situations where somebody throws up or does a mess,” Castellon said.

Castellon was surprised when told that Uber had refunded Tellez’s money for the false charges.

Despite multiple requests, Uber refused an on-camera interview about the fake fees, but in a statement, acknowledged that they are a problem in South Florida.

“We recognize there are challenges for our support teams to look into these types of situations, so we are enhancing our internal processes and investing in additional resources when investigating cleaning fee claims,” the company said through a representative.

Uber said Castellon has been permanently removed for their app, along with the driver from the incident over the summer. The driver is still under investigation.

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Wheelchair stolen from paralyzed Margate man

A man is without his wheelchair after someone stole it last week.

Mitchell Braithwaite, 26, said he was throwing out the trash when he realized his wheelchair was gone.

“This is the way that I get around,” he said. “This is my transportation — for me to get up and go to the bathroom or take a shower or get something to eat.”

Braithwaite was left paralyzed from the waist down after being shot at the age of 17. He lives on his own and has been using a basketball wheelchair the last several days.

“This chair is not intended to be used for what I’m doing every day,” he said. “It doesn’t have any brakes. It doesn’t (have) the support that I need. I’m kinda confined to being in the house unless I have someone to help me and come along with me.”

Braithwaite played with the Miami Heat’s wheelchair basketball program.

Click here if you would like help Braithwaite raise money for a new wheelchair.

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