THIS IS THE CITY, Miami, Florida. Home to over a million residents. Citizens enjoy access to a variety of golf courses, pristine beaches, fishing and diving and water-skiing. You can get authentic Cuban cuisine on Calle Ocho, or hobnob with models and superstar chefs on South Beach.
Sometimes people act up at the criminal courthouse. When they do, I go into action.
I write a blog.
The story you are about to read is true. The names have not been changed.
It was Monday, October 26, 2015. It was cloudy in Miami. There had been days of scattered showers. We were contemplating a third glass of wine over a late seafood lunch, when suddenly, our twitter feed erupted.
A prosecutor had been pick pocketed. There had been a chase. Then an arrest.
David Ovalle at the Miami Herald had the story here.
ASA Chiaka Ihekwaba and defense attorney Jose Herrera were on the escalator leaving the courthouse when someone bumped into Ihekwaba. She felt her purse. Her Iphone was gone! A chase ensued .
"Stop thief" shouted Ihekwaba. Immediately twenty-five people walking outside the courthouse, including three defense attorneys, froze in their tracks.
Herrera joined the chase ( a moved frowned upon by the FACDL. His membership is "being reviewed" an unnamed spokesperson for the group said). The suspect raced outside and into the arms of Miami Beach Police Officer Kevin Milan, who being outside of his jurisdiction, effectuated a citizens arrest. One Dachel Gonzalez, aged thirty-two, (R) and supporting Donald Trump, was taken into custody.
Investigators arrived on the scene. They had questions. "What was the escalator doing working during a Monday, one wondered? What was a police officer doing at the REGJB another pondered? Why did the suspect immediately use the phone to log onto facebook and unfriend Kathy Rundle?"
The cell phone was recovered. But it is evidence in a criminal case.
In a month the case will be arraigned. In a few months a trial will be set. And then continued. And then continued again.
At some point we will have the results of this case.
The story you have just read is true. No names were changed, although a few were probably spelled incorrectly.
See you in court.
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