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State Attorney Fernandez Rundle Welcomes Lt. Gov. Nuñez to the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office

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State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle and Lt. Governor Jeanette Núñez come together to minimize human trafficking and strengthen protections for child victims.

Miami, Fla.- (January 19,2021) – Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle recently welcomed Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nunez to the E.R. Graham Building. Among other important matters, the State Attorney led a productive conversation about minimizing human trafficking, protecting child victims of human trafficking, and way to implement best practices across the state. 

“I am truly honored to have had our esteemed Lt. Governor of Florida, Jeanette Nunez, visit with me at our office to discuss the important subject that is Human Trafficking and our efforts to combat this crime across all Florida counties,” said State Attorney Fernandez Rundle. “I am deeply appreciative of Lt. Gov Nunez for her strong concern and important initiatives as we work together to eradicate this form of modern day slavery in our great State of Florida.”

For more information on the State Attorney’s innovative human trafficking approach, log on to www.miamisao.com/humantrafficking.

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Sarasota Herald Tribune: Smart Justice for All

The recent Sarasota Herald-Tribune editorial “Smart justice is a wise choice for Florida” caught my attention for advocating for an intelligent approach to criminal justice reform. In Miami-Dade County, I have long championed a Smart Justice approach as my prosecutors work to protect the residents of our community.

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State Attorney Fernandez Rundle Celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Today, State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle and our entire SAO team celebrate civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and legacy. We recognize Dr. King’s many achievements and honor his true advocacy for the use of nonviolent means to end racial segregation to achieve legal equality for African-Americans in the United States.

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Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office Notes Human Trafficking Awareness Month

January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Since creating Florida’s first Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit in 2012, the Office of State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle has filed over 685 human trafficking-related cases to date.

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The State Attorney Recognizes National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

The State Attorney Recognizes National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

Graphic: National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

Miami, Fla. (January 9, 2021) – Today and every day, we at the SAO respect you and we appreciate you.

Thank you to every law enforcement officer anywhere for keeping us safe every day, especially in these challenging times.

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For Immediate Release: Social Media Personality Charged in New Year’s Eve Incident

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For Immediate Release: Social Media Personality Charged in New Year’s Eve Incident

PHOTO: Benjamin Kapelushnik
Benjamin Kapelushnik / Photo Courtesy of Miami-Dade County of Corrections and Rehabilitations

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Miami (January 7, 2021) -Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle and Miami Beach Police Chief Richard Clements announce the charging of social media personality and entrepreneur Benjamin Kapelushnik, (popularly known as Benjamin Kicks or Benjamin Kickz), after a December 31st, 2020 incident at The Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach.

“Internet fame or celebrity grants no one the right to violate the law,” said State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle. “The actions that put a young man in the hospital are crimes, plain and simple. The accumulated evidence, once placed before our criminal court, will make that point clear.”

At approximately 1:00 A.M. on New Year’s Eve, 19-year-old Luel Alemu and some friends were together in the lobby of the hotel and became involved in a verbal disagreement with another group of males, including 21-yearold Benjamin Kapelushnik. Kapelushnik is a known social media personality recognized for selling high-end sneakers to wealthy clients. Kapelushnik and his entourage allegedly believed that Alemu had taken a picture of Kapelushnik without his permission and allegedly demanded Alemu’s phone. Mr. Alemu repeatedly explained that he did not take a photograph of Kapelushnik. Despite the explanation, Kapelushnik and his entourage allegedly continued demanding the phone. The argument moved from the hotel lobby out to the exterior front entrance driveway of the hotel.

Mr. Alemu again refused to hand over his phone indicating that he did not take a photograph of Kapelushnik. Kapelushnik then allegedly grabbed the phone out of Alemu’s hand and walked away with it. Alemu was then allegedly attacked by members of Kapelushnik’s entourage, who allegedly beat, punched and kicked him continuously in the head and body causing serious injuries. One of Mr. Alemu’s friends, who witnessed the entire incident, allegedly saw Kapelushnik snatch the phone from Alemu and allegedly saw the entourage group beat and batter Alemu. This same friend was allegedly able to recover the cell phone from Kapelushnik. Mr. Alemu sustained serious injuries during the incident which still requires hospitalization and surgery.

Benjamin Kapelushnik has been charged with:

• 1 count Strongarm Robbery – 2nd Degree Felony
Kapelushnik was booked into the Dade County Jail this morning and is pending a bond hearing.

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For further information, contact Ed Griffith, Public Information Officer, at EdGriffith@MiamiSAO.com or (305) 547-0535.

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State Attorney Fernandez Rundle Sworn to Eighth Term

The Honorable Bertila Soto, Chief Judge, Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida: Circuit Family Division, recently facilitated a swearing-in exercise officially investing the Honorable Katherine Fernandez Rundle into an eighth term as State Attorney for Miami-Dade County.

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New Year 2021 Greeting card wishing the best

New Year’s Message from Your State Attorney

May this New Year bring good health, peace, happiness and much success to all.
Happy New Year and many blessings from our SAO family to yours!

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Investigation Report: Salvador Pena-Guzman

On June 11, 2020 an investigative report was signed by State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle in the officer-involved shooting case involving Salvador Pena-Guzman.

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Salvador Pena-Guzman Investigative Report

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Investigation Report: Edward Portal

On May 19, 2020 an investigative report was signed by State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle in the officer-involved shooting investigation involving Edward Portal.

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Edward Portal Investigation Report

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