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For Immediate Release: Felony Charges to be Filed Against Three Miami Beach Police Officers

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Felony Charges to be Filed Against Three Miami Beach Police Officers

Officers Previously Charged in July 26th Arrests at Royal Palm Hotel

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Miami (September 23, 2021) – State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle has announced that upon receiving medical records and upon further investigation into the events surrounding the July 26th arrest of Daltona Crudup at Miami Beach’s Royal Palm Hotel sufficient evidence has been obtained to elevate the previous misdemeanor charges against 3 of the officers to a felony. The new charges will be officially brought before a circuit court judge next week.

“All aspects of this July 26th police incident are taken very seriously by my prosecutors,” said State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle. “The investigation has been and will be as thorough and complete as possible since our entire community has been shocked and offended by what we have seen.”

Facing 3rd Degree felony charges will be:
• Jose Perez – Felony Battery – 1 Count
• Officer Kevin Perez – Felony Battery – 1 Count
• Officer Steven Serrano – Official Misconduct – 1 Count

As Mr. Crudup did not sign the HIPPA waiver to allow prosecutors to view his medical records until August 25th, prosecutors were unable to fully review the extent of Crudup’s injuries with the emergency room resident doctor whose notes were within the records until September 13th. A deeper understanding of the actual injuries was necessary to file these felony battery charges.

The continued investigation also clarified Officer Serrano’s role in the writing of the arrest
form and has led to today’s charge.

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

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State Attorney’s Office Helps Elders Combat Identity Theft

Identity theft among our vulnerable senior population is an increasingly growing problem in communities.

Identity theft among our vulnerable senior population is an increasingly growing problem in communities. 

Community Outreach Program Representative Angie Fernandez has been serving the Miami area for over 10 years, creating awareness on this issue and sharing information regarding the new tricks that identity thieves are using to prey on seniors.

During a presentation at the Dr. Armando Badia Senior Center in Miami, a handout containing a checklist on what to do in case your identity has been compromised was distributed to the attendees.

For more information on our programs or to schedule one of our presentations, please call (305) 547-0724 or send an email to Communityoutreach@miamisao.com

Community Outreach Program Representative Angie Fernandez has been serving the Miami area for over 10 years, creating awareness on this issue and sharing information regarding the new tricks that identity thieves are using to prey on seniors.
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The Office of State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle’s Community Outreach Division delivers an engagement that creates awareness on how identity thieves target some of our most vulnerable residents: seniors.

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AP: 3 arrests made in condo collapse victim ID thefts

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(AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)

Three people have been arrested for stealing the identities of some victims in June’s deadly South Florida condominium building collapse, prosecutors announced Wednesday.

Betsy Alexandra Cacho Medina, 30, Rodney Choute, 38, and Kimberly Michelle Johnson, 34, were arrested earlier Wednesday on multiple charges related to fraud and counterfeiting, the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office announced during a news conference.

Officials have identified at least five deceased and two living victims from the building, but the investigation continues and additional victims could be found, State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said.

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This story was published by the Associated Press. 

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WSVN 7: Fourth suspect arrested in identity theft scheme targeting Surfside collapse victims

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Courtesy of the Office of State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle

WSVN Channel 7 recently covered the State Attorney’s recent press conference announcing the arrests made in the identity theft cases which targeted victims in the collapse of the Champlain Tower
South Condominium.

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Miami Herald: Three suspects arrested in Champlain Towers South identity theft cases

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CBS 4: Miami-Dade State Attorney Fernandez Rundle Press Conference on Identity Theft Arrests

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State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle held a press conference announcing arrests made in the identity theft cases which targeted victims of collapse of the Champlain Tower South Condominium.

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Media Advisory: Arrests Made in Champlain Tower Identity Thefts

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Miami, Florida (September 8, 2021) – Joint press conference at the Office of the State Attorney to announce the arrests made in the identity theft cases which targeted victims in the collapse of the Champlain Tower
South Condominium.

WHO:          State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle
                     Miami-Dade Police Major Fernand Charles
                     Aventura Police Chief Bryan Pegues
                     Surfside Police Acting Chief, Captain John Healy
                     Secret Service Special Agent in Charge Brian Swain
                     United States Postal Inspector Joe Cronin
                     United States Marshal Gadyaces “Gady” Serralta

WHAT:        Press Conference

WHEN
:        Wednesday, September 8, 2021, 2:00 PM

WHERE
:     State Attorney’s Office
                      1350 NW 12 Avenue
                      Miami, FL 33136 

 

NOTES:       Face mask or or face covering required to enter the building

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

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Investigation Report: James Justin Munro, Jr.

On August 31, 2021, an investigative report was signed by State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle in the officer involved shooting case involving James Justin Munro, Jr..

James Justin Munro, Jr. Investigation Report

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For Immediate Release: State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle’s Statement on Stand Your Ground Ruling in Mark Bartlett Case

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Miami, Fla. (August 27, 2021)

“Having always believed that Mark Bartlett’s actions on the Brickell Avenue bridge were a violation of Florida law and motivated by racial hostility, we now look forward to taking this case to trial.

Disproving the self-defense arguments of Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law can be a very difficult hurdle for prosecutors to overcome. Now that my prosecutors have done that, it is time to move this long-delayed case to trial.

I commend Assistant State Attorneys Jonathan Borst and Citra Joseph and Chief Assistant Kathleen Hoague for their hard work on this case recognizing that there is still much, much more to be done before this case is finally resolved.”

Katherine Fernandez Rundle
State Attorney
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