Miami Firefighter Arrested for Beating 71-Year-Old Man in Road Rage Incident
Don't park too close to Reynaldo Miranda's car. The City of Miami firefighter doesn't appreciate it.
In fact, the firefighter wound up behind bars after allegedly going berserk on a 71-year-old man who parked a little too close at Southland Mall.
The incident happened on Tuesday. The 47-year-old Miranda, who stands 5'11 and weighs 205 pounds, started screaming at the elderly driver who stood just 5'5 and weighed 128 pounds.
The victim managed to leave the parking lot and pulled out onto SW 211st Street when he noticed that Miranda had driven in front of him. Miranda then allegedly got out of the car and confronted the man once more.
"The guy seemed to be explaining himself when the guy who was aggressive started punching," a witness told Local 10. "I seen at least three punches and I'm like, 'Oh my goodness, is he gonna beat this elderly guy?'"
Miranda allegedly punched the man multiple times in his head.
According to WSVN, Miranda appeared in bond court yesterday and explained he had been a firefighter for 29 years and had a perfect record.
"What you are reading is his part of the story," Miranda said in court.
"Well, no, there is a witness there as well," said the judge referring to the arrest report.
Miranda posted bond, but has been suspended with pay by the Miami fire department pending the results of an investigation.
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