Ynot's death: Davie Police drag feet in graffiti artist's case
Jonathan Corso, AKA Ynot
James & Karla Murray
Is it possible to drive a vehicle 75 feet into somebody in self-defense? The Davie Police seem to think so.
Almost three months after prolific graffiti and tattoo artist Jonathan Corso — who plastered South Florida with his tag, "Ynot" — was killed after being mowed down by a Cadillac Escalade in a Davie strip club parking lot, some details are finally beginning to emerge from cops. But the information sparks more questions than answers, and the biggest one is this: Why hasn't anybody been criminally charged?
According to a search warrant, 32-year-old Deerfield Beach resident Reynaldo Rodriguez claimed Corso and his friends "tried to rob me so I ran him over" around 4 a.m. July 28 at the Eden Cabaret, where Corso was celebrating his 21st birthday.
The warrant says Rodriguez accelerated in reverse to hit "several people," including Corso.
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Rodriguez was arrested twice last year for marijuana possession, and he was ticketed in 2008 for speeding without a seat belt. Corso was cuffed numerous times in his life, but only for graffiti-related crimes. His friends claim he had never been in a fight in his life. His mother scoffs at the robbery defense: "First he says Jonathan's trying to rob him," Michelle Corso-Motolla says, "and then he says he drove back, trying to hit him. It makes no sense."
Davie Police have not returned Riptide's phone calls requesting comment. A detective recently told Corso-Motolla that the department is waiting for analysis from a crash expert, she says. But the months-long delay has Corso's friends — including members of the prolific Miami graffiti crew MSG — speculating that his graffiti rap sheet has cops feeling apathetic. Or worse, that the strip club — which has seen dozens of violent incidents over the past several years — somehow has influence in the police department.
"How could there be not even an arrest at this point?" says MSG cofounder Crome, who faced a major vandalism charge in the late '90s. "I did graffiti, and my face was plastered all over the nightly news."
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