• Blogs

    October 22, 2014

    Miami-Dade Police Department Will No Longer Investigate Its Own Fatal Shootings

    On June 30, 2011, Miami-Dade Police officers ambushed a band of robbers in the Redland, killing four -- including the cops' own informant -- in a fury of bullets without receiving a shot in return. But when it came time to investigate the suspicious shootings, the agency leading the inquiry was non ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2014

    WTF Florida Friday: Barbershop Raids, LOLRobbers, and the Worst Dad in Town

    A lot of weird things happen in Florida. We're here every Friday morning to give you the week's weirdest. This week, that includes a dad who handed his suicidal son a gun, a robber who was "just kidding" and barbershop SWAT raids.

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2014

    Keys Man Held Up A 12-Year-Old Boy Scout at Gunpoint

    Perhaps the only thing more deplorably than holding up a Boy Scout trying to raise funds for his troop at gunpoint is doing the same to a Girl Scout, but then at least you'd get some Thin Mints and Tagalongs. A man who robbed a 12-year-old Boy Scout down in the Keys only walked away with $40 and som ... More >>

  • News

    January 23, 2014
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    August 29, 2013
  • Blogs

    August 2, 2013

    Florida Teen Robber Tries to Kill Police Dog During Chase

    Even police dogs put their life on the line during duty. Seabee, a 2-year-old German Shepherd, is recovering after he was nearly drowned by 18-year-old London Barnes during a police chase.

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2013

    Florida Fugitive Caught After Commenting on His Own Mugshot on Facebook

    The Pasco County Sheriff's Office likes to post a "Fugitive of the Day" on their Facebook page. The posts tend to get a few dozen comments, but usually not from the person actually pictured in the mugshot. Well, Matthew Oliver saw his pic up on the page and started commenting away. Police then tra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2013

    Florida Man Catfishes and Robs Victims Using '90s-Looking Dating Site and a Rifle

    A 19-year-old man from Sunrise has been arrested for catfishing local men, luring them to his apartment and relieving them of valuables. Police charged Glenford Williams with three felony counts of armed robbery on Tuesday. Using the name "Diana," Williams allegedly used the social site Moco Space t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2013

    Florida Woman Stops Robbery by Laughing at Crook and Saying No

    Laughter is the best medicine, and in this case it might have been the best crime deterrent.Phillip Steinberg attempted to rob a Village Pizza restaurant in Spring Hills, Florida, last Wednesday but was deterred after the female clerk laughed at him and told him no.

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2013

    Gunplay Has Armed Robbery and Assault Charges Dropped

    Gunplay won't be headed to prison for life after all. The up-an-coming Miami rapper had been facing charges of armed robbery and assault after video surfaced of him allegedly robbing his own accountant at gun point. Despite the video evidence, the case fell apart because the victim refused to cooper ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2013

    Gunplay Cleared of Armed Robbery and Aggravated Assault, Prosecutors Can't Locate Victim

    Chalk it under a simple misunderstanding with a side of armed robbery and aggravated assault; Maybach Music Group's Gunplay will not be spending the rest of his days locked up behind bars for robbing his former accountant at gunpoint, TMZ reports, despite video surveillance that captured the entire ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2013

    Most Pathetic Robber Ever Called His Mom for a Ride Home After Failing to Hold Up Convenience Store

    Poor Zachariah Dalton Howard. After failing miserably at trying to rob a convenience store, the dejected would-be robber sulked over to another store. Not to rob it, but to call his mom so she could pick him up.

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2012

    Miami's Christmas Crime Wave: Man Set On Fire, Jewelry Store Owner Shot, Bank Robbed

    As the rest of the nation huddled up to some eggnog, crackling fires and repeat viewings of "It's A Wonderful Life," Miami baked under tropical skies and celebrated Christmas the best way we knew how: By going bananas with horrific crime sprees.Between Christmas Eve and early Wednesday morning, all ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2012

    Ex-Commissioner Rev. Richard Dunn's Church Robbed and Ransacked

    The Miami church headed by former City of Miami commissioner Rev. Richard Dunn II was robbed and ransacked by thieves last night. The robbers cut the wires to the alarm system, took tens of thousands of dollars worth of electronics, and left the place of worship in a mess. 

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2012

    Florida Man Shoots Himself While Playing Stoned Game of Russian Roulette

    When Donnie McLendon's friends brought him to the hospital, they originally told authorities that a criminal had busted in with a gun and shot McLendon in the head. Turns out the trio has just gotten drunk and high and decided to play a game of Russian roulette, a game that tends not to end well.

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2012

    Chris Paciello, Former SoBe Kingpin, Beats DUI Charges

    Ever notice how some of Miami's most connected, bold-faced names always manage to get their DUIs reduced to reckless driving charges? It was a recurring theme in our rundown of celeb mugshots.Well, controversial South Beach nightlife icon Chris Paciello is the latest to join the club. He's escaped D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2012

    Man Fails to Rob Bank, Successfully Robs Another One Two Minutes Later

    ​As the great Goddess Aaliyah once said, "If at first you don't succeed, dust yourself off and try again." And that's exactly what a bank robber did this morning in record time. After failing to rob one bank in downtown Miami, he just walked down the street and hit up another.

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2012

    Eli Escalera Arrested For Robbing a Keys Bank With Shorts on His Head

    Imagine you're the teller working the front window at a quiet bank in the Keys, when 43-year-old Eli Escalera walks up and hands you a note: "Give me what are 20s and 50s.""Is this a robbery?" you wonder, staring at the bizarrely worded demand. "And why the hell is this guy wearing a pair of shorts ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2011

    Florida Man Tries to Pawn Stolen Jewelry at Store Managed By Woman Whose Home He Just Robbed

    ​Some criminals are just dumb. Others have incredibly bad luck. Thirty-three-year-old Nathaniel Coleman of Immokalee, Florida is the latter. He pulled off what seemed like a successful home robbery and made off with thousands of dollars worth of jewelry, but then made the cosmically doomed acciden ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2011

    Man in Army Fatigues Robs Alton Road Wells Fargo, Shoots at Employees

    ​An armed man made off with an undisclosed amount of cash this morning after robbing a Miami Beach branch of Wells Fargo. The incident occurred at 1901 Alton Rd. around 7:45 a.m. The man fired shots at employees, though no one was hurt.

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2011

    SpongeBob SquarePants Robs Florida 7-Eleven

    ​What you see on your right is not an image from your nightmare nor a still from a Kubrick-inspired horror film. What you see is a capture from security footage depicting a very real Florida robbery in which a man dressed in a SpongeBob SquarePants mask held up a 7-Eleven near Orlando last week.

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2011

    Two Arrested in South Beach Shooting of NYPD Detective

    Lee and Henriquez​Mustafa Cornelius Lee, 28, and Francisco Henriquez, 35, have been charged with attempted murder after allegedly shooting off-duty New York City Police Department Detective Harold Thomas in South Beach over the weekend. The shooting appears to have stemmed from a robbery attempt.

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2011

    Carjacked Mercedes Crashed Through Wall After Police Chase

    via WSVN​The hunt for a Mercedes-Benz that was carjacked Sunday ended today when the car crashed through a wall after a police chase. The story began yesterday when a man, traveling with his 2-year-old son, was carjacked at gunpoint and ended with a police officer shooting one of the suspects in t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2011

    Tone Loc Pleads Not Guilty to Beating His Baby Mama and Illegally Owning an Assault Rifle

    ​Yesterday, hip-hop pioneer Tone Loc plead not guilty to dual charges of domestic violence and unlicensed possession of an assault rifle. The rapper and cartoon voice actor was arrested after a dispute with the mother of his children turned physical. Police found the Colt AR-15 Sporter when resp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2011

    Three Young Women Follow Man to Miami Beach Hotel to Rob Him

    ​Tourist Manuel Olguin wound up with three young women, whom he had met on the streets of South Beach at 3 a.m., in his hotel room yesterday morning. Unfortunately for him, this was not the beginning of a Cinemax-worthy fantasy. The trio ended up robbing him.

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2011

    Former Football Standout Willie Williams Arrested for Burglary, Again

    ​If former Carol City High football star Willie Williams played his cards right, he'd be spending his summer locked out of the NFL. Instead he's once again locked behind bars. reports Williams is being held in jail on charges of second-degree robbery in Ohio.

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2011

    Shaq's Bizarre Sex Tape and Kidnapping Scandal

    ​LeBron James might be the most hated man in basketball, but at least he's not involved in a bizarre scandal involving gang members, robbery, kidnapping, and a sex tape. Can't say the same for Shaquille O'Neal. Los Angeles prosecutors are investigating a weird case allegedly centered on a tap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2011

    66-Year-Old Jewelry Store Owner Beats Would-Be Robber to Bloody Pulp

    via Local 10​Coral Gables jewelry store owner Eddie Snow may be preparing to celebrate his 67th birthday on Friday before undergoing open heart surgery on Monday, but you don't want to mess with him. A robber tried to attempt a brazen smash and grab on Snow's Miracle Mile store, but Snow caught up ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2011

    Robber Uses Stun Gun on Elderly Woman and Little Dog in Jewelry Theft

    A sketch of the perp. ​Knock, Knock. Who's there? A thief posing as a door-to-door pharmacist who is packing a stun gun, that's who.An elderly woman was robbed last week in such a bizarre occurrence, and now police are on the hunt for the suspect.

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2011

    Johnny Sims, the Suspect Who Killed Two Cops, Had Long Record, Nasty Tats

    via Miami Dade CorrectionsJohnny Sims​When Roger Castillo and Amanda Haworth, two veteran officers on the Miami-Dade Police Department's Warrants Bureau, approached a dilapidated duplex on NW 6th Court yesterday, they knew their target was a seriously bad dude. They knew he'd recently served time ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2010

    Rolando Bolaños Jr., Son of Ex-Hialeah Police Chief, Gets Year in Jail for Armed Robbery

    ​The wayward ways of former Hialeah Police Chief Rolando Bolaños' troublesome son Rolando Bolaños Jr. have finally caught up to him. Bolaños Jr. has plead guilty to strong armed robbery of a bank stemming from an incident last year in which he made off with $2,389 from a Bank Atlantic in Hialea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2010

    Man Shot in Chest During Nail Salon Robbery

    ​Nail salon employee is not a job usually associated with danger, but a worker at the Nails 4 U salon on Biscayne Boulevard and 155th Street was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital last night for surgery after being shot in the chest on the job.

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2010

    Police Hunting For Serial Groper with Sticky Fingers

    ​Police are searching for a man involved in two robberies in the Kendall area who got his hands on more than stolen items. In the two robberies, a man ambushed women as they arrived home. Threatening his victims with a knife he stole their purses, and then proceeded to fondle the women on the brea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2010

    Son Shoots at Home Invaders Who Shot Dad in Mouth

    Two armed robbers entered the home of several migrant workers on SW 141st Avenue at 282nd Street last night. They demanded cash and valuables, but one man decided to fight back. They subdued him and held him at gunpoint, eventually shooting him the mouth.The man's son went inside, retrieved a gun, a ... More >>

  • News

    December 10, 2009
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    November 23, 2009

    "Dolphins Suck" Comment Leads to Death of an Inmate

    Dept. of CorrectionsVincent Lee​Defending the pride of the Miami Dolphins to the death is something the current roster hardly seems interested in, but one fan is accused of killing a Dolphins detractor. Though, both the assailant and the victim were already behind bars at the time.The incident too ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2009

    Miami Convenience Store Clerk Kills Would-Be Robber

    View Larger Map Riptide is a non-violent blog, but we're all for self-preservation. And there really is no more South Floridian activity than pulling a gun and blasting on the schlub who just pulled a gun on you. So this evening we propose a toast to the as-yet unnamed clerk at "La Catrachita #2", t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2009

    News Roundup

    What... the...? Slot machines at MIA? Like that airport needs to be any more of a circus than it already is. [Herald]Miami-Dade commissioners have no problem with Carrie Meek representing Wackenhut and the county, even while the two are in a legal dispute. [Herald]Adam Tavss, the Miami Beach Police ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2009

    Man Pistol Whipped for $3, Gold Chain and Cellphone

    A 65 year-old man was pistol whipped this morning by two attackers who stole $3, a gold chain and a cellphone during a home invasion, Miami-Dade police said.Thomas Pulido was dragged into his home at 2169 NW 80th St. where the attackers beat him. The Miami Herald reported that Pulido's roommate, Gus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2008

    Joey Porter Is Packing Heat, Feels for Plax

    Apparently those popcorn muscles aren't enough. In an interview aired a couple of minutes ago on ESPN, Dolphins linebacker, sack-master, and nonstop verbal diarrhea specialist Joey Porter said he feels for Plaxico Burress, the Giants wide receiver who recently shot himself in the leg at a nightclub ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2008

    Further Proof: Driving a Cab in South Florida Is F'ing Scary

    South Florida's cabbies are inching closer and closer to joining the elite ranks of bomb disposal technicians, 50 Cent's bodyguards and those insane fishermen from "Deadliest Catch." There sure don't seem to be that many jobs more hazardous to your health these days than driving a yellow and black a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2007

    R.I.P. Lucky Dube

    Last Thursday, Lucky Dube's luck ran out. The South African reggae star was shot dead in a botched carjacking attempt in Johannesburg. Currently, there was no other motive for the killing beyond the carjacking, which was unsuccessful. South Africa's president, Thabo Mbeki, has appointed a special ta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2007

    Cops Profile Cyclists, Without Apology

    On Saturday, the Herald reported this shocking bit of bike news: a man found dead in the back of a pickup truck in Little Haiti last Thursday was believed to have been shot by two men riding bicycles. So far, no arrests have been made. It turns out this isn't the first instance of bicycle-relate ... More >>

  • News

    June 17, 2004

    Devil or Angel

    True or False:

    David Collins is Miami's leading bail bondsman.

    David Collins has lots of friends in law enforcement.

    David Collins says he's put his criminal past behind him.

  • Music

    December 13, 2001

    Sour Romance

    Angel Mora's obsession; Luis Miguel's photo jones

  • News

    June 29, 2000

    Death of a Maiden

    Dj was a survivor in Miami's perilous world of transsexual hookers -- that is, until she met a customer named Bowlegs

  • News

    December 23, 1999

    Goon Over Miami

    Chris Paciello, the dangerous darling of the SoBe nightlife set, has a reputation for fisticuffs. And mob ties.

  • Film

    March 26, 1998
  • News

    September 16, 1992

    Jails R Us

    Is Janet Reno's proposal for a new Youthful Offender Court a long-needed innovation or a chance to place a statute of limitations on childhood?

  • News

    May 6, 1992
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