One of the strangest rampages in South Beach history -- which is saying something -- ended last Wednesday with police shooting and killing the suspect in North Miami-Dade.
Miami Beach PoliceID'd the suspect as Oswain Brentall Walcott
, a 22-year-old wanted in Georgia for breaking into a restaurant. When officers approached him in South Beach to question him in connection with the slaying of 18-year-old Paul Bradley -- a movie theater employee found dead near 10th Street and Lenox Avenue -- he bolted.
Before cops caught up with him, as reported by the Herald, he broke into a SoBe apartment, where he kept a family hostage at knife-point for 12 hours and fondled a man; broke into an apartment in Northeast Miami-Dade and maybe threw a woman off a third-floor balcony; and finally, confronted officers at 11900 NE 16th Ave., where they shot and killed him.
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As if the story wasn't strange enough, the man's identity has now been thrown into question. The Augusta Chronicle in Georgia reported this weekend that a man with the eerily similar name of Oswain Brentnol Walcott is already serving a jail sentence in Georgia for robbery and couldn't have been in Florida.
Det. Aida Fina-Milian, a spokesperson for the Miami-Dade PD, tells Riptide that her department never released any names for the suspect and is still trying to ID him. Det. Juan Sanchez, a Miami Beach PD spokesman, meanwhile, says that since county cops are leading the investigation, he has no information on the suspect's ID.
So who was this guy, anyway?