Police Officer Arrested After $131K Roadside Heist

Miami-Dade Police officer John Villar has been arrested by his own force after he was charged with stealing $131,000 in a roadway robbery. Villar and two accomplices, including his cousin, targeted a man who had just won the money by betting on the NBA playoffs.

Villar pulled the man over in an unmarked police car with flashing lights, while one accomplice wore a bulletproof vest marked with "police" and used a Taser. After the criminals made off with thousands of dollars and the man's cell phone, the victim flagged down a Florida Highway Patrol officer who then quickly tracked down Villar [Herald | WSVN]

  • The Coral Gables Elementary School teacher who sent an email to a parent telling her to "eat sh-- and die" has been transferred to another job in the school system. [Herald]
  • A Hialeah woman had her Rolex stolen when a couple told her they had won the lottery but couldn't cash the ticket because they were illegal immigrants. They wanted her to cash it, so she left her Rolex behind as insurance, but the couple made off with it. [CBS4]
  • The Miami Seaquarium will release a rescued manatee named Laudy back into the wild. He showed up with frozen flippers and several lesions. [CBS4]
  • Michael Mora, a Miami Beach man, has been charged with storing about 150 images of child pornography on his computer. [CBS4]

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.