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Rapist follows a woman from a bar to her Brickell condo

Click here to view the police sketch of the suspect

A rapist found the perfect setting for his crime in Brickell on Sunday morning.

Brickell is one of the fastest growing neighborhoods in Miami, and with that growth comes crime. 

In a few years, developers have turned the exclusive area that surrounded South Florida's financial district into a dense high residential neighborhood with a busy nightlife.

Realtors hoping to rent or sell the thousands of units (About 50 percent of Miami-Dade County's inventory) that still remain vacant brag about places like Blue Martini.

At Blue Martini, a popular happy hour spot at Mary Brickell Village, drinks are half off from 4 to 8 p.m, and on Ladies Night women get a complimentary 3 olives cocktail on the house.

It is a convenient bar for residents at the Axis condominium, a 40 story building, only a few blocks away from Mary Brickell Village, where one can also find a Starbucks and a Bally Total Fitness.

The rapist followed a woman from Blue Martini to her apartment at the Axis, walked into the elevator with her, and pushed his way in as she opened the door. He raped her in her room, police said.

Detectives are hoping you can identify the man in the photo below after watching this surveillance video. He appears to be losing some of his hair.

"Whenever you have a video, you're not only seeing an image but you're seeing how the person walks, how the person carries himself. And a lot of times, that in itself, a person can be identified," said  Willie Moreno, a Miami detective. Watch the video.


Contact Miami police at 305-603-6420 or Miami-Dade CrimeStoppers at (305) 471-TIPS.

Posted by Andrea Torres at 09:43 PM on March 31, 2010 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Catholic priest pleads guilty to child porn

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Father  James Patrick Grady, of St. Raphael Archangel Church, right, walks out of federal court with his attorney J. Martin Hadican after pleading guilty to possessing child pornography Wednesday, March 31, 2010, in St. Louis. (Jeff Roberson/AP) Here is the story.

Grady entered the plea after reaching an agreement with federal prosecutors and will likely be sentenced to more than six years in prison. The FBI said Grady was one of three men nabbed in a 2009 sting for allegedly trying to hire a 16-year-old girl for sex.

Posted by Andrea Torres at 01:09 PM on March 31, 2010 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Evil teens

Teen  prostitutes herself and her little sister: A 15-year-old girl sold her 7-year-old sister to have sex with as many as seven men and boys at a weekend party. The teen is being charged with aggravated sexual assault, promoting prostitution and other crimes. Here is the story.

Teens throw woman onto train tracks: Surveillance video shows a group of boys assault and throw a 57-year-old woman onto the tracks. One of the boys was arrested. Watch the video.

Teen pleads guilty in 8-year-old girl's gang rape: A 15-year-old boyplead guilty to sexual assault, kidnapping, three counts of sexual conduct with a minor and one count of attempted sexual conduct with a minor.  The other three boys involved are ages 9, 10, and 13. Here is the story.

Teen says friend admitted stabbing an Ecuadorean man to death: A group of seven teens surrounded and killed Marcelo Lucero in what police deemed a hate crime. Nicholas Haush, who pleaded guilty to gang assault and other crimes, is a witness in the prosecution. He said the group had participated in other attacks on Hispanics. Here is the story.

Teens bullied girl until she committed suicide: Authorities said 15-year-old Phoebe Prince hanged herself after she endured months of verbal assaults and threats at school and on Facebook. Nine fellow students face charges in connection with her death, including two teen boys charged with statutory rape and a clique of girls charged with slaking, criminal harassment and violating civil rights. More charges are pending. Here is the story.


Posted by Andrea Torres at 12:30 PM on March 31, 2010 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Killer becomes wedding officiant

Police arrested Frank Dryman, 78, a fugitive who had been missing since 1969, The Associated Press is reporting.

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He adopted the identity of Victor Houston to act as a notary and offer his services at a wedding chapel in Arizona.

Dryman gave the vow "until death do us part" a creepy meaning.

He had been sentenced to life in prison in 1955 for killing a man.

Posted by Andrea Torres at 12:33 PM on March 24, 2010 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wild monkey on the loose

Watch out for a rhesus macaque monkey if you are in the Tampa Bay area. Watch the video.

Posted by Andrea Torres at 10:17 AM on March 24, 2010 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Gang leader on the run leaves evidence behind

Kayla Vazquez, a teenager also known as Karma, kept a diary of her affair with a wanted Bloods gang leader named Michael Rigby, 21, the Orlando Sentinel is reporting.

The two are accused of trying to killl three women during a party, the Associated Press reported. She is in jail. He recently escaped from an Osceola County jail, and now detectives are hoping Vazquez's diary will give them some clues.

The Orlando Sentinel's Henry Pierson Curtis highlighted a few findings in his report:

In a page with a large happy face, the text reads "Shot Kim." She was refering to Kimberly Rivera, 20, Rigby's ex-lover.

After Rigby hit Vazquez with his pistol, she wrote "Michael kissed me with blood all ova my face (Physco Romance) ...Michael put a gun in my mouth. Why??? IDK Why? He lovez me. He hurtz me!!!"

She also reveals they used to spend time together at the Osceola County Courthouse to study how prosecutors handled criminal cases.

Here is the story.

Gang leader talks about conspiracy theories

Posted by Andrea Torres at 01:20 PM on March 17, 2010 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Infamous psychic gets caught again

Police said Gina Marks, 37, went as far as convincing a woman that she had cancer, and charged her about $298,000 to remove an evil curse, cops said.

Marks also got the woman to do some very odd things. 

The Miami Herald's Adam Beasley has the story.

Posted by Andrea Torres at 01:33 PM on March 16, 2010 | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0)

'El Secreto de sus Ojos'

If you are into movies about crime, you will really enjoy The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de sus Ojos).

The Miami Herald's movie critic Rene Rodriguez describes the plot in his review:

"A recently retired criminal-court investigator Benjamin (Ricardo Darin), still haunted by the unsolved rape and murder of a young woman 25 years earlier, decides to invest his energy into writing a novel about the case."

Posted by Andrea Torres at 12:47 PM on March 16, 2010 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Dog attacks patrol car

A dog in Tennessee managed to remove the front bumper of a patrol car while an officer was writing a report. Watch a video of the dog.

Posted by Andrea Torres at 12:22 PM on March 16, 2010 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Grill ripped from man's teeth

0604100538 A sheriff's lieutenant in a Tennessee county jail was suspended after  ripping off Anthony McCoy's grill.

McCoy  lost the enamel on his front teeth and was denied medical attention.

The mistake may cost tay payers $95,000.  Read more here.

Posted by Andrea Torres at 09:50 AM on March 16, 2010 | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

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