Sunday, October 12, 2014

Miami Beach Police investigating drive-by shooting at Fat Tuesday on Ocean Drive [UPDATED 3x]

UPDATED on Oct 13 at 12:30 p.m.: Miami Beach Police on Monday released the identities of two men stopped early Sunday morning following the drive-by shooting on Ocean Drive. Arrested were Alex Crandon, 20, of Brooklyn, NY, and Dimitri Mara Bastien, 22, of Bayshore, NY.

The arrest report says the two were stopped by police in the 1500 block of Washington Ave. because the 2014 Nissan Altima they were riding in matched the description of a vehicle wanted in connection with the shooting at Fat Tuesday.

Crandon was arrested for knowingly driving with a suspended license, and Bastien was arrested for marijuana possession and possession of counterfeit currency.

Police discovered the 100 dollar bills he was carrying were counterfeit after inspecting them and finding that some of the bills had identical serial numbers.

Police believe that Bastien and Crandon were involved in some way with the drive-by shooting, but aren't being specific. At this point they have not been charged with the shooting.


UPDATED at 7:40 p.m.: Miami Beach Police spokesperson Vivian Thayer sends this update: "Two subjects were arrested from the traffic stop. The driver was arrested for traffic offense and one of the passengers was arrested for possession of cannabis and counterfeit currency.

"The shooter is still at large. BOLO is out for a slim black male 5'8-5'10"."

Thayer says she will have the names of those arrested in the morning

UPDATED at 7:05 p.m.: A source tells me that the drive-by shooting at Fat Tuesday was the result of a "New York gang member retaliating against another gang member."


Miami Beach Police detectives are investigating a drive-by shooting that occurred early Sunday morning near Fat Tuesday on Ocean Drive. Fortunately, no one was injured.

Here's a statement on the incident from Miami Beach Police spokesperson Vivian Thayer:
Officers responded to the above location in reference to a “shots fired” call. A witness stated that a black male fired several shots from a dark colored vehicle at or near Fat Tuesday Bar and then fled the scene. Upon arrival officers found several “casings” and bullet holes at the incident location.

Crime scene and detectives were called to the scene. The investigation is on-going at this time.
At approximately 0247 hours officers Vincent Stella and Daniel Colombo spotted the vehicle at the 1500 block of Washington and a felony stop was made. Det. Estopinan and Gutierrez responded to the scene. One of the subjects had 8 counterfeit $100 dollar bills in his possession.

Police have yet to release the names of the suspects they have in custody.


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