On April 6th, a driver in Miami made a common but dangerous mistake by leaving their car running and unattended. Unfortunately, this mistake led to an alleged carjacking and a dangerous situation for the victim.
At approximately 10:25 a.m., the driver of a Honda S.U.V. left their car running underneath the carport of a local hotel located in the 3500 block of NW 42 Avenue. This is a mistake that many people make when running errands or quickly stepping away from their vehicle. However, as we’ll see in this case, it can lead to serious consequences.
According to Miami Springs Police, Kenneth Johnson, who was not known to the driver, saw the opportunity and entered the driver’s seat of the vehicle. The victim saw this from the hotel lobby and attempted to enter the driver’s side of the vehicle to prevent Johnson from leaving. However, Johnson allegedly drove off at a high rate of speed while the victim was holding onto the vehicle. This is an incredibly dangerous situation and could have resulted in severe injury or even death for the victim.
Thankfully, the vehicle and Johnson were later located in the City of Miami a couple of days later. MSPD detectives responded and charged Johnson with Robbery/Carjacking. Johnson was also charged by Miami-Dade Police for a separate robbery and a domestic violence charge.
Yet another example of Miami Springs Police resources being used to respond to hotel crimes. The City Administration needs to find new ways above and beyond a bed tax to fine and pressure hotels that have excessive calls for our police department.
|JOHNSON, KENNETH MICHAEL
Case Number: B23007042
Charge: BATTERY Bond: $ 1500 **
Case Number: F23007235 Desc: STANDARD BOND Bond: $ 7500 **
Comment Case: PC FOUND CT1 7500 HOLD DIV 11
Charge: ROBBERY/ STRONGARM
Remark: DOMESTIC VIOL;
Case Number: F23007246 Desc: STANDARD BOND Bond: $ 10000 **
Comment Case: PC FOUND CT1 10K HOLD DIV 11
Charge: ROBBERY/ CARJACKING
Charge Satisfied: No
Reminder: All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Everyone accused of a crime deserves their due process and day in court.