lol. i have a strong feeling its one of the miami hood rat skaters who tried to pull this, dont recognize the name, but i doubt some rec skater grabbed it and ran. hope the pic the photographer took shows the skates and gets posted, def lols then.
Heard the one about the judge, the taco vendor, the pistol-packing Iraq war vet and the thief on rollerblades?
It apparently happened Wednesday, when Al Diaz of The Miami Herald was preparing to photograph the Taqueria Mexicana Orale taco truck at Northwest 27th Avenue and 17th Street for a feature story. He briefly placed his camera on a chair to set up some lighting equipment.
Seizing the moment, a man on wheels snatched the camera and whooshed down 16th. Someone munching a taco yelled, "That guy just grabbed your camera!"
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Taco stand owner Moises Gonzales, incensed at the interruption, tore out on foot after the rollerblader. A food inspector joined him.
That's when Deborah White-Labora happened along. A judge in Miami-Dade County's drug court, White-Labora was driving a white Scion minivan with her two children, 17-year-old Christopher and 20-year-old Amanda, aboard. They had just visited the bank to pick up some traveler's checks en route to Miami International Airport for a flight to Peru.
Gonzales flagged down the van, barked out, "Follow that man!" or words to that effect, and the pursuit continued.
The minivan overtook a rollerblader at 3071 NW 18th Terrace. Christopher bounded out of the car and "pounced like a cobra" on the suspected thief, said Amanda. Gonzales, the taco-maker, joined the fray.
Ian Vaquero, in whose front yard the chase ended, didn't know what to make of the wrestling match. So the Iraq war vet sorted things out the Miami way, drawing his 9 mm Smith & Wesson and telling everyone to freeze.
"Thank God for the Second Amendment and armed civilians," said Christopher.
The final tally:
The rollerblader, James Dewey Bretthauer, was hauled off to jail, charged with theft.
The judge's children made it to the airport.
Joe Zaragoza, a customer at the taco stand (and commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 160, was so impressed by the citizen intervention that he gave Gonzales and Vaquero each a $100 reward on the spot.
Diaz, who had to guard the rest of his gear while the others gave chase, got his $5,000 camera back, albeit damaged. He got a photo of the alleged thief, using a second camera.
"I never thought photographing food vendors would be a dangerous affair," said the veteran journalist, who has covered everything from armed invasions to fashion shows. "But the taco stand owner, the drug court judge, the boy and the Iraq war veteran, they are my heroes."