What began as a road rage incident turned into a search for a suspect and campus alert at the University of Miami Sunday night. NBC 6’s Willard Shepard reports on the arrest of Jesse Hernandez, 27.
What began as a road rage incident turned into a search for a suspect and campus alert at the University of Miami Sunday night.
Police said a man bumped a victim's car on U.S. 1 then threatened the victim with a gun before abandoning his white pickup truck on 57th Avenue near the campus.
Witnesses said the man then fled into the Red Road Commons condo complex, setting off a search and campus alert.
"I'm just totally freaked out," student Yi Xue said. "I was in the wellness center but I received a message from the university and I said 'oh my God, what happened?'"
Authorities searched the area with weapons drawn for the suspect.
"I was out playing soccer, I really didn't pay any attention to it till I came up here and was told that I couldn't go to my apartment or anything, so I paid attention to it a little more," student Logan Hulsmeyer said. "I listened to my voicemail at that point and it said there was someone who was potentially armed and dangerous."
Police towed away the suspect's car but were unable to find him until early Monday, when University of Miami Police arrested him. Police have identified him as Jesse Hernandez, 27.
Hernandez is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and possession of cannabis and was being held on $15,000 bond Monday, records showed. It was unknown whether he has an attorney.
Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.
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