Parking Attendant Stabbed By Driver at Sunset Place: Police

Police said the driver surrendered late Tuesday night

By Amara Sohn
|  Wednesday, Jun 6, 2012  |  Updated 7:38 AM EDT
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Police said a driver stabbed a parking attendant at The Shops at Sunset Place in South Miami Tuesday afternoon. Witness Randy Fernandez tells NBC 6 what he saw.

Police said a driver stabbed a parking attendant at The Shops at Sunset Place in South Miami Tuesday afternoon. Witness Randy Fernandez tells NBC 6 what he saw.

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Police said the driver who stabbed a parking attendant at The Shops at Sunset Place in South Miami Tuesday afternoon turned himself in at 11:40 Tuesday night.

Juan Felipe Rodriguez, 19, was driving a Ford F-150 but did not want to pay for parking, which is what led to the altercation at the mall, police said.

Rodriguez, of Homestead, stabbed the attendant twice with a "sharp instrument" in the chest and right forearm, South Miami Police said.

He then got back in the truck and drove off in the F-150 with three women inside, witnesses told police.

The 20-year-old victim was found bleeding inside a parking booth by police when they responded at 4:39 p.m. He was airlifted to Kendall Regional Medical Center Trauma Center in stable condition, police said.

“The victim got carried out by the ambulance, and they had something over his chest, so I thought that he had gotten shot, but then I found out that he was stabbed,” witness Randy Fernandez said.

Major Rene Landa asked the three women, who he said may have been in the wrong place at the wrong time, to call South Miami Police.

"We are deeply concerned about the incident that occurred today, and our thoughts and prayers are with the parking attendant employed by Denison. We do not tolerate criminal behavior at our property, and are working with local authorities on this investigation," Derrick Brown, the general manager of The Shops at Sunset Place, said in a statement. "Our main concern is always for the safety and security of our employees and guests."

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