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Man Arrested After Threatening Miami Beach Hotel Valet With Gun Over Keys

The employee told police one of the men showed him the weapon, grabbed the keys from the valet stand and sped away from the scene

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Police took a man into custody early Tuesday morning after a hotel valet said he was threatened by the suspect with a gun at a Miami Beach resort.

Officers arrived at the Royal Palm South Beach resort, located at 1545 Collins Avenue, after the employee said he was threatened by a group of men who came down to retrieve their black Pontiac G6 vehicle.

The employee told police one of the men, identified as 23-year-old Randall Lee, showed the weapon after Lee was asked to pay $60 for the valet service. The victim said Lee grabbed the keys from a work stand and sped away from the scene.

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"He want the car. I tell him he has to pay. He don't want to pay," the worker said. "One of them pulled out the gun. I say, 'I'm not scared of you.'"

Officers were later able to spot the car involved near the intersection of 41st Street and Alton Road, with three men inside.

The victim identified Lee, who was taken into custody and transported to jail. He is charged with one felony count of aggravated assault with a firearm. Investigators found several weapons inside the car, including a high-powered assault rifle.

Officials said the other men in the vehicle would not face any charges and were released.

This is the latest case in what's turning out to be an already violent spring break on Miami Beach. Since early February to last Sunday, Miami Beach Police arrested 1,050 people -- 398 of those felonies -- and seized 102 firearms.

The city also implemented an 8 p.m. curfew from Thursday to Sunday in an effort to diminish crowds. Bridges to the beach will close at 10 p.m., only allowing access to residents, people who work on the beach, and hotel guests.

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