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Man Arrested in Miami Beach for Allegedly Harassing Beachgoers With a Knife

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A man was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon Thursday after prosecutors say he harassed beachgoers on Miami Beach Wednesday afternoon.

Artabius Darden, 39, was allegedly pointing a large knife at people on the 22nd Street boardwalk in Miami Beach.

Prosecutors say Artabius Darden was harassing beachgoers on the 22nd street boardwalk in Miami Beach on Wednesday afternoon.

“That was a large knife with approximately 8-and-a-half-inch blade judge”, the prosecutor said in bond court Thursday.

A Miami Beach ambassador for the reopening of the beaches told detectives Darden has been harassing them since Saturday. Darden is from Texas, and prosecutors found that Darden has a criminal past there.

“A weapon in a prohibited place, he was a fugitive at one point, criminal trespass with a deadly weapon..." the prosecutor affirmed to the court.

Police officers said they found a large butcher-style knife in Darden’s back pack when they arrested him.

The judge set Darden’s bond at five thousand dollars. Darden retained the services of the public defender. 

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