He appeared in court this Sunday Nicholas Metternich SternamanThe man accused of attempting to kidnap a four-year-old boy last Thursday at a CVS in Miami Beach while the little boy — of Cuban descent — was leaving the establishment with his parents in broad daylight.
He was expected to make his first court appearance on Friday, but refused to appear before a judge that day and on Saturday.
During a final hearing on February 11, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Lourdes Simon ordered the defendant to have no contact with the child’s parents, and When asked twice: “Do you understand, sir? Nicholas Sternaman remained silent.
The subject was charged with kidnapping a child under the age of 13 and was currently denied bail.
During the hearing, the state determined that they needed to review whether what was captured on the surveillance video was an attempted kidnapping.
At the end of the arraignment, the magistrate warned Sternman that if the restraining order was violated, he would face additional charges.
The minor’s family had arrived from Cuba on humanitarian parole just two weeks earlier and were staying at a friend’s house in Miami Beach at the time of the incident.
The child’s parents do not want to come before the media because they say they are very scared and worried.
It was at the CVS Pharmacy located at the corner of Collins Avenue and 74 Street in the North Beach area on February 8 at 11:55 a.m. that an establishment camera recorded how a mother exited the pharmacy followed by her son and her husband a short distance away.
At the entrance the family met Nicholas Metternich Sternaman, 26, who unexpectedly He turned around and grabbed the boy by the throat.
The man picked up the child and turned to the door to run away, but the father pounced on him and held him until he released the child, who fell to the ground. The mother managed to retrieve the baby and move it away to safety.
It was the father himself and a witness who chased the man down Collins Avenue until two police officers caught him on Harding Avenue near 71st Street.
The boy suffered bruises on his back and face following the incident.
The arrest report, to which he had access Local 10Details that Sternaman live in a condominium in South Beach.
He has a record for petty theft on Jan. 3, for which he was released on $150 bail.
The suspect – a resident of South Beach – had already been arrested on January 3 in a petty theft case and was released after posting bail.
The Miami Beach Police Department (MBPD) released a statement in which it congratulated the Cuban boy’s parents for their stance.
“Due to the quick and courageous response of the child’s father and nearby MBPD officers, the subject was taken into custody a short time later without further incident. The investigation is ongoing,” they said on Twitter.