A homeless man was arrested on Tuesday, April 25 after he was accused of shooting a motorist in Miami-Dade County, authorities confirmed Thursday.
According to Miami-Dade Police, officers responded to a shooting around 8:00 p.m. in a parking lot near the 14000 block of Northeast Fifth Place.
According to an arrest report, One victim was sitting in his vehicle when he was approached by a homeless man named Tommy Lenz Exantus, 27, who opened the driver’s door and pulled out a handgun. In response to Exantus drawing a handgun, the driver also drew a firearm and shots were exchanged according to police.
Detectives said after speaking with the victim Tuesday night, they were able to identify Exantus.
Authorities did not report any injuries in the incident or give a reason for the shooting.
The robbery interdiction team arrested Exantus and transported him to Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center for processing.
Until now, He faces one count of attempted homicide with a firearm and one count of possession of a weapon while committing a felony. The investigation is still ongoing and the final sentence is expected in the next few days.
In other events, last February, a suspected car thief in Tennessee called for help from residents in the area where he was robbing after his victim returned fire, according to the local sheriff’s office.
The unidentified owner of the vehicle, who lives in Shelby County’s Websters Grove subdivision, said he received a call from a neighbor Thursday evening who said several people were standing outside his residence, county officials said, from Shelby to CBS Memphis affiliate WREG.
The owner told authorities that when he drove off, he saw two men in his driveway and two other men sitting in a white car on the street. The two in the driveway fled when they saw the homeowner and a suspect shot at the homeowner.
The owner was shot in the ankle but managed to return fire at the suspects, WREG reported.
Sheriff’s deputies said Mays (one of the robbers) went around the neighborhood knocking on doors asking for help and was heard shouting on the cell phone: “They left me. Come see me.”
However, their efforts were in vain, as one suspect managed to escape, while another, identified as 18-year-old Marreo Mays, was taken into custody.
The owner was recovering at home after leg and foot surgery.
So far, Mays has been charged with two counts of theft of a vehicle and vandalism.
Luckily, although several car windows were smashed in the driveway of the owner’s home, nothing appeared to have been stolen according to WREG.
Authorities, for their part, are asking members of the public to call CrimeStoppers at 901-528-CASH if they have information about the case.