Miami Gardens Police Chief Delma Noel-Pratt Says Man With Gun Made Daughter ‘Fear For Her Life’ – CBS Miami
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Miami Gardens police chief Delma Noel-Pratt says a man who waved a gun at a Starbucks this week made her daughter “fear for her life”.
Noel-Pratt says her 23-year-old daughter was working as a barista by the drive-through window when Omar Wright drew his gun because he said he was upset that there was no cream cheese on the bagel he bought.
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Noel-Pratt told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench, “As a mother, I am very concerned. I’ve always known I was prone to this, but when it fully hits your budget you will be utterly shocked. It was really annoying for me to know that someone would go so extreme if they didn’t have cream cheese on their bagel. “
According to a police report, Wright went to the Starbucks drive-through window on NW 27th Avenue on 184th Street and claimed there was no cream cheese on the bagel he had bought. The report said he was asked to calm down and then started using profanity.
The report said that while Wright did not point the gun at the chief’s daughter, she felt he would harm her if he did not get his cream cheese and felt that her life was in danger. After Wright got his cream cheese, he reportedly got into an Infiniti and drove away. He was arrested after police checked images on surveillance tape and received a partial description of the license plate from a Starbucks employee.
Noel-Pratt said, “He was basically saying you don’t know who you’re dealing with. He waved a gun while looking directly at her and saying those words. So she felt afraid, afraid for her life. He came to the drive-through window with a gun in his hand. “
“One thing is that he was unstable and unreasonable,” said Noel-Pratt. “He has no balance about what should happen and was upset about something and took it to a new level.”
In Bond Court, District Judge Mindy Glazer found that Wright had been charged with grievous bodily harm with a gun and armed robbery with a gun. Wright objected, “I don’t know how you got into armed robbery.”
His attorney argued that there has been no reason for Wright to be charged with armed robbery since he bought the bagel.
Judge Glazer found no probable cause for the charge, but found a probable cause for a serious assault with a firearm and set it on bail of $ 10,000 and said Wright could use his own discretion on the armed robbery charge to be released. She also ordered him to stay away from the chief’s daughter and no closer than 150 meters from Starbucks.
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D’Oench also spoke to Wright’s mother at her Miami Gardens home. Behind a closed door she said of her son: “He is a fine young man. Unfortunately, based on social media, he did something that is not very good. “
Records show that Wright was arrested in 2009 for carrying a hidden gun.
Noel-Pratt said there was an alarming pattern.
“We see that across the country many people are unable to deal with their problems and take them to another level where they will get a gun and pick it up themselves. It is important that you say something when you see something. Don’t take matters into your own hands. If you feel angry about something, there are other steps you can take. Get advice. Go for a walk but do not pick up a gun. It is not right.”
As the mother of a victim, the police chief said, “I have always felt sorry for the victims. I have always emphasized to our officials that when you deal with victims, you should treat them as if they were your own mother and father. Treat them like they are part of your own family members. That could happen to us. “
Noel-Pratt says she has three daughters who are 18, 21 and 23 years old.
She’s not sure if her eldest daughter will be returning to Starbucks.
“She recently had counseling and is getting more counseling after this traumatic experience,” she said.
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Coincidentally, the incident happened on Wednesday, the same day that Noel-Pratt joined Miami district leaders in a march against gun violence. She has been the police chief in Miami Gardens for four years.