MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – A homeless individual found themselves in a troubling situation at Jackson Behavioral Health Hospital last weekend, ultimately leading to criminal charges. Reports from the Miami-Dade Police Department reveal that a 22-year-old named Junior Romero faces multiple charges, including battery, making threats to a public servant, and extortion.
The incident began when hospital staff attempted to discharge Romero shortly before 6 a.m. on a Saturday. Romero’s refusal to leave escalated into him making threats to the staff. Hospital officers were summoned to escort him off the premises. During this process, Romero continued to issue threats, including threats to kill the officers.
Upon reaching the hospital’s exit, Romero abruptly turned around and forcibly removed the identification card from one of the security officers. In the struggle to apprehend him, a female officer was kicked in the leg by Romero. In response, she resorted to using her baton to gain control and detain Romero.
Miami-Dade police officers arrived shortly afterward and took Romero into custody. Even during his transportation to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s emergency room for medical clearance, Romero continued to issue threats against the officers and hospital staff.
He even mentioned that he would remember the arresting officer’s vehicle and, upon regaining possession of his firearm, would seek revenge on the unit and the officer’s family.
As of Monday, Romero remained incarcerated at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center without bail, as he had a prior warrant for his arrest on an unrelated charge.