A Miami-Dade judge and a burglary suspect had a one-of-a-kind reunion in bond court, as the man broke down in tears, while the judge offered him some supportive advice.
“Hi, Mr. Booth, you’re back. This time you’re charged with a burglary,” said Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Mindy Glazer, during a hearing, Thursday. Judge Glazer never expected a middle school reunion would occur while on the job.
“Mr. Booth, I have a question for you,” she asked 49-year-old Arthur Booth. “Yes, ma’am?” he responded. “Did you go to Nautilus for middle school?” “Oh, my goodness,” said Booth, as he covered his mouth in shock.
Booth, now a suspected burglar, was reunited with his middle school classmate decades later in the court of law. When realizing who his judge was, he broke down in tears.
“Sorry to see you there,” said the judge. “I always wondered what happened to you, sir.” “Oh, my goodness!” Booth said again. “This was the nicest kid in middle school.” Again, Booth could only reply, “Oh, my goodness!” as he wept.
On June 29, Booth was allegedly seen leaving the scene of a burglary at Northwest North River Drive and 36th Street in Hialeah. Police said Booth failed to pull over as they tried to conduct a traffic stop. According to the police report, “Mr. Booth drove his vehicle onto the median and drove onto the oncoming traffic lanes. Mr. Booth then bailed from his vehicle.”
In bond court, Glazer said Booth’s alleged behaviour was not the childhood classmate she remembers. “He was the best kid in middle school,” she said. “I used to play football with him, all the kids, and look what has happened. I’m so sorry to see you there. Mr. Booth, I hope you’re able to change your ways, good luck to you.”
Once again, Booth could only respond, “Oh, my goodness,” as he wiped tears from his eyes. As Booth continued to cry, Glazer delivered a message she hopes will help turn his life around. “What’s sad is how old we’ve become. Good luck to you, sir. I hope you’re able to come out of this OK and just lead a lawful life.”
Booth’s bond was set at $43,000 for a handful of charges.