Congressional Candidate Marleine Bastien Robbed at Gunpoint
Marleine Bastien is one of the local Haitian community's most tireless and selfless activists. She's also one of the leading candidates running to replace Kendrick Meek in his vacated congressional seat. During a stop at a church this past weekend, Bastien and her sister were robbed at gunpoint.
The incident occurred outside the House of the Living God at 13700 NE Tenth Ave. Bastien and her sister were sitting in a car when a man approached. He pointed a gun at the candidate's head and demanded their purses and cell phones, which they handed over. Police say the same gunman pulled off a similar heist involving another woman just minutes before.
The suspect is believed to be a "black male, 18 to 24 years old, about 5-foot-3-inches tall, weighing 145 pounds and with medium-length dreadlocks." [Herald]
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