Marc Sarnoff (Allegedly) Told Reid Welch: "I'll Kill You!"

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​A few weeks ago, three days before the Miami city election, Marc Sarnoff got into a brief tussle with Reid Welch, a Coconut Grove resident who admits to huffing propane gas to get high and who was going around the neighborhood taking down the city commissioner's campaign signs. Sarnoff cast himself as the hero in an interview with NBC Miami, claiming he saw Welch threatening a neighbor near his house on Virginia Street.

But a Miami police incident report obtained by Banana Republican identifies Welch as the victim and indicates Sarnoff was the one acting crazy.

This is what Sarnoff told NBC Miami: "As I approached him, I saw that he was pointing the spray can at her. I know that he has box cutters because he has box cutters in his pockets all the time. I became concerned. I took him down and got him in a position that he couldn't harm anyone and waited for the authorities to come."

Sarnoff did not return a message left on his cell phone voice mail seeking comment.

According to the police report, Welch did not have any box cutters, just a can of spray paint that he was using to deface a campaign sign he had lifted from Sarnoff's front yard. When Sarnoff caught Welch vandalizing his sign, the commissioner apparently lost it.

Sarnoff pinned Welch to the ground and screamed, "I'll kill you! I've had enough of you!" Welch defended himself by spraying paint on Sarnoff, according to the report.

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Sarnoff, who was reelected on Nov. 2, was not arrested, but the report says the investigation continues. The commissioner also appears to be building up a defense strategy. He and his wife Teresa have obtained temporary restraining order against Welch.

Sarnoff is represented by an assistant city attorney and his wife is represented by Jay Solowsky, a downtown Miami lawyer who does pro bono work for the Downtown Development Authority, a city agency chaired by the city commissioner. Solowsky also sub leases office space to Sarnoff's private law practice. Yet, Solowsky insists he doesn't have a conflict representing Sarnoff's spouse.

Solowsky claims Welch left a death threat on Sarnoff's voicemail. "He told Marc that he will be dying soon and that it will be a slow painful death," Solowsky says. "The fact Marc is a public figure doesn't mean he and his wife don't have the right to be safe and secure from Mr. Welch."

Welch cannot come within 500 feet of the Sarnoffs, pass by their home, or harrass them via social media. (Welch writes about Sarnoff and posts videos about the commissioner on a cycling message board.)

On Nov. 19, Welch's attorney Jason Wandner was unable to convince a Miami-Dade circuit judge to dismiss the Sarnoffs' request for a permanent stay-away order. The matter was continued until Jan. 6. "The Sarnoffs have made allegations that Reid came at them with his bicycle and other harrassment that I doubt they have proof of," Wandner says. "Based on the police report, Mr. Sarnoff is the one who lost his cool and suggests that Mr. Sarnoff assaulted my client."

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Jr_Sims
Jr_Sims

Sarnoff beats his dogs. Ask the dog park patrons. Check the report that was filed at Miami-Dade Animal Services two summers ago. Sarnoff beats up the indigent and addicted if they come near his house or near the house where his phony wife lives. It's a pattern.

malasangre
malasangre

wtf is fearing on your bicylce?  a mis written report should be all thats needed for goobers contacts at the DA makes this go away

od3052004
od3052004

Sarnoff go kill yourself and believe me you won't be missed!

Bgfalcon_75
Bgfalcon_75

A couple things, the politician will get a free pass, regardless of the outcome of this, and the police report is pathetic, in terms of how it was written. Is that indicative of who can get a badge?

Jumped from behind
Jumped from behind

Sarnoff jumped on the guys back. The guy was filming at the time. Sarnoff surprise attack was caught on camera.

nurse_watcher
nurse_watcher

Sarnoff is an arrogant jerk. I think the paint huffer should get the key to the city, er, or at least a 30-second nitrous hit for his actions.  

P_Nis
P_Nis

Look at the report, Sarnoff was the aggressor the propane guy was the victim. I'm beginning to wonder, since Sarnoff jumped him from behind was this nothing more than a mistaken case of the surprise buttsecks???

f b
f b

call me when is somebody at the state level..... this city could be run by krusty the clown and it wouldnt make much of a difference.

BeReal
BeReal

Don't be idiots, this gas huffer is obviously insane, watch his videos.  I wouldn't have put up with his sh*t this long without having killed him.

At least he has a restraining order against the nut now.

P_Nis
P_Nis

Sarnoff attacked this guy, why hasn't the state attorneys office charged him?

ivxx
ivxx

And if you would've done anything the commissioner did you'd be sitting in the back of the cop car... regardless of how crazy he is...

NothingToSeeHere
NothingToSeeHere

doubt it, the incident report is just saying crazy guy's side of the story. 

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