Marc Sarnoff Punched Reid Welch, Witnesses Claim

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Commissioner Marc Sarnoff can allegedly throw a good sucker punch.
Call us crazy. But if two people saw Banana Republican approach someone, sucker punch him or her, and then pin our victim to the ground, chances are we'd be taking a ride down to Miami-Dade County jail. In fact, any Joe Schmo would have been arrested for assault or battery. But Marc Sarnoff is no regular citizen. He is a Miami city commissioner who has apparently gotten away with beating up his former pal and current nemesis, Reid Welch. 

Despite Welch's weird addiction of huffing propane and his eccentric behavior, his claim that Sarnoff assaulted him this past Oct. 29 are supported by two witnesses, according to previously unreleased police documents that Welch's attorney Jason Wandner showed the commissioner during a court hearing yesterday. 
Sarnoff is seeking a permanent restraining order against Welch, whom the commissioner claims made a death threat against him. Sarnoff has not returned two phone calls seeking comment. We're waiting on a response from a Miami Police spokesperson.

The tempest began during the final weeks of Sarnoff's reelection campaign. Welch was riding his bicycle through the Grove's residential streets removing the commissioner's campaign signs. He videotaped himself taking down the signage and alleged he did so because the placards had been placed illegally on the public right of way. On Oct. 29, Sarnoff claims he caught Welch spray painting one of his signs and threatening a neighbor across the street from his house. The commissioner added that his antagonist was holding a box cutter.

However, a young couple who were walking their dogs told Miami police investigator Gregory Jack that Sarnoff bum rushed Welch. Alexander Maruri, 24, said he and his girlfriend saw Sarnoff run across the street to strike Welch from behind. Welch didn't see the punch coming, Maruri added. His girlfriend, 22-year-old Megan Deehan, said Sarnoff pinned Welch to the ground after punching him.


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18 comments
John Smith
John Smith

Just more proof that nothing good stems from embracing and engaging in homosexuality. Even the homosexuals who appear personable and benign have a lot of related mental problems below the suffice.

 Hopefully these people can be treated and reintegrated into society and add their talents to society, rather than rip away the countries morality with garbage like this. I'm not even from Florida and this little battle of one admitted gay and one alleged makes the rest of the moral states citizens feel sick.

Captain Bob
Captain Bob

Teresa Sarnoff has retained a divorce attorney. Let's give her our support.

Roland Shapiro Jr.
Roland Shapiro Jr.

Reid Welch is no longer Marc Sarnoff's lover. His lover is Neil Bayer, who is also his law partner. Teresa Forestal is the paralegal for them both and she has no physical relationship with Sarnoff. He already disclosed that they live in separate houses across from the dog park. Her job description goes well beyond typical paralegal activities, but the situation is clearly not sustainable.

Kara Arango
Kara Arango

OMG!! Drunken brawl between Terresa & Marc in front of their "His & Her" McVilla's on Saturday night. And whats up with that crazy lady in the blonde wig? Did anybody get that on camera?

Mike587
Mike587

Beats his ex-lover, his dogs, and his wife?? Get this Sarnoff idiot out of my neighborhood and get his wife some help!!

Jr_Sims
Jr_Sims

Theresa Sarnoff is well aware of the mistake she has made and she has suffered ENOUGH !! She could use our support in this difficult time.

Ray
Ray

Marc Sarnoff was my lover for several years. The marriage to Teresa Forestal is not real. It is only for political and professional purposes. Marc broke up with me when I came out several years ago because he could not stand the thought of living as an openly gay man. I've spent time in both houses and have consoled Teresa in the upstairs front bedroom that is hers (in the same house where his office is). She regrets getting into this arrangement with Marc. It's taking a toll on her and her exit plan is in the works.

R.J.
R.J.

Yes, it's true, Reid Welch is Sarnoff's "jilted lover," however Reid prefers the term "butt buddies" and I think we should respect that. I knew those two when they were getting it on in the South Grove, back when Marc was fresh meat. God I miss those days. I'm glad Marc is out now.

Izzie
Izzie

Sarnoff is out of the closet. When he got in trouble for illegally running a business out of his home he admitted to City of Miami authorities that his marriage to Teresa Sarnoff is an "arrangement for political purposes only." He no longer hides this fact. The commissioner also explained to the New Times "that his wife, Theresa, lives at 3100 Virginia St., and he resides next door."  

Corrupt homo
Corrupt homo

Another corrupt politician. Controlled by his massive ego and money from connected insiders.

Burk
Burk

Reid Welch is Marc Sarnoff's jilted lover, hence the drama and ill feeling between the two. I thought everyone knew this by now. They were a closeted item before Sarnoff decided to take a stab at politics, but a few of us proud gay Grovites were privy to the truth back when they were together. Sarnoff's marriage to Theresa Forrestal is a facade and she is compensated well for her performance. Come on out of the closet Marc. You can't expect your skeletons to stay in there forever.

nevernot
nevernot

Please, enough of this criminal ethically challenged excuse for a commissioner. Miami doesn't need his corruption and willingness to sell out our city for personal profit. Sarnoff needs to be prosecuted for assault on the entire city, not just Mr Welch. Go to hell Sarnoff you worthless crook, you are not as important as your mom said you were.

ShouldBeShot
ShouldBeShot

Please, enough about this gas-huffing clown Reid Welch.

Grovite
Grovite

Got a blurry pic with my phone. What should I do with it?

Mike587
Mike587

fake wife (with obviously fake ta-ta's) **

Margo
Margo

Judging from the physical altercation between Marc and his wife last night in front of their house, I feel that she is not safe in his presence. I hope she gets a restraining order against him. 

Nikeshoes
Nikeshoes

I have known Marc Sarnoff for 30 years and none of what you are saying about he and his wife is true. if you don't like him as your commissioner - fine. But your comments about his marriage and personal life simply aren't true.

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