Marc Sarnoff: "Reid Welch Called Me a Cop Cock Sucker!"

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Marc Sarnoff
On Feb. 14, Marc Sarnoff was on the witness stand, being cross-examined by the attorney representing Reid Welch, the Coconut Grove resident whom the Miami city commissioner and his wife are trying to stop from ever harassing them. Things got a little testy when the lawyer, Jason Wandner, suggested there was nothing wrong with his client or any constituent cursing at Sarnoff. "I don't know, do you like to be called a motherfucker or a dick sucker?" Sarnoff retorted sarcastically.

The couple already obtained a temporary restraining order, which Welch allegedly violated for the second time last week landing him in jail. Welch and the Sarnoffs are due back in court on March 26. But before he landed in the pokey again, Welch uploaded more than three hours of the commissioner's testimony during the initial hearing to grant the Sarnoffs a permanent injunction against him.

Under oath, Sarnoff -- who won't be criminally charged for allegedly assaulting Welch this past Oct. 29 -- described how he met Reid and how the relationship deteriorated to the point that his propane-huffing antagonist would leave him voice mails calling him "a motherfucker" and "cop cock sucker."

When he moved to Miami in 1987, Welch was one of the first people Sarnoff met. Both men had gym memberships at the defunct Grove Nautilus inside Mayfair. "He was a much larger individual," Sarnoff said of Welch. "He looked like a body builder. He had a fuller figure and a bigger chest. He doesn't look emaciated as he does now."

Aside from working out, Sarnoff claimed he may have gone bicycle riding through the Grove with Welch on a few occasions. But a year-and-half later, Sarnoff said, he lost contact with Welch even though his gym pal only lived a block and a half away in a $1.3 million four bedroom estate on Hardie Road.

Sarnoff didn't speak to Welch again until one day in 2008, but he could not recall the exact date. He said Welch took him for a ride in a fully restored vintage Ford Model A car. "He was very proud of it," Sarnoff said. "He drove me for two or three blocks. During that time he told me he had some health issues, but he didn't get into specifics."

(By then, Welch started having trouble with the law. He was busted for cocaine possession on Nov. 7, 2008. In a story published this past September, Welch claimed the arresting officers gave him a "near fatal beating." A year later, Welch was arrested four times, including felony battery of an elderly person. He received probation and six months of anger management classes).

In 2009, Sarnoff (who is a lawyer) said a distressed Welch came to his house seeking to hire him. Welch wanted to sue the city of Miami Police Department over alleged harassment he had experienced at the hands of cops in Coconut Grove. "He had become emaciated," Sarnoff said. "He was 40 pounds lighter and he told me he had lupus like symptoms and that he had fits of delusion."

Sarnoff confirmed that he rebuffed Welch's request. "I told him I couldn't represent him because I am a commissioner," Sarnoff said. "I told him there are plenty of other attorneys in Miami. The phone book is full of them."

Sarnoff didn't hear from Welch again until last summer when he began receiving vulgar voice mails and emails from his antagonist, the commissioner testified.

"He would always start by saying we were friends," Sarnoff said. "Then he would say 'you betrayed me, you have forsaken me.' It would end in hyperbole like 'you are a mother fucker' and 'you suck cops' cocks."

In September, October and November of last year, Sarnoff asserted that Welch's harassment escalated. "Reid was at my house every day," Sarnoff said. "He would be in the park. He would have a paper bag and two canisters of propane gas. I saw him finish one. It would affect him significantly."

Sarnoff claimed Welch approached him one day in October and told him: "I am going to put my foot so far up your ass I am going to touch your tonsils." The final straw came on Nov. 8 when Welch left him a cryptic voicemail saying he was going to "die a slow painful death."

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Rosalie
Rosalie

Arrest Sue McConnell and Marc Sarnoff for giving the police false statements!!!!!!!!!!!

Arrest Sarnoff
Arrest Sarnoff

and assault and battery. And where is Reid Welch now? I hear that Sarnoff has a way of making people disappear.

J. Alonzo
J. Alonzo

I find it very disturbing that Marc Sarnoff has recruited the police in Coconut Grove to stop and demand identification from young black males WALKING through the Center Grove and the Village. If they do not have identification on them, they are told that if they don't have it the next time they are stopped, they will be arrested. 

Taxpayers are screwed
Taxpayers are screwed

Marc Sarnoff makes the City hire full-time publicists to get him publicity.First is was the lowlife David Karsh and now it is the formerly unemployed Will Placencia. How are they doing promoting the corrupt Sarnoff?

Regenia
Regenia

Marc Sarnoff is Coconut Grove's George Zimmerman!

Regenia
Regenia

The drunken brawl between Marc and Teresa Sarnoff a couple of weeks ago was too funny! Teresa would not follow Marc's instructions to go back into her house and stay away from his house. It got physical. A lady took pics with her phone. That was definitely evidence of Marc's anger problem and instability. And this guy has several guns?? 

Allen_lambert
Allen_lambert

Sue McConnell, the old lady in the blonde wig, walks around the neighborhood identifying "undesirables," as she not so affectionately calls minorities, for Sarnoff to target. I personally was threatened by Sarnoff when I pointed out his continuous wasteful spending of tax dollars on the dog park, while the West Grove deteriorates beyond belief. He responded by threatening to send code enforcement to my house because a wall on my property line covers 3" of the sidewalk. The guys is a total prick. Reid Welch is harmless. Sarnoff attacked him from behind, Sue McConnell was on the other side of the street more that 200 yards away. She and Sarnoff gave false statements to the police and should be arrested. Welch can huff as much propose as he wants in Blanche Park.

Leather jacket skinny jean...
Leather jacket skinny jean...

Sarnoff should take his skinny jeans, his leather jacket and his 24/7 police security detail and leave our little section of Center Grove. Sarnoff is our worst neighbor.

Fed up on Mary Street
Fed up on Mary Street

Sarnoff is constantly bragging about his stockpile of guns. He reminds me of George Zimmerman, the gun toting, self-appointed neighborhood watchman. I've personally witnessed Sarnoff's harassment and intimidation of his neighbors that he alone had deemed unsavory and undesirable due to their ethnicity or socio-economic staus, or both. He often uses the police and code enforcement to harass and intimidate his neighbors in exchange for something. He is the textbook definition of a  paranoid sociopath. He belongs in Jail. Reid Welch, despite his shortcomings or personal problems has helped to shed light on the true Marc Sarnoff.

Fed up on Mary Street
Fed up on Mary Street

Sarnoff is constantly bragging about his stockpile of guns. He reminds me of George Zimmerman, the gun toting, self-appointed neighborhood watchman. I've personally witness Sarnoff's harassment and intimidation of his neighbors that he has personally deemed unsavory and undesirable due to their ethnicity or socio-economic staus, or both. He often uses the police and code enforcement to harass and intimidate his neighbors in exchange for something. He is the textbook definition of a  paranoid sociopath. He belongs in Jail. Reid Welch, despite his shortcomings or personal problems has helped to shed light on the true Marc Sarnoff.

Indict Sarnoff
Indict Sarnoff

Marc Sarnoff might be bi-sexual. No crime against that. But he should be indicted for voting to give away over $3 Bil of the taxpayers money to the Marlins.

Oh-hum
Oh-hum

Marc Sarnoff has long been the neighborhood clown. It's no longer entertaining to watch his erratic and at times odd behavior. It's just sad at this point.

Caroline
Caroline

Ha, ha how ironic!! Sarnoff stalked and harassed several neighbors that he didn't like for years, and now HE's the one who doesn't feel safe in his own neighborhood. Thank you Reid Welch!

Rich on Virginia
Rich on Virginia

Free Reid Welch!! He is our Center Grove hero. Sarnoff uses all sorts of tactics to harass, intimidate, and threaten us when we do not go along with his constant wasting of tax dollars on Blanche Park (which he calls HIS front yard), not to mention his annoying traffic circle. Nobody here wanted that thing! He forged our names on a petition to get it through the city. Reid Welch is welcome to huff propane in our dog park anytime he wants.

Rich on Virginia
Rich on Virginia

Free Reid Welch!! He is our Center Grove hero. Sarnoff uses all sorts of tactics to harass, intimidate, and threaten us when we do not go along with his constant wasting of tax dollars on Blanche Park (which he calls HIS front yard), not to mention his annoying traffic circle. Nobody here wanted that thing! He forged our names on a petition to get it through the city. Reid Welch is welcome to huff propane our dog park anytime he wants.

hit me up Marc!!
hit me up Marc!!

Marc Sarnoff is one fine cop cock sucker. Love the leather jacket Marc. When can we get together? I used to be a cop too ya know....

Valerie V
Valerie V

we may be feel sorry for sarnoff if he wasn't suck a lyin' sack-o-shit.  we know he kisses a lot of ass but the dick thing is new.

R. M. Harrington
R. M. Harrington

This story leaves out the fact that Sarnoff sent a police officer to Welch's house to threaten and intimidate him with a gun after Welch removed dozens of Sarnoff's illegally placed campaign signs. The fact that Sarnoff got away with assaulting Welch and giving false statements to the police is downplayed. Even crazy people have civil rights. The public park that Welch frequents is not part of Sarnoff's house, as Sarnoff likes to believe. Crazy people are allowed in the park and huffing propane is odd, but not illegal. It's also not against the law to call a commissioner a "mother fucker" or a "cop cock sucker." How much time, tax payer money and city resources  in total is Sarnoff wasting this time?

R. M. Harrington
R. M. Harrington

The headline for at least one of those stories should have been, "Commissioner Sarnoff allegedly sends a police officer to Reid Welch's house to threaten and intimidate him with a gun," since this is what really set Welch off in the first place. Everybody already knows that Sarnoff is a "Cop Cock Sucker," as that is how he gets the cops to do him favors in the first place.

Francisco Alvarado
Francisco Alvarado

Thank you Ben Bradlee. I appreciate your editorial suggestions. 

R. M.
R. M.

Sarnoff is using the court system and city resources to create the illusion that the harassment from Welch began as a result of him refusing to represent Welch in a drug case. When in reality it began right after Sarnoff sent a police officer to Welch's house to intimidate him with a gun because Welch was removing his campaign signs that were in violation of a city code. 

Francisco Alvarado
Francisco Alvarado

If you have read my previous posts on the Sarnoff-Welch saga you would know I have been more than fair to Reid. And here I'm just letting readers know about Sarnoff's testimony. Obviously there is more to come.

R.M. Harrington
R.M. Harrington

The headline for at least one of those stories should have been, "Commissioner Sarnoff allegedly sends a police officer to Reid Welch's house to threaten and intimidate him with a gun," since this is what really set Welch off in the first place. Everybody already knows that Sarnoff is a "Cop Cock Sucker," as that is how he gets the cops to do him favors in the first place.

P_Nis
P_Nis

Welch is still in jail, is there still a cop sitting outside Sarnoff's house??

Sarnoff's neighbor
Sarnoff's neighbor

He's inside Sarnoff's house at the moment, getting his daily blow job from Sarnoff.

LifesTooShort
LifesTooShort

Yikes, let this be a warning, don't make friends with crazy people.

nevernot
nevernot

Exactly, especially when they are commissioners, lawyers, and ex-gay lovers. You never know what they'll say about you.

OpenUpSayAhhhh
OpenUpSayAhhhh

 Wow, a lot of homophobes in the comments.   Seems like Welch would have let it out if they had been gay lovers.

hit me up Marc!!
hit me up Marc!!

He did, he said they were "butt buddies." He wrote it on several blog posts..

hit me up Marc!!
hit me up Marc!!

He did, he said the were "butt buddies." He wrote it on several blog posts...

nevernot
nevernot

I never said anything negative or homophobic in my comment, I simply noted you shouldn't make friends with an ex-lover who is crazy. I only mentioned gay because those two were in fact gay lovers when Sarnoff came to Miami and met him in the gym by their houses.

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