Judge and Former Middle School Classmate and Burglary Suspect, Have Emotional Reunion In Court
Burglary suspect has breakdown when he realizes judge presiding over his case was his middle school playmate
Burglary suspect Arthur Booth was stunned to realize he knew the judge from childhood
Judge Mindy Glazer was first to recognize her old pal
They went to middle school together and played football together
'He was the nicest kid ... look what happened' said judge
Suspect can't stop crying and buries his head in shame
Fla. judge, former middle school classmate and burglary suspect, share emotional courtroom reunion
Miami-Dade Judge, Former Middle School Classmate and Burglary Suspect, Have Emotional Court Reunion
Decades after attending middle school together, a Miami-Dade judge and burglary suspect have reunion in bond court
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A Miami-Dade judge and one of her old middle school classmates had an emotional reunion in court after he was arrested following an alleged burglary and police pursuit.
Arthur Booth, 49, was arrested Monday by Hialeah Police on several charges including burglary, grand theft, fleeing, and resisting arrest.
Burglary suspect breaks down when he recognises judge from middle school.
An impromptu middle school reunion in Miami-Dade bond court led to tears today after Judge Mindy Glazer recognized that Arthur Booth, the man charged with burglary before her, was her former classmate at Nautilus Middle School in Miami Beach.
Booth, 49, was arrested on Monday by Hialeah police. The suspect was spotted driving a gold Honda that matched the description of a vehicle believed to have been involved in a robbery, according to NBC Miami. An officer tried to stop the car, but Booth took off, leading to a police chase. Booth didn't obey stop signs and got into two accidents before eventually crashing the car. He tried to continue fleeing on foot but was eventually caught.
He was arrested and charged with various counts of burglary, grand theft, reckless driving, leaving the scene of a crash, fleeing from an officer, criminal mischief, and resisting arrest without violence.
Booth was taken to bond court on Monday and Glazer was behind the bench.
"Did you go to Nautilus?" Glazer asked.
"Oh my goodness," replied Booth multiple times at first with smiles and then with tears.
It turns out that decades ago the pair had been classmates at Nautilus Middle School.
"I'm sorry to see you here," replied Glazer. "I always wondered what happened to you."
"This was the nicest kid in middle school; he was the best kid in middle school," Glazer continued. "I used to play football with him, all the kids, and look what has happened."
"What's sad is how old we've become. Good luck to you, sir, I hope you are able to come out of this OK and just lead a lawful life."
Glazer, however, set Booth's bond at $43,000, and he has yet to post it.
Booth has at least one previous arrest for theft in Miami-Dade back in 2010. The actual case has been assigned to a different judge.