Velan Verdier, the 33-year-old woman who on Monday helped herself to a running car with three small children inside, prompting a frantic police search through Little Haiti, is no stranger to the Miami-Dade County’s lockup, where she remained Tuesday after a judge denied bond.
Verdier, of Miami Beach, has a long arrest record dating to 1999 in Miami-Dade. Add to more than a dozen felony and/or misdemeanor arrests for disorderly conduct, battery, resisting arrest, drug and paraphernalia possession, trespassing, criminal mischief, auto theft, disorderly intoxication, and “deadly missile throwing,’’ three counts of kidnapping, one of grand theft auto, and one of strong-arm robbery.
Police say she demanded $5 from the children, who gave it to her.
The kids, Anthony Milhomme, 5, his sister, Kaila Milhomme, 6, and their cousin, Isaiah Paul, also 6, were in the sibling’s father’s car Monday afternoon when their father stopped at a Little Haiti grocery store at 125 NW First Court for 15 minutes.
Police say Verdier hopped in the car and drove off about 2:20 p.m. They pulled her over about 4:40 p.m. on NW 58th Street between First and Second avenues.
The children were still in the car, and unharmed, and were quickly reunited with relatives.
The elder Milhomme has been charged with three counts of child neglect and one count of obstruction, for telling police he’d only been in the store for two minutes. He has bonded out of jail.
He, too, has a record dating to the 1990s. Convictions include felony cocaine possession in 1999, and misdemeanor pot possessions in 2000 and 2009.