The police report goes into great detail about the wild pursuit to catch Hernández-Llach, who led officers into alleyways, past apartment buildings, into doorways and down hallways. He jumped a fence, landed on the hood of a parked car, then, the police report said, lost his footing and fell on his chest — before taking off yet again.
“Two seconds after losing sight of the subject I heard an unknown unit on the radio advise that the subject was in custody,’’ officer Thomas Lincoln wrote in his report. “I began walking north on Harding Avenue to 71st Street where I observed the subject sitting on the ground and against a wall.’’
Lincoln said paramedics were being called, but the officer did not say why in the report.
Tracy West, a parent who knew Hernández-Llach well, said he was a “fantastic person and artist.” He was very thin, almost fragile, she said, hardly capable of posing a threat to police.
“He had been warned before by police that if they caught him again they would beat the s--- out of him,’’ West said. “He could not have done anything. All he thought about was art.’’
Herb Kelly, one of his art teachers at Miami Beach High, said “it was an honor to work with him.’’
He said a number of his pieces were exhibited at various galleries and museums in the area and he was very active at networking.
“He was cutting edge. He had such awesome potential. To lose his life the way he did is tragic.’’
Kelly said the teen was inspired by Miami Herald photographer Carl Juste, whom he met when he spoke to one of his classes.
“He was a photographer too, and was going to try to show Carl some of his work,’’ Kelly said.
His best friend, Tracy West’s daughter Eleanor, said he was born in Colombia and moved to this country when he was 13 or 14. He immediately fell in love with Miami, she said, and said he never planned to leave.
He had recently launched a line of skateboards that he designed and hoped to market under the name “Tropical,’’ and was completing an online course to earn his high school diploma.
“His art was everything to him,’’ she said.
Miami Herald writer Katia Savchuk contributed to this report.