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Teen accused of stabbing Sunset Place parking attendant set to appear in court Thursday

The Plantation teenager accused of stabbing a parking cashier at the Shops at Sunset Place in South Miami appeared in front of a judge Wednesday.

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Victoria Brennan set Juan Felipe Rodriguez’s bond at $12,500 for three felony charges, two of aggravated battery and one of criminal mischief of more than $1,000.

The parking cashier, Jimmy Womble, was released from the hospital, after surviving a stab to the chest and arm while he was working at the mall Tuesday.

Surveillance video showed Womble, 23, was working inside an enclosed stand Tuesday afternoon when Rodriguez, 19, drove up in a black Ford F-150 pickup truck.

Rodriguez was upset over the $8 parking fee. Womble walked out of the stand, as an argument between the two men turned into a fight. Womble punched Rodriguez. Then Rodriguez “lunged out” to stab Womble twice, South Miami police Maj. Rene Landa said.

The video showed the driver of the pickup truck pulling back the bloody sharp object. He then put his foot on the accelerator and drove through the barrier gate to exit the parking building onto Southwest 58th Avenue, between Sunset Drive and Dixie Highway.

Police officers arrived, and Womble was taken to Kendall Regional Hospital, where he was in stable condition and later released.

Hours after the incident, Coral Gables police, Miami-Dade police and University of Miami police were scouring the area, looking for the suspect while a woman who worked at the shopping complex swept and cleaned the blood around the yellow crime-scene tape.

Rodriguez’s dad escorted him to South Miami to turn himself in about 10:40 p.m. Tuesday. About an hour later, police took him to Miami-Dade County Jail. He remained in jail and was set to appear for a hearing Thursday at Miami-Dade Circuit Court.

Miami Herald writer Meredith Rutland contributed to this report.