Miami-Dade County

Police charge homeless man in sexual battery of teen girl heading to the school bus

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A teen girl was sexually battered while waiting for her school bus early Friday, Miami-Dade police said.

Investigators say the 16-year-old was waiting for the bus at around 6:30 a.m. near Southwest 267th Street and 142nd Avenue in South Miami-Dade.

That’s when a man, who appeared to be in his 30s, “forced her to a nearby field where he sexually battered her,” police said.

Police made an arrest Friday evening on Southwest 271st Street and South Dixie Highway.

Police say Micheal Canady, a 32-year-old homeless man, put a knife to the girl’s back while she was walking to her bus stop and demanded that she follow him to a nearby construction site.

There, police say he fondled her breast, tried to remove her clothing, exposed himself and forced her to perform a sex act, according to the arrest affidavit.

Police charged the Key West-born Canady with kidnapping, aggravated battery and sexual battery with a deadly weapon. He is being held at Turner Guilford Knight Correction Center with no bond.

Anyone with information can still call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.

Monique O. Madan covers immigration and enterprise; she previously covered breaking news and local government. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and The Dallas Morning News. She is currently a Reveal Fellow at the Center for Investigative Reporting. She graduated from Miami Dade College and Emerson College in Boston. A note to tipsters: If you want to send Monique confidential information, her email and mailbox are open. The address is 3511 NW 91st Ave, Doral, FL 33172. You can also direct message her on social media and she’ll provide encrypted Signal details.
Miami Herald Real Time/Breaking News reporter Howard Cohen, a 2017 Media Excellence Awards winner, has covered pop music, theater, health and fitness, obituaries, municipal government and general assignment. He started his career in the Features department at the Miami Herald in 1991.
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