Miami-Dade County

Teen held in robbery of Miami-Dade judge

Ryan Joseph
Ryan Joseph

A teen has been arrested in connection with the armed robbery of retired Miami-Dade Judge Scott Silverman.

The suspected gunman, Ryan Joseph, 19, turned himself in to the state attorney's office late Saturday. An arrest warrant had been issued for him several weeks ago.

Silverman was robbed at his Miami Shores home in September as he was getting out his car.

Now working as a mediator, Silverman retired as a judge in 2012 after spending 22 years on the bench. He was also the official historian for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit in Miami.

Joseph's attorney, Court Keeley, said his client just found out about the warrant and turned himself in immediately.

"He is innocent and we believe they have the wrong guy," Keeley said.

Keeley described Joseph as a football player at North Miami High who had been offered scholarships.

A second suspected of being involved, Marke Williams, had already been arrested. Both men are now jailed in Miami-Dade.