Miami’s Livan Casola didn’t account for surveillance cameras when he allegedly started his local criminal career on South Beach the Thursday before Memorial Day Weekend. That key mistake led to Casola turning himself in to Miami Beach police Sunday after an attempted parking lot booth invasion robbery.
Casola is being held in Miami-Dade County jail on $17,500 bond on charges of attempted armed robbery and false imprisonment with a deadly weapon.
According to the arrest affidavit, cameras caught Casola, 25, entering the parking lot at 1601 Washington Ave. in the car registered to him; getting out of the car; walking to the payment booth; entering the booth and pulling out a large knife.
Casola apparently remembered cameras soon enough to improvise a facial disguise by pulling up his shirt to hide his face. But in the struggle with the booth attendant, the shirt fell away and revealed Casola’s face to the cameras.
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During the struggle, the victim can be seen trying to get out of the booth (thus the false imprisonment charge) and claims Casola said, “Don’t make me kill you, give me the money!”
The threat proved as empty as whatever Casola brought to carry his ill-gotten gains — cameras caught Casola leaving after the struggle without the money.
The affidavit said Casola’s father called Miami Beach police and arranged his Sunday afternoon surrender. Casola has no previous record in Miami-Dade County.