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Argument escalates to stabbing outside charter school

Derion Howell’s mugshot from Aug. 8, 2016.
Derion Howell’s mugshot from Aug. 8, 2016.

A stabbing at a charter school in Opa-locka sent one student to Ryder Trauma Center by air Tuesday morning., according to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.

Opa-locka Police Chief James Dobson said Al-Yonni Canez Aumeus, 18, is in stable condition at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Derion Howell, 20, is accused of the stabbing at North Park High School with a four-inch pocketknife.

“This is the first incident we’ve had at the school,” Dobson said. “It was a verbal altercation outside the school in the school parking lot. The suspect stabbed the victim in the abdomen. He left the scene and was apprehended by school security and my officers.”

Howell’s record isn’t as clean as the school’s, which sits at 3400 NW 135th St. Tuesday put Howell’s arrest count at eight over the last two years, according to online court records. He’s received withheld adjudication with fines for battery on a law enforcement officer; misdemeanor marijuana possession; and petit theft.

The charter school’s website describes it as “an accredited tuition-free public high school serving students ages 16 to 21 who prefer a non-traditional learning environment with flexible scheduling options.”

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal

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