When Marcine Bernard Hill was arrested Thursday night on charges that he killed a North Miami Beach man as he withdrew money from an ATM at a bank, it was at least the 14th time the teen had been arrested since he was 11 years old.
His criminal career, according to records obtained from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, began in 2011, when Hill, who is now 17, was picked up by Miami-Dade police on petit larceny charges.
As he got older, the charges got more serious, the records show. Four times beginning when he was 13, Hill was arrested and charged with strong-armed robbery. There were two grand theft charges, and once he was arrested for illegally carrying a concealed weapon.
Many of the charges were dropped. In some cases he pleaded guilty. In two others the courts ruled he was mentally unable to stand trial.
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But when Hill was picked up Thursday by Lauderhill police on the outstanding warrant for the North Miami Beach shooting, it marked a sizable escalation in the teen’s criminal history: He was charged with second-degree murder.
“We had multiple tips,” said North Miami Beach Maj. Richard Rand. “They found him in Broward [County]. In a car. He’s been charged with second-degree murder.”
Police believe that Hill was the man wearing a Batman-themed Ecko hoodie adorned with The Joker’s face, who stared directly into the camera at a North Miami Beach Bank of America, after robbing, then fatally shooting 26-year-old Dillon Bud Calvin Steve.
Calvin Steve and his mom had driven to the bank branch at 1199 NE 163rd St., a little before 9 p.m. on Wednesday. His mother, whose name has not been released, waited in the vehicle and saw her son get killed.
The shooter, who robbed Calvin Steve of an undisclosed amount of money, took off on foot. Several people from a nearby restaurant ran over to help, but it was too late. Calvin Steve died during surgery at Aventura Hospital.
Though police called it a crime of opportunity, they say Hill stalked his victim. Police also haven’t said how many times Calvin Steve was shot or where he was struck.
On Thursday, before Hill’s capture, North Miami Beach Police Detective Juan Pinillos said, “Unfortunately for him, he left his face exposed.”