Teacher arrested after shooting teen he thought was robbing vacant home next door, cops say

Frantz Noel
Frantz Noel Miami-Dade Corrections

A teenager was shot in the abdomen Wednesday afternoon in the backyard of a vacant home after a neighbor heard a noise and went to investigate, police said.

The teen, who was not initially named by North Miami police, was alert when police and fire-rescue arrived, police said. Police later said the teen was in critical condition and rushed into surgery.

“He heard a noise in the backyard and went to investigate,” said North Miami police spokeswoman Natalie Buissereth. “He found two 16-year-olds.” There was a struggle and the neighbor fired a shot.

By Wednesday evening, police arrested the neighbor, Frantz Noel, 47. Noel, a teacher at Van E. Blanton Elementary, was charged with attempted second-degree murder, false imprisonment, aggravated assault, discharging a firearm in public, tampering with evidence and armed burglary, police said. He was being held Thursday in Miami-Dade’s Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center with no bond.

According to a police report, Noel found the teens at about 12:40 p.m. in the backyard at 1520 NW 121st St.

“The defendant accused both victims of stealing his bicycle and told the victims they couldn’t leave,” an officer wrote in the arrest report. “When the victims tried to leave, the defendant fired his firearm twice into the ground. “

Police said Noel also forced one of the teens to call one of his parents to come and get him “or he would shoot” them.

Noel, police said, then entered a shed where a confrontation took place. Noel opened fire, shooting the teen in the left side of his abdomen, police said.

After the confrontation, Noel went to his car, where he put the firearm and casings, according to the report. Meanwhile, the other teen managed to get away.

Police, however, caught up with that teen and questioned Noel.

According to the report, Noel told police he thought the teens stole his bicycle the day before and “he felt threatened and was standing his ground.”

“There was no evidence to indicate the victims were involved in the theft of the defendant’s bicycle,” police said.