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College campus was locked down when man with gun battered pregnant girlfriend, cops say

Frederick Nino, 23, was charged with battering his pregnant girlfriend in the parking lot of Miami Dade College’s Homestead campus. Police said they locked down the school Tuesday because a gun fell from his waistband.
Frederick Nino, 23, was charged with battering his pregnant girlfriend in the parking lot of Miami Dade College’s Homestead campus. Police said they locked down the school Tuesday because a gun fell from his waistband. Miami-Dade Corrections

Miami Dade College’s Homestead campus was locked down most of Tuesday after a revolver fell from the waistband of a man who beat up his pregnant girlfriend in the school’s parking lot, police said.

According to police, it was just before 10 a.m. when they received a call from a witness who said the man was kicking a woman who was lying on the pavement. When police arrived, the woman, who is four months pregnant, told them she had gotten into a fight with her boyfriend over a cellphone call she received while they were inside a car.

She told police that when her boyfriend realized the call was from another man, he began hitting her inside the car, then kicked her several times after they got out of the vehicle. While she was being kicked, she told police, a silver revolver fell from his waistband.

The student told police that her boyfriend picked up the weapon and began walking toward classrooms on the Homestead campus. Police immediately locked down the school and escorted students from some nearby classes outdoors.

A search for Frederick Nino, 23, on campus was fruitless and the school re-opened in the early evening.

Police found Nino in the early evening Tuesday at a home in the 28000 block of Southwest 143rd Court. They said he put up no resistance while he was taken into custody.

Nino was charged with aggravated battery of a pregnant woman and carrying a firearm on school property. His bond was set at $15,000 and he remained jailed at the Turner Guilford Knight correctional center on Wednesday.

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