WATCH: Moment Judge Recognizes Burglary Suspect as Middle School Classmate
A judge in Miami-Dade county, Florida and one of her classmates in middle school had an unexpected and emotional reunion in court after he was arrested Monday following of an alleged grand theft, burglary, fleeing and resisting arrest.
On Monday, Arthur Booth, 49, was arrested by Hialeah Police following an alleged burglary and police pursuit. He was initially spotted driving a Honda that was believed to be used in a robbery. When police tried to stop the car, Booth fled and police eventually caught him after two accidents.
After Judge Mindy Glazer recognized Mr. Booth, the man charged with burglary before her in the bond court, as her former middle school classmate, this unexpected reunion led to tears.
“Did you go to Nautilus?” Judge Glazer asked.
“Oh my goodness,” replied Booth several times at first with smiles and then he burst into tears.
It turns out that years ago the judge and the alleged burglar were classmates at Nautilus Middle School in Miami Beach.
“I’m sorry to see you here,” replied Judge Glazer. “I always wondered what happened to you.”
“This was the nicest kid in middle school; he was the best kid in middle school,” Glazer continued. “I used to play football with him, all the kids, and look what has happened.”
“What’s sad is how old we’ve become. Good luck to you, sir, I hope you are able to come out of this OK and just lead a lawful life.”
Finally, Judge Glazer set Arthur Booth’s bond at $43,000.