Pistol-Packin’ Judge Confronts Deputies In Mix Up

DEERFIELD BEACH (CBS4) – A pistol-packing Broward judge let several Broward Sheriff’s deputies know that she was not too happy when they mistakenly showed up at her sister’s house in Deerfield Beach on Easter Sunday looking for burglars.

According to a sheriff’s department incident report, just after 8 p.m. they received a call from Nikeya Curry who said a neighbor’s home in the 200 block of SW 4th Street had been broken into and she could see lights being turned on and off.

When deputies arrived they met with Curry and checked out the house in question. According to the report, they spotted one person in the kitchen – and he appeared to be doing dishes.

As more deputies arrived and began to surround the house, the report said Curry never bothered to tell them that they were surrounding the wrong house.

Deputies finally approached the house, announced that they were with the sheriff’s office, and demanded that everyone inside come out. As three people exited the home, the report says Judge Ilona Holmes kept repeating “I’m Judge Holmes, I’m Judge Holmes, I’m Judge Holmes”. She also stated that she was armed. After being told several times to put down the gun, Holmes complied. A fourth person was found inside the home when it was searched by deputies.

When asked to take a sit on the ground while the authorities could sort out what happened, Holmes reportedly refused. According to the reported she stated “There’s no way I was going to sit on the ground, you’d have to shoot me to get me to sit on the ground tonight.”

According to the report, Holmes said she came out with her gun because she had seen the deputies’ cars out front and knew that burglars may have been inside the house next door because she had received a call from Curry who told them to be careful. She said she came out armed because she didn’t know if the deputies were who they said they were or whether they were the burglars.

Holmes and her sister’s family were eventually allowed to return to the home. When deputies later knocked on the door to get some more information from Holmes for the report, Holmes reportedly refused to come out stating “She was soaking her feet” and “Now was not a good time.”

As for the house which Curry thought was being burglarized – deputies checked it out and found nothing out of the ordinary except a window on a back door had a hole in it and had been taped over.  The report said the tape had dirt on it, indicating it had been there a while, and there was no broken glass on the ground.

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  • Andy Carr

    We have judges this stupid?

    • CRC

      Absolutely! She looks smart compared to some. But there’s idiots in every profession I guess so why would the legal profession be any different.

    • M Rod

      yes, we do! SURPRISE!!!!!!!!!!!


    heyyyyyyyyyyyyy judge your not above the law…you are lucky you did not get shot coming out with a gun,,,how stupid can you be

  • sellous

    I don’t believe a word the police officers say,

    But they are the ones to fight each other they all the same work so as to put innocent people behind bars.

    Judge now you know that police officers do tell lies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • yokolee


      Glad it was a judge

    • Police

      it’s obvious you are from the ghetto, at the very least, before you give your worthless opinion, learn how to WRITE

  • denis

    No respect for the police not even from a judge.

  • carmen

    I wonder why the judge was not charged for not complying with an officer’s orders. The average person would have been thrown to the ground, why not her?

  • huh

    judge roy bean lives in southern florida?

  • pepe

    Cops and Judges ARE above the law.

    This is the equivalent to a fight between siblings.

  • M

    She’s lucky she does not reside in a big metropolitan area, say Los Angeles,
    California for that matter.
    Her odds of survival or escaping serious injury there are much shorter
    in such an incident.
    And that’s the way it is.

  • Jimmon

    “Ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.” – James Baldwin. Justice was designed to be the ally of the hurt, the support system of those who could not defend themselves, and the law of the land. Justice should never be regarded as abusive power or an entity that is wielded blindly at stereotypes in hopes of emancipating those that feel threatened by lack of knowledge or plain ignorance. To seek is to search for and know and when one becomes a seeker or is a position of authority that requires seeking, in order that they may know, the expectation is greater.

    Recently, my family encountered a situation that breached trust and caused embarrassment to innocent people. What initially upset me about this version of so called justice was the ignorance of law enforcement and the way in which the situation was handled. As with any position of power, you must gain the respect and trust of those that you are entrusted to protect in order to be effective in your assignment. I believe that the implications of this faux pas go far beyond a mere case of “mix ups” or “mistaken identity.” The implications have created degenerated trust between BSO and citizens. Trust in a community where law abiding citizens of good moral ethics and phenomenal character live. My family did nothing to warrant the treatment that they received. They were harassed and held at gun point and it is not feasible to believe that mistakes of this magnitude are acceptable.

    The impracticability of BSO’s (Broward County Sherriff’s Office) law enforcement speaks not only of their leadership, but of those that they employ. When a circuit court judge, and her family are held at gun point, (even after telling law enforcement who they are) the only logical, and reasonable explanation for this “so called” attentiveness to the assigned task becomes nothing more than failure to pay attention, ignorance, and lack of general common sense/good judgment. The greater issue of this case is the question of how many times has this happened to other innocent law abiding citizens? What becomes of those who do not have the means to fight law enforcement “faux pas” and ignorant mistakes? Initially, I started my comment with a quote about power and ignorance made by James Baldwin. The quote speaks of what becomes of ignorance when it is joined with power. The epitome of this quote is a direct display of what occurred on Easter Sunday April 24, 2011 at my home.

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