Cops: Accomplice In Watercraft Theft Charged With Murder

MIAMI SHORES (CBSMiami) – The man suspected of trying to steal a personal watercraft from a Miami Shores homeowner got help from his 19-year-old girlfriend, police said in a report.

Police said Carolina Lopez piloted her boyfriend’s personal watercraft with the intention of stealing another one. Now, Lopez is charged with second-degree murder because her boyfriend Reynaldo Munoz was shot and killed during a commission of a felony, police said. Lopez appeared in bond court Monday and was held on no bond.

According to police, Munoz climbed a concrete seawall and gained access to an occupied home Saturday afternoon on the 9200 block of North Bayshore Drive.

A confrontation between someone in the family’s home and Munoz soon ensued and led the homeowner to shoot Munoz, police said.

Investigators said a woman and a teenaged boy were at the home when Munoz was spotted on the property, at the dock behind the house. Police said Munoz was apparently trying to steal a personal watercraft, which was in a lift at the home’s dock.

Investigators said there was some kind of confrontation between the people in the home and Munoz, which resulted in gunfire. Munoz was shot and killed, and his body fell into the water, where it was recovered by police.

According to the arrest report, the homeowner armed himself to defend his family. But, Detective Roy Rutland told CBS4’s Gary Nelson Monday that homicide investigators say the teenaged boy was the only man in the house.

Miami-Dade Homicide detectives are investigating, after Miami Shores police responded to the initial 911 call.

Police have not confirmed the owner of the home or the identities of those people in the house.

The shooting took place at a home which is shown in public records as belonging to Attorney Jeffrey Davis, in the 9700 block of North Bayshore Drive.

Neighbor Randy Troutman said he has no sympathy for the alleged thief who was killed.

“It will teach these criminals to think twice,” Troutman said. “He got what was coming to him.”

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  • 305NMB

    There is one thing I can tell you for sure – people who commit these types of crimes don’t mind killing you – and they don’t even mind being killed – it is a game for them. They know they could die – they are not idiots – it’s basically either you or them…

    • Maria

      You are right.

      We as a society need to try to solve these problems before they reach this point.

      So many people have babies and then do not care for them. This is the result.

      First the baby is a playtoy, then a nuisance, then grows up to be a criminal.

      There should be laws that prohibit people who are on drugs from having babies.

      There should be tests that people take that check to see if the person is competent to raise a child.

      • James

        Maria you are so right, I see so much neglect with parents who don’t want the children and lots of teenage mothers having one child after the other. Then you have these people saying they shouldn’t abort. I don’t see those people adopting the minority kids. They travel all the way to Romania and Russia before they would have a Hispanic or Black baby. Everyone is not going to be responsible. Too much freedom in America.

    • Mayra Sanabria

      It is true that people who do this kind of thing are in the wrong path and that leads to death or worse. But I knew him as my student, a young smart kid, who tried to adapt to new language, being deaf, had a caring family and I hurt for him and his family, as well as for the young man who killed him, because it is not a good memory for a teenager. I pray for the families and hope that we as parents and teachers emphasize more in character education.

  • Manuel

    Sounds like a blast! I gotta try this sometime. Where do I sign up?

    • Missy

      I personally know this girl and she has a 3 yr old daughter. this is absurd and im still shocked. i cant believe how someone could go to another person’s house and try to steal and a mother, knowing her child would suffer because of her stupid actions. this is crazy!!!

  • Stanley Schwartzman

    Wow, I wish the world did end on Saturday. 305ers go back to your country

  • Stanley Schwartzman

    I am home, I was born and raised here. Your point Bob? Obviously can’t hold a candle to my intelligence.

    Anti Semites are also ignorant people but that comes with the territory when people can’t rise above their ignorance and earn a decent living and become philanthropists. Bob, do you instal cable or are you a waiter? Shalom you rude man. Peace to you and yours.

    • Bob

      I’m am not Anit semetic, I have many Jewish friends, believe it or not I am a Jew myself. The point I was making was that we are all not from this country. I take offense when i see people making blind statements like “go back to your country” when our people our being told that in our home country. These people could have been born here like you and I. So shalom to you and peace to you and ours.
      Please think before you say rude and hateful things… Because it easy to say things like that to you, especially in America.

      • yokolee

        You know Bob you’re a true MENCH, THANK YOU!

        Peace to you too!

  • Bob

    She’s a smart one too. Anybody looking for a girlfriend? I hear that Carolina Lopz’s Facebook status has just changed to single.

    • rausky

      Bob Ms. Lopez is gonna need more tha a boy friend to get out of the mess she put herself in.. She’s definately going to have to close her facebook account for many years.

  • rose

    i agree with you 305NMB am a single mother leaving alone i own a taser and a 9mm beretta got to aint no other way for protection

  • james

    I have no idea what it is you are trying to say………LEARN ENGLISH NOT SLANG!!!

    • Joe

      James- translataion of pollo tropical’s statement: the other day, I saw a lady by my house wih a man and tried to steal a boat. There is crazy people who don’t do nice things and steal boat from lakes. I have a gun adn a pitbull to protect me as well.

    • bro

      Sounds like racisum to me,, we live in the united states right?? okay there’s Freedom to say thing however you please ENGLISH or SLANG ;)

  • James

    Got caught stealing I am sure he didn’t confront the shooter. sure she had gun drawn when she exited her home. I am happy she got him not sure the vehicle was worth dying over….. I would like to buy the shooter a drink!!!

  • michael wilson

    This is the most absurd thing i have ever heard! The girlfriend being charged with murder because the cops shot her b/f? This could only happen in backass Florida!

    • Rollin-by

      Cops didn’t shoot him. Somebody else did. Regardless, the law that comes into play is called the Felony-Murder Rule, which holds that if a killing occurs during the commission or attempted commission of a felony, the person or persons responsible for the felony (to include accomplices) can be charged with murder. The rule originated in England (not “backass Florida”) under the Common Law. If she knew what was going down and was participating in the attempted felony, she’s fair game to be charged with murder despite not having killed her boyfriend. Say a cop had shown up and accidentally shot and killed a member of the family, even after the alleged perp was dead, she could also be charged with murder for that, too.

  • jaun

    If the miami shores department didn’t ” plant” anything on the person shot the shooter should be in jail also. note not once have we read that the victim(thief) had a weapon on him.

    • Louis


      Not anymore. I forget when the law passed and the exact name of it but basically if you are in fear of your life, you can now use deadly force. Doesn’t matter if the other has a weapon or not. You also forgot that the person shot was on the homeowner’s property committing a crime and there was a confrontation. If one of the people who lives there shot him, pretty much a done deal. That being said, charging the girlfriend with second degree murder might be excessive. Absolutely charge her with something but I have a hard time with it being murder.

    • big bear

      If the property owner felt threatened, he/she had a right to use deadly force.
      It used to be that “felony murder” – charged against all accomplices when a death occurs during commission of felony – was considered First degree murder. Ms. Lopez is getting a break.

      • Louis

        Big Bear,

        You’re absolutely correct. I know that is the law and would tend to agree with it the majority of the time. In my own personal opinion, I don’t think she would have done this if she thought there might be an altercation involved, let alone one where someone was killed. I don’t know her and willingly admit I may be being a bit naive. Had one of the homeowners been killed, absolutely throw the book at her. I think they just thought they could steal the jet ski and get away without coming into contact with anyone who lived there. Again, I may be being naive.

  • Eva Slade

    Good for both the father and the son…Here in New York the shooter would have been the one in trouble.

  • jaun


    you’re actually referring to two different laws which none applies in this case because the thief was out on the homeowners dock still so when he was shot he fell in the water. it would have been a different story if the victim was approaching the suspect then the home owner didn’t have to run and stand his ground and shot him. you can not shot a person for trying to steal property and the homeowner should be in jail along with ms. lopez

    I understand if the miami shores police want to help the owner because we all work hard for our staff and it’s a damn shame someone can come along and try to steal if from us, but they cant let one person go then try to charge another

    • Louis


      This is the law I am referring to, it is called the Castle Doctrine. This law will absolutely come into play here because it does not matter where you are attacked. Doesn’t matter if he was on their dock ,which by the way is still the home owner’s property. You do not have to be inside the home now. Here are 4 things the Castle Doctrine does.

      One: It establishes, in law, the presumption that a criminal who forcibly enters or intrudes into your home or occupied vehicle is there to cause death or great bodily harm, therefore a person may use any manner of force, including deadly force, against that person.

      Two: It removes the “duty to retreat” if you are attacked in any place you have a right to be. You no longer have to turn your back on a criminal and try to run when attacked. Instead, you may stand your ground and fight back, meeting force with force, including deadly force, if you reasonably believe it is necessary to prevent death or great bodily harm to yourself or others. [This is an American right repeatedly recognized in Supreme Court gun cases.]

      Three: It provides that persons using force authorized by law shall not be prosecuted for using such force.

      Four: It also prohibits criminals and their families from suing victims for injuring or killing the criminals who have attacked them.

      Now I completely understand that all the facts are not released to the public, but going from the information in this article, I would tend to believe this is as far as it is going to go.

  • Jimbo99

    Sure, tack it on, somebody has to get credit for the kill ?

  • Foobar Foodatthesandbar

    I had my ski stolen a couple of years ago. Stealing off docks and floating docks is the new thing for these thieves. If I would have caught the jerk stealing mine I would have done the same thing and been protected under the law.

    Guy who was caught with mine and several others, got PTI, paid no restitution, paid a fine, and got the whole thing removed from his record. Lived to steal again and again.

    Maybe now the crime spree on jetskis will stop. You don’t want to get shot…don’t break the law.

    • brown

      if you aren’t rich I guarantee you that you would still be in jail today because there is no law that would have protected you

      • Foobar Foodatthesandbar

        Have you read the have the right to protect yourself and PROPERTY…..simple sentence…I feared for my life…or I was protecting my property… STAND YOUR GROUND LAW.

        Not about being rich….it’s about not being stupid.

  • Foobar Foodatthesandbar

    And give everyone guns. The thieves are going to have them regardless…police can’t show up until it’s too late and you’re either the victim or dead.

    Canada has more gun owners per size than anywhere and they’re crime rate is very low.

    I think thieves would be much less likely to commit crimes if they knew the person who they were going to commit the crime against may be packing

  • jaun


    like I said that one of the two laws I was referring to. the castle protects a home owner if the intruder is inside his house. the second one is standing your ground which pretty much states you don’t have to run and hide if some is coming to harm you, so like stated before none of these laws apply.

    The victim was trying to steal property.

    • Emoney

      You are naive to the law in this case, in that the would-be thief entered the homeowner’s property as soon as he set foot on the dock and/or lift. Those are considered just as part of the home as the front door is. The “Stand Your Ground” law would even go so far to cover this shooter on both fronts as the story says, “an altercation ensued”, meaning he’d be covered under either instance. The thief “entered his home” and an “altercation occurred”. There’s no way around it, this was a clean shooting and the “victim” receive his just reward. The accomplish should absolutely be given the maximum sentence under the participation portion of the law as well.

  • Keith Gainer

    Damn right….well said Mr. Trotman.

  • sick of sofla

    They should have been able to spell D-E-P-O-R-T-A-T-I-O-N!!! years ago!!! these unwanted youths would NOT have been here to cause the crime and now another one to give 3 hots and a cot to for the rest of her life, not to mention health care, dental care and mental care!!! Oh and don’t forget she will get pregnant by a prison guard and need neonatal care as well as infant care. No wonder we go out of this country to adopt. Who would want the “spawn of that devil”?

  • sick of sofla

    We are finally seeing the end results of what started out as the “anchor” baby to keep them in America. Now we are stuck with all their generations of trash and criminal ways they brought from their horrible lives in THIER COUNTRY. They all need to conform to being a law upholding abiding citizen or go back to THEIR COUNTRY and fight for survival. Quit fighting for survival and making the USA trashy like their 3rd world countries.

  • gpr-girl

    i am not justifiying what they did it was very extremely wrong. But i am a friend of both the victim. Rey was deaf mute. It is impossible that he couldve say anything to the kid that took his life away. In the first place he shouldnt have tried to steal anything they are not like that. They were a couple that had started not more than 2 months ago and they had no need to do this crime, Carolina first of all doesnot have his name tatooed anywhere in her body her right arm has her name tatooed in arabian letters. She has a 2 year old daughter whom is home despretly asking for her mother which she will not see in god knows how long. I feel really bad for all this and i was shocked when i found out i couldnt believe these people where my friend and now rey is gone and carolina is being charged with something she didnt do. SHE DID NOT KILL ANYONE. people plz dont be self fish and think about how the family menbers and friends are feeling. There are many criminal who should be sentenced to death and are still out there..

  • Juan

    I understand Reynaldo tried stealing a watercraft, but it does not mean he is a bad person. He simply made a bad choice and it was very stupid of him. I feel really bad about this happening and I feel sorry for his family. He is a wonderful person, and he is a good friend. He really made people’s day better with laughter.
    What really ticks me off is the story does not make sense. Shooting in the head, shooting in the back, and etc.
    HOW THE HECK DID THAT TEENAGE BOY GET AHOLD OF A SHOTGUN?! Isn’t it suppose to be out of reach from children?
    And Troutman had said that Reynaldo got what was coming? I have something for you Troutman “If your son/daughter made a stupid choice, got shot and died, and someone simply says HE/SHE GOT WHAT WAS COMING? HOW DO YOU FEEL?!?!” He has a mother and a father too. Think about what you say Troutman.

    • MattGMD

      It is more alarming to me that so many seem eager to celebrate someone getting killed. Apparently many sociopaths among us devoid of empathy and lacking a conscience. If these people truly think being shot over trying to steal a wave runner is justified, then by gosh pack up the ammo, lock and load, because the folks that perpetrated the financial crimes should be in the cross-hairs as well. One might even say an unindicted sociopathic ex-CEO in Tally or other of that kind are due the same as Reynaldo.

  • Dean

    Funny thing about Miami. I moved to Texas 33 years ago and we have something called “no tresspassing laws”, why doesn’t Miami Shores have these laws anymore? I am completely confused! Randy Trautman is right, and intelligent too! When will people learn that private property is private property?

  • Sister Honky Tonk

    It’s “urban” party time.

  • MFD

    “he’s got whats coming to him”???? Really? A jet ski is worth someone’s life?? I understand people getting upset with thieves, but its just property. If he entered the home then yeah, he had the right to shot/kill him, but killing someone for property; for a non-violent crime?

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