FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – A South Florida man went before a Broward judge Thursday with black, swollen eyes and stitches between his eyebrows but he wasn’t a victim, he’s the accused criminal.
“So burglary and theft in the past and now sir you allegedly steal someone’s bike and uh, it looks like there was some street justice carried out,” said Broward County Judge John “Jay” Hurley when 30-year-old Keith Kirk appeared in Fort Lauderdale bond court on Thursday.
Kirk is accused of stealing a bicycle outside the One Stop Food Mart at 18 NW 1st Avenue in Fort Lauderdale.
But Kirk was caught by the owner of the bike, Calvin McDougal who chased after the accused thief. McDougal managed to get his $600 bike back and beat up the suspect in the process, according to a police report.
Kirk was transported to Broward Health Medical Center for treatment.
Kirk was charged with grand theft and released on his own recognizance. Judge Hurley told him he could leave jail to get more medical treatment on his own dime.
After Kirk left the podium, Hurley wondered aloud from the bench: “Did you notice how the guy who owned the bike didn’t get arrested?”