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MIAMI BEACH (CBSMiami) — Three men have been arrested after creating a security scare atop a Miami Beach penthouse.

Mohamed Azab Youssef, 39, Artur Schaback, 28, and Ivan Suhharev, 28, were apprehended by Miami Beach Police Friday, September 17th.

Police said Schaback and Suhharev were witnessed aiming an AR-15 rifle off the penthouse balcony at 1100 Collins Avenue, including Schaback wearing a mask over his face.

One caller told 911 they were pointing the firearm towards the busy street at citizens and tourists walking by.

“I did see a handful of different officers with rifles, pistols, shotguns, the whole nine,” said witness Chris Clayborne. “It was the real deal.”

Imagine arriving to your vacation spot and that’s what you’re greeted with.

“Uber driver drops us off and literally drops us off right on the crime scene. Not sure what’s taking place cops everywhere yellow tape everywhere they’re pushing us away from our hotel we were staying at,” Clayborne said.

D.J. Richardson immediately began to regret his reservation for his vacation rental.

“Really started panicking,” Richardson said. “I was like, I really don’t feel safe here.”

Police said the men snapped photographs as they took turns holding the weapon.

“It sounds like they might have been doing it for the Instagram,” Clayborne. “I’m not sure.”

Richardson added, “Everyone flexes for Instagram, so that’s probably what he did.”

Once SWAT made entry into the unit, they detained four people, including a juvenile.

Inside, they found the rifle, which was equipped with a long-distance scope, and 500 rounds of ammunition.

Cocaine and hashish, as well as drug paraphernalia, were also discovered.

“Our officers quickly saturated the area, established a perimeter… when it was safe to do so, we made entry into that apartment that is connected to the rooftop. Inside there were four males which were immediately detained. We also have recovered an assault rifle within that unit with lots of ammunition,” said Ernesto Rodriguez with the Miami Beach Police Department.

Both Schaback and Suhharev confessed to carelessly displaying the weapon, police said, and they were charged with Improper Exhibition of a Firearm.

Youssef admitted the drugs were his and was charged possession and intent to sell.

Police didn’t say whether or not the gun was fired.

The reports prompted police to shut down traffic throughout certain parts of the city as they investigated. Traffic was shut down on Collins Avenue and Washington Avenue between 11th – 12th Street. It was reopened just before 3:30 p.m.

Police said the incident was the perfect example of see something, say something. They said a neighbor saw something and called police, allowing them to do their job quickly.

Comments (90)
  1. Fred says:

    Just following Trump with his I can shoot and kill anyone and not be charged. They are just practicing to be members of Trumps new Gestapo.

    1. E, ROBOT says:

      You forgot the s/off at the end of your comment.

    2. John Butts says:

      Really Fred, are you that mental?? Please take your meds or soon you’ll be jumping off a building. smh

      1. poor Fred says:

        Good boy, Fred. Now pull down your pants and grab your ankles for Hillary.

      2. Vespi Die says:

        better, yet don’t take your meds. The world will be a better place.

      3. konc2 says:

        Please do jump of a building, do this country a favor you useless dog.

    3. Fred, You're An Idiot says:

      Be afraid Freddie…be veeeery afraid. They’re coming after you Freddie. They know who you are. LOL!!

    4. HarryO says:

      Actually they’re following their leader 0bama’s orders so he can implement emergency powers and cancel the election….

    5. L HYAK says:

      Sounds like you might want to use your Unaffordable HC for psychiatric help, it’s made for lefties….

    6. Bill Williams says:

      Looks like ol’ Fred is as dumb as a democRat.

    7. Fred – not sure if you are being sarcastic or delusional, it’s Monday…I understand if your brain power is running less than 1 RPM.

    8. Robert says:

      They are likely taking pics before their shooting spree Fred. How you can be critical of a man who would not allow these nut cases to get into our Country is beyond all reason, but you are a Democrat after all.

    9. Check you psychotropics, idiot. They are out of balance.

    10. Bruce Gregory says:

      It’s your type that are embracing the brown shirt mentality of our government. You just happen to like brown shirts and don’t get it. Oh, you will!

    11. Kitcha says:

      No thanks! I am gonna follow the I am Hillary and I will let in 100,000 more terrorist crowd.

    12. You must be smoking some good stuff, pass it over here. This is the result of the liberal agenda ding dong. Where have you been living, under a rock?

    13. Looks like you just got taken to school. Recess is over, little boy.

    14. Fred, I’ll be honest and tell you what the others won’t. You have feces for brains.

    15. Eric says:

      You are an Idiot. This is Hillary/Soros globalist strike force. Allahu Akbar. Knuckle head.

    16. svede says:

      Except he’s never said that.

    17. crash7863 says:

      Mohamed Azab Youssef, 39, Artur Schaback, 28, and Ivan Suhharev, 28.

      Mohamed does not sound like the name of a Trump supporter.
      Ivan is likely from Chechnya.
      Artur is likely also from Checknya considering the company he keeps.

    18. Tony Johnson says:

      Fred just showing everyone how stupid the average Hillary supporter thinks…

    19. Sit down! Put on your helmet! And stop licking the bus windows!

    20. B Da Truth says:

      Off your meds Fred?
      President Trump, get used to it.

    21. Aleric says:

      Fred appears to be the typical Clinton voter who has no problem lying and supporting a liar.

  2. mitch Novick says:

    I wonder if this incident was part of some global call for jihad?

    Nah, it was likely another collateral incident related to noisy Ocean Drive and the perception that anything goes on Miami Beach. It’s high time to completely shut down the party on our streets by silencing Mangos and the Clevelander. They must not be given special treatment to blast their noise to the shoreline.

    Demand that our “Spineless” city commission stop pandering to these corruptive special interests and insist that November’s Straw Ballot question on rolling back closing time from 5am to 2am be counted!

  3. ronald says:

    How did they get 500 rounds into that gun?

    1. Shatter says:

      It’s a “ghost gun”…. Shoots a billion rounds a second. The had million round magazines. We need to ban million round magazines…. Who needs a million rounds to shoot a deer?

      1. ronald says:

        lol!! I see they, of course, arranged to get the term “assault rifle” in there. The original story even said it was a “large assault rifle!”

      2. Ralph Keeney says:

        “Cocaine and hashish, as well as drug paraphernalia, were also discovered…”
        Hey! Maybe they were Hassassians !

  4. Shatter says:

    Like Marta in Scarface…. She had a submachine gun under the pillow….

  5. Shatter says:

    Those do look like some seriously mentally deficient people. Look at the guy on the right with the wandering eye. The Moozy looks like a caveman. Guy in the middle is just like “What am I doing here…”

    1. Harry Snapperorgans says:

      “Moozy” .. “caveman’… redundant phrasing.

  6. Vespi Die says:

    Just let ALL of them in without checking backgrounds or doing any due diligence whatsoever. It doesn’t matter who it is, their background, nationality, whatever. We’re a politically correct nation with nothing to lose, and apparently getting more stupid every passing day.

  7. First Last says:

    That “Assault Rifle” made it all the more heinous!! Liberals want to ban “Assault Rifle-15’s”, but they just love them some muzlum terrorists. Make’s ya wonder who the real enemy is, doesn’t it?

    1. Paul Davis says:

      Quick correction for you here. The AR in AR-15 stands for ARmalite (developer of original AR-15) and NOT Assault Rifle.

      1. ronald says:

        I’m guessing he knows that, hence the quotes…

  8. C.T. says:

    Non-Story-Just more rich pricks thinking that they are above the law. if these guys were white, you would’ve never heard this story.

    1. Two names seemed to be Russian names. Chechen? In that case they were white.

      1. ronald says:

        Caucasian, by definition…

  9. Richard1939 says:

    Hillary and Obama want to let millions of people like this into America…Want to see how thats going to work out? Just look at France, Germany, and the other EU idiots that let millions of these people into their countries. Once you let them IN, you can never get them OUT! VOTE TRUMP IN NOVEMBER! and Build that wall !

  10. MikeH says:

    I would hope that they (DHS) confiscated their cell phones and computers to see if they had any communications with any organizations intent on causing such commotion. This is what ISIS/ISIL wants.
    I’d bet that if they were White/Christian/Male, they’d all still be in jail, instead of have “Improper Exhibition of a Firearm” charges

  11. genearly says:

    The Miami Polezi spokesperson needs to correct the “Assault Weapon” slur. Then charge these goof balls with “Assault” for pointing the weapon at people.
    and Floridians must continue their expansion of CC, because Mooslems have infested the state.. Oops! Is that hate speech? Is that permitted on a politically correct forum?

  12. Keith Bryant says:

    Too bad the whole crew didn’t “accidentally” fall from the balcony.

  13. MichMike says:

    What policies does the U. S. need to follow to make sure we have more and more people like this?

  14. Bob W says:

    Wonder if this will get any national MSM attention?

  15. Dirt Diver says:

    No pictures, no video of either the gun or the idiots snapping the pictures it didn’t happen.
    Damn those 5000 meter Ar-15 ghost guns.

    1. brenrod says:

      go to breitbart to see those exact pictures

  16. Registered Democrats. The core of Hillary’s supporters. Hillary Nation Rising.

  17. Mike Jefferson says:

    Let me guess, 0bama, Hildebeast, and the libs will keep telling us not to over react and that Christians need to get off of their high horse. Want to see more American blood in the streets? Vote demonrat.

  18. CBS Miami, you have a really messed-up web site. Too busy, and jerky.

  19. Greg Green says:

    No mention of nationality, immigration status, or whether ICE was allowed to place holds on these.

  20. Jeffrey Gee says:

    They’ll be out before days end with Obummer’s “Catch and Release” program. Were these idiots even citizens and if not where are they getting an AR15?

  21. Jerry Seinfeld says:

    “It sounds like they might have been doing it for the Instagram,” Clayborne. “I’m not sure.”
    “Everyone flexes for Instagram, so that’s probably what he did.”

    Keep sticking your head in the sand. See no islam, hear no terrorism. That’ll help.

  22. Imma Leech says:

    Obama built this mess. Americans, use your votes to buy a giant jug of DEM-X.

    1. The current administration and HRC are willing to allow as many immigrates in the U.S. to increase the democrat voter base….they do not care of the fall-out or the safety of the public, which everyone needs to understand. The Democrats have been pulling out the Race-Card on Trump to distract majority of people their unvetted immigration process is a disaster and will cause collateral-damage just for a few votes.

  23. Obama and Clinton keep bringing the Jackals into the Country. They should be charged alongside the actual perps.

  24. lj says:

    charged with ‘displaying a firearm’…what does that get you, about four weeks? they were obviously taking their ‘pre- massive attack with an assault weapon that shoots millions’ photo to post after an attack to be cheered by Isis murderers

  25. kek says:

    But we don’t need Immigration Restrictions and a Border Wall. Obama’s America is a deplorable. Vote Trump/Pence for a new America.

  26. johnson says:

    These guys own a bitcoin operation, they have plenty of money to buy their way out.

  27. Echolocation says:

    That’s not an assault rifle. Telling a lie over and over will not make it the truth.

  28. redruffansore says:

    I sho be thankin, Obama’s JV team be stankin. ObamaFail, seriously li bt ards, do you even own a brain?

  29. SammieS says:

    Trump is going to have to send those men home

  30. Mike says:

    Fine them and deport them, yesterday.

  31. Tyrone says:

    The rifle in the photo is not an AR15 or a M16 (Assault Rifle) but it is an AK47 variant rifle.

  32. Tony Johnson says:

    The stupid is strong in anyone that thinks they were doing it for a Instagram photo. Look at their names and the fact they were aiming the rifle at pedestrians. Trump was right all along.

  33. Piquerish says:

    Ahhhh, the Fruits of Islam. Yummy! And you’re gonna give us HOW much more? Gee, THANX, Libs!

  34. timefortrump says:

    Oh yeah sure they were just flexing for Instagram… yeah ok idiot

  35. Pat Geiger says:

    “Really started panicking,” Richardson said. “I was like, I really don’t feel safe here.”
    That’s what you get vacationing in a third world country, bet you’ll research next time.

  36. says:

    Well the Feds did “mistakenly” grant citizenship to 800 recently. Not surprising for them to wind up in swing states like Florida where Dems need votes this November.

  37. Shawn French says:

    Oh, good, just a few idiot crooks, not hardened jihadis. Who would have ever thought drug dealers pointing guns down the street would be a relief?

  38. Dave says:

    Mohamed Azab Youssef is all we needed to know.
    Trump 2016!

  39. Raul Allegre says:

    Yeah, everyone puts on ski masks and poses in public with guns to get that perfect instagram shot. You get the feeling that you could offer this excuse to everyone under 30 and half of them would buy it as reasonable.

  40. Simply an act of terrorism and their motive is irrelevant. They tried and succeeded in instilling terror on Americans. Charge, convict, execute them for being terrorists.

  41. lan says:

    No doubt just Amish kids out on Rumspringa acting silly. Move along, nothing to see.

  42. pfwag says:

    Trial run to test police response?

  43. Dizick Head says:

    Did I read a guy blame Uber for dropping him off in a danger zone? What a puss….

  44. B Da Truth says:

    Somehow I just don’t think they were terrorists just honest all American drug dealers, but either way their timing couldn’t have been worse.

  45. Sal says:

    Not the sharpest tools in the shed. In this age of terrorism only a fool would frighten people this way. They are lucky a police sniper didn’t take them out.

  46. Joe says:

    Letting these primitive religious nuts to come to the USA is so stupid. Our leaders get armed security and walls. We get the terrorists with bombs and guns.

    It’s time to close down our country. Tight.

  47. Molly says:

    500 rounds? No, not posing for Instagram.

  48. hellandahandbasket says:

    …Suuuurrre …It was “for instragram” – and when posting a photo on instragram, you need lots and lots of ammunition (as the PD tells us was located at the scene)