FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) — A Florida man, found guilty of attempted murder and awaiting sentencing, tossed urine on the prosecutor inside a Fort Lauderdale courtroom.
According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office police report, Albert Narvaez attacked Broward Assistant State Attorney Andrew Newman inside Circuit Judge Susan Alspector’s courtroom on Wednesday.
The report states Narvaez threw a bottle of urine at Newman and yelled, “He pissed on me! He told me to do it. (Expletive) him!” It is not known who Narvaez was referring to.
The BSO arrest report states the “urine went inside his mouth and outer clothing.”
It is not clear how Narvaez was able to get the bottle into the courtroom.
The sentencing hearing was postponed.
Narvaez is now also charged with battery for his attack.
Chief Assistant State Attorney Jeff Marcus said, “We are absolutely incensed by what occurred. I wish the public knew the number of threats prosecutors receive on a daily basis, but they have the courage to go into court every day to ensure that justice is pursued against these violent offenders.”
Newman, prosecutor for 26 years, said, “I’ve seen a lot. I was a homicide prosecutor in Palm Beach. Here, I’ve been in the domestic violence unit for many many years.”
But in those 26 years, he says nothing compares to the level of the violation he felt at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.
“This was unexpected obviously. It was kind of a shocking incident,” he said.
Newman’s laptop, paperwork, and even his chair was soaked.
“I just think in any courthouse crazy things can and do you happen I’m in YouTube is full of videos of quart room incidence so it’s difficult high-pressure tough situations and everybody should be on guard.“
As the law stands, battery on anyone working in the courts, such as bailiffs, judges or prosecutors is a misdemeanor.
State Representative Michael Gottlieb wants to make this a felony.
“I’ve worked in the system for 25 years. I’ve seen public defenders stabbed with a pencil. I have seen inmates spit on people and whether he’s a state attorney or not, he’s a comrade of arms in the justice system,” Gottlieb said.
Gottlieb has already drafted the bill.
He says it needs to be enhanced to a third-degree felony with a sentencing guideline of at least five years in prison and the punishment to run consecutive to any other offense the person is sentenced to.
“I’m not happy that it occurred, it’s not gonna change the way I am,” Newman said.
It’s not going to stop him from prosecuting people like Narvaez to the fullest extent of the law.
“Not gonna change anything at all,” he adds.
Police want to know how did Narvaez get free, how did he get his hands on a bottle, and who is at fault.
BSO has an internal affairs investigation looking into the incident.