FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – Residents of a Fort Lauderdale neighbor were awakened to the sound of explosions Tuesday, March 2, as the FBI used flash bangs while serving a warrant at a southwest Fort Lauderdale home.
“Flash bangs going off about 6 a.m. We went outside to look and there were about 20 cars, people everywhere,” said Chase Robinson.READ MORE: South Dade NAACP President Dwight Bullard Says Derek Chauvin Being Found Guilty ‘A Glimmer Of Hope’ But Fight Isn’t Over
The FBI said Paul Miller, 32, was taken into custody in the 1300 block of SW 6th Street, for allegedly being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
After his arrest, social media was all abuzz with posts about Miller.
He uses the pseudonym ‘Gypsy crusader,’ where he sometimes dressed up and made provocative comments.
A check of his criminal record showed past convictions in New Jersey, 12 years ago for attempted aggravated assault and drugs.
Alexa Santos is staying next door and saw the commotion unfold from her window.READ MORE: ‘I’m Speechless’: Rep. Frederica Wilson Among South Florida Leaders Who Believe Justice Was Served In Derek Chauvin Trial
“The FBI announced themselves and said come out with your hands up. They said put that cellphone down,” she said.
Miller is being held in the Broward jail and set to have a federal court appearance Wednesday.
“You could see the flash happening, so I went and looked outside and saw smoke coming down the street. I actually peeked my head out and talked to one of the guys with the night vision (headset) on. He was like ‘it’s safe now’,” said Robinson.
“I saw them come out of the house. I saw some weapons taken out, so who knows,” he added.
Miller’s landlord said his vehicle had a New Jersey license plate and he moved into a back unit about a month ago.
“My son did a background check on him and everything and that’s it, that’s all I know,” said Tarlok Sanghera.MORE NEWS: Florida Senate Eyes Social Media Crackdown
Tuesday’s arrest of Miller was a joint operation by the FBI, the Fort Lauderdale Police Department, and the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force.