Incident occurred at the Rebecca Sosa Multi Purpose Facility (where Blanes serves as chairperson) at approximately 8pm.
This is not his first offense.
The following are some of the details as per 2 eye witnesses:
Juan Blanes grabbed victim by the left shoulder of his sleeveless t-shirt. Blanes dragged victim by the wrist and pinned him against the wall yelling obscenities and scolding victim and ordering him to sit down. Victim began to cry yelling out for his friends to call the police and his father. Blanes released victim and the victim was able to call his father. The father arrived and asked Blanes who he thought he was grabbing his son. Blanes told him he was the commissioner. The father said he did not care who he was, he did not have the right to grab his son. The father left with victim to the City of West Miami police station to file a report. In the meantime many overheard Blanes calling the city manager and the mayor. The police arrived to question Blanes and children witnesses. It was said that Officer Delgado called the mayor to consult on how he should handle the situation.Version 2
Tempers flared Wednesday evening at the Recreation Center of the Rebeca Sosa Multi-Purpose Facility Building, 1700 SW 62 Avenue, West Miami, FL. As children were asked to leave at closing time, one 11-year-old using his hand to push open the metal bar handle on a glass exit door, made too much noise to suit entering Commissioner Juan M. Blanes, a full-time City of Miami Fire Department paramedic. According to eye witnesses, Blanes grabbed the child by the left shoulder of his sleeveless t-shirt accusing him of having kicked the door. Dragging the child by the wrists, he pinned the child against the wall yelling obscenities, scolding the child, and ordering him to sit down. The child began to cry and yelled out for his friends to call the police. Blanes released the child who immediately called his father.One version said he was arrested the other version says no. If it is true that a grown man was physically abusing and yelling obscenities at an 11 year old is inexcusable. I don't care how rude the kid was. Charges should have been filed.
The father, already on his way to pick up his son at the Rec Center, asked Blanes who he was and why he thought he had the authority to allegedly discipline his son. Blanes yelled out that he was a West Miami Commissioner. As the father and son left to file a report at the local City of West Miami Police Department, several eyewitnesses heard Blanes yell out that he was “calling my people,” the City Manager and the Mayor. City of West Miami Detective Pete Delgado was the first to arrive on the scene and he is also reported to have called the mayor to consult on “how to handle the situation.”
The father filed a report at the West Miami Police Department against Commissioner Blanes for battery on his son, but was persuaded not to press charges.