Evelyn Fernandez, a former lieutenant with the Miami-Dade, Florida police department, was arrested for burglary yesterday morning after allegedly she broke into the home of her ex-boyfriend, former Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez.
According to the police report, Fernandez purportedly broke into the former mayor’s 55 Merrick Way condo sometime after 12:00 a.m. on Sunday while he was at a restaurant in Brickell. She was reportedly found in the home by Coral Gables police, who responded to a call about possible domestic violence at the Merrick Way units.
Police say Fernandez did not force entry into her ex-boyfriend’s home, but she does not have a key to the unit. Property records show that the pair used to own the condo together, but Alvarez became the sole owner of the property last year.
Fernandez allegedly damaged several glass sculptures, a metal piece of artwork, and a wall unit (the items were collectively valued at over $10,000). One of the art pieces reportedly fell on and cut Fernandez’s leg. Photos from the crime scene show broken glass and blood all over the condo floor, and according to news sources, Fernandez allegedly tried to clean up the mess.
This is not the first time Alvarez and Fernandez have made headlines. News sources say the pair had an ongoing relationship for 14 years, and according to Fernandez’ daughter, the former mayor was allegedly violent with her mother for over three years.
Back in April, Alvarez was arrested on a domestic battery charge after he allegedly grabbed Fernandez, pushed her against the wall, yelled profanities at her, and spat on her. He reportedly got violent after a dispute over a house cat escalated.
Alvarez was charged with one count of domestic battery and was held at Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Facility in lieu of a $1,500 bond, which he posted the next day. The case is still open and Alvarez has pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Alvarez was the mayor of Miami-Dade County until 2011 when 88 percent of the county’s voters chose to remove him from office after he purportedly gave several aides large pay raises at the height of the recession.