Courthouse Gunman Facing Divorce Case, Domestic Violence and Contempt Charges, and Foreclosure on His Home

A gunman got into the Broward County Courthouse this morning, aimed the weapon at his chest, and threatened to kill himself this morning before deputies and police were able to talk him down without any violence.

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Marin Stroia, the accused gunman.

The gunman has been identified as 59-year-old Marin Stroia of Oakland Park, who was reportedly upset about his allegedly at times violent divorce case, in which Stroia, who is not an attorney, was representing himself. 

He entered the courthouse through the exit doors of the main lobby, apparently sneaking in as others were walking out. There is no security at those exit doors, and the incident is leading to much discussion about courthouse security.

Stroia had just been arrested on Friday by the Broward Sheriff's Office for civil contempt of court, according to courthouse records. He was also charged in 2009 with violating an injunction for protection filed by his wife. That case remains open.  

The contempt case is related to the state Department of Revenue and may concern the divorce case. It is believed he had one child with his most recent wife. 

Court records also show that Stroia is facing a pending foreclosure on his home he had owned since 1992 in a working-class neighborhood in Oakland Park.  

Stroia had just been granted a remodification of his loan, said his foreclosure attorney, Lorene Young. But Young wasn't sure if he even knew about that yet. She said she knew that Stroia was facing a great deal of stress but was still shocked to learn of this morning's events.

"The whole divorce case was a nightmare for him," Young told me. "That poor guy, he felt he got shafted in that case. There have been problems with it, and he's tried to work through them."

She said he never indicated any kind of mental instability, other than the great frustration that so many people going through the foreclosure process feel.

"His demeanor when he came in, he was obviously upset over his circumstances," said Young. "He had owned the house, and he refinanced it after he got married, and then the market crashed. But his demeanor was someone who was more frustrated with the system and the process. I would never have thought he would ever do something like this. He was polite, he was prompt, he was responsive when we asked for stuff, he was very cooperative, and he was very appreciateive. If anything, I'm not surprised to hear it was about the divorce case."

Ironically, state corporate records show that he owned a security company, Nova Industrial Security, in Pompano Beach until it dissolved in 2008. Prior to that, he also owned a company, Stroia Enterprises, with one of his wives.

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Sun-Sentinel reporter Linda Trischitta is credited with this photograph that apparently shows the gunman during the standoff.
Iris Siple, chief administrator for the Clerk of Court, said that the gunman walked into the main lobby through the exit doors. She said a clerk's employee, Tamika Thompson, noticed that the man had a gun.

"[Thompson] apparently did hear someone say 'You went in through the wrong door' to the man, but we don't know who that was," Siple reported. "She saw the man go towards the traffic area near the escalators and sit down on the floor. She was with some attorneys through her window at the time and told them very quietly, 'Just take your papers and walk away and get out of the area.' After she had all the customers move out of the area, then she went to

her supervisor, and they removed their employees. Then BSO was notified, and that's when BSO took over."

Siple said Thompson's reaction to the dangerous situation was remarkable. "She's really something of a hero," said the chief administrator.

Later, Stroia demanded to talk to a judge, and the nearest one was apparently retired Judge Joel Lazarus. From the Sun-Sentinel:

Filling in for bond court hearings Friday, retired Judge Joel Lazarus said he became aware of what was happening one floor below. At some point he was told that a man needed to speak with a judge.

He started for the escalator but paused when he saw the man with a gun under his chin.

Lazarus said, "I told the man, 'I won't go down there until you put the gun down.'"

The judge said the man told him he had one bullet in the gun.

"I don't want that bullet in me," Lazarus said he told the man.

Once authorities had possession of the gun, Lazarus said he spoke to Stroia for 10 to 15 minutes.

According to Lazarus, Stroia was distraught about his divorce proceedings and felt everyone "was conspiring against him."

"He was ranting and raving about his divorce situation, but not incoherently," Lazarus said. "He needed to vent, he needed someone to listen to his problems."

After Stroia calmed down, Lazarus promised that deputies would provide Lazarus' contact information to Stroia so he could write to him about his divorce situation. Lazarus said he promised to pass Stroia's concerns to Chief Judge Victor Tobin.

Stroia was taken into police custody without further incident.

More on Stroia

Court records reveal a long and bizarre domestic trail for Stroia. He was divorced in 1990 from his wife at the time, Mona.

He remarried in 1995 to a woman named Marilia.

Stroia then filed for divorce against Marilia in 1999. Later in that same year, Stroia filed for an injunction for protection, accusing Marilia of domestic violence.

On November 20, 1999, he married a woman named Miralva.

In 2007, Stroia filed for divorce against Miralva. 

Then on February 5, 2008, Miralva Stroia filed an injunction for protection against Stroia alleging domestic violence. 

Three months later, on May 30, 2008, Miralva filed for another injunction for protection, again alleging domestic violence.

A month after that, Stroia filed for an injunction for protection against Miralva alleging violence against their minor child.

In June 2009, Deustche Bank filed a foreclosure case against him in court, and the case remains pending.   

The story is obviously a tangled one that will continue to unfold.

Siple and other courthouse regulars, meanwhile, are clamoring for more security in the wake of the incident.

"We go for a very long time without any problem, and now you have a problem," Siple said. "This could have been a horrendous disaster. Luckily it turned out not to be. But change has to happen. Those [exit] doors have to be protected. We need security there now. At Room 120 for county civil court, you can walk right in off the street and you're in the courthouse. That needs to be changed now."


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jameniks
jameniks

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Imafake

The only real security is in the trust of the people.

Christy
Christy

Pulp.

That's Dr. Amanda Miles

(Police might want to see what she is growing in her house plants)

"Dr. Amanda Miles, Principal"Coral Park Elementary SchoolLet’s Get Growing

“Let’s Get Growing" is a school-wide hands-on environmental project that is designed to teach children how to grow their own food and make healthy food choices. Students, staff, P.T.A., Master Gardeners and local merchants worked together to foster a stronger community commitment to going green. Children researched, designed, constructed, planted, maintain and documented growth of an organic vegetable garden. Students planted beans, broccoli, carrots, radishes, lettuce, tomatoes and peppers. Rainwater was collected and used in the garden. Students eat the harvested vegetables each day. It promotes agricultural and environmental awareness, nutritional guidance and healthy living alternatives

http://www.browardschools.com/...

Christy
Christy

Is 20 grams a lot? I have no clue. Just wondering.

Pulp
Pulp

Add this to a weird and awful news day. Coral Springs police really must not have any real crime to look into when they're busting into school principals' bedrooms for small amounts of pots (from Miami Herald):

A Broward County principal was arrested Friday after police found marijuana and drug paraphernalia in her Coral Springs home.

Amanda Miles, 60, is the principal of Coral Park Elementary.

She was charged with felony drug possession and taken to Broward County's main jail in Fort Lauderdale.

Her son Michael, 18, was also arrested Friday. He was found with 126 grams of pot and charged with intent to deliver, Coral Springs Police spokesman Lt. Joe McHugh said.

Police came to Miles' home Friday as part of an ongoing drug investigation.

``The officers were able to get a warrant signed by the judge,'' McHugh said.

Police found more than 20 grams of pot, two pipes and two packs of rolling papers in Amanda Miles' bedroom, according to the arrest affidavit.

Because Amanda Miles is the only person who sleeps in that bedroom, police consider her to be in ``direct possession'' of the drugs and paraphernalia.

A Broward County schools spokeswoman said district administrators were searching for an interim principal.

Nucky Thompson
Nucky Thompson

Two disturbing updates this afternoon. The golfer that was shot at Deerfield Beach has died ..that will do wonders for Florida tourism when the national media picks up on this story . Secondly the John Goodman DUI trial in Palm Beach may take place this year - but don't hold me to it says his defense attorney . I see another walk in the future.

LurkerGirl
LurkerGirl

The online docket shows a motion for recusal denied back in December in the diovrce case (Horowitz) and then just today a docket entry showing the Judge recused himself. Good move, Fred! Stay safe!

Nucky Thompson
Nucky Thompson

Courthouse Gunman Facing Divorce Case, Domestic Violence and Contempt Charges, and Foreclosure on his Home---------------------------------------------------------------------------

You would never have guessed that. From his mug shot he looks as if he does not have a care in the world.

Modelcitizen
Modelcitizen

This is because of George Bush and the hatefilled republicans.

Virgil Starkwill
Virgil Starkwill

This is all the fault of talk radio, sarah palin, and conservative repubicans.

Dawnmh66
Dawnmh66

Aaahh...the "illusion" of security. BSO blames budget. Laughable their taxpayer money machine. I arrived at the Tampa airport last week for an arrival flight. NO police officers ANYWHERE, just the airport employees KINDLY keeping the traffic flowing.Broward County is beyond any hope. We just sold our home on the ICW and are relocating to Sarasota. Bah-Bye to ALL the insanity that is Broward Haiti USA!!!!

Ackman
Ackman

Trischetta didn't take the picture. A civilian named Ackman did.

Nucky Thompson
Nucky Thompson

Word of advice Mr. Stroia - don't get involved with another woman whose name starts with M...and ends with A

LAZY LANCE
LAZY LANCE

Me likee China:

China Promises To Kill The RichJanuary 12, 2011: The Chinese government is publically threatening to execute corrupt judges, as well as members of the security services, who are caught taking bribes. The government leadership is getting desperate about stopping the growing public anger against corrupt officials, and the threat of rebellion, or just widespread unrest, that it implies. The Communist Party that has controlled China for over sixty years is increasingly accepting the fact that it is its own worst enemy. The problem is corruption, particularly among party members. One advantage of joining the Party is that it gives you an edge in getting government jobs, especially ones that enable you to get rich by taking bribes. In the last two decades, the government has announced several campaigns to eliminate the corruption (and all the anger and anti-government gossip among the people the communists are supposed to be serving.) Most of these efforts have hardly made a dent in the corruption. While more death sentences for corrupt senior officials makes headlines, it’s the millions of minor acts of corruption every day that cause most of the anger.

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Goldilocks
Goldilocks

All told, what a nerve-wracking week.

JaahBlaah
JaahBlaah

Lazarus said he promised to pass Stroia's concerns to Chief Judge Victor Tobin.

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Now there's a solution for you. The poor guy's concerns are going to be reviewed by Tobin. And Tobin must be thinking how he's going to make some money off of this one.

Pulp
Pulp

All right, South Plantation High lockdown came when a gun was discovered in an 11th grader's backpack. No one was hurt and it's over. Shew.

Christy
Christy

"In addition, doctors say they are considering the removal of Giffords' breathing tube, which is there to prevent infection -- a procedure that could happen as early as Friday".

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011...

R_moralez
R_moralez

hey i was at the court house when it all went down i was walking out right when it all happend i saw the guy and told people to video tape it for youtube

cindermaggi
cindermaggi

Pulpy i dont know nuttin bout south flo but i come here to read you chit neways:))

Gator
Gator

Here's a suggestion - how about changing the exit doors so they cannot be opened from the outside?

JOHN JR
JOHN JR

God bless America and the 2nd Amendment!Best way to prevent the danger from kooks in the courthouse and/or the 6 deaths in Tuscon is to require every American to carry a gun!Naturally, as a life-long liberal, I feel the state and federal governments should cover the cost of arming low income citizens.

Christy
Christy

Can we have a pic of Tamika?

Nucky Thompson
Nucky Thompson

Christy , Not in most places but in Florida 20 grams is a lot ,because possession of more than 20 grams is a felony and is punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000

Nucky Thompson
Nucky Thompson

Amanda must be the only Broward County principal who is a member of the "Miles high club"

Pulp
Pulp

One of the few plusses of Disqus is it's very easy to detect when people pose as tried and true commenters.

Unowho
Unowho

Not the real Virgil Starkwell. He would take a lot longer to say the same crap

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

I'm much more handsome than you.

And obviously more intelligent.

unowho
unowho

God Bless Sarasota!!!

KennyPowersSays
KennyPowersSays

Marriage by alliteration. Move around the alphabet, next time Marin. "M" does not seem to work well for you. Whacky Montenegrins.

unowho
unowho

Those chinks certainly have some good ideas.

LAZY LANCE
LAZY LANCE

What happened this past week that was so personal for you as to make it nerve wracking ?

unowho
unowho

The bad guy in this situation doesnt wear the black hat to identify himself .As they said even trained professionals are killed by friendly fire all the time!!!

Pulp
Pulp

They can't be opened from the outside -- he walked in as someone else was walking out.

resident
resident

I bet her son sold some weed out of the house and the subsequent warrant led to the possession charge for mom since she had her own stash. This is more serious than Pulp concluded. Her son may have been a drug dealer (selling to kids? bringing undesirables to the neighborhood? adding to other crime?) to the point people, probably her neighbors who were sick of the traffic to the home, complained to the police.

She is responsible for the safety and education of our children. I bet there's even a DARE program in her school. She should be ashamed of herself. Especially is she raised her offspring to be a drug dealer. Let her claim she didn't know.

unowho
unowho

Not the real unowho he has respect for fellow commenters!!!....PS dont forget the unowho trademark......!!!

Goldilocks
Goldilocks

Not personal, per se. Just the current events, locally and nationally. Very disturbing.

Pulp
Pulp

This is the extent of the Miami Herald report on the lockdown:

"South Plantation High School was placed on lock down Friday afternoon. The school, 1300 S.W. 54th Ave., is in Plantation."

Almost more than useless.

Christy
Christy

I'd like to see her featured Brett can you jog down to the courthouse and get one?

LAZY LANCE
LAZY LANCE

All these current events you speak of happen everyday of every week around the world, courtesy of your tax dollar supported US government.

Just business as usual, you are just noticing now because the chickens are comming home to roost.

gimmesamore
gimmesamore

Nova Eisenhower in Davie was on lockdown until almost 5 p.m. yesterday because a guy popped off some rounds and barricaded himself in his home located about 500 yards away.

th3realtruth
th3realtruth

they should just lock the door and make everyone exit in the same place.... duh

Help Me Howard
Help Me Howard

I am sure Tamika's pictures is on facebook . If you want a more detailed picture you can ask some of the inmates at Broward County jail.

Brett Favre
Brett Favre

Sorry, visiting my sister in a different courthouse

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