Steve St. Felix, 34, of Miami, Florida, apologized after threatening in a Facebook post to kill Florida Rep. Jose Felix Diaz, but when he got to court for his bond hearing and saw the television camera, he apparently couldn’t resist grabbing his 15 minutes of infamy.
Just prior to his mental health evaluation, St. Felix smiled and waved for the camera before shouting, “Marco Rubio! Nelson Diaz! Manny Diaz! Manny Diaz Junior! Carlos Gimenez!”
Court personnel began to escort the large man out of the courtroom as he jabbered on, emotionally yelling, “Torturing my son, man! Get him outta here!” Facing the news camera, he shouted, “Alright cameraman, alright! Marco Rubio, West Miami, right? That’s right, baby!”
He continued his rant in the hallway, going on about his “two sons” and “Marco Rubio.”
St. Felix had allegedly posted a message on Facebook to Diaz stating, “I’ll kill your [expletive] and you better not show up to the next REC meeting.” He later took the post down, but in today’s volatile political atmosphere, police were taking no chances.
“It was shocking to see what happened,” said Diaz after watching St. Felix flip out in court on Thursday. “I think anybody that watched it saw a gentleman that clearly needs medication. I pray for the gentleman. I hope he gets the appropriate mental health care that he needs right now.”
Diaz and his family were put on 24-hour guard after finding out about the Facebook post. The Republican politician is currently running for the Senate, with a primary scheduled for July 25.
“Explicitly threatened me more than once, saying that they wanted to kill me. Obviously I am a family man. I have two younger kids and a wife. It was a spooky thing to see,” said Diaz. “He has a history of mental illness and a criminal record, so there was a perfect recipe for us to be concerned.”
When he was picked up, St. Felix explained to police that he was not on his medication when he made the post and claimed to now be taking his meds. The hearing did eventually proceed, and he is now being held on $500,000 bond. He is also forbidden to contact Diaz.
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