Burglary suspect breaks down after recognizing judge from middle school

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MIAMI — A burglary suspect faced a judge in court and got a big surprise.

WSVN reports Arthur Booth, 49, was in Miami-Dade Circuit Court on a burglary charge. Judge Mindy Glazer was on the bench. She asked him, “Did you go to Nautilus for middle school?”

Booth seemed shocked, covered his face with his hands and broke down in tears when he realized they had been classmates.

“I’m sorry to see you there, I always wondered what happened to you, sir,” Glazer said. “This was the nicest kid in middle school.”

On June 29, Booth was seen leaving the scene of a burglary. Police say he failed to pull over as they tried to conduct a traffic stop. He then reportedly drove his vehicle onto the median and drove into oncoming traffic lanes before jumping out of his vehicle.

In court, Glazer said Booth’s behavior was not the childhood classmate she remembers.

“He was the best kid in middle school,” she said. “I used to play football with him. All the kids looked up to him. And look what has happened. I’m so sorry to see you here.”

As he continued to cry, Glazer delivered a message she hopes will turn his life around.

“What’s sad is how old we’ve become. Good luck to you sir, I hope you’re able to come out of this OK and just lead a lawful life.”

Booth’s bond was set at $43,000.