Broward Circuit Court Judge Ilona Holmes probably does not like bringing work back home with her, but sometimes works shows up anyway. Holmes, her sister and her sister’s family were ordered at gun point by several Broward Sheriffs Deputies on Easter Sunday in a botched police raid. The police went to the wrong address. Police were responding to a report of a break-in next door.
The address said the burglary was seen inside 235 Southwest 4th Street. But there is no 235. Only 236 and 230. The amazing thing is that the police decided to empty the house when they saw someone inside 230. They proceeded to then order the large family out of the house — apparently betting that they had a fifty-fifty shot at being right. They weren’t.
One of the family members was confronted by a gun pointing at her through the window as she did dishes from Easter dinner. She screamed that there was a burglar “and he’s going to shoot me!!” Judge Holmes, who carries a legal firearm, immediately ran into the kitchen armed. She said she demanded “Who are you!? What are you doing?!” When he responded “this is BSO,” she responded “this is Circuit Court Judge Ilona Holmes!!’”
She and the family were ordered out of the house and the judge, wisely, stated that she was armed. The police started screaming at her to put the gun down with their guns pointing at the judge. It was only after much screaming that a high-ranking deputy recognized the judge and told everyone to put away their guns. When the deputy said his colleagues did not know her as he did, she reportedly responded “everyone of ya’ll know me. Ya’ll been before me’.”
Well, they are certainly likely to remember now.
Here is the judge’s background from one site:
Judge Ilona Holmes graduated from Deerfield Beach High School. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science degree from Florida Atlantic University. Holmes then went on earned a Juris Doctorate degree from Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law. Holmes served as both an Assistant State Attorney in Dade County, and Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of Florida before her appointment to the Broward County court and then Broward County Circuit court. She is a member of Faith Center Ministries and other community and civic organizations.