Footage shows a 12-year-old walking up to the corner of Northwest 32nd Avenue and Northwest 47th Street, before collapsing and bleeding from the head.
In a heartwrenching incident, a boy 12-year-old boy from a Miami street was abducted before being sexually assaulted and shot dead. Per Tampa Bay Times, the boy had snuck out of his house to go to a friend's place in South Florida. According to Miami Herald, the boy was heading home while walking in Brownsville, near Northwest 43rd Terrace and 30th Avenue, between 2 a.m. and 3:30 a.m., when a man pulled up and forced him into his car. He then drove to an area close to Northwest 45th Street and 30th Avenue, assaulted, and shot the boy before kicking him out of the car.
A passerby who happened to see the boy wandering the Miami street just before 3 a.m. on Saturday, alerted the authorities. The child was reportedly shot in the jaw and temporarily blinded. "He had lost his sight and he was using his touch trying to find his way around to seek help," revealed Miami-Dade detective Alvaro Zabaleta. Speaking to Local 10 News, a man who identified himself only as Johnny said he was riding his bike when he heard the boy screaming for help. "He was screaming, 'Help someone, help me, please,'" recalled the man. Surveillance footage shows Johnny, helping the bleeding boy to the Foodland Market at Northwest 47th Street and 37th Avenue.
Johnny, who reportedly did not have a phone, said, "I bring him to the store so they can call the police for him. He was conscious, then he fell on the sidewalk and said he had been shot." The video shows the 12-year-old walking up to the corner of Northwest 32nd Avenue and Northwest 47th Street, before collapsing and bleeding from the head. Meanwhile, a person standing next to him can be seen calling the authorities. Soon another bystander hurries onto the scene and brings the child a towel and a bottle of water as they wait for law enforcement to arrive.
Eventually, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue arrives at the scene and escorts the boy to a gurney. In the video, the child could be seen clutching his head in pain. He was immediately rushed to Ryder Trauma Center at Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center, where he remains in critical condition, reports Local 10. The suspect was described as a tall Hispanic man with long curly hair, aged between 30 and 40. Authorities revealed that the man was driving a black sedan. Early Tuesday a man named Aliex Santiesteban, 43, was arrested and charged with a deadly weapon, kidnapping a child under 13, and attempted murder.
Major Brian Rafky of Miami-Dade police’s Special Victims Bureau shared that authorities were able to find the suspect using "good old-fashioned police work and DNA evidence." Investigators later revealed that the boy had placed two pillows on his bed to trick his parents into thinking that he was still in bed, sleeping before leaving on Friday night. He told officers that the accused had pulled him in his car before forcing him into the backseat of the vehicle. After this, he assaulted the kid, and following a brief struggle, the boy was shot. The boy later told officers that he heard a long bang after which he was thrown out of the car.
Police revealed that Santiesteban denied the accusations but it is not clear if he has an attorney or not. They also urged the community come forward if other victims or witnesses recognised the man from his previous crimes, according to Tampa Bay Times. During a news conference on Tuesday, the director of the Miami-Dade Police Department Alfredo Ramirez thanks the community for their help. "As a father of a 12-year-old myself, this is extremely disturbing and hits you at the soul. This child has suffered physical and emotional trauma that will take years to overcome," said Ramirez. He then pointed at the mugshot of the accused and said, "That’s the face of evil, ladies and gentlemen. Right there."