Police search for killer in double murder
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NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Police have identified the man responsible for an altercation that left a mother and son dead and two sisters injured.
Officers consider Joseph Tewan Swift to be armed and dangerous. "This individual is not in custody," stated Miami-Dade Police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta. "He's killed two individuals and injured another two."
The attack happened Sunday night just before 9:00 at Northwest 131st Street and 21st Avenue. "According to investigators, there was an altercation that occurred at this resident -- the subject being a black male," said Miami-Dade Police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta. "Where it resulted with two individuals deceased on the scene, a male and a female."
The victims' grandmother said she was on the phone with her granddaughter when the horrific incident took place. "I heard voices in the background over the phone," she said. "I heard her call out to my other grandson, 'Wait, wait, wait, wait,' and then all I heard was gunshots, 'Pop, pop, pop,' and then she said, 'Grandma call 911.'"
The woman said she listened helplessly as her daughter, Jenetha Jones, grandson, Wade Jones and two granddaughters, Natasha and Taree Jones, were stabbed.
Wade Jones' fiancée grappled with the grim reality that her nursing student husband-to-be was gone. "He had orientation today," she wailed.
Police also said there was a toddler discovered in a car outside the home. Luckily, the toddler was not injured during the attack. "We understand that perhaps the toddler slept through the whole thing or remained in the car," said Zabaleta. "So, fortunately nothing happened to the toddler, and we are giving him to relatives."
Police have not confirmed whether Swift is Jones' estranged boyfriend, as family members and neighbors have suggested. "So, they are trying to gather some information from neighbors or anybody that heard something to be able to know who exactly it is that we are dealing with," said Zabaleta. "If it is somebody that is known, or a stranger."
Natasha and Taree Jones are recovering at Jackson Memorial Hospital, where they are both listed in critical condition.
If you have any information on this double murder, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.
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