Police take subject into custody in teen's murder
SOUTH MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Police have taken a man into custody in connection to the murder of a teenage girl whose body was found at a nearby construction site over the weekend, officials said.
Miami-Dade Police Detective Roy Rutland said they have also found the maintenance truck, which was captured on surveillance video in a field on the 282nd block of Southwest 144th Avenue, where the body of 18-year-old Tiffany Cabreja was found Saturday morning. "At this point, we are confident that we have the truck in our custody," he said. "After this exhaustive search today, we have located a subject as well."
"Well, I feel a little better cause I was expecting the other day police would take care of the case this week," said Domingo Cabreja, the victim's father. "I appreciate they are working hard to get the guy."
Rutland did not specify whether or not the subject found Tuesday afternoon in the area of Southwest 222nd Street and 134th Avenue is the person responsible for Cabreja's death. "It is way too early to tell if this is the man that drove that truck or if this is the man that's responsible for this crime," he said.
Authorities have taken in the man for questioning. They did not release the man's identity or file any charges against him.
"If it's him, because I can't accuse nobody, I'll let them do their job," said Domingo.
Detectives said the truck was found in a different area from where they located the subject.
Investigators said the meticulous search they conducted for hours came as a result of a tip they received in rural South-Miami Dade. The police chopper pilot flew close to the ground so officers could sift through leaves and debris.
"Well, there's a lot of farms here, nurseries, tall grass, canals," said Irene Link, who has lived in the area for 20 years. "Good place to hide."
Detectives said they wanted to make sure whoever is responsible for Cabreja's death had nowhere to hide. A heat sensor in the police helicopter made eluding authorities next to impossible.
After hours searching the area, a home became the epicenter of a police perimeter. Investigators said the subject tried to run when they first spotted him.
A man who only wants to be identified as "Camacho" said he identified the man police took in for questioning as Miguel Infante. Camacho said the subject rents a space in his property.
"They didn't tell him that they are looking for him as involved in a murder," said Camacho. "They told me that he is important in their investigation, but they didn't tell me, 'He is the guy.'"
Area resident Elias Zagreib said police knocked on his door repeatedly before searching his family's property. "I was playing Grand Theft Auto, and they just pulled me from the game], they're knocking hard, and there were, like, 15 people outside," he said.
Cabreja was last seen by her father leaving her house Friday night. Her body was found the next morning in a field on the 282nd block of Southwest 144th Avenue.
Detectives said surveillance video of the truck driving in the area helped focus their investigators. Witnesses reported seeing Cabreja's body fall out of that truck about half a mile from the construction site, as the driver was making a turn. They said the driver stopped, got out, picked up the body, put it back in the cab, and kept going.
Witnesses also said they saw a child inside the truck. Officials said the toddler was found safe and unharmed Tuesday. Conflicting reports estimate the child's age to be between 1 and 4 years old.
Police closed off the area they searched in South Miami-Dade to incoming traffic while they conducted their investigation. A man who lives in the area said he was unable to get to his elderly father-in-law. He said he believes investigators were focusing on a landscaping business located behind his property.
Police have not yet released a cause of death for Cabreja.
If you have any information on this active murder investigation, 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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