Man questioned in woman's murder released from custody
DORAL, Fla. (WSVN) -- A man who authorities questioned in connection with the murder of a woman whose body was found at a Miami construction site was released from police custody.
Miguel Infante walked out of Miami-Dade Police headquarters with his girlfriend, Rachel Delgado, early Wednesday morning after being questioned by homicide detectives for hours in the death of 18-year-old Tiffany Cabreja. "I'm tired. I'm innocent," he said. "We're both innocent. I don't know what the hell is going on, and I hope they catch this killer."
Infante said detectives grilled him and his girlfriend after police picked him up and questioned him. But it may not be the last time he sees police regarding this case. "They told me that they'll see me again," he said.
"It's not over until they find him," added his girlfriend, referring to a killer who still remains on the loose.
On Tuesday, Miami-Dade Police used a helicopter with a heat sensor to locate a subject who initially tried to run from police. After hours of searching, a home became the epicenter of a police perimeter. "After this exhaustive search today, we have located a subject as well," said Miami-Dade Police Detective Roy Rutland. "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."
Reporter: "He ran from police for two hours. You guys tried to catch him."
Rutland: "That is correct."
Reporter: "He's saying today 'I'm innocent.'"
Rutland: "You know, we are quit in a different business then this man. We are in the business of facts."
Elias Zagreib said police searched his family's property. "I was playing Grand Theft Auto, and they just pulled me out," he said of police. "They were knocking hard, and there were like 15 people out there."
Zagreib's family's property is also where Infante is said to be renting a room.
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.'"
Delgado stood by her boyfriend and said he is a good man. "He's not a killer. He's not even abusive. He doesn't lay his hands on anyone. He's the most peaceful guy there is," she said. "It's a very hurtful feeling that now people are going to look at us like we're killers."
Infante and Delgado said they rode in a work truck and had a 1-year-old inside the vehicle but never the body of Cabreja, whose death spawned a days-long search to solve her murder. Her body was found at a nearby construction site last weekend, near where Infante's truck was caught on home surveillance cameras. Eyewitnesses told police they thought her body had been driven around in that work truck. Witnesses said they saw her body fall out, only to be loaded back on by the driver who had a toddler by his side.
Infante said the toddler is his girlfriend's daughter. As for the body, he said it's all a misunderstanding. "You know whose body that was? She [Delgado] fell out of the truck," he said. "I picked her up and put her back in the truck."
Infante's girlfriend concurred. "I threw myself out of the truck," admitted Delgado.
Infante claims he never knew the 18-year-old Cabreja. "No, I never seen this girl before," he said. "Only thing I did see was the picture that they showed me. That's it."
"The witnesses were pretty specific with some of their information. We had more then one witness with a collaborating story that they saw a body fall out of that truck," said Rutland. "We followed up on those leads and a body was recovered in that immediate area."
7News asked Infante and Delgado how she fell out of the work truck, but they could not provide an explanation.
The search continues for Cabreja's killer. If you have any information on this 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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