Police make arrest in teen's murder
MIAMI (WSVN) -- Miami-Dade Police have arrested Fernando Granados after, they said, he confessed to murdering Tiffany Cabreja. A second subject remains at large.
Granados, 20, has been charged with second degree murder. A judge denied him bond at a hearing Friday afternoon.
"So all what I'm considering right now is burying her," Domingo Cabreja said as he expressed his thoughts while making funeral arrangements for his daughter.
"No, I never see that guy before," Cabreja said about Granados. "I hope that they do what they have to do."
Miami-Dade Police Detective Roy Rutland held a news conference Friday morning where he released details about the investigation. "The suspect did in fact provide a full confession to our investigators," said Rutland. "According to the suspect that we have now charged, the victim was with this particular suspect and another male. She apparently left her home with these two individuals. They went to a nearby park, and it's my understanding, they smoked crack while at that park."
Rutland described what the suspect said happened next. "They went from the park to the field. At that point they were under the influence of this drug, and that is where the murder occurred," he said.
According to a police report, Granados allegedly attacked the victim and placed her in a chokehold, in an attempt to strangle her. Granados told police that his accomplice was simultaneously striking the victim from the front.
Officers found the 18-year-old's body Saturday morning in the abandoned field located on the 282nd block of Southwest 144th Avenue. According to the arrest report, Cabreja was beaten, strangled and found with a bag over her head and a ligature around her neck.
"Oh, my God," Wanpen Fields, Granados neighbor said. "I see him walk past all the time, but I don't believe he can do that kind of stuff."
Miami-Dade Police said Granados lived just a couple blocks from the crime scene. A distinctive green sport utility vehicle remains parked outside his home. Authorities have not said if that vehicle played any part in the crime.
One woman who lives near Cabreja's home said her husband saw what he thought was a suspicious green SUV parked outside Cabreja's home earlier this week. "My husband saw the guys, the lady," she said. This neighbor, who did not want to be identified, said she called Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers with that information.
Earlier this week, police questioned Miguel Infante and his girlfriend, Raquel Delgado, after witnesses reported seeing a body fall out of a truck he was driving near where Cabreja's body was found. Rutland said Infante and Delgado have been completely cleared from any involvement in the case. "I feel good about it," Infante said about the outcome. "I mean I'm glad they caught the real killer."
"I just wish that everyone will stop looking at us like we're murderers," said Delgado. "I don't know what more do you guys want if you've already heard a confession from this guy that he did kill her. What more does the public want? I just want everybody to leave us alone."
Rutland said police continue to search for the second subject who was with Granados during the murder. "Clearly we know that there is another man involved based on the confession we received. We know he is at large, so by no means is this investigation over," he said.
If you have any information on this Cabreja's 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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