A 25-year-old Miami, Florida, real estate agent is alleged to have killed at least three homeless men, and police are labeling him as a suspected serial killer, reports say.
Interim Police Chief Manuel Morales said in a press conference on Thursday evening (Dec. 23) that the suspect is Willy Suarez Maceo, CBSMiami reports. He has been charged with murder and attempted murder for the December 21 crimes.
Morales said on Tuesday (Dec. 21), a witness caught the attention of an officer at approximately 8 pm about a person suffering from blunt force trauma to the head in Miami. The victim suffered from a gunshot wound, and is now in critical condition at Jackson Memorial Hospital, the report says.
About two hours passed before another victim was found dead of a gunshot wound not far away from the other shooting. Investigators connected the two incidents because of the short time span and the fact that both victims were homeless, the report notes.
Miami Avenue footage captured a black vehicle accelerating toward one of the victims and shooting him multiple times. The surveillance video allowed officers to spot the vehicle type and tag number.
Morales said Tactical robber units later found the suspect and the vehicle, who possessed a firearm that matched the caliber used in both unfortunate events. The suspect was transported to the police station for further investigation.
A lead investigator noticed the suspect resembled a suspect wanted for a October 16 murder, in which a homeless victim was murder on Miami Avenue and 1 Street.
Morales is asking for the public’s assistance to attempt to connect the December crimes to the one in October. He also wants other agencies in the area to share information about any similar crimes.
In response to the crimes, chair of the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust, Ron Book shared the following statement:
“This tragic news cuts the heart of our community. No one should be the victim of gun violence, let alone our most vulnerable, those experiencing homelessness. We stand ready to work with the City of Miami Police Department in any way necessary to help solve this senseless crime.”
The investigation continues.