Crime Scene: March 27, 2013

caines | 3/28/2013, 5:30 a.m.

Miami cyclist dragged 50 feet in fatal hit-and-run

A man was killed last Sunday at 6:30 a.m. after being struck and dragged underneath an SUV after the motorist hit him as he rode his bicycle in northern Miami-Dade, according to Miami-Dade Police Traffic Homicide. Witnesses told police that the driver dragged the victim, 50-year-old Alejandro Hermis, 50 feet and stopped twice in an attempt to dislodge him from underneath his Dodge Durango. I thought he hit a mail box, one witness told WSVN, and he was revving the engine like something was stuck underneath, adding you can tell he saw what he did because he stopped. Police report the driver eventually sped off from the scene, leaving the unidentified cyclist to die. Authorities are looking for a 2011 Dodge Durango, light in color, and with front-end damage.

Deputy kills man who charged him with aknife

Sheriff Ric Bradshaw said 49-year-old Daniel Lee Rhodes punched his wife during the very violent confrontation last Friday night. Deputies have been to the residence several times over the years on domestic calls. Last Friday night, the womans daughter called 911. A deputy arrived in less than a minute and met Rhodes in the garage. The sheriff said the deputy told Rhodes to drop the weapon but Rhodes charged him with a knife. The deputy then fatally shot Rhodes. Bradshaw said the deputy saved the familys life. The deputys name has not been released.

Suspect admits grudge against victim stabbed at nursinghome

A new arrest affidavit reveals why a 48-year-old Janitor at a nursing center was viciously stabbed to death last Thursday. In the new report, Miami-Dade Police say that 51-year-old Gregorio Rojas admitted that he had a grudge against the janitor because of an argument they had months ago. Rojas had been visiting his brother who had been at the facility for the past five months. Rojas told police that Thursday was the first day they he had brought his knife to the Coral Reef Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. The arrest affidavit says Rojas stalked the janitor and stabbed him multiple times in the neck. That victim, Danilo Jose Mejia Salazar, 48, was rushed to Kendall Regional Medical Center but he did not survive. The report says Rojas casually walked out of the facility and was arrested. Rojas went before a judge last Friday afternoon and was held without bond after being charged with first degree murder. The judge emphatically told Rojas, Your bond is no bond.