MIAMI – Miami Police are giving CBS4 an unique inside look at how they solved a recent murder as they are saying they recently are fixing extra murders than ever.
Assistant Miami Police Chief Armando Aguilar advised CBS4’s Peter D’Oench that the clearance rate for fixing homicides up to now this year is at 77 % in contrast with 47 % in 2021.
Aguilar confirmed CBS4 how he says some first-rate detective work, DNA proof and a few luck led to the seize of repeat offender, 56-year-old Charlie Wooden, who’s now charged with 2nd-degree murder within the dying of one other homeless man, 30-year-old Juan Hernandez.
Aguilar says it was June fifth when police had been dispatched to S.W. 1st Ave. and 1st St. the place Hernandez had been stabbed. He was rushed to the Ryder Trauma Center however didn’t survive. Aguilar says police processed the scene and discovered their suspect had a nickname, “UNC,” which was quick for uncle.
“We reached out to our homeless empowerment and assistance team who worked in the area trying to identify the suspect but we kept coming up short. We were able to pick up some surveillance tape by canvassing the area,” stated Aguilar.
The tape reveals the 2 males in an argument after which Hernandez is stabbed off digicam. He says surveillance tape additionally reveals the suspect choosing up two duffel luggage after which using away on his bicycle.
“We see the suspect riding away on his bicycle not wearing his red hat and that red hat was left on the crime scene and that was processed for DNA being a match for our suspect Charlie Wooden.”
Aguilar says a witness additionally recognized Wooden.
He says, “This case as is the case for many homicide cases was a combination of great police work and attention to detail and a bit of luck, Homicide detectives will often tell you they would rather be lucky than good. Murder cases are very labor intensive. Homicide detectives are often called to the scene and do not stop working until all of the leads come in.”
“Our detectives are doing a top-notch job in following through with cases. They are also paying more attention to cold cases,” stated Aguilar. “We are also focusing heavily on known repeat offenders and proactively adding those suspects who are known out there in the community in gun-related cases, gang-related crimes, drugs offenses and firearms offenses. The number of illegal firearms confiscated gas doubled since 2020.”
He stated “The Miami Police department views every victim in every murder case as the most important thing as we are working on and no victim is forgotten. Every case is treated as the highest priority at the time. It doesn’t matter where the victim is in their life. Every victim is treated as the highest priority at the time. Everyone who has a hand in the cases knows it is all in and no stone will be left unturned in finding the person involved with a murder.”
Aguilar stated there have been 26 murders up to now this year in Miami, in contrast with 30 homicides at the identical time final year and that could be a drop of 13 % in murders.
Aguilar hs had plenty of expertise with murder instances.
He had been a murder detective with Miami Police for five 1/2 years.