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Rafael Valencia accused of killing man for masturbating next to girlfriend

Miami man, 35, faces second-degree murder charge

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MIAMI – A Miami man is facing a second-degree murder charge after he choked a man he claimed was masturbating near his girlfriend at his home, police said.

Miami police were called to a home at 2255 NW North River Drive on July 22 about an unresponsive man inside the home.

Police found the victim lying on his back in a bedroom. Paramedics arrived and tried to revive the victim, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to an arrest report, Rafael Valencia, 35, gave inconsistent statements to investigators.

Detectives said Valencia admitted that he came home on the day of the incident and saw the victim masturbating near his girlfriend. Detectives said Valencia claimed he punched the victim in the face several times and then placed him in a rear chokehold until the victim was no longer breathing.

According to the report, Valencia saw that the victim was not breathing and that blood was coming out of his mouth.

Valencia called 911 and fled the scene before police arrived, authorities said.

He was arrested Tuesday and remains in jail.

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