Suspect arrested in killing of Hollywood police officer has extensive criminal history

The teenager accused of killing a Hollywood police officer is no stranger to the police.

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – The teenager accused of killing a Hollywood police officer is no stranger to the police.

That suspect has been identified as 18-year-old Jason Banegas.

Local 10 News’ spoke with Banegas’ sister at his Miami home Monday.

“My brother would never do that for no reason,” she said.

Banegas’ family is still digesting the news that he is facing a charge of first-degree murder, among other charges, in the fatal shooting of Officer Yandy Chirino on Sunday night.

18-year-old Jason Banegas. (WPLG)

“We don’t know if he’s OK, we don’t know what happened to him, we don’t even know how this even happened,” Banegas’ sister said. “How did it get to this situation, because my brother would never do something like this.”

Banegas has an extensive criminal history that dates back to when was 12 years old, when he was accused of resisting an officer without violence. Since then, Banegas has faced charges for burglary, property damage and grand theft auto.

Ring doorbell camera footage given to Local 10 News from the Hollywood neighborhood where the officer was killed shows a young man that resembles Banegas going car to car, checking for unlocked doors.

Jason Banegas is accused of fatally shooting Hollywood police Officer Yandy Chirino on Oct. 17, 2021. (Broward Sheriff's Office)

That’s the very crime detectives say was being committed, in that same neighborhood, that drew suspicion and police to the area shortly before the confrontation that led to the shooting death of the Hollywood officer.

Just last year alone, Banegas was arrested on charges of burglary, trespassing, and marijuana and cocaine possession near a school.

“I’m going to talk for my brother because I know my brother has nothing to do with whatever happened,” Banegas’ sister said. “My brother is innocent, I don’t care. Many police have done this to my brother. This is not the first time. This is not the first time this has happened to us.”

Banegas was booked into the Broward County Main Jail Monday evening.

About the Author:

Terrell Forney joined Local 10 News in October 2005 as a general assignment reporter. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, but a desire to escape the harsh winters of the north brought him to South Florida.