MIAMI SPRINGS, Fla. – Police officers arrested a man on Thursday who is accused of shooting a 25-year-old aspiring architect from Argentina during an armed robbery in Miami Beach.
Officer Ernesto Rodriguez, a spokesman for the Miami Beach Police Department, identified the man arrested in Miami Springs as Ranier Figueroa, 21, of Hialeah.
Officers arrested Figueroa at the Extended Stay America Suites, at 101 Fairway Dr., where an armed robbery suspect died in a police-involved shooting on Monday after a detective was shot.
Miami-Dade Detective Cesar “Echy” Echaverry was shot on Monday night and died on Wednesday at Jackson Memorial Hospital. He was 29.
Figueroa is accused of walking up to his two victims at about 4:35 a.m., on July 21, in front of an apartment building, near the intersection of Michigan Court and Eighth Street in South Beach and asking them for $1.
When the two took out their wallets, Figueroa pulled out a gun and demanded their belongings, authorities said.
Figueroa then shot the victim in the torso — sending him into a coma at Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center.
Figueroa is facing charges of attempted murder and armed robbery. He is being held without bond.