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“Crime Stoppers Miami” Aims To Catch Criminals On The Run

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MIAMI (CBS4) – It’s the latest weapon in the fight against crime in South Florida. And it’s a new show that will air every Saturday at 10 p.m. on CBS4’s sister station–TV 33.

The name of the show is “Crime Stoppers Miami” and it is hosted by Richard Masten, the Executive Director of Miami-Dade Crimestoppers.

It’s a show that re-traces every step, in some of the most brutal unsolved crimes committed right on our streets. And it reaches out to viewers for answers.

This week’s show includes dramatic re-enactments of two unsolved mysteries from Miami-Dade and those profiles will also include a 911 call, on-camera comment from the lead detectives in each case and a dramatic plea for help from family members of the victims.

These re-enactments are being seen on local television thanks to this show for the first time.

In one report, we’ll see what happened in the murder in March of 2010 of 39-year-old security guard Luis Diaz in Miami. We’ll see how Jonathan Labrada is the prime suspect and detectives say he should be “considered armed and dangerous” and he is someone who detectives want to get “off the streets.”

We’ll see a series of photographs of Labrada and you’ll see a vivid description of him.

The show also features a re-enactment in the case of 49-year-old Jesus Mejias, who was murdered last April in his Miami Gardens driveway. Detectives say he was shot twice in the back and because of those wounds, he died.

Mejias was robbed of some very distinctive-looking jewelry and you’ll see what it looks like.

“Crime Stoppers Miami” also has a special section in which some of South Florida’s “most wanted” fugitives are highlighted. You’ll find out who they are and what they look like.

Masten told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench that “It’s important that people in our community band together and try to help out to make our streets safer. The community can provide an invaluable service in solving some of these crimes. It just takes someone who may have seen or heard something to make an important difference.”

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