BAL HARBOUR (CBS4) -A man Bal Harbour police are calling “a person of interest” in relation to a shooting outside of the upscale and trendy Bal Harbour shops earlier this week was arrested Saturday by Miami Beach police on unrelated charges.
Haider Zafar was booked into jail on charges of organized fraud of $50 thousand or more, grand theft in the 1st degree of $100 thousand or more, and 2 counts of grand theft 2nd degree in an amount under $100 thousand.
Bal Harbor police said the charges are unrelated to the shooting, but confirmed they are looking at Zafar as their investigation continues. However, they could not tell CBS4 why he has caught their eye.
The arrest comes after Bal Harbour Police said Ryan Hubbard, 32, was taken into custody Friday in Ohio by U.S. Marshals. He has been charged with two counts of attempted murder.
“He’s not involved in that,” said Krystal Hubbard, Ryan Hubbard’s sister.”How can he be in Dublin at 11 o’clock at a doctors appointment and here at 6:30. He didn’t catch a flight. It takes about 19 hours to drive from Ohio.”
The Marshal’s Service said their team went to the door of a home in Dublin, Ohio, where members of their Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team had spotted Hubbard on Friday.
US Marshal Cathy Jones said Hubbard did not answer the door, so members of the strike team forced their way into the home, and arrested Hubbard without incident. He is being held for extradition to South Florida, where he’ll face two counts of attempted Second Degree Murder.
Hubbard is from Miami Gardens, and had a long history with the state department of corrections. He was arrested twice in 2007, charged with carrying a concealed weapon, trafficking cocaine and aggravated battery. Hubbard is currently on probation.
But his sister said he had turned his life around in preparation for the son his girlfriend was about to give birth to next month. “He’s a good person,” she said. “He’s my brother. He’s done things, everybodys done things in their lives. But as far as I know, he’s a total 360. He’s been working helping his girlfriend trying to be a father.”
A check of his Zabar’s background shows he once had an address in Dublin, Ohio, where Hubbard was arrested.
In the shooting under investigation, witnesses report seeing two men arguing right before the gunshots were heard outside of the Carpaccio Restaurant. A man was struck in the knee, and a woman was struck in the foot. Both are expected to make a full recovery. It was witnesses who positively identified Hubbard to police.
Police say Hubbard jumped into an awaiting black car which fled southbound on Collins Avenue.
Police said there have only been three shootings in the area in the past 20 years.