HIALEAH (CBS4) – The man Miami-Dade police said shot and killed his wife at a restaurant where she worked was killed during a confrontation with detectives Tuesday evening at a Hialeah apartment building.
Tuesday night’s shooting happened around 8:30 p.m. near 72nd Street and West 14th Court. Miami-Dade police confirmed that 52-year old Reynaldo Cabrera Hernandez died on the scene.
According to police, the search for Cabrera Hernandez began Tuesday just after just after 10 a.m. following a shooting at Casa Latina cafeteria restaurant, located at 19541 NW 57th Avenue/Red Road.
Police said 39-year old Misley Gonzalez and Cabrera Hernandez were at the restaurant before dawn and were overheard having an argument. She remained to work, and he left, only to return at about 10 a.m.
Mayra Dwyer spoke with other regulars who were inside the restaurant at the time of the shooting.
“She was a cook, she was always in the back” said Dwyer. “They say that he came in and he asked for her. They told him she was in the back and he went in the back and shot her.”
Friends of the couple told CBS4 the two arrived here from Cuba about three years ago and lived together in Hialeah with a 16-year-old daughter. Miami-Dade police detective Roy Rutland said while not officially married, Cabrera Hernandez and Gonzalez had been together for over 20 years so they consider it a common law marriage.
The couple’s friends said they saw Cabrera Hernandez during the four and a half hours between the time of the argument and the murder. Maria Zumeta said she and Cabrera Hernandez had coffee around 7:30 a.m. and nothing seemed out of the ordinary.
An hour later witnesses said Cabrera Hernandez went to a nearby car wash to borrow a shirt from his friend Guillermo Hernandez. An hour and a half after that, Gonzalez was dead.
Hernandez said Cabrera Hernandez went back to the car wash after the murder and confessed to him, before taking off.
Zumeta’s grand-daughter, Ronesha Henderson knows the woman and Cabrera Hernandez.
“I don’t know what was going through his head. I don’t know why he shot her. I just know he’s probably like a jealous person,” said Henderson.
Over a year ago, Gonzalez went to the courts to ask for a restraining order against Cabrera Hernandez because she said spent years enduring threats and physical abuse, according to CBS4 news partner The Miami Herald.
The judge refused to issue a permanent restraining order and the couple reportedly reconciled.