Police: Double Murder Suspect Believed Victim Was The Devil
South Florida Crime
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The 21-year-old accused of a double murder in a SW Miami-Dade home said, according to police, he wanted to kill the male victim because he believed he “was the devil.”
Ronnie Candelaria, police believe, shot and killed Gale Sikora and her son Anthony Sikora while they were inside their home in Arbor Courts Thursday morning around 4 a.m.
Thursday morning, Candelaria, according to the arrest affidavit, left his home armed with an AK-74 along with seven magazines filled to capacity with 30 rounds—as well as a Glock with six magazines filled to capacity of 15 rounds, and two more magazines filled to capacity with 10 rounds.
Loaded with ammunition, the suspect drove to the victims’ home.
The arrest affidavit states that the suspect walked up to the front door, shot the lock numerous times but couldn’t get enter the home. He then walked over to the side of the home, shot the wooden fence lock several times and, at the same time, shot the sliding glass door.
Candelaria, the report says, entered the home after he broke the sliding glass door with the loaded assault rifle.
The suspect’s first victim, Gale Sikora, confronted the defendant in the stairway. She was then shot multiple times, according to the report.
The suspect then, according to the arrest affidavit, went up the stairs to the room of the second victim, Anthony Sikora. The defendant shot the victim multiple times. The victim fell to the floor and, according to police, Candelaria continued to fire the assault rifle at the victim.
Both mother and son were found dead inside the home when police responded.
Candelaria was stopped by police shortly after and was taken into custody. In plain view, police say, was an assault rifle.
Candelaria was transported to Miami-Dade Police Department where he was questioned by police.
According to the arrest affidavit, the defendant went to the victims’ home to kill the male victim “because after watching the movies “The Punisher,” “The Punisher-War Zone,” “Little Nicky,” and the series “Breaking Bad,” he believed the male victim was the devil.”
Police say that Candelaria provided a full statement detailing his involvement in both deaths.
Candelaria is being charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of armed burglary.
His bond hearing was scheduled for Friday morning, but he refused to appear in court. So, in his absence, the judge appointed a public defender to his case.