MIAMI BEACH (CBSMiami) – An arrest has been made in a deadly shooting last month on South Beach.
Jeremiah Dorvilus, 31, has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of 29-year-old Kamil Patel on January 25th.
“It’s a terrible case. It’s a senseless crime. Crime on Miami Beach is down but it doesn’t matter if crime is down or up, this is a murder, this person lost his life on the streets of Miami Beach. This has been the priority of this agency and thankfully we are making significant progress,” said Miami Beach police spokesman Ernesto Rodriguez.
In bond court, Circuit Judge Mindy Glazer found probable cause for the charges and appointed an Assistant Public defender for Dorvilus and said he would be held without bond. Dorvilus listened silently as Glazer read the arrest report.
Patel’s girlfriend told police she and Patel were walking together in an alley in the 1400 block of Collins Court when an Accord drove around them and then stopped in their path. A man, who police identified as Tyrone Jackson, then got out of the passenger side and shot Patel twice. He then got back in the car which drove off.
Patel was taken to Jackson Memorial where he was pronounced dead.
Miami Police found the Accord and Dorvilus on January 30th. The car turned out to be stolen but it had not been reported. During questioning, Dorvilus reportedly admitted to police he was in possession of the white Honda Accord captured on surveillance video at the scene of the murder. Miami Beach did not have enough evidence to arrest him.
Residents and tourists alike were horrified by the murder.
“He should be in custody. He shouldn’t be driving that car and killing people. He should be in jail,” said Brandon Gray, a visitor from Ohio.
Patel, a Prada store executive in Bal Harbour, had just moved to South Florida from Dallas.
“Well I mean it breaks my heart. I came down here thinking this was a safe place. I don’t like to hear that. It could prevent other tourists from coming here,” said Toya Harris, who was also visiting from Ohio.
Days after the murder, Patel’s uncle said his family is devastated.
“I don’t understand why this happened. I do not understand why,” said Nasir Maumud. “Why did they do it. Why did they do these things. There are so many guns in people’s hands.”
A third man who was in the car at the time of the shooting reportedly told police the events that led up to the shooting and that it was Jackson who shot Patel.
Police have not said why Jackson shot Patel but they are anxious to find him.
“Tyrone Jackson is 5′ 7″, about a 130 to 140 pounds. He walks with a distinct limp. He was previously shot with an AK-47. Anyone who comes in contact with him, we urge you to immediately dial 911,” said Rodriguez.
Police say Jackson is considered armed and dangerous.
Anyone with information that can help police should call Miami-DADE Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS (8477).