MIAMI (CBSMiami) – An arrest has been made in the case involving a 12-year-old boy who was abducted, sexually assaulted and then shot in Brownsville.
A source familiar with the investigation told CBS4’s Jim DeFede that a 43-year-old male was taken into custody at around 6:30 p.m.READ MORE: Miami Beach Police Chief Richard Clements Has 'Serious Concerns' Regarding Rough Arrest
The source said police got a DNA match from the victim.
According to Miami Dade police, the child was walking near NW 43rd Terrace and NW 30th Avenue between 2:00 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. Saturday when he was abducted at gunpoint by an armed man in a black four-door sedan.
“He said the driver got off, walked up to him and grabbed him and forced him inside the vehicle. Once he was inside the vehicle he tried to get out, but the child locks were activated. He couldn’t open the doors,” said Det. Alvaro Zabaleta with the Miami-Dade Police Department.
Investigator said the man drove him to an area near NW 45th Street and 31st Avenue, where he sexually assaulted the boy before shooting him in the face.
After that, the boy was forced out of the car and the man drove off.
“The young boy was trying to fight him off during the struggle, the fight, he hears a loud noise. He didn’t even say bang. He said he heard a really loud pop, that’s when the subject opens the door and pushes him out of the car,” explained Zabaleta.
Nearby surveillance captured the moment a good Samaritan helped the boy get to a store so they could dial 911.
“I couldn’t sleep at all last night,” said the good Samaritan “Johnny,” who did not want his last name used in this report. “He was screaming, ‘Help! Somebody help me, please, please!’ So I bring him to the store while we call the police. Before he was unconscious, he fell on the sidewalk and he said he had been shot.”
The graphic surveillance video showed the child collapsing to the ground.
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Iqbal Akhtar and his wife Zafreen Jaffery live in the area. They said they were horrified to hear the victim of this latest crime was a child.
“Unfortunately, hearing gunshots, people getting killed, these things are happening way too frequently here where we live,” said Akhtar.
“This neighborhood is particularly stressful for young children, because there are no opportunities. There are no safe spaces to congregate,” noted Jaffery.
The two have worked to help start a community garden in the area to give children an activity after school.
They hope, if anything, this will bring attention to the Brownsville neighborhood.
“There’s usually some attention after an incident like this happens, and the next day it’s the same thing all over again,” said Jaffery.
“We really would call upon the mayor of the county and the commissioners to be able to help please direct more resources to help prevent further violence like this,” Akhtar added.
Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho posted on Twitter that he was “sickened to his core” by the attack.
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Sickened to my core after learning about this savage attack. I pray for this young boy’s physical and emotional recovery, and implore that anyone with information on the despicable coward behind this heinous crime please come forward. https://t.co/6kcgvlf5Wv
— Alberto M. Carvalho (@MiamiSup) March 29, 2021
The suspect’s name has not been released.