Aliex Santiesteban, 43, of Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States has been arrested by the Miami-Dade Police Department. He was charged with sexual battery with a deadly weapon/serious injury, kidnapping a child under 13 and attempted murder.
On the evening of March 26, 2021, a boy, 12, snuck out of his home to walk to a friend’s place. While walking back home around the Brownsville neighborhood of Northwest Miami-Dade County at about 2:00 a.m. or 3:00 a.m. on March 27, 2021, the boy was allegedly abducted at gunpoint by Santiesteban.
According to authorities, Santiesteban grabbed the boy and forced him into the the backseat of his black four-door sedan where he sexually assaulted him. The suspect allegedly shot the boy in the face before pushing him out of the car.
The bullet that struck the boy in the jaw went out through the other side of his head. While temporarily blinded, the boy used his touch to get around.
“The young boy says he couldn’t see at the time,” Miami-Dade Police Department detective Alvaro Zabaleta told Local 10. “He had lost his sight and he was using his touch trying to find his way around to seek help.”
After the assault, the victim wandered alone near the Foodland Market on Northwest 37th Avenue and 47th Street in Miami-Dade County. A man found the boy and escorted him to the market where they asked for help.
“He was conscious,” the Good Samaritan said of the boy. “He fell on the sidewalk and said he had been shot.”
The boy was rushed to the Ryder Trauma Center of Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami and was in critical condition. Santiesteban denied assaulting the boy, police said.
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