Police in Florida used DNA and went door-to-door to hunt down and identify the suspect accused of kidnapping, raping and then shooting a 12-year-old boy in the head.
On March 29, officers took Aliex Santiesteban, 43, into custody outside an Overtown apartment complex and charged him with attempted murder, kidnapping and sexual battery with a deadly weapon, the Miami Herald reported.
Special Victims Bureau Major Brian Rafky noted that with DNA evidence authorities “were able to put the suspect with the victim” and “other physical evidence” indicated “the subject was in the area.”
“That is the face of evil right there, ladies and gentlemen,” Miami-Dade Police Director Freddy Ramirez said of Santiesteban at a Tuesday news conference, WFOR-TV reported.
According to investigators, on Friday, March 26, the young victim put pillows in his bed to make it look like he was sleeping and then snuck out of his house in Miami’s Brownsville area around midnight.
The child walked almost three miles to his friend’s home and later began making the same trip back around 3 a.m.
At one point during his return, the victim was approached by the suspect, who was driving a black four-door sedan, police said.
The man allegedly grabbed the boy, threw him into the car and then drove a short distance before putting the victim in the backseat and allegedly raping him, according to investigators.
The boy later told authorities he wasn’t able to escape the vehicle because child locks were engaged.
The suspect “sexually assaulted and shot [the boy] in the face,” Rafky said. “Then he dumped him out of the vehicle, leaving him for dead.”
A good Samaritan in the area noticed the child struggling and guided him to a nearby market, where he collapsed.
Authorities said the victim is in stable condition but in a lot of pain.
Santiesteban is currently being held without bond in the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center.