Miami-Dade police have arrested a teenage suspect in the murder of a rabbi walking to Sabbath services in Northeast Miami-Dade last year.
Deandre Edwin Charles, 15, was arrested Wednesday morning in the 18300 block of Northwest Sixth Avenue, according to Miami-Dade police.
Charles was brought to Miami-Dade police headquarters for questioning by homicide detectives, police said.
Rabbi Joseph Raksin, visiting from Brooklyn, was on his way to Bais Menachem Chabad in the 1000 block of Northeast 172nd Terrace on Aug. 9, 2014, when he was shot to death. Raksin, an Orthodox Jew who was not carrying money on him that day, was believed to be the target of a robbery.
His murder rocked the Orthodox Jewish community in Northeast Miami-Dade, and hundreds mourned him at services in New York.
A grand jury on Tuesday indicted Charles, who was 14 at the time of the shooting. He has one previous brush with the law, state records show: an August 2012 arrest in Miami Beach for grand theft.
According to law-enforcement sources, DNA and eyewitness testimony lead investigators to Charles.
The Miami-Dade state attorney’s office and police will detail the arrest at a 2:30 p.m. news conference.