Thursday, April 07, 2016

Grisly homicide being investigated by Miami Beach police [UPDATED x5]

UPDATED 5x at 10:00 p.m., April 8: Jonathan Alonso has been charged with first degree murder in connection with the death of Louis Piper. (Arrest form is embedded at the bottom of this post.)

Jonathan Alonso. (Miami-Dade Corrections)


UPDATED 4x at 2:00 p.m., April 8 with new photos of Jonathan Alonso and Louis Piper below.

I've also learned that Louis Piper's employers called the manager of his condo on Wednesday after becoming concerned that Piper hadn't been showing up for work. The manager and a security guard gained entry to the apartment and saw Alonso standing on a balcony. When Alonso saw the pair, he angrily ordered them to leave. Minutes later, Alonso was caught on surveillance video leaving the apartment and getting on an elevator. A source tells me that Alonso may have lived in the apartment with Piper's decomposing body for several days, or more.

Alonso was detained by Miami Police officers this afternoon and has been transferred to Miami Beach Police headquarters where he will be interviewed by homicide detectives.

Jonathan Alonso and Louis Piper. (Source: Facebook)
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Jonathan Alonso. (Source: Facebook)


UPDATED 3x at 10:30 a.m., April 8: Miami Beach Police have tweeted the flyer below in connection with the homicide. The flyer says Alonso is a "potential suspect or witness." Sources who knew both Alonso and the victim tell me that the two were in some sort of relationship.

Jonathan Alonso. (Source: Facebook)


UPDATED 2x at 10 a.m., April 8: A resident of the building where the homicide occurred says Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine was seen across the street in Panther Coffee Thursday morning. Levine, who has been a regular customer at the coffee shop, but who hadn't been seen recently, was asked about the murder. "What murder, I don't know anything about a murder," the mayor replied.

Additionally a source with knowledge of the investigation tells me that the victim's body - which had been decomposing for a week - "exploded" when it was dropped while being removed from the crime scene....which might account for the odor of a dead body that residents reported smelling. 

Miami Beach Police have scheduled a press briefing for 10:30 a.m. today (Friday) when a police spokesman says he might release "potential witness or person of interest information."
UPDATED x1 at 3:07 p.m.: A source tells me that Miami Beach police responded to the scene yesterday after being notified by colleagues at work who were not able to reach the victim for several days. The victim's body may have been lying undiscovered in his apartment for as many as five days. Source also says that Miami Beach police Chief Dan Oates responded to the condo and remained in the lobby of the building for several hours a period of time. One source who lives in the building says that upon leaving his apartment this morning, the odor of a dead body was apparent.

A homicide that was reported Wednesday at a luxury waterfront condominium at 1800 Sunset Harbour Drive is being investigated by Miami Beach Police.

Here's a statement that was just released by a police spokesperson:
Miami Beach PD is investigating a homicide; the incident was first reported to us around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday and occurred at the condominium at 1800 Sunset Harbor Drive. The victim is a male in his 60’s. Family has not yet been notified, so we are not releasing his name. We have made significant progress on the investigation, although the suspect is not yet in custody. At this point, we will not be releasing the suspect information as to not hinder the investigation.
A source tells Random Pixels that the murder was particularly grisly in nature. I'm withholding that information until I can confirm it.

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