Published on October 1st, 2013 | by Daniel R. Perlman0
Francisco Granados, 20, Charged With Murder Of Tiffany Cabreja
A Homestead man has been arrested for the murder of a teenager found dead at a construction site, while a second suspect remains at large, according to Miami-Dade Police.
Francisco Granados, 20, was arrested after police received a tip that he had confessed to killing 18-year-old Tiffany Cabreja to an acquaintance.
Police have been searching for Cabreja‘s killer since her body was found last Saturday at a construction site at at SW 288th Street and 144th Avenue. She had last been seen Friday, when she left home to go to the store and a friend picked her up.
Her body was found with a ligature tied tightly around her neck, police said, and a plastic bag placed over her head.
According to the arrest report, Granados told police he and another male picked Cabreja up on Friday, then the trio went to Leisure City Park to smoke crack cocaine.
After smoking, they moved to the construction site, where Granados allegedly told police he attacked Cabreja from behind to strangle her while the other man attacked her from the front.
“Mr. Granados advised that he was under the influence of crack cocaine at the time he attacked the victim and was unaware if he killed her,” wrote an arresting officer.
Police say the second man has not been identified, and investigators are still trying to determine his name and whereabouts.
Detectives previously interrogated a man who had been driving a commercial truck in the area. Cabreja’s body was initially found after multiple witnesses in South Miami reported having seen a woman’s body fall from a truck, whose driver then stuffed it back inside the cab and drove off.
Police responding to those calls found Cabreja’s body in the same area, but the driver of the truck, who initially ran from police Wednesday, was later freed after a long interview in which he protested his innocence.
The body, his girlfriend told NBC6, had been her falling out of the truck during an argument.
Granados has been charged with second-degree murder.
Source: huffingtonpost.com “Francisco Granados, 20, Charged With Murder Of Tiffany Cabreja,” September 30, 2013.