Charges expected in death of musician, bartender shot dead during home robbery

Raul Reinosa, 41, is accused of killing Luis Salgar during a home robbery.

07/10/2014 2:58 PM

07/10/2014 7:15 PM

Miami police are in the process of extraditing a man wanted in the late June killing of a local bartender and musician who was shot dead when he arrived home and encountered a burglary in progress.

Raul Reinosa, 41, was arrested earlier this week on probation violation charges stemming from a crime in California, according to Miami police. Officers in St. Augustine found him walking along the side of Interstate 95 with a bayonet.

He’s wanted in the June 23 death of Luis Salgar, 31, who walked into his home on Northeast Eighth Court at 85th Street and found Reinosa hiding in a closet. Salgar was shot with a gun Reinosa found in the home, police said. A roommate found Salgar's body.

Reinosa is in the process of being extradited from St. John's County. When he returns to Miami to face a judge, he is expected to be charged with second-degree murder.

After Salgar's body was found, police quickly learned his Honda Accord was missing. Within a few days police discovered the vehicle was wrecked in a one-car crash in West Palm Beach.

Miami detectives said they drove to West Palm Beach and through forensics were able to identify witnesses who told them Reinosa was trying to sell items including a laptop computer that he had stolen from Salgar.

Police drove to the St. John's County Jail this week and interviewed Reinosa after he was taken into custody on Tuesday.

Miami police Cmdr. Eunice Cooper said Reinosa gave a full confession to her detectives. Cooper said Reinosa told them he chose Salgar's home because he was hungry and needed drugs.

She said there were signs of a struggle in the home Salgar shared with two roommates.

“It was a random burglary,” Cooper said.

Salgar was a well-known bartender and local musician who most recently played guitar for the band Secret Arms. He had been a bartender at Gramps in Wynwood in the past and was employed at the Broken Shaker on Miami Beach when he was killed.

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