Jorge Fuentes’ life ended after a knock on his front door and an encounter with two men, one who goes by the name of “Mousey.”
Fuentes’ roommate David Martinez’s life was spared, but not before he witnessed his friend’s murder, kneeling on the ground and begging for his life, and surviving a car ride in which his kidnappers threatened to kill his entire family if he ratted them out, police said.
Also spared was a 2-year-old child that Fuentes was babysitting. Police said it’s his girlfriend’s baby. The baby was not harmed.
“The mother was away at work. We don't know if the baby witnessed anything,” said Miami police spokeswoman Kenia Reyes.
On Thursday, about 36 hours after the killing, Alexander “Mousey” Porto, 24, and Jonathan Jimenez, 23, were charged with first-degree murder and false imprisonment for the kidnapping of Martinez and the shooting death of Fuentes. The two were being questioned at Miami police headquarters Thursday afternoon.
The arrest affidavits — and the backgrounds of those involved in the incident — tell a sordid tale of murder, kidnapping and threats as Porto and Jimenez searched for and demanded drugs and money.
Martinez told police that at one point after his friend had been shot and Porto had summoned a woman to pick him up, Jimenez went back into the home and retrieved a large flat screen TV that they stuck in the car. Police said they later found the item at another home.
The Coral Ridge home at 3001 SW 11th St., where the killing took place, stands out: It’s badly in need of a paint job and the grass is a bit overgrown. Neighbors said they often wondered about the occupants who seemed to come and go at odd hours, and drove an SUV Porsche and a Cadillac.
“We were just shocked because this neighborhood is really really quiet. We’ve lived here 14 years, and it’s crazy,” neighbor Everett Sentmanat told Miami Herald news partner CBS4.
A waitress at Los Perros Restaurant on Coral Way, which Fuentes managed, said her boss hired him because Fuentes was turning his life around and trying to stay away from a bad crowd. She said Fuentes was living in the restaurant until he saved up enough money to rent a home.
“My boss hired him because he wanted to give him a chance. He was working so hard,” Nicolle Munoz said.
According to the arrest affidavits for Porto and Jimenez, police arrived at the Coral Ridge home after Martinez called 911. When they got there they found him administering CPR to Fuentes, but it was too late.
Martinez told police that he and Fuentes heard a knock on the front door, then peeked out the front window and saw Porto, who they referred to as “Mousey.” When Fuentes opened the door, the two got into a verbal altercation that escalated into a physical fight, with Porto punching Fuentes in the face.
All the time, Martinez said, Jimenez was pointing a small-caliber firearm at them, and demanding drugs and money. They complied, but when Fuentes tried to stuff some cash in his pants, Jimenez shot him and he fell backward “and started to gasp for air.”
With the weapon pointed at him, Martinez told police he got on the ground and pleaded for his life. Porto then called a girl to come and pick them up, Martinez told police, and he, Porto and Jimenez got into the car. As they drove around, Martinez said Porto told him if he talked to the cops he would kill his mother and brothers.
“He continued to tell him that he would kill him and his family if he finds out he tells police what happened,” according to the affidavit.
Martinez said the woman driving the car talked Porto into letting Martinez go, and that she drove him from the house at 801 NW 32nd St., back to the Cortal Ridge home. Martinez then called police.
Porto, Jimenez and Fuentes have extensive criminal histories, according to Florida Department of Law Enforcement records.
Porto was arrested by Miami-Dade police in August 2007 for driving with a suspended license, and was also arrested by Miami Beach police in February 2012 for illegally selling liquor.
Jimenez was arrested by Miami police in June 2007 on burglary and armed robbery charges. In May of 2008, FDLE records indicate he escaped from the county’s juvenile detention center. He was busted again in March 2010 for selling cocaine, and in August of that year was charged with armed robbery and aggravated battery. In January Jimenez was arrested yet again for cocaine possession, and in February for driving with a suspended license.
Fuentes’ troubles date back to April 2004 when the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office arrested him for carrying a concealed weapon. He was arrested in May 2005 in Manatee County for shoplifting, and in February 2005 for probation violation. Sarasota cops arrested Fuentes again in July 2005 for falsely claiming ownership of items he pawned.
Sarasota got him again in July 2005 for carrying a concealed firearm, and he was arrested yet again in November 2008 for cocaine possession. His last arrest, according to FDLE records, was in April 2009 for drug trafficking.
Police said Porto confessed to Fuentes’ murder while being questioned, and that Jimenez has so far refused to cooperate.