Two people have been arrested in the murder of a man over the weekend near a Hialeah motel.
The deadly encounter began when a woman, Jacqueline Cabeza, mentioned to a witness at the Rainbow Inn on Saturday night that she was looking for someone to “take care” of someone she was having problems with, according to police.
Another witness told Hialeah police that Junior Barquin later headed toward Noarian Pino’s nearby home behind the motel and declared, “I’m not going to fight him, I’m going to kill him.”
Pino, 33, died from a gunshot wound soon after. That’s why Cabeza and Barquin ended Sunday evening under arrest, with charges of second-degree murder with a deadly weapon.
According to the arrest affidavits, whatever friendship Pino and Cabeza, 26, had ended over a disagreement involving something Cabeza believed Pino owed her.
A man told police that Cabeza, who lives in Hialeah, was at the Rainbow Inn around 6:30 telling him, “She was willing to pay someone to take care of a person she was having problems with.”
A witness who knows both Cabeza and Pino said he saw Cabeza and the 42-year-old Barquin walking toward Pino’s Hialeah home. The witness told police he admonished the duo to refrain from fighting. He said Barquin responded by raising his shirt to reveal a revolver and in Spanish said what translates as:
“I’m not going to fight him, I’m going to kill him.”
That witness told police he saw Cabeza go into Pino’s home. Pino came out to be greeted by two shots from Barquin, one bullet hitting his lower abdomen.
Pino died at Jackson’s Ryder Trauma Center.
The witness picked Barquin of Hialeah Gardens out of a six-picture lineup as the shooter, according to the arrest affidavit.