A third man arrested in connection with the drive-by shooting that killed a 7-year-old South Miami-Dade boy will await trial while on house arrest.
A judge on Thursday ordered Michael Tobler, who detectives say started the argument that led to the drive-by that killed Amiere Castro, to post $50,000 bond before his release from jail.
Tobler, 19, is charged with attempted second-degree murder and aggravated assault with a firearm.
Amiere, a first-grader at Coral Reef Elementary, was visiting relatives inside the Richmond Heights home Sunday when a hail of assault-rifle bullets hit the house, one round hitting him in the head. His 12-year-old brother witnessed his brother’s killing.
Those accused of being the drive-by gunman, Dravein Duke, 19, and the getaway driver, Maxwell Trewin, 18, are awaiting trial on second-degree murder and attempted murder charges. Duke is in jail, while Trewin remains hospitalized after he was bitten by a police dog during his capture.
A newly released Miami-Dade police arrest report details the events that led up to the shooting.
Duke, Trewin and three other teens pulled up to the home at 15120 Jackson St. to buy marijuana from Tobler, an acquaintance, police said.
After the marijuana sale, Tobler got into an argument with Duke over a “possible stolen firearm,” according to an arrest report.
Tobler took a gun from his pocket and shoved the muzzle into Duke’s stomach, police said. “Don’t f--k with me, I’ll kill you!” he allegedly told Duke.
Duke and the others retreated to Trewin’s white Dodge truck. As they drove off, Tobler fired three times at the Dodge, Miami-Dade Detective David Denmark wrote in his arrest report.
Police say Duke retrieved an AK-47 from a relative’s house, then had Trewin drive him back, peppering the home with a spray of bullets. Two teens were wounded, and Amiere was killed.