Broward County

Fugitive security guard fled Florida. His crime caught up with him in El Salvador.

Andres Aviles
Andres Aviles Broward Sheriff’s Office

A security guard wanted for shooting his coworker traveled two countries to get to Nicaragua in hopes of escaping attempted murder charges, police say.

It didn’t work.

Authorities caught up with 26-year-old Andres Aviles halfway through his journey when he had a layover flight from Mexico to El Salvador on his way to Nicaragua.

Aviles ended up on a plane to Miami International Airport, where he was greeted by investigators from the FBI, Hollywood police and South Florida Violent Crime/Fugitive Task Force. He is now being held in Broward’s main jail with no bond for the December shooting, jail records show.

According to Hollywood police, video surveillance and witness accounts revealed that Aviles fired his gun and was the aggressor during a tiff with his colleague, which left him with a bullet wound to the stomach and in critical condition.

“Further investigation led detectives to the charges of attempted second-degree murder,” said Miranda Grossman, a spokeswoman for Hollywood police.

The shooting happened on Dec. 3. Aviles and his coworker, Wilner Duce, 49 — both guards for Regions Security at the Hollywood Treatment Plant, 3441 Hollywood Blvd. — got into an argument during shift change.

Aviles told police that the “argument ensued over the lock to the gate not being properly done during relief.” He said the verbal argument escalated into a physical fight, and then he told police that Duce punched the gate, which hit him in the chest. That’s when he drew his gun, according to a police report.

A shift supervisor at the water plant, Timothy Foard, told police he was coming to work and saw “a confrontation between the two security guards who were on shift change.”

As of Monday afternoon, Regions Security did not respond to requests for comment.

Foard tried to break up the fight but “felt in fear of his own life because Aviles was armed and acting in an aggressive manner,” the report said. He then called 911.

Aviles was originally charged with aggravated battery, but on Dec. 21, a warrant was issued for the upgraded charge of attempted second-degree murder.

Police say Aviles began his escape plan shortly after the warrant was issued.

He first drove to Mexico, where he then tried to fly to Nicaragua. He was stopped in El Salvador on Jan. 9 because officials realized he had a warrant.

Monique O. Madan: 305-376-2108, @MoniqueOMadan

Carli Teproff: 305-376-3587, @CTeproff