Miami-Dade County

Miami police search for knife-wielding killer — and his dog

Reinaldo Martinez was stabbed to death at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, Miami police said, behind a gas station just south of Blue Lagoon, by a man wearing a thin dark jacket and carrying a knife in one hand — and a small dog in the other.

Cops raced to the Chevron Station at 5100 NW Seventh St., after a witness called 911 to say two men were fighting behind it.

But Martinez wasn’t there. All they found was blood. And more blood.

So much blood that they were able to follow a blood trail for more than a block, all the way to an apartment at 5220 NW Seventh St., where they found Martinez, 41, bleeding profusely from stab wounds.

Miami police spokesman Freddie Cruz said police “followed the blood from the gas station,” until they found Martinez. Then they called Miami Fire Rescue, which took him to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he died.

Cruz couldn’t say what the men were fighting over.

Law enforcement hasn’t named the killer, but he’s a familiar figure to people in the area. He is described as a white male in his 30s or 40s, about 5 feet, 10 inches tall — who almost always carries a small dog under his arm. And though people have seen the man repeatedly with the dog, no one seemed able to name him Tuesday.

Cruz didn’t have any witness accounts, though he said witnesses said they’ve seen the man with the dog. Even a man describing himself as the manager at the Chevron station said he’s seen the man with the dog.

“He shops here sometimes,” the manager said. “I have seen him sometimes. He carries a dog.”