A 40-year old man was arrested Thursday on charges that he murdered and dismembered another man, whose remains were found in plastic bags along a Hialeah railroad track after neighbors complained of a bad smell.
According to the police report, William Martinez was arrested after security videos from the area showed a man leaving the apartment complex at 33 West 22nd St. and throwing several bags on the tracks.
When police entered the complex to investigate, they recognized the man in the video. He was sitting on a chair in front of one of the apartments, according to the police report.
Police also found a black garbage bag with a strong odor consistent with decomposing human remains. Martinez claimed the bag was left there by people from another building that had suffered a fire, the report added. A search turned up no evidence of any fires nearby.
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Police searched Martinez’s apartment and found his mother, Juana Betancourt, and the strong smell of a decomposing body.
“In plain sight were several cleaning products, on the floor near the entrance to the home,” the report said. Behind the apartment was a grill that also smelled of decomposition.
Betancourt told police that her son had told her that he had killed a man in his room, dismembered him and stashed the body parts in the grill and a garbage can, according to the report.
The identity of the 60-year-old victim has not been made public because his family has not been notified.
The statement by Sgt. Carl Zogby, spokesman for the Hialeah Police Department, added that the victim and Martinez knew each other and that the murder appeared to be the result of a heated discussion between the two.
Hialeah police found parts of the body — hands, feet, head and other parts of the extremities — in garbage bags Wednesday night along the railroad track near the corner of Palm Avenue and 21st Street. They had been called by neighbors who had started to complain about the bad smell.
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