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Police have man in custody after finding car used by shooter in South Beach killing

Kamil Patel
Kamil Patel

Police have a man in custody after they found the white 2017 Honda Accord they say was used by the gunman in Thursday night’s fatal South Beach shooting of Prada manager Kamil Patel.

The car was found in Miami at the Allapattah Metrorail station, 3501 NW 12th Ave. Investigators were on scene Tuesday afternoon.

Shortly afterwards, Miami Beach police announced via Twitter they had a man in custody regarding the stolen Accord. His name was not released.

The man in custody was in possession of the vehicle, but police have not yet determined if he was involved in the shooting, said Miami Beach police spokesman Ernesto Rodriguez.

The man has not been charged and remained in police custody late Tuesday.

Patel’s girlfriend Katy Park wrote on a page that a gunman, who she described as “a small African-American male,” got out of the passenger side of the car and shot Patel, 29, as he and Park walked from Mac’s Club Deuce to a karaoke bar in South Beach.

The car was later reported as stolen on Friday by the mother of Orestes Marrero when she reported Marrero as missing. Police don’t know what happened to Marrero, or if he was in the car when Patel was shot.

Orestes Marrero
Orestes Marrero Miami Beach Police Department

Miami Beach residents gathered at the site of the shooting, Española Way and Collins Court, to hold a vigil at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in memory of Patel. He had recently moved to the Beach from Dallas to manage the Prada clothing store in Bal Harbour.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal

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