West Kendall

Man suspected of murdering elderly couple has arson and battery in his past

Gumersindo Perez Rodriguez, charged with murder in the deaths of Fermin Perez and Yolanda Perez
Gumersindo Perez Rodriguez, charged with murder in the deaths of Fermin Perez and Yolanda Perez

A man facing a double murder charge in the deaths of two elderly people has a record in the criminal justice system.

Gumersindo Perez Rodriguez was convicted twice of second-degree arson. He was acquitted on a probation violation.

On Saturday, the 55-year-old man barricaded himself in a house at Southwest 141st Street and 147th Court. Police removed him without incident but found two senior citizens stabbed to death inside.

Neighbors on Saturday identified Perez Rodriguez as the victims’ son. Police did not confirm that, but said the suspect lived at the address.

An elderly couple is dead after neighbors say the couple’s son stabbed his parents to death. Miami-Dade police’s homicide bureau responded on Saturday afternoon to reports of two elderly people being killed at a Kendall home on the 14100 block of

Police have not identified the couple. County property records say the three-bedroom, two-bathroom house belongs to Fermin Perez and Yolanda Perez. A Fermin Perez and a Yolanda Perez were brought to the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner’s Office on Saturday, according to records.

Perez Rodriguez faces two charges of second-degree murder with a deadly weapon. He is being held in Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center.

In April 1988, Perez Rodriguez got three years’ probation on second-degree arson charges. He was still living under that limitation when he was found guilty on another second-degree arson charge. After he violated his probation on the second arson charge, he underwent psychological examination and eventually was acquitted on the probation violation by reason of insanity.

He received a year probation in 1995 after pleading guilty to false imprisonment and battery.

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