Murder mystery: Firefighters down flames, then find man stabbed dead in pool of blood

When the fire alarm went off around midnight Thursday at Little Haiti’s Poinciana Grove apartments, almost everyone ran outside.

The occupant of apartment 507, where the fire was burning, had no chance to leave his apartment. While putting out the fire, Miami Fire Rescue found the man, a Hispanic male in his 60s, lying in a pool of blood.

Joseph Gonzalez, 64, had been stabbed repeatedly. Police said the fire began in a small kitchen in the apartment and that they’re treating the death as a homicide. Police said they’re still working on the motive.

“They forced entry because the apartment was locked,” said Miami Police Detective Kenia Fallat.

It didn’t take detectives long to determine that a black Hyundai belonging to Gonzalez was missing.

On Friday afternoon, Opa-locka police found the Hyundai near the corner of Northwest 37th Court and 157th Street, with two young men inside it. Early Friday evening they were still being questioned about the vehicle and about Gonzalez’s death on the fifth floor of Poinciana Grove, at 5601 NW Second Ave.

No charges had been filed. Police said they expect the young men will be charged with operating a stolen vehicle. Their names have not been released.

Said Fallat: “We’re still looking for a motive.”