Crime

He stole a gun, killed his ex, and was caught boarding a flight to Brazil, cops say

Thales Ferreira, 27, who was charged with the muder of his ex-girlfriend and another man, was captured by police on Thursday just as he was boarding a plane to Brazil.
Thales Ferreira, 27, who was charged with the muder of his ex-girlfriend and another man, was captured by police on Thursday just as he was boarding a plane to Brazil. Miami-Dade Corrections

Thales Ferreira was only moments away from freedom Thursday night when Miami-Dade police detectives took him into custody and arrested him on double-murder charges.

Ferreira, 27, who was about to board a flight headed for Brazil at Miami International Airport, is suspected of stealing a gun, stalking, and shooting and killing his ex-girlfriend and another man at a Miami Lakes apartment Thursday morning.

On Wednesday, the night before Jenny Koonoolal-Jagdeo, 32, and Michael Tarulli, 26, were murdered, Koonoolal-Jagdeo called police to her home because a “suspicious” person had been banging incessantly on her door. By the time police arrived, whoever had been knocking was gone.

But Koonoolal-Jagdeo told them Ferreira had been stalking her and provided them with his information. Thursday night, Ferreira was charged with two counts of first-degree murder, a crime that doesn’t allow for bond.

“They got information that he purchased an airline ticket for Brazil,” said Miami-Dade police spokesman Christopher Thomas. “They got him while he attempted to board a flight.”

Piecing together Ferreira’s movements, police were able to determine the plot to kill his ex-girlfriend began in Broward County on Wednesday night. That’s when, according to police, Ferreira stole a gun from a friend whom he was visiting after asking to use a bathroom in the man’s bedroom.

A few hours later, police believe, it was Ferreira banging on Koonoolal-Jagdeo’s apartment door at 6829 Main St., in Miami Lakes, where the bodies were discovered.

According to Ferreira’s arrest report, police know he returned to the Miami Lakes residence just after 7:30 a.m. Thursday morning because surveillance video captured him coming and leaving in the same black Nissan Rogue SUV that police believe he drove to his friend’s house in Broward.

Then, less than two hours after police found Koonoolal-Jagdeo and Turilli shot to death — she was killed inside the apartment and he was shot dead just outside its front door — Ferreira returned to his friend’s home in Broward County.

Ferreira’s friend told police that when Ferreira re-appeared at his home he said he had taken the gun and done “something bad.” When the man asked Ferreira if he had killed anyone, the witness told police he answered, “Yes, I killed someone.” Then, the man told police, Ferreira took off in the Nissan Rogue.

The witness told police he called them right after Ferreira fled. Police said the witness provided them with information where Ferreira lived, in Apartment 207 at 3430 Hillsboro Blvd. When police arrived there, with the witness in tow, they spotted the SUV in the parking lot.

Further investigation, police said, revealed that Ferreira had purchased a ticket for Brazil.

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