Manuel Marin co-founded Miami’s Presidente Supermarket chain. His son, Yaddiel Marin, also ran several stores and had stakes in a series of restaurants, including the popular Pincho Factory chain.
Both found themselves booked into a Miami-Dade jail on Thursday evening — the elder charged with a gruesome revenge murder, his son accused of helping bankroll his father’s 7-year run from the law in Europe.
Guarded by federal marshals, Manuel Marin landed in South Florida on a flight from Spain, and was whisked away to be booked into the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center late Thursday. He arrived hours after Miami-Dade homicide detectives arrested his son, Yaddiel Marin, 32, at his sprawling Miami Beach mansion and charged him with accessory to murder after the fact.
The dual arrests add another layer to the already dramatic story that has captured headlines from Canada to South Florida to Spain.
“The facts of this case are like that of a bad Hollywood movie — wealth, infidelity, rage, conspiracy and murder,” Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said at a press conference on Thursday afternoon.
Manuel Marin is accused of murdering Camilo Salazar, 43, whose body was found bound on a dirt road in West Miami-Dade in June 2011. He had been beaten, his throat slit, his groin burned. According to prosecutors, Salazar was having an affair with the wife of Manuel Marin, who became enraged and plotted his demise.
Investigators say Manuel Marin, 64, recruited a boxing promoter and two mixed-martial arts fighters to help him kidnap, torture and murder Salazar. Three days later, Marin took his passport and fled to Europe. The key evidence: That night, according to police, Marin’s phone was used in the same area where Salazar’s corpse was later discovered, and toll records also showed him driving near where the body was found.
Arrested and jailed so far: Alexis Vila Perdomo, a former Cuban bronze medalist in wrestling who went on to have a short-lived career in MMA. He’s charged with conspiracy to commit murder — cops say he helped arrange and plan the killing, while he was in Las Vegas training for a fight.
A cohort, Roberto Isaac, is also jailed on allegations he helped carry out the kidnapping and killing. Another ex-MMA fighter, Ariel Gandulla, is also charged with murder but is living openly in Canada, which has yet to agree to extradite him.
Manuel Marin was believed to have lived mostly in Spain. He was arrested at the U.S. Embassy in August, several months after the Miami Herald first reported on the allegations against him. Before Marin was implicated in the murder, Presidente Supermarkets listed him as a co-founder. The chain has since downplayed his role, saying he merely owned a few stores.
He was extradited Thursday in the custody of the U.S. Marshals.
Yaddiel Marin ran the supermarkets after his father went on the lam. He is also an investor in the popular Pincho Factory restaurant chain. On his Instagram page, Yaddiel Marin described himself as an entrepreneur with stakes in Pincho Factory, The Spot barbershop and the PokéBao restaurant in Coral Gables. His posts showed him touting all of the businesses.
At a hearing earlier this year, Miami-Dade prosecutor Gail Levine said Yaddiel Marin was paying $10,000 a month to support his father’s youngest children, and even arranged to have the children, and their mother, visit Manuel Marin at a resort in Cuba.
“This was a Lifetime movie — in real life,” said Miami-Dade Police Director Juan Perez.
According to an arrest warrant, Yaddiel Marin operated a joint bank account with his father that “was continually used to provide financial support on behalf of Manuel Marin” and even flew to Spain to spend time with his dad.
Among other ways Yaddiel supported his father’s run from the law over the years, according to the warrant:
▪ He paid a friend to fly to Madrid to deliver $9,000 in cash to Manuel Marin sometime around September 2011.
▪ He obtained legal power over his dad’s business affairs, arranging for his father’s divorce, the sale of his Lighthouse Point home and paying alimony and child support “in order to make it possible to continue to conceal Manuel Marin’s whereabouts.”
▪ He cashed checks made out to his father from an “interest in a business” in New Jersey.
“Yaddiel Marin has continually since Manuel Marin’s disappearance provided him assistance and has assisted in keeping his whereabouts a secret,” according to an arrest warrant by Miami-Dade homicide Sgt. Douglas McCoy.
Yaddiel Marin is being held in lieu of a $2 million bond. Because he is charged with murder and fled the country, Manuel Marin will not be granted a bond.