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Two Miami men arrested in Lakeland, charged in triple homicide

Andrew Joseph
Andrew Joseph

Two Miami men were arrrested and charged in a triple homicide in Polk County.

Andrew Joseph, 35, and Jonathan Alcegaire, 26, were arrested this week in Miami after investigators linked the Lakeland killings to them.

According to police, Joseph, Alcegaire and a third man drove a U-Haul van rented in Miami to Lakeland and went to a known drug house. They arrived at the house in the early morning hours of Jan. 6.

One of the residents there was David Washington, 24, who cops say made frequent trips to Miami to buy drugs, including a trip the day before he was killed.

After an altercation between Washington and one of the suspects, shots were fired. Three were later found dead: Washington, Eneida Branch, 31, and Angelica Guadalupe Castro, 23. A fourth man, 18-year-old Felix Campos, was shot in the face but survived.

Speaking to reporters Thursday, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said the suspects spent about 15 minutes rummaging through the house after the shootings.

Surveillance video from a nearby business captured images of the suspects driving away in the U-Haul. Police found the U-Haul in Miami and later located Joseph, who was arrested at his home Monday, and Alcegaire, who was arrested Tuesday.

Polk County Sheriff’s deputies coordinated with Miami-Dade Police and Miami Police to locate Joseph and Alcegaire in Miami. The men are half-brothers.

Joseph and Alcegaire are both charged with three counts of first-degree murder.

On Thursday, Judd told reporters that police are searching for two more suspects, two men of Haitian descent. He asked anyone with information in Miami to come forward. A $10,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at (863) 298-6200 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.

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