The man killed after breakfast outside an International House of Pancakes early Monday morning had a lengthy criminal past that includes a stint in prison and an arrest for battery when he was 11 years old, state records show.
Police said Junior Catilus, 25, had just had breakfast with a woman at the IHOP near Miami International Airport and made his way to the parking lot to get into his rental car, when he was shot. The woman he was with headed to the bathroom before leaving the restaurant.
The shooting at 3:51 a.m. happened in the parking lot of the IHOP at 5175 NW 36th St. Police believe someone was waiting for Catilus in a vehicle and opened fire when he emerged from the restaurant. The shooter hasn't been captured, the car has not been identified and police did not release the name of the woman who was with Catilus inside the IHOP.
Miami Springs Police Chief Armando Guzman said there is video, but it's grainy and difficult to see clearly. Miami-Dade police have taken over the investigation. Several shell casings littered the parking lot and the adjacent lot at a Holiday Inn Express.
Catilus was taken to the Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Zabaleta said other than IHOP employees, Catilus and the woman were the only two people inside the restaurant at the time. The woman called 911. Records show Catilus lived in Miami.
State records show Catilus first got in trouble with the law as a young minor. He was arrested for battery by Miami-Dade Schools Police when he was 11 years old. Over the next few years, Catilus was arrested and charged with trespassing, selling cocaine, burglary and carrying a concealed firearm, Florida Department of Law Enforcement records show.
When Catilus was 15, he was charged with murder, aggravated battery causing bodily harm with a deadly weapon, battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting an officer with violence from a July 16, 2008, incident. Catilus eventually pleaded guilty to the last three charges in December 2011. He was sentenced to four years, seven months, then given credit for 1,262 days time served. He was released in November 2012.
In 2013, Catilus again got into trouble with law enforcement and was charged with aggravated battery, trespassing and destruction of evidence. Opa-locka police arrested Catilus in 2016 for battery.
The early morning shooting at the Miami Springs IHOP tied up early morning rush hour traffic along busy Northwest 36th Street, a commuter road between Doral and Miami hugging the airport's north side. The roadway was shut down between East Drive and Curtiss Parkway.