Man Charged in Weekend Abduction, Assault and Shooting of Miami-Dade Boy

Officers arrested a Miami-Dade man early Tuesday morning after he allegedly abducted, sexually assaulted and shot a 12-year-old boy this past weekend.

The crime:

The arrest:

Aliex Santiesteban, 43, was taken into custody. He’s been charged with armed sexual battery, kidnapping a child under 13 years of age, and attempted felony murder.

Police say the boy was walking in Brownsville near Northwest 43rd Terrace and 30th Avenue between 2 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. Saturday when Santiesteban rolled up and forced him into his car. He drove him about two blocks away and assaulted him.

During the struggle, Santiesteban shot the boy in the face, police say. He later kicked him out of the car. Santiesteban denies the allegations, according to the report.

Surveillance cameras recorded the bloodied boy shortly after the attack as he walked to a nearby business to call 911.

The boy had snuck out of his home to visit friends.

Miami Herald