NJ man captured in murder of Miami security officer www.privateofficer.com
Miami Fla July 30 2010 A New Jersey man accused of fatally shooting a retired Miami police captain last year is scheduled to appear in court Thursday for his bond hearing.
Rafael Toirac-Aguilera, 33, was extradited from New Jersey and booked into a Miami-Dade County jail Wednesday on a first degree murder charge. Police say Toirac-Aguilera shot and killed Robert Lee execution style in July 2009 at a Miami marina.
In February, sources confirmed to CBS4′s Gary Nelson that Toirac-Aguilera was in custody in New Jersey, jailed months ago on a domestic violence charge. That’s when a sealed arrest warrant was issued for him in Florida.
The arrest warrant was granted based upon information Miami homicide detectives were able to uncover. The suspect left fingerprints and DNA on a critical piece of evidence related to the crime. Investigators believe the murder was a targeted “hit.”
Yee was murdered on July 10, 2009 at the Hurricane Cove Marina. The former Captain was a 25-year veteran with the Miami Police Department before retiring in 1995. Yee’s body was found with two gunshot wounds to the head.
The execution-style slaying was done in broad daylight as he sat in a golf cart that he used to get around the sprawling marina he worked at as a yard manager and security guard.
A law enforcement source has told CBS4 News that at the time, Yee had been assisting in a federal investigation of a smuggling operation on the river. Investigators are trying to learn if that may have contributed to his murder.