On Wednesday, the detectives probing a recent street shooting in Miami’s Brickell neighborhood are actively seeking two suspects, namely Santiago Rivero Morales and Yosmani Rodriguez Granados.
The incident originated at The Corner Club, located at 1250 S Miami Ave, and escalated after the club’s closure in the early hours of Monday morning. The conflict involved two groups of men who were heading to their parked vehicles nearby, as reported by the police.
Manuel Barrios informed a detective on Tuesday that, as he was walking toward his yellow Lamborghini, he was confronted by Omar Iglesias Valdes wielding a knife, as detailed in a police arrest report.
Barrios also recounted to the detective that, following this confrontation, Omar Iglesias Valdes’s associate, Rivero Morales, aged 33, approached a parked Mercedes-Benz, retrieved a firearm, and opened fire on him and his companion, as per police reports.
Barrios explained that his friend, Lazaro Guzman Bango, then responded by drawing his own weapon and returning fire at Rivero Morales. They both subsequently fled the scene, according to the police account.
Barrios further stated that Rivero Morales, Iglesias Valdes (aged 35), and Rodriguez Granados (aged 22) pursued them, prompting Guzman Bango to fire at the trio, according to the police.
In response to numerous 911 calls from witnesses, police officers arrived at the scene of the shooting around 5:20 a.m., near the intersection of South Miami Avenue and 11th Street, according to records.
Iglesias Valdes, originally from Cuba and residing in North Miami, met with detectives on Tuesday and explained that he had been at The Corner Club celebrating his birthday with friends, according to police reports.
Iglesias Valdes recounted that, while they were on their way to their vehicle, they heard gunshots and he sought cover while taking out a pocket knife that he carried for self-defense, as stated in the arrest report.
Iglesias Valdes, who resides in a luxury condominium in North Miami, informed detectives that he fled the parking lot and ended up on South Miami Avenue before leaving the area, according to police.
Detectives noted “fresh stitches” on Iglesias Valdes’s right hand’s pinky and ring fingers. When asked about the injury, he stated that he had accidentally cut himself with the knife, which he had subsequently lost.
Iglesias Valdes was arrested at approximately 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Miami Police Department station located at 400 NW 2nd Ave. Correctional officers processed his booking at around 4:45 a.m. on Wednesday at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center, according to records.
Iglesias Valdes is currently facing a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. A judge set his bond at $5,000, and he was released on Wednesday following correctional procedures.