Miami-Dade Man Beat 74-Year-Old To Death, Police Say

A southwest Miami-Dade man has been accused of brutally beating a 74-year-old man to death near the Florida Everglades.

Diego Puente, 42, faces charges of second-degree murder and driving while under the influence. 

Officials with the Miami-Dade Police Department said Puente attacked Miguel Hechavarria-Hernandez on July 27 near Southwest 216th Street and Southwest 203rd Avenue.

Hechavarria-Hernandez was rushed to Jackson South Medical Center by paramedics, where he died of injuries two days later.

Police tracked down Puente at a Chinese buffet in northwest Miami-Dade on Friday and arrested him.

Puente is being held without bond at Miami-Dade County's Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center.


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