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Vacationing FL Cop Murdered In Tragic Scene

Vacationing FL Cop Murdered In Tragic Scene

The Miami Herald via YellowBrix

May 13, 2011

PONCE, Puerto Rico — Juan Leonardo Aviles Otero, a Miami-Dade police officer, former soldier, narcotics detective and father of newborn twin girls, died Thursday on the side of a road in a remote part of southern Puerto Rico.

Aviles, 34, was found

shot to death at 3:10 a.m. in the passenger seat of the 2009 Toyota Corolla he had rented while on a Mother’s Day visit to see his mom to try and convince her to move to Miami. His 21-year-old sister, Jazmin Plaza Otero, a single mom in a yellow tank top and shorts, was found on the driver’s side, face-down in the dirt.

Like her brother, she was shot in the face, chest and arms, according to news reports.

Lt. Angel Feliciano of the Ponce homicide unit said three envelopes with a white powdery substance were found in Aviles’ pocket. Another envelope, empty, was on the floor of the car; police have sent it to a lab for analysis.

“The contents had already been consumed,” Feliciano told reporters.

The brother and sister had been having drinks at Las Copitas, a rural dive sports bar in Villalba, near a mountain called Cerro Maravilla, some 55 miles south of the capital. The mountain is better known for the decades-long scandal that erupted there from a 1978 police ambush of two independence activists.

Police on Thursday were trying to determine whether Aviles was ambushed as well, or if he and his sister were already parked on the side of the road.

“This [killing] arose from a discussion they had had earlier at the place of business,” Police Superintendent Jose Figueroa Sancha told reporters. He hinted that there had been an earlier bar fight.

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This screen grab from Univision23.com shows the scene where a Miami-Dade police officer was killed in Puerto Rico early Thursday morning.

“This goes to what we’ve been talking about the tolerance, or lack of tolerance, in these types of discussions, in these types of establishments.”

The bar remained closed most of the afternoon. When it reopened, nobody there wished to discuss the officer’s murder.

After a stint in the narcotics division of the Bayamon Police region in Puerto Rico, officer Aviles joined the Miami-Dade Police Department in late 2006 and was assigned first to Palmetto Bay and later to the Midwest District around Doral. He married fellow police officer Vanessa Marie Alvarez last year.

Having recently given birth to twin daughters, she was not on the trip with him.

One supervisor who worked with Aviles in the Midwest district described him as “a hard-working officer.”

“He was ambitious,” said a Miami-Dade supervisor who said he said he was not authorized to speak publicly about the case. “He was very strict about following the rules, dotting his i’s, crossing his t’s. I doubt you’ll find anyone who had a knock about how he performed his job.”

Miami-Dade Police dispatched an investigator to Puerto Rico, and issued only a two-sentence announcement of the officer’s killing.

In Puerto Rico, relatives told El Nuevo Dia newspaper that Aviles’ slain sister recently broke off with a boyfriend who she lived with in Ponce, who had threatened her by telephone. Family members wonder whether Aviles was mistaken for a new boyfriend, since he was not well known in the neighborhood.

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    Redsky

    over 3 years ago

    2918 Comments

    R.I.P. Officer Otero...I hope they find your killers.

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    gman3858

    over 3 years ago

    318 Comments

    Rest in Peace Brother

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    USLawman1983

    over 3 years ago

    1572 Comments

    Prayers to the family and friends of Officer Otero, and the Miami-Dade PD. I have friends there and I know they will seek the killers out so that justice will be exacted.

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    Archangel72

    over 3 years ago

    534 Comments

    I never knew that about the asprin in PR vinojas. Good to know! In my opinion, whatever the substance is should not have been brought up to the media until it was tested if they knew he was a cop for the entire reason people would jump to the conclusion he was high, or it was a drug deal gone bad.

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    InCourage

    over 3 years ago

    20 Comments

    RIP Officer Otero...I hope they find your killers...slain by their own guns.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    RIP our Brother. We will all pray for you and your family, friends and your department.

    Denny

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    tactman702

    over 3 years ago

    318 Comments

    RIP brother!

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    I have a lot of experience running white collar insurance fraud cases in PR. One of our investigators, a 2nd Generation Cuban from Miami would often travel to PR to take statements of our insureds, etc. He was former DEA w/lot's of street cred.

    He told me that the above is a common set up strategy by the many gangs in PR. Find the mainlander that is comfortable and rush in and rob them, etc. They often stage the scene by holding one of the parties forcing them to partake in the drug, with their guns held next to the person's head. Probably the female first, her brother saving his sister by taking the coke. She was allowed to live and the action would be repeated with the gun to the head of the brother- feeling that they let her go- she does the same. Yet both receive head shots to finish them. It may never had been over a drug deal, etc. They may have just found out that he was LEO and the various gangs set them up, like this, to ruin their reputations. Think about it.

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    shield20

    over 3 years ago

    82 Comments

    This isn't where we should be debating an on-going investigation. A brother Officer has been murdered. He was married to a Police Officer who now needs support. Thoughts and prayers go out to Officer Aviles, his surviving wife and children and his department. Rest in Peace brother.

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    YardofScotland

    over 3 years ago

    8 Comments

    How could they have possibly known the drugs were 'consumed', unless the 'consumers' of it were right there? It didn't say the empty package was opened and a strong wind came by and whisked it all away. It said consumed. Calm yourself allgold1199. I am simply pointing out a strange occurrence and a leap from the normal default, in the article.

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    YardofScotland

    over 3 years ago

    8 Comments

    I don't believe anything I read Mae. I'm glad you don't either. What stands out though and I'm sure you can agree with this, is the seemingly deliberate adding of the word, consumed. In essence, using the word consumed, strays completely from the default line of a wait and see attitude.

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    mae

    over 3 years ago

    54 Comments

    Yards, I hope you are not an investigator, if you believe everything you read in the news paper.

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    flrichie0228

    over 3 years ago

    10 Comments

    Rest In Peace Brother......

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    YardofScotland

    over 3 years ago

    8 Comments

    larryt700 wrote: Well this is an easy one to figure out... Boyfriend kills ex-girlfriend and who he THINKS is her boyfriend... Then plants narcotics to make it LOOK like a drug related crime instead of a 'crime of passion.' (liberal slang for justifying murder) I mean hell, that's what I do with my sister, go to a bar and snort coke.... YEAH!!!

    With all due respect larryt700, I hope you are not a detective sir. The article specifically states that the contents of the package of cocaine was consumed. Not spilled, not just empty, Consumed. It would appear that that is exactly what this officer did, go to a bar with his sister and snorted coke.

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    uncledennis1

    over 3 years ago

    23312 Comments

    R.I.P.

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