Suspect in Miami slaying in area jail
Published: Saturday, January 21, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 21, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
A South Florida man, arrested Thursday in Alachua County, is accused of being the ringleader behind a drug-related murder last year, Miami Police reported.
Members of the Alachua County Sheriff's Office SWAT Team arrested Michael Reynaldo Paul, 28, at The Gardens, 75 SW 75th St., shortly before 5 p.m.
A warrant for Paul's arrest had been issued in Miami on Dec. 19, said Miami Police Detective Delrish Moss on Friday.
Investigators linked Paul to the July 2 shooting death of Jesus Discua, 26, in the Little Haiti section of Miami, Moss said.
Discua's killing is believed to have been related to a "drug rip-off" where several kilos of cocaine were stolen, Moss said.
Police were called to a car fire in a residential Miami neighborhood, where Discua's body was found in the burning vehicle. He had been shot multiple times.
Relatives told police Discua had been headed out of town to Disney World for a few days. But they later received phone calls from him saying he had been kidnapped and his captors wanted his Nissan 350Z, according to news reports.
Police later reported drugs had been the motive behind his death, saying the cocaine was in the Nissan.
Five others already have been arrested in Discua's death, but Paul was the ringleader, Moss said.
Paul has friends in the Gainesville area, Moss said about his ties to Alachua County. He could not say how long he had been in the county.
Moss credited local officers, saying they set up surveillance at the apartment complex and watched for Paul.
Paul faces charges of first-degree murder, armed carjacking, armed kidnapping and arson, Moss said. He was being held at the Alachua County jail late Friday but will be transferred to Miami, where the murder case is pending.
Paul, who is listed as working at a body shop, has previously been convicted on a drug charge out of Miami, a criminal history from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement shows. Moss also said he has two pending warrants for violating probation.
Moss said Miami detectives will be in Gainesville for the next few days to follow up on information regarding Paul's arrest.
Lise Fisher can be reached at (352) 374-5092 or email@example.com.
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