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'Worst Suspect Sketch Ever' Leads To Arrest Of Rabbi Shooting Suspect

| by Zara Zhi

What was dubbed the “worst suspect sketch ever” actually produced an arrest.

Authorities indicted a 15-year-old student in the Miami murder of a New York rabbi. The teen was arrested soon after police released a sketch.  

Jennifer Capote, spokeswoman for the Miami-Dade Police, said on Dec. 9 that homicide investigators had detained Deandre Charles in relation to the death of 60-year-old Rabbi Joseph Raksin, according to Daily Mail. Charles was charged as an adult.

Charles was arrested following  a 16-month investigation, thanks in part to the rudimentary sketch.

Raksin was in Miami visiting family when he was fatally shot on Aug. 9, 2014 while on his way to temple.

A witness drew the sketch of Charles that helped lead to his capture, according to Daily Mail. 

Authorities said the killing seemed to be a robbery gone awry, but had not dismissed it being a hate crime. Police described it as a crime of opportunity during a press conference.

Authorities said Raksin was heading to Bais Menachem Chabad, a nearby synagogue, for Sabbath. Because Orthodox Jews do not carry valuables with them on the Sabbath, an attempted robbery would have yielded nothing.

Police said there was a quarrel before Raksin was shot, but Yona Lunger, a Jewish community activist, said he spoke to an eyewitness who told him he was shot instantaneously by one of the men. 

Raksin was flown to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he died. 

Deandre Charles (right) was arrested for murder thanks to a sketch (left) that was drawn by a witness

Residents of the neighborhood where Raksin was shot are relieved about the arrest of Charles. According to WSVN, some residents consider it a miracle. "It's good news for everybody, especially on Hanukkah. It's a miracle holiday for us, and we feel much better now," said a neighbor.

The Miami Herald notes DNA and eyewitness reports helped identify Charles.

A grand jury indicted him on first-degree murder and attempted armed robbery charges. Charles has pleaded not guilty and is being held without bail.  

Sources: Daily Mail, Miami Herald, WSVN / Photo credit: Daily Mail

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