REMAINS FOUND IN BURNT VEHICLE, SECOND SUSPECT ARRESTED
Posted At: 03/14/2014 04:11 PM
- BSO Case Number: 08-1402-00600
- PIO Number: 14-3-20 (14-2-10A)
- Date: Feb. 10, 2014
- Time: 9:23 a.m.
- Place of Occurrence: 19800 block of Southwest 26 Street, Weston
- Jurisdiction: Weston
- Crestony Colin, 18, male, 8/8/95, 3453 Hiawatha Ave., West Palm Beach (DECEASED)
- Hiram Gonzalez Morales, 43, male, 4/8/70, 4339 Royal Banyan Way, Apt. 17, Lake Worth (IN CUSTODY)
- Manuel Aponte, 36, male, 3/24/78, 5161 Stacy Street, Apt. C, West Palm Beach (IN CUSTODY)
Description of Incident:
Broward Sheriff’s Office homicide detectives have arrested a second suspect in relation to the homicide of a teen who was found dead on Feb. 10 inside a burning car in Weston.
The main suspect, Hiram Morales, 43, was taken into custody Feb. 18. His half-brother, Manuel Aponte, 36, was arrested Feb. 28 as an accessory after the fact for helping Morales cover up the murder.
On Feb. 10, a Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue truck was driving along U.S. 27 around 9:30 a.m. when firefighters spotted a four-door sedan fully engulfed in flames about half a mile east of U.S. 27 on Southwest 26 Street. They quickly extinguished the flames and discovered the remains inside the trunk.
The Broward County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the remains as those of 18-year-old Crestony Colin and ruled the case a homicide. Colin died of a gunshot wound.
Through the investigation, detectives learned the victim was supposed to conduct a drug deal with Morales the day before he was found dead. Detectives interviewed Morales on Feb. 18 and noticed he had severe burns on both of his legs. Though he said he knew the victim, he denied being involved in his death. Morales was placed under arrest and booked at the BSO Main Jail facing one count of first-degree murder.
Investigators continued looking into the case. They knew Morales must have had someone pick him up from the remote area where he torched the victim’s vehicle. Upon confronting Morales’ half-brother with the information, he admitted to helping him.
Aponte said Morales went to his house Feb. 9 in the victim’s rental car and said he had shot Colin and had him in the trunk. The next morning Aponte followed Morales to a remote area in Western Broward where Morales set the rental vehicle on fire with the victim’s body inside.
Aponte was booked into the BSO Main Jail Feb. 28 and bonded out March 9.
- INVESTIGATORS: Dets. Curcio & Blankenship, CID Homicide; BSFR; Weston; Crime Scene
- THIS REPORT BY: Keyla Concepción/PIO 3/14/14 1615
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