Miami Police have arrested a 42-year-old man on a charge of first-degree murder for the death of 11-year-old Marta Guzman last month.
Police announced the arrest of Miguel Ruiz Lobo Monday afternoon at a press conference. Miami Police described Lobo as a “violent child murderer.”
Guzman was found in a pool of blood in her mother’s apartment on June 22. Her neck had been slashed and she was rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital in critical condition, but all efforts to save her failed and she was pronounced dead.
Miami Police said an autopsy was performed on her body and the manner of death was classified as homicide. According to Miami Police, Ruiz allegedly slashed Guzman's wrist so deep that the hands almost came off, which was too deep for a suicide victim.
“I want the maximum, I want the maximum," Jorge Guzman, Marta’s father, said after the arrest Monday.
According to the arrest affidavit, a neighbor’s surveillance camera showed a person entering the apartment where Guzman was found and staying for roughly 32 minutes. Police said no one else entered the apartment until the victim’s mother returned and found the body roughly 2.5 hours later.
Miami Police said Ruiz (below) had fresh scratches on his arms and face. Police then were able to use DNA to link the fingernail scrapings on Guzman’s hands to Lobo’s body.
Police said the motive for the crime may have been a bad breakup between Ruiz and Guzman's mother.
Near the doorstep of the home where Marta was murdered, there were still teddy bears and candles that were placed there to give some comfort for friends and family who are doing what they can to hold on.
“It’s not easy. I cry every night, every day, anytime,” said Jorge Guzman.
Ruiz, a Honduran whose occupation was listed by police as “labor,” invoked his right to an attorney, according to Miami Police when he was brought in for questioning Monday. He appeared in court Tuesday where he was denied bond.
It’s unknown if Lobo has an attorney at this time.
He faces charges of first-degree murder and burglary of an occupied dwelling.