A man accused of running over and killing a woman in Hialeah during a dispute over a parking spot has been arrested, police said Thursday.
Brandon Zambrano, 22, was arrested in Broward County Wednesday and faces a second-degree murder charge in the Feb. 13 killing of 57-year-old Olga Fernandez, according to Hialeah Police officials and jail records.
Zambrano, who had been arrested in an unrelated burglary case out of Hallandale Beach, was being held without bond Thursday, jail records showed.
During a short hearing in Broward bond court Thursday, Zambrano's public defender waived his right to appear. He's expected to be transferred to the Miami-Dade jail eventually.
Police released surveillance footage of the fatal incident in Hialeah that showed a driver of a Toyota Corolla running over Fernandez outside her apartment near 1st Avenue and 4th Street.
Officials said Fernandez and the suspect had been involved in a verbal dispute before he intentionally drove into her and dragged her for several feet.
"Fernandez’s daughter arrives home and finds a strange car parked in her spot. She goes upstairs, she has to use the restroom, and she tells her mom that there’s a very strange car parked in her parking spot," Hialeah Police Lt. Eddie Rodriguez said. "That’s when Ms. Fernandez walks downstairs and has a confrontation with the person inside of that car, which now we know was Zambrano."
Fernandez, a mother of two, was killed by the impact. The driver fled the scene.
Officials said the video helped police track down the car.
“One of our detectives was driving around and spotted the vehicle himself," Rodriguez said.
The car was spotted in Miami Springs, and investigators were able to track Zambrano to a motel in Broward County, officials said.
"Apparently he is homeless and has been bouncing around, staying at different motels. So apparently he doesn't have a place to stay, but his time of bouncing around has come to an end," Rodriguez said.
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