MIAMI — Police have arrested a man for abducting and sexually assaulting a young boy before shooting him in Miami-Dade County.
Aliex Santiesteban, 43, is now in custody. He faces charges of sexual battery with a deadly weapon/serious injury, kidnapping a child under 13 and attempted murder.
Detectives said it happened Saturday morning between 2 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. along NW 43rd Terrace and NW 30th Avenue. The boy was reportedly walking back home from a friend’s house after sneaking out of his home earlier in the night.
Police said a man approached the child and forced him inside a black, 4-door sedan. After driving to NW45th Street and NW 31st Avenue, police said the man sexually assaulted the boy and shot him. The man then forced the boy out of the car.
Another man says he found the young boy wandering alone and crying following the incident. He then escorted the boy to a nearby market to get help.
The boy is in the hospital in critical condition, police say.