The First 48 - Mixed Up; Blind Alley   View more episodes

Aired at 08:00 PM on Thursday, May 06, 2010 (5/6/2010)      View all transcripts from this day

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00:00:02- It's one of those lucky coincidences.
00:00:04Officers were right there when this thing happened.
00:00:07narrator: DETECTIVE Kristen downs has been with homicide for one year.
00:00:11She will lead the investigation.
00:00:40narrator: THE VICTICIN TEAD.
00:00:45- Rico cunningham's his name.
00:00:48narrator: RICO CUNNINGHAM Was just 26 years old.
00:00:52He was killed outside a friend's garage, where he was learning to repair cars.
00:00:58Downs recognizes rico from an earlier case.
00:01:04- I talked to rico on my very first case.
00:01:06He was actually with my suspect rit bere my ect le and did the shooting.
00:01:12narrator: RICO WAS ALLEGEDLY A member of a local gang called the market street gangster crips - shell casings under the east side of him.
00:01:29narrator: NEAR RICO'S BODY Are two 9-millimeter shell casings.
00:01:35- We had two officers thatere right close by, heard the gunshots, saw this car pulling out, and were proactive and stopped this car.
00:01:42narrator: TWO MEN IN THE CAR Were taken into custody.
00:01:51- He was too.
00:01:52- Yeah.
00:01:53- So they know each other.
00:01:55- What's the connection?
00:01:58- What'd he do wrong?
00:01:59- Yeah; I'm going to say, if they're the same group-- - they just got out of prison here recently.
00:02:05- As far as I know, he never has.
00:02:07But he may have done nothing more than not put money on their books or hit one of their girls while they were inside.
00:02:12You never know.
00:02:12narrator: DETECTIVES Mike woodard and tramont banks pulled over the fleeing car.
00:02:18- And when we went to attempt to stop the car, the front right seat passenger bailed out of the car.
00:02:22Aftea ort fohase, we lost sight of somewhere around this way.
00:02:26- Right through here.
00:02:28narrator: DETECTIVE BANKS Retraces the path where he chased the man that got away.
00:02:38- See the broken pieces of fence?
00:02:41He went over right there.
00:02:53- That's what it looks like.
00:02:58- Since this is where our boy ran, that's probably our murder weapon.
00:03:04- I hope that matches.
00:03:11narrator: BACK AT HOMICIDE, Detective scott russ looks up the two suspects from the car.
00:03:19- It looks like clifton jones, he's been charged with several felonies in the past.
00:03:23Dontay rice has also been convicted of a felony in the past.
00:03:27So both of these guys are convicted felons.
00:03:28narrator: BUT NEITHER DONTAY Nor clifton has been convicted of a violent crime.
00:03:34- Clifton's first words are, "we ain't got nothing to do with what happened on 22nd street.
00:03:38Don't know what happened " how would he know that unless he knew what happened on 22nd street?
00:03:46narrator: RUSS GOES IN To interview clifton, the driver.
00:03:52He hopes to find out the name of the man who escaped.
00:03:56- All right, clifton.
00:03:58I'm scott russ.
00:03:59I'm a detective at the police department, okay?
00:04:02You were driving that car today?
00:04:04- Yeah.
00:04:04- All right.
00:04:06Okay.
00:04:07Just before you all get stopped by the police, whereabout where y'all at?
00:04:15- Did you pick up anybody else?
00:04:21narrator: CLIFTON CLAIMS The man who escaped ..
00:04:26- So where can we find little mikey at?
00:04:28narrator: BUT SAYS He does not know where little mikey lives.
00:04:35- What did y'all done?
00:04:36'Cause, honestly, the police see y'all coming out of that alley.
00:04:44- Right.
00:04:54narrator: CLIFTON CLAIMS He did not drive down the alley where the body was found.
00:04:59- At no point were y'all in that alley.
00:05:01So why do you think they would say that, that y'all came out of that alley?
00:05:04- I don't know.
00:05:05- All right.
00:05:08Who is this in this picture?
00:05:12- Rico?
00:05:14Rico.
00:05:14You know his last name?
00:05:16- Rico.
00:05:16Sure is rico.
00:05:18Rico cunningham.
00:05:19- He hangs out with all your people, right?
00:05:21- Yeah.
00:05:22narrator: CLIFTON ADMITS That he was friends with rico.
00:05:25- Well, he's laying dead here in the alley right on 22nd street where y'all came out of the alley.
00:05:30- No.
00:05:30- Yeah.
00:05:33- Damn.
00:05:33- What do you think about that?
00:05:38The problem is, in the same path your boy took off of when he ran out of your car, laying in the grass is a 9-millimeter handgun.
00:05:45Guess what rico was killed with.
00:05:47- 9-Millimeter.
00:05:48- If mikey gets out of your car, shoots and kills somebody, gets into your car, you all leave the scene, then he bails out of your car and leaves the 9-millimeter handgun, you're going to get a complicity-to-murder charge.
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00:09:57narrator: IN LOUISVILLE, Detective kristen downs and the homicide unit are investigating the murder of rico cunningham, shot in the head in an alleyway.
00:10:06Two suspects were apprehended in a car fleeing the murder scene, but a third suspect got away.
00:10:19- If mikey shoots and kills somebody, gets into your car, you all leave the scene, you all are going to get complicity-to-murder charges.
00:10:36- All right.
00:10:44I literally thought he would either continue to deny it or he may tell me a little more about mikey.
00:10:51narrator: DOWNS And detective kyle willett turn to the second suspect, dontay rice.
00:10:58They hope to find out more about the man that got away.
00:11:02- Dontay, tell me about what went on.
00:11:05What were you doing earlier today?
00:11:11- Who was riding with you?
00:11:14- What did he say?
00:11:17narrator: DONTAY CLAIMS He knows nothing about the man that clifton " - what did he look like?
00:11:27- Do you know rico?
00:11:31- You don't seem too upset that he's dead.
00:11:55- You're okay to take that charge?
00:11:58- 'Cause you're in a car with two other guys where someone got killed.
00:12:04- I swear i-- - and you two won't come off the third person, who drops my murder weapon.
00:12:14- That's not going to happen.
00:12:17You're already going to jail tonight.
00:12:20What you need to think about right now is how you're going to talk to us and tell us the truth instead of telling us some-- "i don't know.
00:12:27I was in the backseat.
00:12:28" I mean, I'm a car, but I'm in the backseat, so that makes me somehow not know what goes on in the front seat.
00:12:41- Sit tight for me just a second, okay?
00:12:43And I'll be right back.
00:12:46He's so playing stupid, like he doesn't know what happened.
00:12:50I'm going to book these guys on parole violations for now.
00:12:53I don't know if little mikey is anyone's real name or not.
00:12:56It kind of sounds like something clifton just made up.
00:12:58narrator: CLIFTON AND DONTAY Are placed under arrest for violating their parole.
00:13:05- Good thing with them is, they're not going anywhere.
00:13:08They're being revoked, and probation parole has put a detainer on them, so they're not going anywhere.
00:13:12Now we're going to look to the car for any evidence that'll lead us to the third suspect.
00:13:22narrator: THE NEXT MORNING, Detecte mickey cohn oversees the search of the car that fled the crime scene.
00:13:30- Anything that we can use to tie that third guy to this car and identify him is what we're looking for: Fingerprint, dna, whatever.
00:13:47Was that a palm print?
00:13:48- Those are too much of a smear.
00:13:53- Did you pull anything off this other side yet?
00:13:57narrator: THEY TURN To the passenger-side door, where the third suspect exited the car.
00:14:17- That looks like a pretty decent one.
00:14:19- Right there.
00:14:20We may have enough points to get an identification.
00:14:28narrator: IN BIRMINGHAM, Detective cynthia morrow and the homicide team are investigating the murder of christopher woods, shot after a drug deal gone bad.
00:14:38Now the team is searching the house where the shooting took place.
00:14:56A trail of blood leads from the kitchen to the front door.
00:15:00- Found what looks like two bullet holes back there.
00:15:04- Shooter had to be right in here.
00:15:05narrator: THERE ARE SEVERAL Bullet holes in the walls but no shell casings.
00:15:12- That's some cocaine?
00:15:18- Whoever got the bags and took it out, they could smell it right off.
00:15:23- Yeah.
00:15:23narrator: THE TEAM BELIEVES That what appears to be cocaine is actually cake mix - that may be what this whole thing was about, because somebody sold somebody some bad dope.
00:15:36- There ain't no loyalty among dopers, you know.
00:15:41Everybody's out to get, you know, whathey can.
00:15:43They could have been set up; we don't know.
00:15:45And they get in here, and everything turns bad.
00:15:54narrator: BACK AT HOMICIDE, Morrow continues to interview the victim's brother, donnie, o was waiting outside in his car when the shooting went down.
00:16:03- Did your brother come out the house?
00:16:09narrator: DONNIE SAYS Christopher then collapsed into his car.
00:16:13- Did you see anybody else at that point?
00:16:19narrator: ACCORDING TO DONNIE, A man was chasing his brother out of the house.
00:16:28narrator: DONNIE SAYS HE TRIED To hit the man with his car.
00:16:39- Okay.
00:16:40Where was shantez?
00:16:41narrator: MORROW ASKS ABOUT The second shooting victim, who was in the car with them.
00:16:50narrator: ACCORDING TO DONNIE, He doesn't know how shantez was shot.
00:17:20- Mikey-mike.
00:17:21narrator: MORROW MEETS With detective mike allison, who just returned from talking to shantez at the hospital.
00:17:27- Shot in the finger and the abdomen.
00:17:31..
00:17:34The brother that they got.
00:17:35narrator: SHANTEZ CLAIMS He was shot by the victim's brother, donnie.
00:17:40- Leme tell you what he said to me.
00:17:43I even asked him clearly-- I said, "well, what happened " he said, "when we got to the store, he just jumped out the car " somebody's lying.
00:17:50See, he never mentioned he had any guns.
00:17:53Somebody's hiding something.
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00:21:37narrator: IN BIRMINGHAM, Detective cynthia morrow and the homicide team are investigating the murder of christopher woods and the shooting of donald moulton, also known as shantez.
00:21:48The victim's brother told the team he doesn't know how shantez was shot.
00:21:52But shantez says the brother pulled the trigger.
00:21:57- Somebody's hiding something.
00:22:03- Read him his rights, you know.
00:22:04Just tell him, " - all right, then.
00:22:09narrator: MORROW And detective marcel walker go back in to talk with the victim's brother, donnie.
00:22:20narrator: MORROW READS DONNIE His miranda rights.
00:22:25- Your brother's dead and gone, and we don't care about no drugs.
00:22:30We just want you to tell the truth.
00:22:32Not saying that you're telling me lies, but I know that you're telling-- - bits and parts of it.
00:22:40- Did you have a gun?
00:22:54- Okay, you left that part out.
00:22:58..
00:23:00Let me make sure I understand you.
00:23:02The tall guy with the gun came out the house, and when you saw him, you shot at him.
00:23:17- We're giving you the opportunity to just come clean.
00:23:20We don't want you to leave here and we find out that, okay, well, you shot shantez.
00:23:27You got your story, and you got shantez's story.
00:23:31Why, when we interview shantez, he tell us something totally different?
00:23:41What happened in that car?
00:23:52narrator: DONNIE ADMITS He fired a gun at shantez.
00:24:13narrator: DONNIE SAYS His brother thought shantez set them up.
00:24:23- Now it makes more sense.
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00:24:33- Then he shot him.
00:24:34- Donnie, stand up.
00:24:35Put your hands behind your back for a minute.
00:24:38narrator: DONNIE IS PLACED Under arrest for the attempted murder of shantez.
00:24:43- Apparently, he must have thought that shantez set his brother up.
00:24:47And in a moment of anger, he shot shantez.
00:24:50We don't have any information, at this point, to show us that shantez was any type of threat to him.
00:24:56He just let his emotions get the best of him.
00:25:00- Okay.
00:25:01- Now we just got to go out and try to find this tall, dark-skinned guy that he says shot his brother.
00:25:10narrator: TEN HOURS IN, The team gets an unexpected call.
00:25:14- Okay, what was that location again?
00:25:16narrator: ANOTHER MAN JUST Turned up at an area hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg.
00:25:21- We got a call from another municipality, tuscaloosa, which is probably ay from birmingham.
00:25:27They got a guy that had been shot in the leg at their hospital.
00:25:31He initially told them that he had been shot down there, but he fessed up and told them that he was shot up here.
00:25:40- He may be the person we're looking for.
00:25:49narrator: IN LOUISVILLE, Detective kristen downs and the homicide unit are investigating the shooting of rico cunningham.
00:25:56While processing the car that fled the crime scene, the team lifted a fingerprint they hope will lead them to their killer.
00:26:06..
00:26:08- We may have enough points to get an identification.
00:26:14I'll have ernie look at the prints.
00:26:18narrator: BACK AT THE CRIME LAB, match.
00:26:24- It's a very good print from the side passenger door.
00:26:27narrator: JONES RUNS THE PRINT , the automated fingerprint identification system.
00:26:33- It will show me possible suspects it could be.
00:26:40As long as there are seven characteristics that match from one fingerprint to the other, we will make a positive identification.
00:26:51There's a possibility of this.
00:27:03Looks as if we have a match.
00:27:05The print belongs to antonio ellison.
00:27:14narrator: ELLISON WAS ACQUITTED On previous charges of murder and attempted murder.
00:27:23- Hopefully, tremont can say one way or another if it's the guy that bailed.
00:27:28narrator: DETECTIVE Tramont banks, who chased the suspect from the car, will look at ellison's photo - see if that's the guy.
00:27:41- That's him.
00:27:43I seen this side profile here.
00:27:46Yeah.
00:27:47narrator: BUT BEFORE They can get a warrant for ellison's arrest, they need physical evidence connecting him to the shooting.
00:27:54- We need to test that 9-millimeter we found along the path where ellison was running and see if that's the murder weapon.
00:28:03narrator: FIREARMS SPECIALIST Scott doyle will test the possible murder weapon.
00:28:08- Hopefully, we'll be able to determine whether or not the two casings found next to the body were fired in this gun or in another gun.
00:28:19[gunshots] : The markings on the ejected shell casings will be examined to see if they match the casings found near rico's body.
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00:31:56[Cheering and applause] narrator: IN LOUISVILLE, Detective kristen downs and the homicide unit are investigating the murder of rico cunningham.
00:33:09Before downs picks up her prime suspect, antonio ellison, she needs to find out if the gun found along the escape route is the murder weapon.
00:33:36- You can see how the pattern of the impressed breech marks it's my opinion that the two cartridge cases found at the scene were fired in this pistol.
00:33:56narrator: DOWNS NOW HAS Enough evidence to wrap up her case.
00:33:59- We now have strong evidence that antonio ellison is the person that ran from the car, and on the path he ran, we found the murder weapon.
00:34:06So we could put antonio, clifton, and dontay with the murder weapon when that car was spotted in the alley where rico was murdered.
00:34:17narrator: SERGEANT CROWELL Calls rico's father to give him the news.
00:34:22- Hi, sir, this is sergeant aaron crowell.
00:34:25- Okay, yeah.
00:34:25- I just wanted to call and let you know that we're ready to charge two of the individuals with rico's murder.
00:34:31It's clifton jones and dontay rice.
00:34:46- We still have a ways to go before we're ready to put this thing to bed, but if you have any questions or anything, feel free to give us a call.
00:34:52Again, I'm sorry for your loss.
00:34:54- Thanks a lot, now.
00:34:55- You're welcome.
00:34:59- It's pretty sad these guys were friends with the victim.
00:35:01It sounds like the father knew them pretty well.
00:35:04I hope we can bring a little bit of closure to the family by getting this solved.
00:35:07Now we have probable cause to pick up antonio ellison and charge him.
00:35:12We just have to track him down.
00:35:22narrator: IN THE FIRST 48, Detective kristen downs and the homicide unit responded to the murder of rico cunningham, learned that officers had already captured two suspects fleeing the scene, lifted a fingerprint from the getaway car that led them to a third suspect, and determined that the handgun they recovered was their murder weapon.
00:35:45Later that day, downs and her team head out to look for antonio ellison.
00:35:50- We're going to go out and look for our suspect.
00:35:53And we've gotten his mom's address on the south end.
00:36:16[dog yapping] [knocking at door] narrator: IN BIRMINGHAM, Detective cyhia morrow and the homicide team are investigating the murder of christopher woods.
00:36:35Now morrow just learned that a man who turned up in a hpital an hour away could be their murder suspect.
00:36:45- He showed up about noon down there.
00:36:49- What'll be driving time?
00:36:51narrator: MORROW CALLS Detectives in tuscaloosa to check on the status of the potential suspect.
00:36:57- Okay.
00:36:57narrator: HE IS IN RECOVERY After surgery in his leg.
00:37:01N in the hospital overnight, and they'll bring him back to birmingham tomorrow for a statement.
00:37:13narrator: THE NEXT MORNING...
00:37:15[telephone rings] - Morrow.
00:37:18narrator: BEFORE MORROW Can interview the suspect, she gets an unexpected break.
00:37:22A witness who was present during the shooting decides to come forward.
00:37:34- Hey, how you doing?
00:37:36I hear you want to talk to me.
00:37:38- Yes, ma'am.
00:37:38- Okay, well, tell me what happened.
00:37:48- Who did you call?
00:37:52narrator: ACCORDING To the witness, the suspect goes " describe him to me.
00:38:06- So you call bigfoot chris, and you tell chris, "shantez's boy wants " - yeah.
00:38:13narrator: THE WITNESS SAYS He set up the meeting at a friend's house.
00:38:17- So you're really the middleman.
00:38:17Ma - yes, ma'am.
00:38:23narrator: HE SAYS THE VICTIM Put down a pile of cash on the kitchen table.
00:38:28- Do you know how much money was on the table?
00:38:50- So why do you think bigfoot chris shot him?
00:38:55- Robbing him.
00:39:03- Now we have a credible witness.
00:39:05So when this guy from tuscaloosa come in here, we'll see if he's the guy we're looking for.
00:39:14narrator: A FEW HOURS LATER, The possible suspect arrives from the tuscaloosa hospital.
00:39:24The suspect is 27-year-old christopher norris.
00:39:29- He's tall and dark, and he fits the description of the shooter.
00:39:32Plus, he was shot in the leg, just like witness has said.
00:39:42All right.
00:39:43You want to talk to me about what happened with your leg?
00:39:57- How did you get to tuscaloosa?
00:40:05narrator: CHRISTOPHER SAYS He wanted to go to tuscaloosa because he was afraid of being arrested in birmingham for violating his parole.
00:40:15You know what I'm saying?
00:40:20- Let me cut to the chase.
00:40:22I see right now we're going to be here for a minute.
00:40:25I'd much rather just get to the facts and be through with it.
00:40:28And the fact is, you know how you got shot, okay?
00:40:32And the fact is, we do too.
00:40:33And we really don't want to sit here all day long, trying to pull words out of you, okay?
00:40:41Tell me what happened in this shooting.
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00:44:29?úñ1ñ1ñññ narrator: IN BIRMINGHAM, Detective cynthia morrow and the homicide team are investigating the shooting death of christopher woods.
00:44:50The main suspect just arrived from a hospital in tuscaloosa.
00:44:55Now morrow needs to find out if he shot woods.
00:45:08- How'd you get shot?
00:45:13- Oh, a guy tried to rob you?
00:45:15Tell me what happened with that robbery.
00:45:25- Okay, when he came-- the guy came inside to buy the dope, what did he do?
00:45:30narrator: NORRIS SAYS The victim put some money on the kitchen table.
00:45:42- Absolutely.
00:45:42Need me to push it back for you?
00:45:45- Yes.
00:45:46- Okay, okay.
00:46:13- So you shot him.
00:46:13- Yeah.
00:46:20- Did y'all see a gun on this man?
00:46:27narrator: HE ADMITS THE VICTIM Did not have a gun.
00:46:31- We'll be with you in a second.
00:46:37I think we have enough right now.
00:46:38He's told us that he was there.
00:46:40He told us that it was about dope.
00:46:43He wanted to say the victim tried to rob him.
00:46:46That's just a little hard for me to believe.
00:46:49narrator: CHRISTOPHER NORRIS Is placed under arrest for the murder of christopher woods.
00:46:59- Bye, mr. chris.
00:47:02- Okay, just the jailers know you want to talk to me.
00:47:04I'll come back over and holler at you.
00:47:09All right.
00:47:11I appreciate y'all.
00:47:13This dope game is killing a lot of people over nothingyou know?
00:47:17Victims come over there to buy dope, go into a house, and deal with people they don't know.
00:47:23And, unfortunately, this man lost his life.
00:47:27And for what?
00:47:35narrator: IN THE FIRST 48, Birmingham homicide responded to the shootings of christopher woods and donald moulton, also known as shantez; found out that woods' brother, donnie, shot the suspect and shantez; learned from a witness that the suspect, christopher norris, had tried to rob the victim; and brought in norris, who admitted to shooting woods.
00:48:01A few weeks later, morrow and anderson me with shantez to get his side of the story.
00:48:06- Where were you shot, and how many times were you shot?
00:48:09- I got shot in the stomach.
00:48:11- Wow.
00:48:13- It's just about well now, but it went in right here and came out right there.
00:48:17narrator: SHANTEZ RECALLS The moments before he was shot.
00:48:23- Chris went on into the house.
00:48:25And after about five minutes, we heard gunshots.
00:48:28We seen chris coming out with blood on him and stuff.
00:48:35Once I got out of the car, I heard "c" saying the deal was a whole lot of this d all that and told him to shoot me.
00:48:42- Chris told him to shoot you?
00:48:45- To shoot me, like I had something to do with the confusion or something else going on in the house.
00:48:51And that wasn't the case.
00:48:53- So he shot you.
00:48:54- He shot me.
00:48:56- Okay.
00:48:58Anything else?
00:48:59All right.
00:48:59All right.
00:49:00We appreciate you talking to us.
00:49:05Now I think I know what really happened.
00:49:07Christopher norris planned to rob the victim on his own.
00:49:12When the victim got shot by christopher norris, he ran out the house and told his brother, donnie, that he was set up by shantez.
00:49:21So donnie shot shantez.
00:49:24That thing was just a misunderstanding, actually.
00:49:28But, you know, once that bullet leaves that chamber, you can't get it back.
00:49:49narrator: IN THE MURDER Of rico cunningham, louisville detective kristen downs has a suspect, antonio ellison.
00:49:57Now they have ellison's house surrounded.
00:50:01[knocking at door] - Nobody's home at all.
00:50:19We're going to keep watch on that house, and hopefully he shows up and we can take him into custody.
00:50:38narrator: TWO WEEKS LATER...
00:50:41Antonio ellison is finally arrested by the u.s. marshals.
00:50:49- I don't rely care.
00:50:50- I think I already had it in my head that he was going to do this, 'cause this is what he's done in the past.
00:50:55And he's beaten murder charges before, and he wouldn't talk then, so why would he talk right now?
00:50:59I'm pretty confident he's not going to beat this murder charge.
00:51:02We've got physical evidence and a police witness.
00:51:05I don't think he's going to get away with that.
00:51:07We received some info in the last few weeks from an anonymous source that the motive may have been gang related.
00:51:13We heard that rico was supposed to avenge another gang member's death, and he didn't.
00:51:19So he may have been killed because he didn't kill someone else.
00:51:25This is kind of like the anniversary case for my year anniversary up here in homicide.
00:51:30So I feel a lot more comfortable than a year ago, and the weird thing is, my victim in this case, I interviewed him twice in my very first case.
00:51:39Now I'm solving his case.
00:51:41So it kind of brings things full circle.
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00:53:05Okay, here we go.
00:53:11That's Darli.
00:53:13Wait for the switch, they must make the switch.
00:53:18Okay, here we go.
00:53:36man: Everybody wants this guy.
00:53:37Everybody.
00:53:42This was two chases.
00:53:43I had to catch this guy twice.
00:53:47It was a high-speed crash with your whole family in the car.
00:53:53Talk aboutetting personal, this is personal now.
00:53:57( tires screeching ) How can I be in this position again with this guy ?
00:54:03What does he have ?
00:54:04Maybe I met my match.
00:54:18My name is Rolando Betancourt.
00:54:19I was born in Cuba.
00:54:21I've lived in Miami for 30 years.
00:54:26What I get paid for is to locate somebody.
00:54:29I guess I am a bounty hunter.
00:54:33I work on my own, I would say 90% of the time.
00:54:36Not that I'm antisocial or anything, but you get used to it after awhile.
00:54:46It was Saturday night, around 10:00 at night that I got the call from Josh Herman in California.
00:54:52( phone ringing ) "Rolando": Rolando Betancourt.
00:54:56"Josh":Rolando.
00:54:57Rolando: Josh is a longtime California bondsman.
00:54:59"Rolando": What do you got ?
00:55:02Rolando: He told me that they had posted a million-dollar bond on a Cuban national, Darli Velazquez, and now he had a serious problem.
00:55:11man: Okay, here we go.
00:55:13Rolando: Three weeks ago, the DEA had busted Darli receiving 85 kilos of cocaine.
00:55:20That's a lot of cocaine.
00:55:38He was a big player in the drug business.
00:55:41He had prior arrests for racketeering, prior cases where he had even fled to Spain before, and moving up in the ranks of the drug trade.
00:55:51So it was a big deal.
00:55:53So Darli spent a few days with the DEA.
00:55:57He hired one of the best attorneys in Miami, and eventually he was allowed out on a million dollars bail, but he had to be electronically monitored with an ankle bracelet.
00:56:08( beeping ) But of course, he had ulterior motives.
00:56:16( alarm ringing ) By the time the police are notified and they get to the house...
00:56:28... he was gone.
00:56:31That's when I got the call.
00:56:33( "Rolando": How much ?
00:56:36"Josh":A million dollars.
00:56:37Rolando: A bail bond is designed to guarantee the appearance of a defendant in court.
00:56:42If Darli couldn't be found now, then Josh would have to pay the government the million dollars.
00:56:47Produce the body or pay the money.
00:56:50That's where I come in.
00:56:51"Rolando": Okay, I'll do it.
00:56:53Rolando: At that point, the clock starts ticking and it doesn't stop 'til it's all over.
00:57:00So at this point, Darli could be anywhere, anywhere in the world.
00:57:03But his family were still in Miami.
00:57:08In the beginning, that's the only thing I had to go on.
00:57:12The first thing I did was surveillance on the house.
00:57:21Before I came on, the DEA had already interviewed his sister.
00:57:26Her story was that he had left on foot to get a haircut, and she thought he had gotten abducted and killed so he wouldn't testify in court.
00:57:35( gunshot ) She said that's the last time she saw him.
00:57:40Oh, I knew it was BS.
00:57:42They could at least have thought of something better.
00:57:44Go get a haircut, walking ?
00:57:46Nobody walks in Miami.
00:57:49It's one of the dumbest dead stories I've heard.
00:57:53I knew Darli was not dead.
00:57:55He was very much alive.
00:57:57I swear, I have brought back like 20 people from the dead, okay ?
00:58:09After I watched the house for about a week, I still haven't got a lead, so I decided to go undercover.
00:58:22I started to pick up the trash.
00:58:24Very smelly, nasty business, but you learn a lot about people from their trash.
00:58:30But of course, the closer you get to the defendant, the more risk there is of being discovered.
00:58:39One day a neighbor saw us, I guess he was coming in or leaving, I forget what.
00:58:43"Rolando": Morning.
00:58:46Rolando: We had to pick up all the trash on the street.
00:58:49It would have been suspicious if we hadn't.
00:58:52That was a messy day.
00:58:57( cell phone ringing ) "Rolando": Hey, Josh.
00:59:00Rolando: Josh wants to know every day.
00:59:03"Rolando": Yeah, I'm with a bunch of leaves and flies and garbage.
00:59:07Rolando: You know, he's calling me because he wants to know what's going on.
00:59:10He doesn't wanna be in the dark all the way in California.
00:59:13He was under pressure because he had a million dollars hanging over his head, so I was under pressure from Josh.
00:59:20"Rolando": Josh, listen.
00:59:21These things take time.
00:59:22I'll call you back, okay ?
00:59:24Rolando: Every chase, there's a time pressure.
00:59:26That's part of the job.
00:59:28But I knew that I had to come up with something.
00:59:34See, the thing is, in any case,

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