A fugitive suspect in a 2015 Doral double shooting surrendered to the FBI upon arriving at Miami International Airport Friday, the agency announced Monday.
The anticlimax to Jonathan Cifuentes’ five years on the run occurred Friday, the day after his 29th birthday, and had been arranged by Cifuentes through Miami attorney Antonio Valiente. Cifuentes flew into MIA and federal custody on an American Airlines international flight.
After arresting Cifuentes on the federal charge of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, the FBI turned him over to Miami-Dade Corrections. He’s in Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center on two counts of attempted premeditated murder and one count of discharging a firearm in public.
Those were the charges stemming from an April 5, 2015, incident at a Doral club. Police believe Cifuentes shot two people after being asked to leave the club. When cops came looking for him four days later, court documents say, he wasn’t at his mother’s house, his girlfriend’s house or any place he usually laid his hat.
Federal charges were filed in June 2015 as the FBI believed Cifuentes might be in New York. In June 2018, the FBI offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to Cifuentes’ arrest and conviction.