Source Says Man Accused Of Shooting, Sexually Assaulting 12-Year-Old Boy Accidentally Shot Himself During Attack

CBS4's Karli Barnett shares the latest details in the case. Read more: https://cbsloc.al/39q61Rh

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ELIOTT RODRIGUEZ: New at 7:00, abduction and assault arrest. New reporting tonight about the man accused of a sickening crime against a 12-year-old.

LAUREN PASTRANA: Stopping school shootings. How one Parkland parent is responding to a new report out from the Secret Service.

ELIOTT RODRIGUEZ: After a pretty chaotic few weeks, the Miami Beach community comes together to call for change. The steps they're taking tonight.

LAUREN PASTRANA: And CBS 4 speaks one on one with Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg ahead of a big announcement from the Biden administration. But we begin tonight with an update on the horrific abduction and assault of a young boy who is still recovering in the hospital.

ELIOTT RODRIGUEZ: Tonight, police say they may have the man responsible. CBS 4's Karli Barnett joins us live with those new details from the investigators. Karli.

KARLI BARNETT: Eliott, Lauren. Police say the man they believe is responsible is sitting in jail with no bond tonight. But people who live in this man's building understandably shaken after learning that this dangerous suspect lived so close to them and so close to a park with children, no less.

PAULETTE HILL: It's awful. Is awful. Thank god, because I'm afraid.

KARLI BARNETT: Neighbors horrified to learn a man accused of sexually assaulting and shooting a 12-year-old boy lived in their building.

ERIC JOHN: I got scared. He lives in the same complex that I live in. There's kids in here, too.

KARLI BARNETT: Tuesday night, 43-year-old Aliex Santiesteban was arrested from his third floor apartment in the Island Living Complex in Miami. This resident says he had seen Santiesteban around before, and he was quiet.

ERIC JOHN: I used to go out overnight, and I used to see the guy come walk around. He had a very creepy face.

KARLI BARNETT: Santiesteban went before a judge Tuesday. The 43-year-old is accused of forcing a boy into his car at gunpoint, sexually assaulting him, and shooting him in the face.

- Mr. Santiesteban has three different felony charges, and each one he is being held no bond on.

KARLI BARNETT: This happened around 3:00 in the morning Saturday in Brownsville. Graphic surveillance video shows the boy stumbling and falling to the ground as he looked for help.

BRIAN RAFKY: Hoping for a swift recovery, but he definitely has a difficult road ahead of him.

KARLI BARNETT: Investigators say it was DNA evidence that linked him to the crimes. They also found the car involved with a gun inside. Santiesteban was booked into the county jail around 3:00 AM Tuesday.

- This individual poses a great danger to children in our community.

KARLI BARNETT: Some new information tonight. As we mentioned at the top of the newscast, CBS 4 News has learned exclusive new details from a source close to the investigation. Santiesteban actually filed a report with Miami Beach Police for a crime that he allegedly made up.

So, this source says that Santiesteban allegedly grabbed the child and held one hand over his mouth while he used the other to shoot the boy. Now, the bullet went through the child's face and came out, accidentally shooting himself in the hand. Now, you can see in the video on your screen right now, if you look closely, one of Santiesteban's hands does appear to be heavily bandaged. Now, this source told CBS 4 that several hours after the attack, he showed up at the Miami Beach Police department, where he filed a report claiming that he was jumped by 3 men and stabbed in the hand. This source says that may have been his attempt to establish an alibi regarding why his hand was injured.

So, this is still very much a developing story, an active investigation. We are continuing to learn more details about what happened, so be sure to stay with us on CBS Miami and cbsmiami.com for the latest. But for now, live outside of Jackson Memorial Hospital, Karli Barnett, CBS 4 News.

LAUREN PASTRANA: Karli, thank you for the update.