Opa-Locka, Florida – Three truckers were kidnapped and tortured, but only two were fatally shot by masked men over the weekend in Florida.
Miami-Dade Police Department found the bodies of the slain men in a yard on Rutland Street on Saturday evening. The victims have been identified as 50-year-old Osmar Oliva, owner of Oliva Delivery Corp., and 26-year-old Johan Gonzalez Quesada.
The third victim, whose name has not been revealed, managed to escape the torture. During his escape, he alerted a passerby who called the police. The unnamed victim has been hospitalized at Ryder Trauma Center and remains in critical condition, reported Tampa Bay Times.
According to police, the victims were kidnapped, tied up, and then tortured for hours in the back of a moving-type truck before being shot point-blank and left on the side of the road on the 1800 block of Rutland Street.
Oliva was a father of three. “He was a good person, I don’t know why this happened to him,” Oliva’s wife told Miami Herald.
Ovidio Gonzalez Roche, Quesada’s father, described his son as a “marvelous person.” Quesada had a 1-year-old daughter and a newborn who arrived barely two weeks ago. “This is such an extraordinary shock. I can’t explain what’s happened,” Roche said.
“At this time it is not certain if detectives have been able to speak with the third victim and so once the third victim has recovered enough and is in health to be speaking with the detectives they will be doing so,” Angel Rodriguez, Miami Police detective, said as per NBC Miami.
The slain men each had earlier brushes with the law. Oliva was arrested in 2007 after officers said he was one of three men found unloading cargo off a stolen tractor trailer that had been located using a GPS device, the Herald reported. Charges were dropped the following year.
Last year, Gonzalez Quesada was accused of having two loads of pilfered cargo — frozen shrimp, and air-conditioning units — that had been traced via GPS on stolen tractor trailers.
An arrest report said the cargo was discovered at his home. He pleaded not guilty and was awaiting trial.
The detectives working the case are pushing to solve the mystery behind the double homicide. Miami-Dade Police Department announced a reward of $5,000 for any information that would lead to the suspects’ arrest.