MIAMI — Police say a teenager has been arrested in Miami in connection with the slaying of a Brooklyn rabbi last year.
Miami-Dade Police spokeswoman Jennifer Capote said Wednesday that homicide detectives had arrested Deandre Charles, 15, after a 16-month investigation of the death of Rabbi Yosef Raksin.
Raksin, 60, was fatally shot Aug. 9, 2014, as he walked to a temple in Miami, where he had been visiting family.
Authorities allege that Charles, who was 14 at the time, was on a robbing spree when he encountered Raksin. They say he wanted to rob Raksin, but shot him because the rabbi wasn’t carrying any money. Observing Jews are forbidden to carry cash on the Sabbath.
The suspect's stepfather told reporters they'd been investigating Charles prior to the arrest.
"So they did investigate him -- they spoke to him a few times prior last year and they made it seem like everything was over, everything was fine and now this," said Willis Archibald.
Charles was charged with first degree murder. He will be tried as an adult.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.