Three weeks after he was accused of fatally shooting his ex-girlfriend in Miami, homicide suspect Ifrain Quintana was arrested Friday at an apartment home in Golden Gate.
Local authorities received word Friday morning that Quintana, 42, could be inside one of the units at 2530 Tropicana Blvd. Quintana came out and surrendered after officials with the U.S. Marshals fugitive task force and the Collier County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team surrounded the building around noon.
Miami police issued a warrant for Quintana’s arrest after they say he shot and killed his ex-girlfriend, Ariadna Gonzalez Campa, also 42, on Dec. 28 outside of a Little Havana pharmacy. Witnesses said Quintana confronted and taunted her before pulling out his gun.
Roommates Richard Batiste and Mikhail Binns, who live in the building where Quintana was hiding, said officers informed them of the situation Friday, then moved their couches in front of a window that faced the other units as a sort of blockade.
Binns said some SWAT team members were wearing Ghillie suits, which look like foliage. Batiste said they were carrying guns like “the assault rifles that they’re trying to ban.”
The roommates said the people who live in the unit where Quintana was found occasionally have friends over, although they weren’t loud.
“It’s quiet, but we see a lot of people, a lot of movement,” Binns said.
Officials were mum on many details of the operation. John P. Kinsey, a local spokesman for the U.S. Marshals, said he had “no idea” if Quintana had ties to Collier County or how he knew the people he was staying with. It was also unclear if authorities found any weapons inside the home.
Witnesses told NBC-6 South Florida that Gonzalez Campa was shot in the face, but as of Friday, Miami police had not publicly released such details, with a spokeswoman calling it “irrelevant.”
Quintana’s mother, Celina Quintana, told the TV station her son and Gonzalez Campa had recently broken off their relationship, which was tainted by fighting and infidelity. Celina Quintana also said her son had at one point spent time in a mental health facility in Cuba. She urged him to turn himself in, saying she was worried he would commit suicide.
Miami homicide detectives planned to meet with Quintana late Friday at the Naples Jail Center, agency spokeswoman Kenia Reyes said. Neither Reyes nor Kinsey could say when Quintana would be extradited back to Miami.
The plan to arrest Quintana caused Golden Gate High School officials to switch from a planned lockdown practice drill Friday morning to an actual lockdown shortly afterward. District spokesman Joe Landon said students were never in danger and were dismissed from school as usual.
Eddy Nalien and his girlfriend, Cory Joseph, who live next door to the home where Quintana was found, were shaken up following the operation.
“This is not exciting,” Nalien said. “It’s tragic and it’s scary.”