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Thug arrested in shooting, arson at Temple Court Apartments – NBC 6 South Florida

The man arrested for allegedly setting a historic fire and shooting a building employee was identified by witnesses as “the one from 307,” leading to his arrest Monday, police said.

Juan Francisco Figueroa, 73, is a convicted felon now charged with attempted murder, arson and firearms, according to arrest reports from the City of Miami Police Department. After his arrest, Figueroa reportedly told investigators he expected to spend the rest of his life in prison.

He was booked into the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in Miami-Dade County on Tuesday.

Arrest reports for Figueroa state that police responding to a fire at the Temple Court Apartments at 431 Northwest 3rd Street found 30-year-old Feder Biotte with a gunshot wound in front of the building.

When officers arrived, two residents were on scene and described what they saw.

One witness said he heard the gunshots from his apartment, and when he went outside, he saw the victim lying on the first floor of the building.

“Mr. Biotte said ‘307, that of 307’ in Spanish as (the) witness attempted to administer first aid,” arrest reports say. One of the men, but it is unclear who, also said he saw an explosion after hearing the gunshots.

The second witness said he heard loud noises as he was walking down a stairwell, and when he came out he saw a man running past him and leaving the building. The running man was again described as “the resident of apartment #307,” police said.

Juan Francisco Figueroa, in a police booking photo from the 1990s

Police from the tactical raid unit began searching for the suspect and his car, a maroon 2008 Honda, the arrest report said. They found the suspect car around 1:45 p.m

Just after 3 p.m., officers spotted Figueroa walking in the area. He got into his car and police followed until they stopped him at NW 2th Avenue and 28th Street, police said.

Officers handcuffed the suspect, who was reportedly carrying a revolver and ammunition in his pockets.

When detectives tried to interview Figueroa hours later, he allegedly spoke about them, saying “he knew what he had done and expected to spend the rest of his life in prison,” according to arrest reports.

Authorities investigate a shooting and massive fire at a Miami apartment building.

Figueroa is a convicted felon, authorities say. In 1992, he was found guilty of second-degree attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault.

It is still unclear how or why Figueroa started the fire and shot Biotte, a maintenance technician at the apartment complex who family said has a 9-year-old son in Haiti.

The Temple Court fire displaced 43 people on Monday morning. Mayor Francis Suarez said 126 firefighters battled the flames for about eight hours, a historic response for the city’s fire department.

The Miami Fire Investigation Unit, Miami Police Department and the Office of the State Fire Marshal are investigating.

Editor’s note (June 11, 2024 12:48 PM EST): Authorities initially said in arrest reports that Figueroa was found guilty of manslaughter in 1992. Court records show the charge was for attempted murder in the second degree.