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Man arrested after 12-year-old boy kidnapped, sexually assaulted, and shot

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Officials arrested a man who they say, kidnapped, sexually assaulted and shot a young boy in Northwest Miami-Dade.

43-year-old Aliex Santiesteban was arrested at around 3 a.m., Tuesday.

Investigators said the 12-year-old victim was seen collapsing on surveillance video at a gas station after the attack. The young boy left his house on Saturday and was attacked when he tried going back home.

The boy told police he walked two and a half miles to a friend’s house. As he headed home in the area of Northwest 30th Avenue and 43rd Terrace, between 2 a.m. and 3:30 a.m., a man forced him into a dark four-doored sedan.
A man on a bicycle, Johnny, was only steps away from where the child was dumped. He assisted the boy to a nearby gas station to call the police.

Police said Johnny saved the boy’s life.

Miami-Dade Police and Fire Rescue arrived on the scene and transported the boy to Jackson Memorial Hospital in critical condition.

As of Tuesday morning, the boy is not listed in stable condition.

Santiesteban faces several charges, including attempted murder, sexual battery with a deadly weapon and kidnapping a child under the age of 13.

Investigators said there could be other victims of Santiesteban. They ask those who may know of any other victims to call police.