Suspect arrested in murder of Hollywood cop has extensive criminal history


HOLLYWOOD, Florida – The teenager accused of killing a Hollywood cop is no stranger to the police.

This suspect has been identified as 18-year-old Jason Banegas.

Local 10 News spoke with Banegas’s sister at her Miami home on Monday.

“My brother would never do that for no reason,” she said.

Banegas’s family are still digesting the news that he faces a first degree murder charge, among other things, in the fatal shooting of Officer Yandy Chirino on Sunday night.

Jason Banegas, 18. (WPLG)

“We don’t know if he’s okay, we don’t know what happened to him, we don’t even know how it even happened,” Banegas’s sister said. “How did he come to this situation, because my brother would never do something like that.”

Banegas has a long criminal history dating back to the age of 12, when he was accused of resisting an officer without violence. Since then, Banegas has faced charges of burglary, property damage and large car theft.

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Ring doorbell camera footage given to Local 10 News in the Hollywood neighborhood where the officer was killed shows a young man who looks like Banegas going from car to car, checking the unlocked doors.

This is exactly what the crime detectives say was committed, in that same neighborhood, which drew suspicion and police in the area shortly before the confrontation which led to the shooting death of the officer d ‘Hollywood.

Just last year, Banegas was arrested for burglary, trespassing, and possession of marijuana and cocaine near a school.

“I’m going to speak for my brother because I know my brother has nothing to do with what happened,” Banegas’s sister said. “My brother is innocent, I don’t care. Many policemen did this to my brother. It is not the first time. This is not the first time that this has happened to us. “

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