HAINES CITY — It took The Polk County Sheriff’s Office just seven hours to track down and arrest a Haines City man believed responsible for a local murder.
What detectives are still trying to determine is whether the fatal shooting took place simply because the victim said something that the accused killer didn’t like.
Regardless of the motive, the county is safer today because of the arrest, the Polk County sheriff said.
“This weekend, among all the other crimes they solved and all the other bad guys they put in jail, Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputies were very swift in locating and apprehending two suspects – an armed robbery suspect and a homicide suspect – within a very short time frame of their crimes,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said.
Victor Noel Camacho, 26, was booked into the Polk County Jail on Sunday, on one count of second degree murder. He was charged in the shooting death of Ubaldo Delgada-Medrano.
Deputies say Camacho, who lives at 542 Peak Drive in Haines City, had been drinking beer all day on Saturday, June 8, with some friends, and that group included the victim, 39-year-old Delgado-Medrano. They were at Camacho’s house.
What led to the deadly shooting is not yet clear, noted Carrie Eleazer, public information officer for the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.
But people at the drinking party later told deputies that the scene got violent as the night went on, Eleazer noted.
“According to witnesses, around 11:30 p.m., Camacho fatally shot Delgado-Medrano in the head and then fled the scene on foot after becoming angry with something Delgado-Medrano said,” Eleazer noted in her report on the case.
The sheriff’s office dispatched deputies to the home, and established a perimeter to search for Camacho. Deputies also sent out a statewide BOLO (Be On Look Out) alert.
Eleazer said Camacho could run, but could not hide.
“Just before 7 a.m. on Sunday, June 9, a Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputy sheriff on patrol spotted Camacho walking west on Johnson Avenue in Haines City,” she noted, adding that Camacho was arrested and brought to the sheriff’s office, where he was interviewed by detectives.
“During the post-Miranda interview, Camacho told detectives a different story,” Eleazer noted. “However, he did admit to shooting the victim in the head.”
The weapon used in the murder was recovered.
Camacho “told detectives he then fled the scene and threw the loaded firearm somewhere on Kalogridis Road,” Eleazer said. “He showed detectives the general location of where he threw the loaded firearm, and the detectives found it.”
Camacho had a history of previous arrests — four times in Polk County, in fact, although none involved violent offenses. He has been arrested and charged for possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia, possession of an open container in public, loitering, and disorderly conduct.
Camacho had his first appearance hearing on Monday in the second degree murder case.
Judd said Camacho’s swift arrest is a credit to his hard-working detectives.
“Our deputies do an outstanding, and thankless, job every day keeping the citizens of Polk County safe,” the sheriff said. “I am extremely proud of them.”
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