PIO Number: 17-11-3 (17-10-21) BSO Case Number: 90-1710-008682

Date: Oct. 21, 2017 Time: 11:41 p.m.

Jurisdiction: unincorporated Broward near Ft. Lauderdale

Place of Occurrence: 1955 S. S.R. 7, near Ft. Lauderdale

Victim(s): Youssef Hamraoui, 46, male, 2/3/71, at large (DECEASED)

Suspect(s): Jose Arturo Bizarro-Cermeno, 44, male, 6/26/73, 1642 S.W. 30th Ave., Ft. Lauderdale (IN CUSTODY)

Description of Incident:

Ten days after a homeless man was beaten to death near Ft. Lauderdale, Broward Sheriff's Office detectives issued a warrant for one of his acquaintances and took him into custody on Halloween night.

Homicide investigators zeroed in on Jose Arturo Bizarro-Cermeno, 44, as a potential suspect through the investigation.

The body of Youssef Hamraoui, 46, was found by a passerby around 11:40 p.m. Saturday night (Oct. 21) near a vacant building at 1955 S. S.R. 7. Initially the 911 caller believed the man needed medical assistance, but once Broward Sheriff's Office deputies arrived, they realized the man had been beaten to death.

Detectives say Bizarro-Cermeno and the victim had an ongoing dispute, which ultimately led to the killing.

Homicide investigators obtained a warrant for Bizarro-Cermeno's arrest on Oct. 31 and located him two hours later near the scene of the crime. He's been booked into the BSO Main Jail facing one count of first degree murder.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact BSO Homicide Detective Bryan Tutler at 954-321-4200. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or online at

Anonymous tips that lead to an arrest are eligible for a reward of up to $3,000.

INVESTIGATORS: Dets. Tutler & Cottam, CID Homicide; D5

THIS REPORT BY: Keyla Concepción/PIO 11/1/2017 1230