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BSO IDENTIFIES DANGEROUS GUNMAN

BSO Case Number: PB02-08-7347
PIO Number: 02-8-41
Date: August 18, 2002
Place of Occurrence: 791 South Dixie Highway, Pompano Beach, FL

Victim(s):

  • Jose Juan Garcia-Liberato, 27, 10/11/74, 771 SW 8th St., #106, Pompano Beach, FL

Suspect(s):

  • Adrian Rufino Cornejo, 30, 9/23/71, 701 SW 9th Terrace, Pompano Beach, FL

Description of Incident:

Broward Sheriff's Office detectives are releasing the name of a man who, earlier this week in Pompano Beach, shot an acquaintance in the face following an argument. The reward for information leading to the arrest of 30-year old Adrian Rufino Cornejo is at $1,000.00.

Just before 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, August 18, 2002, Cornejo, known on the street as “Chino”, had a minor accident with 27-year old Jose Juan Garcia-Liberato in the parking lot of the Tricia Dona restaurant at 791 South Dixie Highway.

As both men exited their vehicles, an argument ensued. The quarrel reached a flash point when Cornejo pulled out a 9-millimeter handgun and shot Garcia-Liberato. As the wounded man fell to the ground, Cornejo jumped into his SUV and sped away. He was last seen driving north on Dixie Highway in his green, 1994 Ford Explorer. The vehicle has tinted windows and a Florida tag of G-6-1-W-L-K.

Garcia-Liberato, of 771 SW 8th Street, apartment 106 in Pompano Beach, was rushed to North Broward Medical Center where at last report he was in stable condition.

BSO detectives have a warrant for the arrest of Adrian Rufino Cornejo, charging him with aggravated battery and attempted murder. Cornejo was born in El Salvador. He is approximately 5-foot-5, about 160 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair. He may have fled to Miami-Dade County where he is believed to have family. Cornejo should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information Cornejo should contact authorities immediately; call Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS or dial 9-1-1. A reward of up to $1,000.00 may be available for anonymous information leading to the arrest of this dangerous gunman.

INVESTIGATORS: Det. M. Lott, D-11, CI
THIS REPORT BY: Hugh Graf 8/21/02 12:30 PM

Attachments

  • ADRIAN RUFINO CORNEJO - Adrian Cornejo - Wanted For Attempted Murder - Reward Offered - Call Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS

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