Carlos Alberto Rios of Davie, Florida was arrested Thursday after he was accused of following and opening fire upon a car, news sources indicate. Police say there were three people in the car that Rios shot at: the driver, a passenger, and 10-month-old infant. The victims, who were not named in news reports, were purpotedly not physically injured in the altercation. Rios, 24, was booked into the Broward County Jail on charges of premeditated attempted murder. A bail bond was not set. It is unclear whether he has hired a lawyer.
Reports say the alleged incident occurred around 4:30 Monday morning on a portion of Davie Road just south of Griffin Road. According to witnesses near the scene, Rios idled along the side of the road in his white Land Rover until the victim’s gray Hyundai rolled past. Rios then allegedly trailed the car as it drove along Davie Road. According to reports, the driver of the Hyundai did not reportedly have any personal ties with Rios; the passenger, however, had purportedly known the man for nearly a decade. It is not yet known whether the two had been involved in some recent quarrel that may have led to the incident.
While Rios followed the car, he purportedly aimed a handgun out of the driver’s side window and fired once at the victims before speeding off. At least one witness was able to write down his vehicle’s plate numbers beforehand, sources indicate. When officers arrived to the scene, the witness handed the numbers over and detectives apparently discovered that the vehicle belonged to RIos.
It is unclear whether Rios commented on the alleged incident or provided an explanation for his purported actions during the arrest. It is also not yet known whether Rios had a license to carry the handgun, although he was not charged with illegal firearm possession. Police did not indicate whether they had recovered a weapon matching the description of the handgun during the arrest.
Rios is not the only Florida resident recently charged with wielding a firearm. Brandon Bivins of Deerfield Beach, Florida, who has previously been convicted of a felony, was arrested last week when police found him with a firearm, reports say. Bivins was booked into police custody on charges of possessing a firearm by a convicted felon. It is unclear whether he qualified for bail or has hired legal representation.
Police reportedly discovered a .357 Magnum revolver hand gun and over a dozen bullets in his possession after executing a search warrant relating to an earlier arrest (more information was not immediately available). The Broward County Sheriff’s office conducted the search and charged Bivins with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon several days after reportedly locating the weapon. If found guilty on that charge, he could be sentenced to as many as 15 years behind bars, reports say.
Reports say Bivins was arrested in October after he was accused of operating a junior league football gaming ring out of his home and place of business. An update on that case is not yet available.