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The victim's body was discovered by a landscaping crew.
Washington Emiliano Beltran
- First Degree Murder
- Armed Robbery
Wilkin Mieses Baker
1340 Coolmont Drive
On May 14, 2013, at approximately 7:35 am, a landscaping worker reporting a man believed to be dead outside a storage facility located at 707 Providence Road in Brandon. When deputies arrived, they confirmed that the man was deceased and had severe upper body trauma.
HCSO homicide detectives and crime scene technicians arrived on scene and initiated an investigation. Shortly thereafter, detectives were able to identify the victim as Wilkin Mieses Baker.
As the investigation progressed, detectives located store surveillance video from a nearby convenience store on Providence Road showing on May 13th 2013 at 10:47 pm, Washington Beltram and Wilkin Baker together inside the store. This is the night before Baker's body was found. Baker was also reported to be intoxicated and have approximately $100.00 of cash on him. Baker could be seen
in the surveillance video wearing a gold neck chain.
Detectives used the surveillance video and quickly identified Beltran as the individual with Baker. A further check on Beltran revealed he had an outstanding arrest warrant for felony violation of probation.
Homicide detectives went back out the the crime scene area and obtained information that Beltran had been recently seen at a nearby apartment complex.
Detectives searched the apartment complex and found Beltran standing in a stair-well of an apartment building. Beltran does not live in the apartment complex and is believed to be homeless.
Homicide detectives took Beltran to the Criminal Investigation Division where Beltran later confessed to the murder during questioning with detectives.
Based on all information gathered thus far, detectives have determined the following set of circumstances in this case;
On the night of May 13, 2013, Beltran and Baker met for the first time at a fast food restaurant not far from the crime scene. Upon meeting one another, they mutually agreed to purchase and smoke marijuana together.
After leaving the convenience store, they both walked to the rear of the storage facility at 707 Providence Road where the attack began.
At this spot, Beltran punched Baker in the face at least one time and then began stabbing and cutting Baker with a knife. Baker fled 15-20 yards on foot while Beltran continued stabbing and cutting Baker multiple times until Baker collapsed and died.
The Hillsborough County Medial Examiner's Office determined that Baker's throat was cut and he was stabbed a total of thirty five (35) times. In addition when Baker's body was recovered he was missing his gold necklace, a bicycle and his 100.00 dollars in cash.
Detectives have recovered bloody items of clothing worn and disposed of by Beltran at as well as the knife used in murder. They've also recovered Baker's backpack which was being worn at the time Beltran was arrested in the apartment stairwell and Baker's bicycle near the stairwell. The gold chain is still missing.
Washington Beltran was booked into the Hillsborough County Jail where he currently remains with no bond.