MIAMI — A 19-year-old man charged in connection with the murder of a German tourist sobbed as he was brought before a judge here Thursday while police set up a dragnet for his alleged accomplice and girlfriend, a short, stocky woman said to have purple hair.
At one point Thursday afternoon, Miami police announced they had detained the girlfriend, Patsy Jones, 19, and indicated she would be charged in the sensational slaying that state officials fear could prove costly to Florida's $30-billion annual tourist industry.
Later, however, police said the woman being questioned was not Jones. As the search for her and another possible suspect continued late Thursday, police conducted a door-to-door search of an inner-city apartment building.
Ricondall (Rico) Wiggins was arrested Wednesday night, less than 24 hours after Uwe-Wilhelm Rakebrand, 33, an agricultural engineer from Adendorf, Germany, was shot to death. Rakebrand and his wife, Kathrin, 27, had just arrived at Miami International Airport and were headed toward Miami Beach in a red rental car when they were bumped from behind by a truck.