PINELLAS PARK, Fla. – A homeless St. Petersburg man has been arrested for the murder of a homeless 65-year-old Pinellas Park man.
On Friday, July 15th at approximately 9:00 AM detectives from the Pinellas Park Police Department conducted further follow-up in the homicidal death of Joseph Alan Maiden, a 65-year-old homeless man from Pinellas Park, FL.
Officers located and arrested Miguel Alejandro Haisten, 31, St. Petersburg, for the murder of Maiden.
During the investigation, detectives were able to determine that the victim Joseph Maiden (homeless) had been squatting inside of an abandoned home for an extended period of time.
Detectives believe that Maiden and Haisten who is also homeless, had been involved in an ongoing dispute over the occupation of the abandoned home.
Through investigative means, detectives were able to obtain information that placed the victim alive inside the abandoned home prior to the arrival of Haisten on Wednesday morning.
During the investigation, detectives obtained evidence that shows Haisten arrive at the abandoned home around 11:00 AM on Wednesday, July 13th at which time he forced entry into the home with what is believed to be a large plaster-cast yard statue.
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Detectives believe that once inside the home Haisten attacked Maiden with the same plaster statue and other objects causing severe upper body trauma to the victim, and causing his death.
Following the homicide Haisten fled the scene and the immediate area. Detectives learned of a possible court appearance on an unrelated misdemeanor charge that Haisten had on today’s date.
When Haisten arrived at the Pinellas County Justice Center detectives took him into custody without incident. Haisten was booked into the Pinellas County Jail where he is being held without bond on his first-degree murder charge.
Haisten declined to provide any statement about the homicide. The investigation is ongoing with no other arrests expected to be made in this investigation.