Photo: Dominican Police Station Holding 'Polo'
Dominican Republic authorities are investigating the shooting death of Arsenio Diaz Rodriguez, 53, as an ordered execution carried out by a five-year-old.
Rodriguez had recently returned to his home country after being deported out of the U.S. and serving a 10—year narcotics sentence. Rodriguez lived and owned several businesses in the town of San Francisco de Macoris.
Dominican police are alleging a five-year-old boy shot Rodriguez on orders from another man known locally as ‘Polo’ . ‘Polo’ whose legal name is Fabian Antonio Gonzalez Duarte, has since been arrested for giving the five-year-old a loaded gun and telling him to “scare” Rodriguez when he showed up at the boy’s house.
Duarte told authorities that he and the victim were friends and he lent his gun to him, which in turn was used by a five-year-old to shoot his friend. He denies ordering the five-year-old to shoot his friend knowing Rodriguez was coming over to the boy’s house and held a business grudge against him, as authorities allege. The five-year-olds parents say ‘Polo’ was present when the five-year-old used the gun and then sped away after the hit was carried out.
Police continue to investigate and are looking into the connection between the five-year-old boy and the two men.