Man accused of killing hotel employee during Coral Gables carjacking

Edward William Reid remained at Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center Sunday. He was accused of killing a hotel employee in Coral Gables. 

Reid, 40, is accused of going on a crime spree that left a man dead during a carjacking, and a person injured during a crash with the stolen van. 

Authorities identified the Courtyard by Marriott employee who died while trying to stop the carjacker as Eladio Rodriguez, a 62-year-old father who moved from Cuba to Miami about two years ago.

Witnesses told Coral Gables police officers that the robber hopped into a van outside of the Courtyard by Marriott at 2051 S. Le Jeune Road.

Rodriguez quickly stepped in front of the van to try to stop the robber from leaving, but the robber ran him over.  

Coral Gables Police Department officers were investigating the crime as a hit-and-run incident, but when Rodriguez was pronounced dead the Miami-Dade Police Department took over the homicide investigation. 

Miami Police Department officers found the stolen van after a crash on the corner of Flagler Street and Northwest Eighth Avenue in East Little Havana. The crash left one person injured. 

Reid is facing charges of first-degree murder, leaving the scene of a crash, three counts of public kidnapping and robbery/carjacking. He has a history of carjacking, battery and domestic violence.

Detectives are asking anyone with information about this crime to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.


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