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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Wood, Donna

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 11/27/2012 

 Polk County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Detectives Charge Man with First Degree Murder 

22-year-old Alex Baez, DOB 04/20/1990, 603 Avenida Sexta, Clermont, has been charged with First Degree Murder in the death of 21-year-old Jose Santos DOB 12/21/90, 3745 Dartford Drive, Davenport.      

As reported earlier, on Sunday, November 11, 2012, deputies responded to the area of Minute Maid Ramp Road 1 near Belvoir Drive, Davenport, in reference to a body being located in a shallow grave in an orange grove.  The victim had been shot.   

Santos’ girlfriend, along with family members, told detectives Santos had not been seen since the predawn hours of November 7, 2012. 

Santos, who has a lengthy criminal arrest history in Polk Osceola and Orange counties, was last seen walking into an orange grove with another subject. 

Based on witness information and evidence discovered through the investigation, detectives determined that Baez was the suspect responsible for Santos Murder. 

Baez was charged at the Polk County Jail where he was already booked in as a result of unrelated charges of D.W.L.S.R and VOP Burglary and Grand Theft. 

Baez’s November 19, 2012, booking photo is attached.