It looks like the “Kill Batman” hoodie helped snare a slaying suspect.
Photos of an armed teen in the distinctive hoodie who was suspected of shooting an ATM customer prompted a wave of tips — and 18 hours later he was arrested in Lauderhill, police said.
Dillon Steve, 26, was using an ATM at a Bank of America branch at 1199 NE 163rd St. in North Miami Beach on Wednesday night. Around 8:45 p.m., he was robbed and shot in the chest while relatives or friends were nearby, North Miami Beach Police Major Richard Rand said.
Steve later died at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center.
Clear images from the ATM surveillance camera showed a young man holding a black handgun. He was wearing a black Ecko Unlimited sweatshirt, its hood was painted with an image of late actor Heath Ledger’s face when he played the Joker in “The Dark Knight,” a Batman film.
After North Miami Beach Police released photos from the bank and of the sweatshirt, “We got multiple tips from the public, Crime Stoppers and law enforcement in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties,” Rand said.
Marcine Bernard Hill, 17, of Lauderhill, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of committing second-degree murder after he left a home in the city, officials said.
Rand would not say what kind of gun was used in the robbery and killing, and said detectives were waiting on the bank to tell them how much money may have been stolen.
Hill appeared in juvenile court Friday afternoon before Judge Elijah H. Williams, who ordered the teen’s transfer to a Miami-Dade County facility until his trial there, the Broward Public Defender’s Office said.
The Miami-Dade state attorney’s office will determine what charges Hill may face and decide whether they will prosecute him as an adult, Rand said.
Hill has been arrested 14 times since he was 11 mostly for burglary, theft and robbery, state records show.
Charges were dropped in eight of those cases and Hill twice was found to be mentally unable to stand trial. In March 2015, Hill was sentenced to four years’ probation on a theft charge. Five months later, he was sentenced to five years’ probation for resisting arrest without violence.
And in December 2016, Hill pleaded no contest to marijuana possession. His sentence in that case was not clear, according to records from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
The investigation into the ATM shooting is continuing, and Rand said anyone with more information is asked to call Crime Stoppers of Miami-Dade and the Florida Keys at 305-471-8477. Callers may remain anonymous.