Suspect in wife's murder jumps from building

Posted at 1:46 PM, Feb 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-09 13:55:11-05

A man suspected in the murder of his wife - a mother of two whose body was found at the Flamingo in Miami Beach Monday evening - has reportedly jumped from a building in the City of Miami, sources tell NBC 6.

According to sources, Samir Jemaaoui, 36, leapt from a building at 1717 North Bayshore Drive. The address shows up as a DoubleTree hotel in an internet search.

NBC 6 reached out to police for comment and confirmation. Police have not yet confirmed this information.

Miami Beach Police said Jemaaoui was wanted for second-degree murder in connection with the woman's death. Investigators previously said the case may be domestic.

A misdemeanor battery case was filed against Jemaaoui last July but later dismissed, records show. He was also the subject of a stay-away order involving a woman in December.

On the same day the order was filed, Jemaaoui was arrested on two counts of felony domestic battery/strangulation and one count of misdemeanor battery, records indicate. Jemaaoui was due in court at 9 a.m. Tuesday for a scheduled plea hearing. Trial was set for March 21.

It is not immediately clear whether Jemaaoui showed up for court Tuesday morning.

He is described as a French national who stands 5-foot-11 and weighs 200 pounds.

Authorities discovered the woman's body around 7 p.m. after receiving a 911 call from security personnel at the Flamingo at 1500 Bay Road. Police said two young children had reported their mother was assaulted in their apartment.

Responding officers found the woman dead inside. Her body was removed early Tuesday morning following after detectives remained at the scene overnight.

The children, ages 4 and 6, are said to be OK and are in the care of police. A shelter hearing for the children is scheduled to take place Tuesday afternoon.

"From the very beginning we had our special unit out here with us, with the children, consoling them, and we have several services en route to ensure the well-being of the children," said Ernesto Rodriguez with MBPD.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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