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Spanish Ax-Murder Suspect Caught During Florida Turnpike Traffic Stop

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​Beware whom you cut off on the Florida Turnpike. That slow-moving a-hole in front of you could turn out to be an ax murderer.

No, really.

Abdel Roca Teijelo was pulled over last Friday during a routine traffic stop. Turns out, the 37-year-old barista was wanted in his native Spain for allegedly bashing in his boss's brains and leaving the body to rot inside a sarcophagus.

According to prosecutors, neighbors of a coffee shop in Zaragoza, Spain, called the fire department to complain of a strong smell.

When the bomberos arrived, they discovered a scene out of an Egyptian horror flick: a "large sarcophagus" made out of "building materials," inside of which lay the body of cafe owner Ruben Joaquin Fauste Elvira.

Also found in the home-made body box was an ax that had been used multiple times on Elvira's head.

Spanish police suspected Teijelo and another cafe employee. According to U.S .prosecutors, cell phone records show Teijelo and his accomplice met their boss at the cafe on the night of June 10. Elvira wasn't seen again.

Teijelo later rented a van and purchased the materials need to build the sarcophagus, with plans of ferreting away the body, prosecutors say. But they say he fled the country when cops were onto him.

An international warrant for Teijelo's arrest was issued on August 30. It wasn't until the Dec. 30 traffic stop, however, that authorities knew the accused ax murderer was hiding out in Miami. Teijelo will appear in Miami court tomorrow for a bond hearing.

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