Broken heart chain miami owner says he’s OK after arrest for murder

Breaking heart chain Miami has lost a beloved barber, and the owner of a broken-down barbershop says he hopes to return to business.

Owner Kevin Smith said Thursday that he was arrested late Thursday night on murder charges, the second time he’s been charged in the case.

He said he is cooperating with authorities.

“I don’t have anything to hide, I just want to go home,” Smith said.

Smith, who has operated a barbershops in Florida for nearly 20 years, was arrested around 4 a.m. and booked into the Palm Beach County Jail in Boca Raton on suspicion of first-degree murder, robbery and attempted murder, authorities said.

Authorities said Smith also was charged with two counts of burglary, theft, theft by taking and receiving a stolen motor vehicle.

Smith was released from the jail Friday and will remain in jail pending an extradition hearing, a spokeswoman for the Palm Bay County Sheriff’s Office said.

The restaurant, which is located in a strip mall about 15 miles from the airport, is operated by Smith’s brother, Joe, who said Thursday he was saddened by the news.

He said he has been in touch with Smith and is planning to reopen.

“We will always be there,” Joe Smith said in a phone interview.

“I’m not going anywhere.”

Joe Smith said the family is hoping to reopen on Sunday.

Joe Smith added that he has no plans to talk to the media and did not have anything he could say about the charges.

Joe and his brother said they would have nothing to do with the media during the investigation.

Joe Smith did not respond to a message left by The Associated Press.

Joe, who owns a landscaping business and has a large fleet of cars, said he was contacted by the FBI on Friday.

“They asked me if I knew anybody that was involved in this, and I told them I didn’t know anybody,” Joe said.

Joe said he didn’t want to talk about the case because it was confidential.