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BSO: Man faces charges after leaving dead animals at Parkland memorial

MIAMI – A Broward man is going through a number of charges for leaving dead animals on a memorial in Parkland. 

The Broward Sheriff’s Office stated Robert Mondragon, 29, additionally confirmed a “disturbing fascination with mass school shootings.” 

Mondragon is at the moment being held with out bond on charges of eradicating or disfiguring a tomb or monument, violation of probation for battery and indecent publicity and violation of a danger safety order. 

Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony informed CBS4’s Peter D’Oench, “We can not allow this individual or anyone who fits this mold into our community or to go back into our community and prey upon children. There are too many active shooters out there on the streets, We can not allow this individual to come back into society and introduce violence and we hope that he doesn’t shoot up a school and we hope he gets the mental treatment that he needs. This individual was on our radar going back to 2013 and was the subject of an investigation by the Threat Management Unit. This individual had an alarming amount of inquiries on the internet about actual shooting events such as Columbine and was looking at ways to develop pipe bombs and kill officers.”

Detectives stated on July 20, a faculty crossing guard found a dead duck with its chest cavity lower open on a bench at the MSD Memorial Garden, situated exterior Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. 

Then, on July 21, the college crossing guard discovered a dead raccoon on the identical memorial bench, and on July 31, a deputy discovered a dead opossum on the bench.

BSO stated surveillance video hyperlinks Mondragon to the dead animals. 

Detectives stated they might later discover a photograph on Mondragon’s cellphone of him holding a dead duck with its chest cavity lower open. Also, one other photograph on his cellphone of a dead raccoon on the floorboard of the passenger’s facet of his automobile.

Further investigation revealed Mondragon’s obsession with college shooters, each actual and fictional, BSO stated. 

Detectives stated Mondragon’s facial tattoos resemble “those of Tate Langdon, the character from the television series American Horror Story based on the Columbine High School massacre.”

They additionally discovered textual content messages about college shootings and web searches about college shooters, “how to break into steel doors, shootings involving multiple victims, pipe bombs, as well as slang terms for killing cops.”

A lady who lives close to the suspect in Margate shared cellphone video with CBS4 of BSO deputies at the house and stated “The animals in this case and the sadness in the story behind the bench, why did he do that. It is sickening to me.”

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