Attempted murder suspect arrested
The arrests of three men this week, including one wanted for attempted murder, resulted in two firearms and 48 grams of drugs being taken off the streets, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said Friday.
What started as a father wanting to see his baby ended with a victim walking to hospital with a gunshot wound, and the man charged with the crime was arrested on Monday, nearly a month after leading deputies in a lawsuit.
Tony Linares-Gomez, 18, of Pompano Beach, faces charges of attempted first degree murder, shooting into a dwelling and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The sheriff’s office said he shot a man at a family member’s home. He was arrested at an Airbnb in Hollywood.
Travis Hunt, 19, of Lauderhill, charged with burglary of an occupied dwelling, and Travon Octelus, 19, of Pompano Beach, charged with possession of fentanyl, were also arrested on Monday. Both face additional charges of resisting arrest without violence.
Shortly before 10:30 p.m. on July 11, Linares-Gomez and his friends went to a house in the 700 block of Northeast 43rd Court in Deerfield Beach where he asked to see his son, but family members told him to come back on the following day. The men fired into the house instead, deputies said.
A man was injured in the shooting and walked to Broward Health North. It’s not immediately clear if the friends Linares-Gomez was with on the night of the shoot are Hunt and Octelus.
Detectives attempted to arrest Linares-Gomez the next day in North Lauderdale, but he led them in pursuit of Davie. Witnesses told deputies they saw two men carrying guns flee from the car, the sheriff’s office said.
Deputies, SWAT, K9 units, Florida Highway Patrol, Davie Police Department, and Plantation Police Department officers searched but were unable to find the men who bailed out.
Investigators have found that several suspects in a series of armed robberies in the South Broward Sheriff’s Office District, Hallandale Beach, Hollywood and Miami Beach were linked to Linares-Gomez. The sheriff’s office said more arrests and charges are expected.
“Clearly, Tony Linares-Gomez has no respect for human life or the consequences of his criminal acts,” Sheriff Gregory Tony said in a statement Friday. “Fortunately, no one was seriously injured or killed when he and his criminal friends fired multiple rounds into an occupied house with his baby inside. The collaborative effort and resources of multiple agencies enabled the removal of a violent street criminal, seize guns and illegal drugs, and possibly solve a wave of armed robberies.
Two firearms, five grams of heroin, eight grams of cocaine, two fentanyl capsules, 35 grams of cannabis and more than $3,000 in cash were seized as part of the investigation, deputies said.
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Hunt and Octelus fled from deputies who came to arrest them at a Hollywood home on Monday, court records show. Hunt fled to a back porch in a nearby fenced yard, according to a probable cause affidavit.
Octelus had a plastic bag containing two capsules that tested positive for fentanyl when he was arrested, court records show. Octelus was released without posting bail on Tuesday and was ordered to appear later. Hunt was released on Tuesday after posting $3,500 bond.
Linares-Gomez is being held in Broward Main Jail without bail.
Court records show he was arrested in January for felony carrying a concealed firearm, accessory after the fact, weapons offense and attempted first-degree murder after a man he was driving in a car shot at another car, intending to kill two people.
The probable cause affidavit in this case indicates that Linares-Gomez was present and complicit in the attempted murder of both victims. Prosecutors dismissed the case, according to court records.
At the time, Linares-Gomez was on juvenile probation for a weapons offense, records show.
Information on attorneys for Linares-Gomez, Hunt and Octelus was not available Friday evening.