MARTIN COUNTY, FL - August 17, 2020 - According to an online news report by Fox23.com, a woman was attacked and murders on her 10-year-old daughter's first day of school. Her daughter was in a Zoom class, and the victim was able to identify and report the man who shot her as she passed away. Court documents allege that her young son attempted to stab the gunman to defend his family.
The tragic circumstances of the crime against a 32-year-old mother from Indiantown, Florida, surfaced on Wednesday as court records were made publically available in the first-degree murder case of the suspect. The suspect, a 27-year-old man from Indiantown, Florida, was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, burglary with an assault or battery, and two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. According to the report, when the suspect aimed his pistol at the victim's children just before escaping on a bike, he committed aggravated assault. There were six children inside the home of the victim at the time of the murder. Many of those children saw the violent murder firsthand, according to law enforcement.
The suspect had a prior felony conviction for felony marijuana with a gun charge, according to the court's records. On Wednesday, a judge ordered that the suspect be held at the Martin County Jail and without bond. Judge Darren Steele, a 19th Judicial Circuit Judge, handed down the order, which states the suspect would be held without bail to protect the community from harm and ensure the suspect would be present for his trial.
According to Martin County Sheriff William Snyder, the 10-year-old child and her class from the Warfield Elementary school were accessing their 8 a.m., online classes, when screaming was heard from inside the little girl's home. The class' teacher muted the audio to prevent the class from hearing the commotion and the profanity. The teacher realized a that a serious domestic situation was at hand, and the teacher saw the child that is online. The teacher then stated that she saw the 10-year-old girl cover her ears and then heard gunshots. A bullet hit the girl's computer causing the screen to go blank, according to the Martin Sheriff.
The suspect's arrest affidavit states that the victim's identity was provided by the victim's daughter, who also placed a call to 911 and informed 911 that her mother was shot. The little girl described the shooter as a black man who had dreadlocks, and his nickname is "Hondo."
The suspect was identified as "Hondo."
The victim had been shot in her abdomen or chest at least two times, according to the report. The victim was flown by helicopter to Lawnwood Medical Center in Fort Pierce. The victim was pronounced dead approximately 70 minutes following the 911 call.
The suspect later ditched his bicycle and then tried to hide in a laundromat before attempting to board a public bus. The bus driver stated that the suspect asked to be taken to Stuart, Florida. The bus driver told the suspect that she was driving a local bus. The suspect had a black bag, and his behavior made the bus driver suspicious. The bus driver left the bus and contacted 911 to report the suspicious man.
A few members of the local SWAT team were closeby for training, and they went straight to the location of the bus, and they placed the suspect in custody. The suspect was transported to the Martin County Sheriff's Office's Indiantown substation, and he allegedly confessed to killing the victim. The suspect was found to be in possession of a gun.