A man who police say has a “disturbing fascination” with real and fictional mass school shootings has been arrested for allegedly leaving dead animals at a memorial dedicated to the victims of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting.
On August 4, Robert Mondragon, 29, was arrested after various dead animals were discovered at a memorial to the 17 people murdered on February 14, 2018 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. On July 20 this year, a school warden noticed the carcass of a dead duck with its chest cavity cut open on a memorial bench. The next day, border guards found a dead raccoon and a deputy found a dead possum on July 31.
Police said surveillance video shows a white Nissan with either black rims or no rims pulling up in front of the memorial garden, which is just outside the school grounds, around 11:00 p.m. local time on July 30.
An MP spotted a similar-looking vehicle the next day and stopped the driver – Mondragon – for illegally tinted windows. When the MP looked inside the vehicle, he could see “bird feathers and blood on the passenger side running board.” Broward County Sheriff’s Office reported.
When asked about the blood, Mondragon reportedly told the officer that “he had the dead bird in his car because he ‘likes the metal and blood smell emanating from the dead animal.'” police report Conditions.
Mondragon was arrested a few days later and charged with three counts of defacing a grave or memorial, five counts of violating a suspended sentence for assault and indecent exposure, and once counting violations of a risk protection order. He is currently being held without bond North Broward Bureau detention center.
Police said Mondragon has a “disturbing fascination” with school shootings, including fictionalized depictions of them. The tattoos on his face are said to resemble those of the fictional character Tate Langdon from the TV show American Horror Story. According to WPEC West Palm Beach, Langdon’s character is based on the Columbine shoot in 1999.
Police also reportedly found pictures of Mondragon posing with dead animals on his phone, as well as internet searches of school shootings. Police say Mondragon even retraced the steps the Parkland gunman took on the day of the shooting four years ago at some point earlier this year.
Mondragon’s arrest and alleged actions coincide with the shooter’s trial. Although the shooter has already pleaded guilty, a jury has yet to decide whether he will serve life in prison or receive the death penalty.
Also against Mondragon is allegedly determined ATF for unrelated problems.
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