A man who has a disturbing obsession with mass shootings was arrested for leaving animal corpses on a memorial to the victims of the Parkland massacre.
Robert Mondragon, a 29-year-old from Broward County, Florida, is accused of dumping a mutilated duck, a dead raccoon, and a possum corpse on the bench at the MSD Memorial Garden, the memorial site outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where 17 students and staff were murdered in the 2018 mass shooting.
Police said a school crossing guard first found a dead duck with an open chest cavity left on the bench on July 20. The following day, the same guard later discovered a dead raccoon on the bench.
Ten days later, on July 31, an officer sighted the corpse of a possum left in the same location.
The network approached Mr. Mondragon after a man driving a white Nissan with all black rims or tires and no hubcaps was caught on surveillance footage at the memorial site.
Investigators said the footage shows the car driving to the memorial at around 11pm on July 30. There, the man exits the car and enters the memorial area, spending a few minutes there before walking away.
The following night, a law enforcement officer spotted a vehicle matching that description driving down a nearby road and stopped the car.
Inside, the officer found bird blood and feathers and Mr. Mondragon at the wheel.
When asked why he had a dead bird in his car, Mr. Mondragon allegedly told the officer that “he likes the smell of metal and blood emanating from the dead animal.”
A search on Mr. Mondragon’s phone later uncovered chilling photos of him keeping a mutilated dead duck and a dead raccoon on the floor of his vehicle, investigators said.
He was arrested and charged with three counts of removal or disfigurement of a tomb or monument, five counts of violation of probation for beatings and indecent exposure, and one count for breach of a risk protection order.
Following his arrest, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said other chilling details have surfaced, revealing that Mr. Mondragon has a disturbing fascination with “both real and fictional” school shooters.
Investigators found text messages about school shootings, and his online search history showed he had researched school shooters, mass pipe bomb shootings, breaking into steel doors and killing police officers.
So, just two weeks before the end of the 2021/2022 school year, Mr. Mondragon would have reconstructed Nikolas Cruz’s footsteps in the aftermath of the shooting.
After carrying out the massacre, Cruz mingled with the students fleeing high school and went to a nearby Walmart. Police said Mr. Mondragon made the same trip.
Investigators also believe that Mr. Mondragon, who has a heavily tattooed face, modeled his tattoo choices on a fictional mass shooter in the American Horror Story series.
In a press conference on Friday, Broward Sheriff’s Gregory Tony said the investigation shows the suspect has a “desire to create an active shooter event in our school system.”
“It fits every classification that is coming. We were lucky and luck is not a strategy, “he said, adding that Mr. Mondragon is” the sternest individual we have been able to capture and take off the streets. “
News of Mr. Mondrogan’s arrest comes when the man responsible for the Marjory Stoneman massacre is on trial in Broward County.
Cruz, 23, pleaded guilty to 17 counts of murder and 17 of attempted murder in the 2018 Valentine’s Day attack.
Cruz, then 19, stalked the corridors of the school with an AR-15 that killed the victims.
The jurors will now decide whether he should be sentenced to life without parole or to death.