Bond Increased on Suspect Charged in "Beat Down" Death of Fellow Gang Member
Last updated 11/1/2022 at 12:24pm
BROOKSVILLE – Two men face charges in connection with the 2021 death of a fellow gang member and at least three additional suspects may face charges.
On Tuesday, R News broke the news of a standoff on Canterbury Street with suspected murderer 29-year-old Jimmy Veloso Nguyen. After nearly 3-hours, Nguyen surrendered to deputies and was booked into the Hernando County Jail on charges of Homicide and 2-counts of Aggravated Battery.
On the same day, Putnam County Sheriff's Deputies arrested 25-year-old Reynol Mariscal Gonzalez in Pomona Part, Florida on the same charges. He is awaiting extradition back to Hernando County.
According to court records, Assistant State Attorney Peter Magrino motioned the court on Wednesday to increase Nguyen's bond, due to the heinous nature of the crime.
In the motion Magrino writes: As set forth in the Probable Cause affidavit the defendant activily participated with five others in a brutal beat down (street slang utilized by criminal street gangs to remove an individual from a gang) of the victim who later died as a result of injuries sustained in the beat down.
Magrino goes on to explain that Nguyen is a documented gang member with 10 prior felony convictions. Magrino also advised that Nguyen is eligible for sentencing enhancements, due to his criminal gang background.
Nguyen's gang aliases are listed as "King" and "Warfare." There are unconfirmed reports that the suspects are affiliated with the Latin Kings gang.
Judge Daniel B. Merritt Jr. granted the motion and increased Nguyen's bond to a total of $140,000, up $50,000 from the original bond amount.
The whereabouts of the three additional suspects is unknown at this time.
Details of the investigation have not been released by the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.