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Saturday, 11 April 2009

Jonathan Cabrera, 27, was arrested on charges of murder and attempted murder

Jonathan Cabrera, 27, was arrested on charges of murder and attempted murder after he allegedly fired numerous shots striking 20-year-old Rodrigo Vasquez and 31-year-old Samuel Castro last week outside La Escondida, 5524 14th Street W. Vasquez died a few hours later after he was taken to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg. Castro remains in critical condition at Tampa General Hospital. He had surgery Friday. Cabrera told detectives he turned himself in after reading about the shootings in the Bradenton Herald. He went to a sheriff’s office substation located in Oneco to contact authorities.When questioned about the shootings, he said he didn’t pull the trigger.At about 1 a.m. April 4, there were about five men inside the nightclub, including Cabrera, Castro and Vasquez, who were acquaintances. Cabrera allegedly became upset with one of the men because he did not like one of the people in the bar. He reportedly kicked the chair of Albert Morales, who he was upset with, and said, “Let’s take it outside,” according to the report. Morales and Cabrera went outside to fight in the parking lot, with people in the bar following. The five men began walking to their cars parked next door at Value Pawn. Cabrera went to a gold Nissan Maxima and emerged with a firearm. He reportedly opened fire, striking two of the men and several buildings, then left, the reports said.Cabrera told detectives he had nothing to do with the shootings and left after the argument. He told authorities he has no idea who the Maxima belongs to. Vasquez’s death marks the 11th homicide in Manatee County this year. Six of those cases remain without arrests. Last year, there were a total of 17 homicides. Cabrera, who is a documented member of the SUR-13 gang, was arrested twice for attempted murder in gang related cases in 2002 and 2006, according to documents. In both cases, the shootings were against a rival gang.In this latest case, the shooting is believe by detectives to involve gang affiliates. Castro is friends with Cabrera, according to Castro’s relatives. The men also share criminal history together, according to documents. Castro and Cabrera were in a white Mercedes Benz when Cabrera reportedly fired 10 .40 caliber shots at another vehicle in a drive-by gang shooting in 2002, according to documents. A man in the other car was shot in the ribs, according to the warrant charging Cabrera with attempted murder in 2002 filed by Bradenton Police Department. In another case, in 2006 Cabrera allegedly fired a shotgun at a rival gang member in Eastside Crips, according to the warrant.The State Attorney’s Office declined filing charges in the previous cases because witnesses were not cooperative and there was not enough evidence.


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