Zombicon shooting suspect has ties to Immokalee

On Monday, February 26, 2018, the Fort Myers Police Department announced that an arrest had finally been made in connection to the October 17, 2015 Zombicon shooting which left Expavious Taylor, 20, dead and five others wounded.

Detectives with the Fort Myers Police Department and agents with the FBI arrested Jose Raul Bonilla, 23, with one count of second degree murder, five counts of aggravated battery with a firearm, and one count of tampering with evidence.

Investigators developed Bonilla as a suspect not longer after the shooting occurred.

“I am pleased to announce that the tireless work on the part of all of our involved law enforcement agencies has today resulted in the arrest of the criminal responsible for bringing fear and violence to our streets back in 2015” said Chief Derrick Diggs with the Fort Myers Police Department.

Steve Russell, State Attorney with the 20th Judicial Circuit, credited the close cooperation among local agencies which helped bring an arrest in the case.

Although an arrest has been made, the case and investigation is ongoing and officials are asking for your help.

“Mr. Bonilla is from the Immokalee, frequents the Immokalee area and we have reason to believe he has spoken to friends and family about the case” said Captain Jay Rodriguez with the Fort Myers Police Department.

Court records show that Bonilla’s last known address is 1900 8th Ave, Lot 57, Immokalee, FL.

Bonilla is no stranger to the criminal justice system.

On May 11, 2016, Bonilla was arrested in Collier County and charged with loitering or prowling and resisting arrest without violence. Both charges were dropped as the State Attorney’s Office determined that there was insufficient evidence to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt.

On May 22, 2017, Bonilla was arrested in Collier County for trespassing and again the State Attorney’s Office dropped that charge.

On July 30, 2017, Bonilla was arrested again in Collier County and charged with child abuse and given a $20,000 bond. His arraignment was set for August 21, 2017. On October 13, 2017, Bonilla was arrested on a capias warrant related to the original child abuse charge and given a $45,000 bond.

He has since been moved from Collier County to Lee County where he is currently awaiting trial which has been set for early April.

Travis can be reached at ibnews@newszap.com

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