FELLSMERE – A Fellsmere man was arrested for two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon after firing a shotgun at two women.
On Thursday morning, at about 3:00 a.m., the Fellsmere Police Department received a report of shots being fired in the vicinity of CR 512 and Maple Street. Upon arrival, officers located two women who were known to them from prior law enforcement contacts.
The women reported that a Hispanic male just fired a shotgun at them and left the area traveling west on CR 512 in a dark colored SUV. The investigation revealed that the women were originally at 96 N. Orange Street with a man who called another man named “Rick” on the telephone to come pick them up.
“Rick” was later identified as 34-year-old Ricardo Castro-Mendez. Castro-Mendez picked them up as requested and drove everyone to a business at CR 512 and Oleander Street. Once there, they met another man who let them inside.
The women admitted they were with the men to drink alcohol, use cocaine, and engage in prostitution. They admitted they both entered the building for that purpose and that a dispute over payment for their services occurred after.
The women said they got back in the vehicle with Castro-Mendez behind the wheel and asked to be taken to 96 N. Orange Street. When Castro-Mendez refused, one of the women got out and started walking away.
The other woman was seated in the front seat and became upset. She said she grabbed several documents from the vehicles glove box because she was looking for his registration to identify him.
Seeing what she was doing, Castro-Mendez got out and retrieved a shotgun from the rear of the vehicle. The woman feared for her safety and ran toward the other woman who was still walking away.
Castro-Mendez racked the shotgun to chamber a round and in the process ejected a round previously chambered. The shotgun was loaded with birdshot.
He then fired one round and the woman who took the paperwork from the glove box was struck in her face and hand. The wounds were superficial given the type of round and the distance it was fired from.
The suspect was located later in the morning at the Sandrift Motel on U.S. Highway 1 in Sebastian. He was taken into custody without incident, and the shotgun was recovered from the vehicle.
Castro-Mendez was arrested for two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
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